Ambassadors for Peace Richmond, Virginia
World Assembly for the Proclamation of the Substantial Word of God and the Era of the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind
Manhattan Center, New York City, July 24th, 2010
Creating One Family Under God
Dignitaries from around the world gathered at the Manhattan Center near Madison Square Garden, New York City, to hear Rev. Sun Myung Moon proclaim that the "True Parents" (the title borne by him and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon) are the substantial Word of God. And, that the era of lasting peace is near at hand.
The estimated group of about 5,000 people saw video and powerpoint presentations on 'Rev. Moon's vision and teachings'. They also heard many speakers, including two of Rev. Moon's fourteen children: Rev. Hyung Jin and In Jin Moon. They testified about his enduring faith and great zeal to establish the eternal peace Kingdom, the Kingdom of God on earth.
In his keynote address, Rev. Moon spoke of his March 18th, 2010 'Seungwha Ceremony'(Ceremony of Ascension) conducted at the United Nations headquarters in New York, wherein many prominent deceased leaders from around the world were honored for their contribution to world peace. Notable mentions were: General Alexander Haig, US Secretary of State; former president of South Korea, Kim Dae-Jung (Nobel Prize winner); Rodrigo Corazo, former president of Costa Rica; Hassan Cisse of Senegal (Islamic scholar); Laxmi Mall Singhvi of India (Peace ambassador); and Hedi Annabi, head of the UN Haitian stabilization mission, and one hundred co-workers who perished in the January Haitian earthquake.
Rev. Moon said that "January 13th, 2013 will be the 'Foundation Day' for the actual beginning of the Kingdom of God on earth. He said: "It is time for a great cosmic revolution to change history,.... It is time for all people to be humbly obedient to Heaven's decree. An unavoidable time is upon us...we must invest ourselves completely... for the next remaining three years under the guidance of the True Parents...."
He called on all the Blessed families around the world to study the official eight textbooks of his words, practice marital fidelity, receive the sacred Seungwha Ceremony, take responsibility to liberate all families of the world, and help to enhance God's eternal reign of peace on earth.
Among the many participants were Ambassadors for Peace from Richmond, Virginia. They represented our city well in that they participated in all the events, signed the proclamation of Peace (see picture below), and were a part of the prominent interreligious clery group (many from the Middle East) that played a major role in the overall success of the program. Our Richmond contingent had the honor of meeting Rabbi Hod, a major leader of the Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI). He extended a special invitation to us to visit Jerusalem for upcoming peace-making events.
The Assembly was undoubtedly a great providential breakthrough, in that, it brought together international religious, political, civic, academic and other leaders to participate in what would otherwise be a proclamation 'frowned on' by major leaders. Rev. Moon's perseverance through his life's hardships, ridicules, persecution, and rejection by many around the world, have now borne fruit in his victories.
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