UPF Las Vegas Vows to Strengthen Marriage and Family

Las Vegas, NV – A peace forum was held at City Hall over the noon time hour on May 18th supporting the concept of “Strengthening Marriage and Family” with fifteen (15) people in attendance commemorating the United Nations International Day of Families.

After a prayer given by Rev. Jerushia Hylton, Pledge Allegiance led by Mr. Jim Rigney and a group singing of ‘God Bless America’. A short movie clip introducing UPF was shown. Mrs. Leslie Rigney then gave a short presentation on the Marriage and Family Peace Principles.

The main program was a panel discussion, entitled “How to Seek, Find and Keep a Loving Lasting Relationship” moderated by Sera Hirano, Chairwoman for Women’s Federation for World Peace, Las Vegas. Panelists were: Rev. Jerushia McDonald Hylton, with a Christian and African-American background whose great concern is the youth of today; Hope Igarashi, married for 34 years with several grown children representing Family Federation for World Peace and Unification; and Nick Phillips, a husband and father of 2 children, a successful businessman who is now running for Assemblyman in District 41. Questions were put out for answering as panelists wished, with questions about qualities needed for a good relationship, whether dating is helpful, and the value of commitment. After the panelists, questions were taken from participants, with very open and sincere concerns raised.

Also present was Arby Hambric, a Veteran of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was very proud of the medal Rev. Moon had given to him. He also spoke of the book he wrote about his life.

Following the formal meeting, lunch was shared with many people staying to talk with each other about many topics. Many thanks to our volunteers and panelists and congratulations to our new Ambassador For Peace, Nick Phillips for his appointment!

Contributed by: Leslie Rigney, Executive Director, UPF Nevada

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