On Saturday, October 20, 2018 over 200 clergy and ministers attended the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) Prayer Breakfast held in the Grand Ballroom at the New Yorker Hotel. About half of the attendees consisted of young people from Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) and Chambers Memorial Baptist Church which filled the room with excitement.
The Prayer Breakfast began with welcoming remarks from Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Regional Chairman of Family Federation North America. He reminded the audience that when Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, co-founder of FFWPU along with his wife Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, came to America, he said, “America is God’s Hope.” Dr. Kim then challenged everyone to work together to truly make American the hope for God and for the world.
Senior Pastor of Chambers Memorial Baptist Church, Bishop Lawrence E. Edgerton, Jr. stood as the keynote speaker for the Prayer Breakfast, and invited the choir from his church to rock the entire audience with high-spirited songs. Afterwards, Bishop Edgerton stated, “Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon works very hard to bring peace in America. She is breaking down the barriers that exist between people.” Criticizing the division within the Body of Christ, he said, “We don’t see Satan’s demons fighting other demons. Dr. Moon is helping people of faith come together to tear down Satan’s kingdom.”
Rev. Richard Buessing, President of FFWPU shared his inspiration about the assembled clergy, saying, “Christian pastors and all leaders of faith are the hope for America. The politicians cannot bring healing and harmony to America. It is only the men and women of God who are ready to love, serve and sacrifice who can heal this nation.”
Dr. Michael Jenkins, co-chairman of ACLC, invited Bishop Jesse Edwards, Dr. Tanya Edwards, and Pastor Joel Barnaby who read a passage from Rev. Moon’s “Jesus’ Standard of Goodness” in God’s Warning to the World:
“Both God’s love and true human love were revealed through Jesus…The example of Jesus Christ is the absolute standard for all humankind. Just imagine an entire nation composed of Jesus-like men and women. What would you call it? The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth – it could be nothing less. Jesus Christ was Lord over all life because of his unparalleled form of loving, giving and sacrifice. He will remain Lord forever.”