Unification News for January 2003
Divine Principle Clergy Seminar in Los Angeles
by BillieAnn Sabo
The National Level Clergy Workshop in Los Angeles began on Monday, December 9th at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at LAX. Thanks to the hard working of the West Block & some additional states, we had a total of 139 participants and staff.
We also had around 20 Los Angeles members support this workshop each day. The National HQ speakers were Rev. Michael Jenkins, Rev. Levy Daugherty, Rev. Phillip Schanker, Rev. Kevin McCarthy and AB Stallings. Also Dr. Chang Shik Yang arrived from Kona Hawaii late Tuesday night to give the final lecture on Wednesday on Father's Life Course and the coming of the 2nd Advent. From Washington DC, also attending this workshop was Rev. C. Phillip Johnson and Rev. Torrey Barrett. Rev. Johnson's son, Rev. William Jarvis Johnson lives in Los Angeles. Recently he and his wife received the holy wine blessing at Pasadena House with some simple DP education. From that, he decided to join the 3 day workshop.
This was a great workshop from the very beginning. Each lecture was at full capacity. We were kind of worried that our Los Angeles ministers might leave at night time and not return, but they found the lectures so inspiring, they stayed put at the hotel and didn't leave! One long time friend of our church pastor, Rev. Dr. Joseph "Papa" Lee was so ON FIRE, that he called some other pastors to come join. We closed out the workshop on Wednesday with lunch, and the room was still packed. The only small difficulty was there was so much material and not enough time, too much information was given too fast to the pastors - faster than they could understand it! But they were INSPIRED! Some signed up to study Divine Principle more deeply starting in January. In Los Angeles, we held an ACLC Christmas Dinner last Tuesday night. 80% of our work- shop pastors attended with their wives. I have never seen such a high spirit or heard such amazing testimonies to True Parents and our church. After dinner, we chose 7 pastors to give testimonies. Some cried while they spoke because they realized through the workshop that the 2nd Advent has happened. It was a truly amazing night.
The workshop was a wonderful, very organized event with great support. We want to give special recognition to our West Block Director and Los Angeles Regional Director, Rev. Baek Joong Ku. Having states join together in this type of seminar makes for a very high spirit and good results. Thank you very much. We gratefully offer this victory to God and True Parents
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