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Moon Issues Final Challenge to NY & America; Interfaith Leaders Join 85 Year-old Evangelist in Call to America as Global Peacemaker, Dramatic Peace
June 23, 2005
To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor
Contact: Rev. Darryl Gray, 212-997-0050 ext. 216 or 514-758-7026 (cell) Fax: (212) 768-0791
WHAT: Interreligious Rally for Peace and the Family; News Conference
WHEN: Saturday, June 25
News Conference: 3 p.m.
Rally: 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Jacob Javitz Convention Center, 34th Street & 11th Avenue, New York, N.Y.
WHO: Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon; 37 national and local interfaith leaders
More than 100,000 people -- almost all Christians -- are expected to gather in Flushing Meadows this weekend to hear Rev. Billy Graham preach a familiar message about coming to Jesus, a message he's been giving for more than 50 years.
Meanwhile, across town, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon will issue a new challenge to America, calling for Christians, Muslims and Jews to overcome their differences, promote inter-religious dialogue, encourage interfaith marriage, and work as 'Ambassadors for Peace' in the Middle East and the world. Moon says that if the U.S. does not quickly respond, God will choose another nation for His Will. "Now is God's Time," says Moon, 85. "He cannot be satisfied with only spiritual progress. Heaven cannot tolerate religious and ethnic divisions any longer."
More than 4,000 people are expected to gather at the Jacob Javits center to hear the 85-year-old, still dynamic spiritual leader launch a dramatic appeal to the world community to undertake the most ambitious civil engineering project in history -- a 51-mile bridge to connect the United States and Russia, physically and symbolically uniting East and West, to be built across the Bering Strait at a cost of over $200 billion.
"Rev. Moon is hitting on all the spiritual hot buttons of contemporary society, including peace in the Middle East, fighting AIDS, marriage and family, interfaith relations, homosexuality, and what is more, he's never pulled his punches." -- Reverend Darryl Gray, United Church, Montreal, Canada
"Rev. Moon has been building bridges all his life. African-Americans know of his efforts to bring the races and religions of the world together, and we have worked with him here and in the Middle East as Ambassadors of Peace. It comes natural that he would now launch this visionary appeal to physically unite the world in a project that demands peaceful cooperation." -- Archbishop George Stallings, African American Catholic Church (Washington, D.C.)
"Rev. Moon's efforts bringing thousands of pilgrims of every faith to Israel in just one year have done more to advance peace than ten years of talking and discussing roadmaps." -- Dr. Eleazar Glaubach, former city councilor, City of Jerusalem, Israel
"Through the efforts of Dr. Sun Myung Moon, I have come to love Jews and Christians as my brothers and sisters. We are now pursuing the realization of the founding spirit of America that respects all races, faiths and ethnicities." -- Imam Haitham Bundakji, Islamic Center of Orange County, Calif.
-- International and Interreligious Federation for World Peace
-- Intereligious and International Peace Council
-- Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
-- American Family Coalition
-- American Clergy Leadership Conference
-- Women's Federation for World Peace
-- World Collegiate Association for Researching Principle
Contact: Darryl Gray, 4 West 43rd St, New York, NY 10036, 212-997-0050, ext. 216
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