True Mother Comes to Town
The official recap of last week’s appearance by Hak Ja Han Moon, aka True Mother, and wife of Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon, at the Hyatt Regency Airport Hotel is now up on the church’s official news site.
More than 1,000 people turned out for a dinner in the hotel ballroom to hear Mrs. Moon speak on behalf of her charismatic husband (known among his followers as True Father) as part of a multi-city America’s Destiny Tour. Among those on hand, we’re told, was former San Francisco supervisor the Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church in the Western Addition. Brown heads Moon’s outreach to black ministers in the Bay Area.
Ordinarily a prominent spot in the receiving line for Mrs. Moon would have been occupied by the pastor of Bay Area Family Church, Moon’s congregation in San Leandro. However, as this help wanted ad reveals, the church is, shall we say, casting its net for a new spiritual leader.
Its former pastor, the Rev. Kevin Thompson, was sentenced in February to a year in prison for his role in a shark-poaching scheme in which he and several other men were accused of capturing exotic sharks and selling them to pet suppliers for between $9 and $75 apiece.
The Moon organization disavowed knowledge of the scheme, and avoided prosecution after agreeing to pay $500,000 to help restore the California leopard shark habitat in the bay. -- Ron Russell