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The Unification Church is including three stops in Alaska on its summer-long, worldwide road rally. “Peace Road 2015” started in the Lower 48 at the end of May, and will eventually be held in 120 countries.
The Peace Road rallies are for promoting the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s dream of an intercontinental highway connecting six of the seven continents.
On Friday afternoon at 3, participants in Kodiak will bike from the church’s Angel Garden Center on Selief Lane to St. Paul Harbor and back. There, the president of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Michael Balcomb, will give a talk about the prospects for a tunnel under the Bering Strait as part of the world peace highway.
Afterwards, there will be a trek by car out to the Kodiak World Training Center in Chiniak for a barbecue, sports, music, and a bonfire. The public is welcome to all the activities.
The church’s coordinator for the event, Jonathan van Dorsten, says the gathering tomorrow is to remind people of the aim for world peace.
“The minister of our church is going to give a short talk and he’s going to elaborate more on the significance of the peace event that we’re holding," says van Dorsten. "Also, the mayor’s going to be there from what they told and me and she’s going to have the honor of passing on the flag. Then people that are gonna bike are gonna bike a short distance – a symbolic distance.”
Similar rallies will be held Saturday in Anchorage and on Tuesday in Nome.