- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Hak Ja Han Moon called on several hundred "ambassadors for peace" yesterday to join the cause for unity in the world.

Mrs. Moon, the wife of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and the founder and president of the Women's Federation for World Peace, spoke to an audience of 750 persons at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, the first stop of a 12-city tour to recruit "ambassadors" for the effort.

"We are living in a truly historic and providential moment," she said. "This is a time of great heavenly fortune, the time when we will build the ideal world of peace."

Mrs. Moon identified 10 community leaders as "ambassadors for peace," an award recognizing "the most active and committed peacemakers." They include:

•Angela Sailor, associate director, White House office of public liaison

•Elroy Sailor, deputy chief of staff, House Republican conference

•Larry Pressler, the former Republican senator from South Dakota, and his wife, Harriet Pressler, a Washington real estate broker.

•Blasco Penaherrera, Ecuadorian ambassador to the United States, accepting for his wife, Zeyned Penaherrera.

•Florence Pendleton, Washington's "shadow senator," or lobbyist for District statehood.

•Virginia Williams, mother of Mayor Anthony Williams.

•Dottie J. Tiger, coordinator, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

•The Rev. Betty Lancaster-Short, Howard University.

•Mrs. Thuy Nguyen Hugo, community services director, Metropolitan Washington YMCA.

Mrs. Moon, who has just completed a tour of major Asian cities, will speak at Bridgeport, Conn., Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Newark, N.J., and New York City, the final stop, on Sept. 30.

Last night she urged her audience to join "all humanity to fulfill the responsibility to which we have been called by uniting to build a world of peace that transcends race, ideology and national boundaries."

The Ambassadors for Peace initiative is a project of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace.

"She is reaching out to women in particular, and challenging leaders from all religions, races, and professional backgrounds to find the keys to peace within the common values of the world's religious traditions," spokesmen for the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification of North America, also founded by Rev. and Mrs. Moon, said last night. The federation said Mrs. Moon "plans to recognize the most active and committed women peacemakers as 'ambassadors for peace.' They will share this honor with thousands who have been similarly recognized around the world."

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