International Day of Peace Celebrated in Las Vegas with Prayer
Las Vegas, NV – Universal Peace Federation Las Vegas (UPFLV) held a Peace Prayer to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21 at 12 noon in front of Las Vegas City Hall.
UPFLV invited Ambassadors of Peace and several Interfaith and religious organizations to participate. Twenty interfaith leaders gathered, offering prayers from their faith traditions, including representatives from the Mayor Faith Initiative, the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, Family Federation for World Peace, and Women’s Federation for World Peace.
Included were ‘none’ (Spiritual, but not religious) reading, Hopi Prayer, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Christians from The Latter Day Saints, Bahai, Unificationist, and Spiritualist reading a Shoshone prayer. Everyone was free to say a prayer and express their dreams and desires of a peaceful world, as well as those representing their faith group.
Katherine Duncan, UPFLV Chairwoman, read some of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s words from his speech to Congress “The Era of the Peace Kingdom” focusing on the role of a True Family in creating peace while Mrs. Leslie Rigney, UPFLV Executive Director, conducted the water ceremony where each faith group participated.
After we spoke together, then went inside for a light lunch and networking. Each person shared briefly about their faith group and any special activities they are involved in. There was a wonderful spirit of sharing and respect among everyone present. Some spoke about wanting to have a real Interfaith Celebration next year. Several new people asked to be added to our email list and look forward to more events together in the near future.
Contributed by: Leslie Rigney, Executive Director, UPF Nevada