Reflections of the opening of the Ministers' workshop
By Rev. Mary Anglin
Tuesday 29 October 2002
Who is Rev. Sun Myung Moon? This is the question that 140 ministers
gathered together to have answered. To discover who is this man, what
prompts and motivates him to keep going like a freight train at the age
of 82. Why have the Family Federation members continued loving serving,
sacrificing through so many times and trials. Many ministers don't want to
know why. They are perhaps afraid of the answer. But 140 brave ministers
decided to come together to discover what makes this movement tick.
Gathered together at beautiful Ocean City, Maryland, a beautiful resort
town on the Atlantic Ocean more than a 3 hour drive from Washington DC.
These ministers came with various levels of heart, curiosity, desire
to learn, sometimes a "knowing" or push from the spiritual world.
Many ministers we hoped would come could not cross that bridge; and some
who came surprised us, we didn't realize they were yet at the level of
The ministers are always so kind to members, but sometimes among each
other they share their fears. During such a long bus ride, some of them
were joking that even if they got negative or upset they couldn't run away
-- they'd surely get lost in the wilderness. "Ah, so that's why they're
squirreling us away so far; so we'll have to listen." But this comment
was said in fun, though perhaps thinly hiding a little of the old fears.
At Hoon Dok Hae on the first full day, Monday, Father's speech
from the Madison Square Garden of the September 18, 1974 rally was read.
This is such a powerful and clear message. There were many positive
exclamations heard throughout the reading. But later, when questioned,
a number of the ministers expressed some struggle with the declaration
of the failure of John the Baptist.
However, after the first lecture of the morning, the first portion
of the Principle of Creation (as presented by Rev. Phillip Schanker),
the comments overheard were quite different. "This is so clear!"
This teaching was just amazing!" Many ministers didn't want to wait for
the group meetings to have question and answer; they wanted to discuss
this very interesting understanding of the Bible right away. I cannot
imagine how this will grow throughout the 5 days of lectures.
Many ministers who came here had to fight and overcome many odds.
I'm sure they'll be blessed for their perseverance and determination,
for their open-mindedness.
One lady minister shared with me an experience she had the first
night in her hotel room. She actually shared a room with me, and
the next day asked how I had slept. Had I noticed a lot of energy in
the room? She actually lay awake and watched a vision of three large
conference tables right in our bedroom. She recognized only one person,
John Quincy Adams. She knew the others were all very important men in
the early days of the founding of the United States and in the early
days of our fledgling government. They were all so happy that she and
I were there with them. Truly the Clouds of Witnesses are real,
and I believe will rain down among this workshop. Alleluia!