"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in
one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of
a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting."
The Omni Shoreham Hotel Ballroom was filled to near capacity with
over 2000 in attendance for the culmination, though not quite the
finale of the "We Will Stand" tour.
West Virginia in the afternoon and Vermont in the evening of the
following day (April 16th) will bring the tour to its actual close.
An extraordinary feat by any measure, the interfaith and revival
tour will have met in every single state in a mere 52 days.
Over 400 clergy attended, including most of the founding 120 of
the Amercian Clergy Leadership Conference.
The Metropolitan Baptist Church choir had the crowd on its feet
or at least clapping and swaying to its melodic spiritual rhythms.
They were phenomenal. Reverend Levy Daugherty, Patsy Casino, and
June Maxim also helped get everyone warmed up.
The lighting was creatively done with images of stained-glass windows
projected onto the backdrop of the stage for most of the program.
Grammy winner Phil Driscoll had the ballroom church in ectasy as
he performed "I Will Exhalt Him" with the choir backing
him up with its soulful harmonies. He is a trumpet player extraordinaire
and a pretty fair white gospel singer to boot.
Reverend Michael Jenkins acted as the emcee for the evening and
made it clear that this was just the beginning of a new revival
movement that will continue for some time based on the momentum
gained from these last 51 days.
Reverend Walter Fauntroy, former D.C. Delegate and pastor at New
Bethel Baptist Church welcomed the tour and the audience to his
city. "We've come to praise the Lord. "I am in the habit
of supporting positive action to deal with serious problems in our
country," he noted.
Reverend Jesse Edwards of Philadelphia was fiery and succinct.
"For me this is not a doctrinal thing, but it is the working
of God's spirit. Every problem and solution in America stems from
the family," he stated.
Archbishop George Stallings was electric and AAA as usual, even
trying some pew hopping when there were none to be found. He jumped
out among the ministers and found a chair or two to stand upon instead.
He tossed his clerical sash around a bit, filled with the Spirit
and preaching the vital message that "everyone is a messiah"
-- if he is truly alive.
The 120 clergy were brought onstage after the video (which had
some technical problems) and welcomed keynote preacher Father Moon
to the podium.
Father Moon went right into the meat of his recent message to the
Men and women, husbands and wives, need to use the convex and concave
for the holy purpose of their one and only holy other for the sake
of creating true families and the Kingdom of God on earth. The family
and lineage is sacred. The time for true families is now.
"From now on, ministers should be able to preach about adultery
from the pulpit," he said. "Don't be shy."
He spoke for about an hour with one minister occasionally blowing
his trumpet in response to the message. Father Moon then read the
keynote speech in its entirety with Peter Kim giving simultaneous
Rabbi David Z Ben Ami offered three gifts to Father and Mother
Moon after the speech concluded.
The primary gift was a magnificent inscribed Shofar (a ram's horn
like Joshua's priests used). Then in succession, a beautifully engraved
"Woman of Valor" plaque was presented to Mother Moon and
an interfaith award was given to Father Moon on behalf of the Forum
for Jewish-Christian Cooperation of which the rabbi is the founder
The clergy signed a Declaration of Inter-Dependence to promote
faith, moral purity and racial harmony in America as they had first
done at the stop in Norfolk, Virginia on March 19th.
Another significant miracle was announced to the media as well
as the audience.
Dr. T.L. Barrett (Superintendent for the Church of God in Christ,
Chicago) and his wife had been separated for 10 years. They were
together again suddenly this evening.
Father Moon had told Dr. Barrett that they would be getting back
together within 10 or so days about a week ago while on the tour.
He had also mentioned that it was strange for Dr. Barrett to be
alone when he is leading a pro-family movement.
Pastor Barrett now sees his wife and himself as ministers for reconciling
families...and it seems to be happening.
At his church recently, a couple that he knew had been long estranged
was suddenly back together again. "God is bringing families
together", he proclaimed.
After giving his testimony to the audience one lady who has been
separated from her husband got up onstage. Many of those assembled
held up their hands in prayer for the restoration of her family.
It was a beautiful witness to the power of a greater community
of faith in action.