Unification News for September 2003
Chicago Jericho Walk and Blessing
Our Chicago Family Church members and CARP/ STF Youth Ministries marched September 7, 2003 the same path the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walked in Chicago. When he walked to Marquette Park in 1966 and was stoned. Like the recent Edmund Pettus Bridge march of ACLC we could march this historic trail years latter but now with Black, White, Hispanic and Asian together. Through the marches freedom was won in America.
This is the 9th year in a row the Family Church marched with Bishop Connie Bansa -- founder of the renowned Jericho Walk in Chicago. As with past Marches we began in the church and received True Parent's blessing for Marriage and Family through Bishop and Mrs. Kim.
At one time or another in the last 9 years, the Governor, the Mayor, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Minister Farrakhan, Pastor T.L. Barrett and many more key leaders have made it to the Jericho Walk. The schools and surrounding churches support this walk in faith to "tear down the walls" of race and community to end the killing and violence. Now Rev. Bansa is preparing to take this spirit with us to the Holy Land to end the violence there. Like Joshua shouting and seeing the walls come down. We will shout out praises to God for sending True Parents and showing that the way of True Healing is through the Blessing.
We will be victorious. True Parents power and authority is absolute. The Clergy are deeply inspired and courageous. We want to see Muslims, Christians and Jews arm in arm calling for an absolute end to the violence. The Peace Council has the power to go where political efforts end. We will move the hearts of the religious leaders and the people whom God has prepared.
We must do this because it is right, just and needed. We must now bring the age of the Blessing of True Family. We will conduct and International and Interreligious Blessings, Muslim Imams, Christian Leaders and Rabbis, together with Buddhist leaders and great men and women from the faiths of the world will "bless" in prayer the couples that we gather.
As it was with our Jericho Walk today -- the walls came down. Black, White, Hispanic and Asian. All of God's children are now prepared to be one family before the Lord. This is for real. The Living God that walked with Joshua, lifted up Jesus and brought forth Muhammad is about to deliver peace in Israel.
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