Unification News for October 2002

12 City North American Speaking Tour - Newark, NJ

by Rev. Barry Geller

Over 1,000 people gathered at Newark, New Jersey's Robert Treat Hotel on September 29, 2002. The event began with a pre-program led by Elder Philip Thomas, NJ

ACLC and FFWPU Vice President, Rev. Levy Daugherty. Mr. Chris Derflinger backed them up on the piano.

Rev. Michael Jenkins began the program, followed by Elder James P. Paige's invocation. Thanks to AFC and the efforts of Mrs. Linda Haft, we received letters and proclamations from both NJ US Senators, Corzine and Torricelli, and 3 NJ US Congressmen, Andrews, Rothman and Payne. There was an ALC event held prior to the event. State Senator Cardinale and former State Representative Marian Crecco were in attendance.

After Archbishop Stalling's inspirational, and warm spirited welcome, and the video, New Jersey welcomed True Mother to the podium. For one hour we listened and felt the beautiful voice and deep thought expressive of a life centered on God and True Love.

At the conclusion of the speech, True Mother presented 6 Ambassador of Peace awards, including a 91 year old nun who currently serves as professor in a local Catholic University, and a former state senator. Dr. and Mrs. Zal Velez presented a beautiful plaque to True Mother, honoring her as a Woman of Peace. Dr. Velez is the Deputy Mayor of West Orange, NJ. Mother departed after a standing ovation and a flower presentation by Bishop and Mrs. Foy.

Mrs. Valerie Shimoyama gave an inspired reading of the Cloud of Witnesses, followed by a delicious meal and the rich, melodious voice of the talented Mzuri.

NJ Parents of the year Angelo and Toni Marone were recognized as were the remaining 33 Ambassadors of Peace in the audience. 12 couples crossed the Bridge of Peace and Mr. George Kazakos, NJ Service for Peace coordinator introduced the 100 hours of service Presidential awardees.

The program concluded with a congregational hymn, "Amazing Grace."

Rev. Geller is the Vice Regional Director, NJ FFWPU.

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