celebrating a special night and looking forward

What we experienced last week was very special and many of us are still buzzing from the memory. Tim Read has helped me upload a whole bunch of pictures below from the main event in the Hilton that I received from Une Herzer yesterday. We had asked him to be involved in capturing the event, and he has surely helped to do that in a remarkable way.

And how do you and I find a way to take last week not as an isolated flash in the pan, but rather see it as part of an ongoing process to build communities that God can bless? How do we NOT go back to business as usual? How do we avoid ‘recovering’?

Well, there are two things that Father mentioned while here that help us to catch what his heart is set on. His very first words as he sat down in the hotel room, straight in from the airport, formed a question he put to all of us in the room. “Is everybody distributing 430 copies of my autobiography?”

The other words were his last ones, a request he made, as he waited to take off from Luton on Thursday morning. “Please educate 30,000 people over the next two years.”

I would like us to consider linking those two points together. What if… everyone who was inspired by last Wednesday night’s message (and I would guess at least 1000 out of the 1300/1600 people were moved by Rev Moon’s message) were on average, each able to share  once a week with someone about True Father’s autobiography, and either lend, sell a copy, or read together with someone that they either have or want to develop a relationship with?

That would be a meaningful step towards making Rev Moon’s dream come true.

It would be a vehicle by which we could all be involved in building community, and we would be reaching out to 30,000 people by the end of the year. Even I can do that Maths: 30 weeks (1 book per week) x 1000 inspired people = 30,000.

But in the end we know it’s not just about the number. It’s about something much more profound: sharing what is most precious in your life in a way which doesn’t make it feel like an impossible dream.

And tell me, how hard is it to share about a book?

Please have a think about this for your self, and I will send out more thoughts next week. We will put a plan together before May is out.

I hope you enjoy the beautiful pictures of your True Parents and your community.

Preparing the programmes

Preparing the programmes (click to enlarge)

preparing the programmes

Preparing more programmes (click to enlarge)

checking the seats

checking the seats (click to enlarge)

saving the places

Saving the places (click to enlarge)

getting the flags right

Getting the flags right (click to enlarge)

How many seats are there?

How many seats? (click to enlarge)

Ready for translation

Ready for translation (click to enlarge)

Ready to shoot

No problem - I'm ready (click to enlarge)

Welcoming friends

Welcoming friends (click to enlarge)

Long time no see

Long time no see (click to enlarge)

Good friends

Good friends (click to enlarge)

Dolores Read and Henry and Avril Masters

Dolores Read and Henry and Avril Masters (click to enlarge)

Mr. Alec Herzer

Mr. Alec Herzer (click to enlarge)


Song: "Impossibe dream" (click to enlarge)

Buddhist representative

Buddhist chant (click to enlarge)


Appreciation (click to enlarge)

Multifaith representation

Multifaith representation (click to enlarge)

Strong prayer

A grand-daughter's prayer (click to enlarge)


Following carefully (click to enlarge)

True Father

Speaking ... (click to enlarge)

True Father

... from the heart (click to enlarge)

more appreciation

More appreciation (click to enlarge)

Taking note

Taking notes (click to enlarge)

Capacity audience

Capacity audience (click to enlarge)


Gifts presented (click to enlarge)


Farewell (click to enlarge)

(Images by Une Herzer)
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2 Responses to celebrating a special night and looking forward

  1. Une Herzer May 18, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Nice collection from the hundreds taken on the night… always very hard to condense the evening in a dozen or so images..

    They say ‘Many hands make light work’… I say a ‘Nation moves mountains!’

    x Une

  2. Viviane Johnston June 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Greetings from Alabama, Thank you Simon for this exciting newsletter.

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