On May 5, over 80 families and guests gathered at Halau ‘O Haumea, an open auditorium of the Hawaiian Studies Department of University of Hawaii at Manoa for the first annual True Family Values Banquet: “World Peace through True Marriage.” This open auditorium, known as a sacred place among Hawaiian people, was a very appropriate place to hold a celebration banquet for the 58th True Parents’ Holy Wedding Anniversary.
Twenty pastors and elders met to hear a dynamic talk given by Rev. Dan Stein on the dire situation of marriage in America. Clearly showing how the popular culture has weakened the sacred vows a husband and wife give at their wedding, he shared The Fall of Man, a biblical understanding about the source of the breakdown of the family.
His vivid presentation moved everyone to agree that the Marriage and Family Blessing ceremony was needed to revive and champion traditional marriage. Rev. Stein told the audience that each pastor and spouse can stand as True Parents to bless couples in dedication to God’s inviolate joining and celebrate family as a salvific path to happiness and peace in the lives of human beings.
Round-table discussions were shared by each group after which testimony to God’s workings was shared by many.
Submitted by Rev. Susan Fefferman, ACLC-MD
The Windy City of Chicago was honored to host more than 120 participants from the across the country at our 4th Annual ACLC Women In Ministry seminar presenting True Family Values and the Blessing of Marriage. On the strong foundation laid by True Parents, ACLC Women In Ministry has been building bridges, healing wounds and deepening understanding through religious forums studying Biblical principles and their application in today’s world. The ACLC national team was represented by Dr. Michael and Min. Reiko Jenkins, Archbishop George A. Stallings, Jr., Archbishop Sulanch-Lewis Rose, Rev. Marilyn Kotulek, and Dr. Patra Kidwell.
Fairfax, VA—An Interfaith Prayer Breakfast was held on April 14th at the NOVA Family Church in Fairfax, VA. About 35 guests and Ambassadors for Peace gathered at the invitation of the Virginia chapter of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) led by Mrs. Michiko Yokoyama and co-hosted by UPF-Virginia directed by Mrs. Barbara Moseley-Marks.
On April 13, at United Missionary Baptist Church, the co-chair of ACLC, Bishop Michael Sykes, conducted a Pastors Forum, well attended with pastors throughout the NJ area. Bishop Sykes gave a great introduction to the forum, saying, “This forum is for inspiration and edification of your understanding of the Bible. We believe ACLC pastors are called by God to understand and be guided by the Holy Spirit to understand the deeper meaning of the Word. Each one of you will be reading some of the texts and we’ll all discuss together. Where is the best place to start? At the beginning, with God’s purpose for creation.”