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Utah stop set for bus retracing the Rev. Moon’s cross-country trip

First Published      Last Updated Jul 29 2014 10:58 am

A bright red tour bus — with the banner "God's Hope for America" emblazoned on its sides and filled with members of the Unification Church — is slated to pull into east Salt Lake City's Sugar House Park at 8 a.m. on July 31.

The stop is part of an 11,000-mile, summerlong tour revisiting the 55 "Holy Grounds" established by the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon in the winter of 1965.

Moon, founder of the Unification Church, died in 2012 at 92.

LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter, the Rev. Elias Koucos, rector of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Holladay, other clergy and Utah members of the Unification Church will be on hand Thursday to greet the bus, now in its "homestretch," according to a news release.

The bus also is making stops in Omaha, Neb., Denver and Cheyenne, Wyo.

"Visiting all 50 states will afford me an opportunity to see how our community is holding up to the passage of time," Michael Balcolmb, Unification Church of America president, wrote in an essay posted by Religion News Service. "I'll also attempt to map the changing political, social and economic landscape of America, at least as it applies to our Unificationist corner of this great nation."

Peggy Fletcher Stack