Unification News for April 2003

Los Angeles Region DP Clergy Seminar

by BillieAnn Sabo

Our West Block 3-day seminar started March 24th. Pastors attended from 15 states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Our weather was very good, which was great for them since many were coming from 6 feet of snow. Fortunately, even though Los Angeles Airport was reported to be a terrorist target on many news channels, we did not experience any cancellations.

We held our seminar at the beautiful Sheraton Gateway Hotel at LAX. They always provide us with luxurious rooms and wonderful meals. From our West Block, we had 126 pastors attend, 33 leaders and 12 HQ staff. Total 171 plus our own local leadership staff.

The revivals each evening were very exciting for our clergy. Especially on the first night, when Rev. Jesse Edwards spoke. He brought down so much holy spirit, you could hear him on the other side of the hotel We encouraged our local members to join the "revival" each evening.

Many pastors considered this seminar to be a real blessing. They found the teaching was great and in-depth which opened their eyes to some truths of the lineage of Jesus. One local pastor shared..."I have been blessed by the teaching of the Divine Principle. I learned many things I did not know, even from the bible".

Most joined every morning for Hoon Dok Hae. The day held a very tight schedule, but they listened attentively until closing at 9:30 each night. When we asked for reflections, a common comment was that the lecture series was excellent and well explained.

Many of our local ACLC pastors attended this seminar from Los Angeles and swore they would do whatever they could to support this movement. One pastor shared... "I do stand with ACLC 100% and whatever I can do to promote the prosperity and the advancement of ACLC, I am willing to do".

17 pastors from our block signed the statement to take down the cross. One out-of-state pastor said ..."A great movement in unity to honor all men by removing the cross".

Some pastors struggled with the message, of course, but most left very inspired and ready to go to the next step.

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