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News from Marshall de Souza

August 2, 2011

Marshall de Souza with Robin Graham. London UK, July 2011.

Since graduating UTS in 1989, I have served the Unification Movement in quite a public way! Starting with Oxford CARP (4 months) on my return to England, I worked in the Ecumenical and Interfaith Office at the Lancaster Gate HQ right until the end of 2000. I got exposed to numerous organizations (people and countries). These included the Assembly of the World's Religions, the Religious Youth Service (my favorite!), the Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace and the Interdenominational Conferences for Clergy, to name a few…

Having completed a part-time course – Post-Graduate Certificate in Youth and Community Work (1998-2000), I began working for Westminster Youth Service in the heart of London, first as a part-time youth worker; then as a Project Manager, until I resigned (based on ethical principles) in March 2004. During this time, I experience a lot about the "Statutory Sector", particularly the emphasis on policies and red tape!!

In April 2004, I "returned" to the Unification Movement. I got involved in the Middle East Peace Initiative, the Universal Peace Federation and the Global Peace Festival, serving on various committees and organizing international youth service projects. During this time, I encountered with WAIT USA, and that gave my life a different perspective… I helped start a new and valuable charity, WAIT UK in November 2008. In March 2009, I "stepped-down" from HQ and all the committees (I got fed up of meetings, church bureaucracy, and lack of funding).

From October 2009 until December 2010, I served as a Project Coordinator in a Youth and Community Center in S.E. London. Sadly, funding became a major issue (due to Government budget cuts), and I became a Job Seeker! Anyway, I'm happy doing a variety of jobs (some related to my local Church), including managing a 17-seater minibus and driving…

Marshall de Souza 

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