Las Vegas UPF Forum Explores Religion and Peacebuilding
“The Role of Religions in Peace Building” held on Wednesday September 30, 2015
Las Vegas, NV – At the newly opened International Peace Education Center on Bermuda Road, The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) LV sponsored a forum entitled “The Role of Religion in Peace Building” on September 30, 2015. In attendance were religious leaders, governmental agencies, community leaders and interested citizens from LV. UPF LV commemorated the United Nations International Day of Peace and responded to the UN’s action dealing with the policing in the communities across America. The founder of UPF, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, has taught that the best way to resolve conflict is not by force or power but by learning to love one another.
A short video presentation and a brief introduction to the UPF’s Principles of Peace was offered by the UPF USA President, Mr. Richard De Sena who traveled from the East Coast. A lively panel discussion followed and included comments from the Deputy Chief of Police, Gary Schofield, his honorable Imam Mujahid Ramadan of the Sheriff’s Council of African American Affairs, and the Rev. Andrew Compton of the Family Federation for World Peace of LV, and Dr. Taji Malik, a member of the Mayor’s Southern Nevada Interfaith Council representing Sikhism.
Among the topics discussed was the current conditions in the African American community in America. According to panelist Imam Ramadan, current difficult and distrustful conditions in the modern African American community are layovers from the time in American history before slavery was abolished, and the time when police hunted down the runaway slaves.
Panelist Deputy Chief Schofield mentioned his concern over the lack of heartfelt caring for human life from our LV community at large.
The fact that “people need to be educated about each other’s religious beliefs and customs” was presented to the audience by panelist Dr. Malik, while Rev. Compton encouraged a discussion on the topic of marriage and the family.
It was a very exciting and educational forum and the panelists and audience were amazed at the great outpouring of ideas and feeling of unity.
One long standing Ambassador of Peace, Rosemary Flores, is looking forward to the next panel discussion and would like to chair one modeled around the topic “waking up as one nation.” “My life has not been the same since I became an Ambassador of Peace” she said. “I feel more peace and hope. I know I am not working alone.”
At the conclusion of the event each Katherine Duncan, UPF LV chairwoman, presented each of the fine panelists an Ambassador of Peace certificate. They all unanimously indicated that they were anxious to work with, and invite UPF to their interfaith, and various community action committees. All were very excited to have been part of this first UPF panel discussion at the International Peace Education Center here in Las Vegas.
The consensus among the participants was that a peaceful family is the foundation for a peaceful society, nation, and world. All were encouraged to attend the World Peace Blessing this weekend which will be held October 3, at 9AM at the International Peace Education Center.