Universal Peace Federation – USA opens Asian Affairs Office in Elizabeth to kick off peace dialogues locally
Elizabeth — A peace advocacy organization formally opens today its Asian Affairs office here with Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage in attendance.
Rev. Greg Agulan heads the newly established Universal Peace Federation (UPF) USA Asian Affairs Office as its executive director. “I am honored and happy to welcome you to the blessing and inauguration of our office. This is a positive development especially now that there is a need for better understanding of people and issues that hound America,” he said.
The UPF is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to foster world peace, founded in 2004 by Unification church leader the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon. The UPF USA is currently headed by president Ricardo Desena.
The Asian Affairs office of the UPF will hold seminars on peace and dialogues for better understanding in localities, focusing on the 24 Asian embassies and Asian organizations based all over the country.
Agulan said the US is faced with problems on materialism, racism, sexism, individualism, increasing poverty, violence, and corruption. “All these lead to chaos and confusion. Let us remember that we are one human global family under God, we are made equal, men and women, all races and religions. We have to make our families the base of peace in order to create harmonious communities and the world. And finally, we have to make service to others as our guiding principle in daily living.”
During the launch, Cynthia Ballenas, a community leader of the New York-based group Team United, is accorded the ambassador for peace award by the UPF.
UPF Asian Affairs executive secretary Esther Faith Batino expressed gratitude to the supporters of the local initiative. The launching of this office is timely and relevant. Local peace dialogues are necessary to achieve peace,” she said.