UPF Omaha Discusses Refugees’ Plight During Day of Peace
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Chapter of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) discussed the topic of refugees and their plight during the International Day of Peace 2017 with the theme: “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All”.
The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast celebration was held on Saturday, September 23rd at the Omaha Wedding Chapel, a lovely event space that was donated for the meeting by Chaplain Royal Carleton.
Ms. Theresa Tsubaki, the executive director of the UPF Nebraska started the program with introductory remarks briefly outlining the core values of UPF.
The International Day of Peace ceremony began with leaders from three diverse faith traditions representing Hindu, Catholic, and Unificationist offering heartfelt prayers for peace.
As everyone is enjoying a delicious breakfast, Mr. Joe VanTrimmell, a social worker with the Omaha Public Schools gave insight into the difficult and often confusing transition many refugees face and engaged the audience in a lively roundtable discussion on ways we believe we could help the people in our community.
Mohammed Sahile, a former Afghan translator for the United States Army and now a refugee because of death threats, shared his deep love and gratitude for the US and expressed his sorrow over leaving his country. He desires to return to his homeland someday. Everyone was moved by his testimony and we realized what a tragedy is unfolding in real time which sets the stage for final comments.
One guest shared his experience reaching out and lending a helping hand by funding one persons’ education. “Just help one person, give a hand up to one family. If we all started doing just one, that would help many people.”
Contributed by: Theresa Tsubaki, Executive Director, UPF Nebraska