UPF Las Vegas Honors MLK Day
On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, a UPF Peace Forum was held at the Las Vegas City Hall, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a breakfast meeting held just prior to the Bi-Monthly City Council Meeting. A simple continental breakfast was served at around 7:30 in the morning.
Sixteen (16) participants attended, which represented 75% of those who confirmed to come. Among them are prominent people in the Las Vegas community.
Following the welcoming words by Mrs. Katherine Duncan and Mrs. Leslie Rigney, Mrs. Rigney offered a prayer then the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. James Rigney. An Introduction to UPF was given by Rev. Richard de Sena, President, UPF USA aided by a powerpoint presentation, which was very well received. Dr. Al Gourrier, a distinguished educator, spoke about Dr. King and he emphasized the need for individuals to be united within themselves and to develop a loving family. He said there is still much work to be done to make society just for all people. He gave his message with the leadership of Las Vegas in mind.
Three new Ambassadors for Peace were appointed. The program concluded with a group picture where most proceeded to the City Council Chambers to listen to the proceedings. New friendships were initiated and old acquaintances renewed.
The plan is to hold a regular monthly Peace Forum at City Hall and to connect with the City Mayor and the City Council in order to understand better how to serve Las Vegas. Moreover to establish the framework for the future planned Las Vegas Peace Council.