Local/State
Wyoming
World/Nation
Business
Health
Vitals
Opinion
Montana Legislature
  Ski Report



  Search
Past Issues
City Guide
  Horoscopes
Crossword
Comics
TV Listings
Movies






Crowd expected to hear Moon talk
By JIM GRANSBERY
Of The Gazette Staff

The local leader of the Unification Church said this week he expects a good crowd to hear the Rev. Sun Myung Moon speak in Billings on Saturday.

Moon, founder and leader of the Unification Church, brings his 50-states-in-50-days “Standing Together” tour to the Holiday Inn Grand Montana.

The Rev. Michael Yakawich, pastor of the local Unification Church, now called the Billings Family Church, said he expects about three dozen local clergy to attend the event and a crowd of at least 350.

The tour began Feb, 25 in New York where 3,500 clergy and followers joined the 81-year-old evangelist, who called for national interracial and interreligious harmony and cooperation. The tour will visit 50 states in nearly as many days, with the finale gathering in Washington, D.C., on April 16. The tour drew 250 in Cheyenne Tuesday night.

“This in not just a Unification Church event,” Yakawich said. “It is asking for everyone to take a stand against drugs, alcoholism and racism.”

Yakawich said prominent Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Pentecostal ministers are joining the tour. He said the event would include a buffet and entertainment before Moon’s address, which will be delivered in Korean with simultaneous translation.

He said Moon believes that “the faith community must take a leading role in making a better reality for all our citizens. Our churches, temples, mosques remain the most segregated part of our society.”

Despite the controversy surrounding Moon’s religious beliefs and teachings, many clergy, especially African-Americans, have decided to stand with Moon on the issues of rebuilding the family, restoring the community and renewing the nations, Yakawich said. “This is an ecumenical program, not that far removed from what we’ve done in the community.”

Moon, born in North Korea, spent 21/2 years in a communist concentration camp. He was freed by the American invasion at Inchon during the Korean War. He also served time in U.S. federal prison for income tax evasion. He founded the Washington Times newspaper in 1984.

The program at the Holiday Inn begins with a buffet at 5:15 p.m., and the program starts at 6:30. For information, call (406) 245-5319.


Updated: Thu Mar 29 16:35:06 CST 2001 Central Time
Copyright The Billings Gazette, a division of Lee Enterprises.



print this story     e-mail this story

  Outdoors
Enjoy!
Daily Enjoy!
Tempo
Magazine
Work Week
Community
Technology
MoneyWatch
Life
Homefront



  Contact Us
Billings Information
Campaign 2000
MontanaForum.com
MontanaFlyLine.com
MontanaFires.com
MORE Show
Work for You
Online Job Fair
Local Website Guide
2002 Bowling Tourney
Financial & Estate Planning
Dot.Com