On a summer night in 1939, four searchlights stabbed the sky over the Hollywood Bowl. After a trumpet blast, an unseen voice proclaimed a new hope sent by God in the hour of crisis—Moral Re-Armament: “It spread like wildfire across the world. Today on every continent, in over 60 nations, men and women of every race, color, and point of view are finding in Moral Re-Armament the common sense way to a better world. As civilization plunges from crisis to crisis, a prophetic voice rings out again with a Call to the Nations for Moral and Spiritual Re-Armament.”1 A lengthy procession filled the stage, with hundreds of people from around the world carrying their nations’ flags. The audience of thirty thousand sang patriotic songs. Prominent citizens of Los Angeles, including famed dancer Ruth St. Denis and the former president of the Chamber of Commerce, gave inspiring speeches.2
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