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Moon: Time to Beat Swords Into Plowshares; 85-Year-Old Evangelist Proposes Bering Strait 'Peace Tunnel', Addresses Divisions in U.S., U.N. Reform in Initiative
September 20, 2005
To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor
Contact: Martin Porter, 973-320-8633 or 201-306-6919 (cell)
WHAT: "Now is God's Time" Rally, News Conference
WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, Sept. 20
News Conference: 6 p.m.
Rally: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, N.J. 07102
WHO: Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon; Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, Imani Temple African American Catholic Congregation; Imam Ameer Salahuddin, Islamic Center of Passaic County, Rabbi David Ben-Ami, American Forum for Jewish-Christian Cooperation; Rev. Jesse Edwards, Pentecostal Family Church, Philadelphia; Rev. Dr. Elton Byrd, Pastor John McReynolds, Bishop Imani Doxy, national and local interfaith leaders
BACKGROUND: The Reverend Sun Myung Moon has launched what some believe is his final speaking tour in America, issuing a series of challenges to America. Twelve U.S. venues are part of a 100-city world tour to inaugurate the Universal Peace Federation. Asserting that peace cannot be achieved through diplomatic and military means alone, Moon emphasizes the need for inter-religious reconciliation, calling for renewal and reform at the United Nations. Addressing the economic and racial divisions in America and the world, he proposes cooperative international efforts in key areas. "Why must we continue pouring countless dollars into wars that, in the end, will never bring the reconciliation of enemies?" Moon asks. "The time has come for the countries of the world to pool their resources and advance toward the world of peace desired by God."
The still-dynamic spiritual leader has launched a dramatic appeal to the world community to undertake the most ambitious civil engineering project in history -- a 51 mile bridge and tunnel 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. Moon asserts that such projects will help connect the world as a single community, generate economic development and redirect the focus of the world's leadership. The Universal Peace Federation promotes inter-religious reconciliation, family renewal and cooperative service for others as the basis for lasting peace.
"Rev. Moon has been building bridges all his life to bring the races and religions of the world together. It is natural that he would now launch this visionary appeal to physically unite the world in a project that demands peaceful cooperation," said Archbishop George Stallings, Christianity, Washington, D.C.
"The man is hitting on all the spiritual hot buttons of contemporary society, including racial and interfaith relations, marriage and family, homosexuality, fighting AIDS, peace in the Middle East, and what is more, he's never pulled his punches," stated Reverend Darryl Gray, Imani Family Church, Montreal, Canada.
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