Peace Forum in Ohio
Columbus, OH – For the second quarter, a Peace Forum was held on June 14th at the UC Columbus Center with 5 of the new Ambassadors for Peace and a collection of the local congregation and UPF-USA staff. The focus and theme “Where do we go from here?” opened the door to hear from each ambassador on their vision of working together.
A community activist, a retired school teacher, two university students and a Muslim lady all contributed with passionate expressions for creating a model for families of Columbus to strengthen youth through teaching and practicing peace at home. There was a strong desire to market UPF and the Ambassadors for Peace to the communities and schools. It was decided to obtain a booth at the annual International Festival in the fall to spread the message and influence positive relations amongst all peoples beginning in the family. The consensus was to meet each month, communicate regularly with the UPF Ohio Secretary Marcia Schlicting by emails, and develop the grass root movement in Columbus that will attract the attention of the city government and many communities to work for real peace and real harmony.
It was a down-to-earth two hours with songs, snacks, and refreshments, The guests’ hearts were so full that even after the conclusion, the dialogue continued discussing for solutions to the problems we all face as humans. Conclusively, God must be the center of what we do and teach going forward.
Chris Fox, Executive Director of UPF Ohio shared a brief testimony of the 40th anniversary of the God’s Hope for America festival at Yankee Stadium in New York. Each participant was given a copy of that speech by Rev. Sun Myung Moon and confirmed that the truths within the speech then are still relevant today in our society. Let the work begin anew with these conscientious participants to spread the solution to the issues facing everyone in America. Yet, they agreed to focus on Columbus, Ohio and make a model for the nation.
Contributed by: Chris Fox, Executive Director and Marcia Schlicting, Secretary UPF Ohio