Unification News for May 2001
April 7 - Nashua, New Hampshire
Richard and Majorie Buessing love their home state with the greatest care. Also, Rev. Mark Hanlon as our state director has build a substantive foundation for the work of our True Parents. The way you can tell was the fact that so many important clergy and elected officials were absolutely excited when we came to New Hampshire.
When we arrived, I was invited to sit at lunch with the VIP’s from New Hampshire. Such a prestigious welcome for Rev. Jesse Edwards, Bishop Stallings and myself. Mayor Tony Giunta was there and totally positive about our work. Representative Gonzales the first Hispanic elected official in the history of New Hampshire was so excited by the program. The chaplain of the American Legion for the state shared his heart that he knows from the WW II at Normandy and the Korean war who is righteous about God and America. Rev. Moon is righteous. They loved Bishop Stallings and Rev. Edwards who were so moved by the tour and their experience.
CNN came and interviewed Rev. Jenkins with Bishop Stallings. Their main interest was the faith based initiative of President Bush. They asked why are some religious leaders playing upon the fears of people by using the controversy around the Unification Church to scare people. The answer is simple. Those who are fighting against others when it comes to saving our communities are concerned more about their own self interests than the healing of our communities. The problem of family breakdown is so severe that it is absolutely an emergency. Only a unified cross denominational Christian movement can cause a real change in the moral climate.
Father spoke with great joy in New Hampshire, you could feel that he was loved and respected there.
The day after Nebraska at Hoon Dok Hae, Father proclaimed the dispensational meaning of the 50-state tour. It represents the 50 days of Pentecost. Now all of the Christian spirit world centering on Jesus has united and is present with us on earth. The substantial unity with Christianity has now occurred and on that foundation, 50 days after the end of the tour a great Pentecost will occur. The spirit is pouring out on all flesh. We must do revivals with the Christians now and bring them to the blessing. This is equivalent to the period in the book of acts in which the spirit manifested and created the second Israel.
Stressing the importance and sacredness of the family unit, Father Sun Myung Moon addressed an overflow crowd of about 500 people at the Nashua Marriott as part of the "We Will Stand" interfaith pro-family values tour.
Clergy from a variety of Christian denominations, under the umbrella of the American Clergy Leadership Conference, and their congregations, were drawn to the program from throughout the state as well as the country.
A rousing gospel choir and an interfaith choir warmed the audience up with enthusiastic praise.
Archbishop George Augustus Stallings of the Imani Temple in Washington, D.C. prepared everyone for the keynote preacher.
"Never in the history of America has there been a leader with such spiritual boldness, audacity, and fortitude to bring together all religious leaders," he stated.
"I am thankful to God for having called Reverend Sun Myung Moon to lead us as a prophet and messianic figure to tear down the walls of separation… Don't get hung up on your religion or race, we are one family."
Reverend Michael Jenkins, president of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, followed.
"True family, true parents. Say that!" The audience responded affirmatively and welcomed Father Moon to the stage.
"This is the time when the parent and children who have been long separated meet again!
"The new earth and the new heaven, where there are no tears, are to be established, he preached. It is an age when there is free communication between the spirit world and the physical world, and when God's kingdom is established in heaven and on earth."
He spoke from his heart for over an hour inspiring and challenging the crowd.
Then reading from his prepared text, he stated: "I would like to conclude by expressing my hope for the beginning of a new millennial kingdom overflowing with peace, freedom and justice in heaven and on earth."
The next steps, according to Phillip Schanker, vice president for public affairs for the Family Federation, will include regional crusades, inter-church programs, including a United Federation of Churches (UFC), and the development of curriculum for family education around abstinence for young people and the ending of divorce.
An AIDS/HIV curriculum has been introduced in a few schools throughout the country and will be further encouraged to expand.
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