Your Weekly Update – June 1

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Every week the National Ministry Team compiles stories and important upcoming events in a quick weekly update video. Here is what we cover this week:

Words from True Mother

Watch the weekly update for words from True Mother in Korea!

Hyo Jin Moon 10th Memorial Concert

On Saturday, May 26, a tribute concert to Hyo Jin Moon, True Parents’ eldest son and an avid, soulful musician who dedicated his life to creating art that could move the world, was held.

Unificationists of all ages came from around the country to celebrate Hyo Jin Moon’s life and legacy and to contribute to the concert. Highlights among the acts were performances by the Ancestors, a band that worked closely with Hyo Jin in the 90s; as well as the Hyo Jin Moon band, who came all the way from Japan to accompany three of Hyo Jin Moon’s children, who came all the way from Korea to sing songs from their father’s extensive repertoire.

Hyojeong FamilyFest 2018

Check out interviews and footage from the Hyojeong FamilyFest 2018, in which Unificationists from all over the northeast celebrated the Day of All Things, a Unificationist holy day.

Join TribeNet for the 40-day Blessing Condition

TribeNet is celebrating its one year anniversary! On June 5, 2017, Tribenet, a national network of Unificationists striving to achieve the vocation of Tribal Messiahship in America, was kicked off with a 40-day Blessing campaign in preparation for True Mother’s Madison Square Garden rally.

To celebrate and unite with True Parents’ vision we’re inviting you to join us in this 40-day Blessing condition from June 5 to July 15. We will help you get out there and share the most precious gift True Parents have given us.

Your Weekly Update – May 25

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Every week the National Ministry Team compiles stories and important upcoming events in a quick weekly update video. Here is what we cover this week:

Hyo Jin Moon 10th Memorial Concert

Celebrate the life, faith, and music of Hyo Jin Moon, True Parents’ second son, on Saturday, May 26, at the Manhattan Center! Buy your tickets today.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Minnesota Family Church Building

After Sunday Service on May 20, the Minnesota Family Church held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the construction site of their new church building, the first to be built from the ground up for the Unification movement in America.

Hyojeong FamilyFest 2018

Come to the third annual Hyojeong FamilyFest, a day when we give thanks to God for the blessings and beauty of each returning spring with a worship service, music, games, food and fun for the whole family. The celebration is on May 27, at Belvedere Estate!

Learn to Teach the Divine Principle

Empower your life of faith through a deeper understanding of the Divine Principle–when you attend our special, 7-day Divine Principle Lecture Training Intensive!

This June, we have an exciting opportunity for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the Divine Principle: a 7-day lecture training intensive, complete with one-on-one lecture practice, spiritual and practical guidance on lecturing, and a lecture competition.

Peace Starts with Me Vienna 2018, True Mother’s Message

April 29, 2018, Vienna, Austria, Wiener Stadthalle

The following is an unofficial translation of True Mother’s message.
(from familyfed.org)

Respected distinguished guests, religious leaders, and ambassadors for peace from all around the world who came here for this day—especially ambassadors for peace and Family Federation members who made the long trip, traveling thirty hours from Russia to be here today—ladies and gentlemen, religious figures and leaders representing Heavenly Africa who came here to the Heavenly Europe region, thank you.

How can we live in a peaceful and happy world? Today we take great pains to think about what we can do to live in a peaceful and happy world. However, the things occurring around us make us anxious about the future. I see the European region especially as a region that Heaven has prepared. As Jesus Christ went the way of the cross, he prophesized that he would return. Christianity began by the Apostles that resurrected through the works of the Holy Spirit as they waited for the Messiah to return.

Christians received unspeakable persecution in the early days. After Rome recognized Christianity, it traveled through the European continent, from the Italian Peninsula, crossing to an island nation, Great Britain. Then the nations centered on Britain spread [Christian faith] out to the world under Christ’s name and opened the Atlantic Civilization Era. However, they did not know Christ’s essence. Caught up in their own selfishness, they put the benefit of their own nations first. So the result was different from what they had intended. In the end, rather than a movement that gave true love, it ended as a culture that took much away.

Externally, Europe began the industrial revolution. They achieved civilization, and due to scientific developments, people gained convenience. Yet, many problems occurred due to being unable to maintain balance. If humans continue in this way, the future of human life and even the planet we live on cannot be guaranteed. It is true we are at a point when we cannot help but worry. We have reached the limit of what human strength alone can do. People must know what kind of being the owner of the universe, God, our creator, is. Only through [knowing] that can all problems be solved.

In the beginning, originally when God created heaven, the Earth and all things, he created based on his form. He created as plus and minus in the mineral world, stamen and pistil in the plant world, and male and female in the animal world. Lastly, he created the human world as man and woman, Adam and Eve, as the Bible calls them. In particular, God gave humankind a growth period. At that time, [Adam and Eve] should have lived a life of becoming absolutely one with God, the Creator. However, during that time, when they had not fully matured, they developed greed. Due to that, the fallen human beings of today, who have no connection to God, were born.

Heaven could not just throw away fallen humanity. The omniscient and omnipotent God cannot fail. Because God gave human beings’ responsibility, unless a person who can accept Heaven’s will and become the [good] ancestor emerges from within humankind, God cannot realize his purpose of creation. Thus, Heaven had no choice but to go through the bitter and difficult providence of restoration through indemnity.

Heaven selected the Israelites as the chosen people and wished for them to achieve a foundation at the individual, people, tribal, and national levels. How difficult must that have been that it took four thousand years? After the long period of four thousand years, Heaven sent the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The longed-for messiah had come but Mary, who gave birth to him, figures in Judaism and the Israelites could not fulfill their responsibilities. The central figure who would accept the providence’s will and realize God’s purpose of creation and whom [God] had sent after the long period of four thousand years had come but a foundation to help him had not been prepared.

In conclusion, he had no choice but to go the way of the cross. Jesus went the way of the cross and prophesized that he would return. Through him the Christian cultural sphere was born.

Christians have a responsibility. They must not just blindly wait for the Messiah to come, riding on the clouds. They must know what the Messiah will do when he comes and prepare for it. The Messiah came as the only son of God and said he would hold the marriage supper of the Lamb when he returns. Then, from the Christian culture sphere, the only daughter of God who can be the Messiah’s partner must be born. However, the European region, where Christianity began, was unable to prepare this. Throughout the history of God’s providence, he has given people responsibilities. If the individual or people are unable to fulfill their responsibilities, God does not use them again. This is because they have indemnity left that must be paid.

Heaven chose a people who could give birth to the only daughter of God. Thus, in 1943 from the Korean peninsula in the East, the only daughter of God was born. This event is the truth of the providence. Korea was liberated [from Japan] in 1945. After Korea’s liberation, Korea was divided [based on] democratic and communist thought. At that time, a devout and spiritual Christian group believed the returning Lord would come somewhere near Pyongyang. Therefore, the three generations of my family, who had devout faith, did not consider going to southern Korea. Heaven gave birth to me after six thousand years and knew I needed a period of growth and thus had me head south. Then in 1950, the Korean War arose. At that time, South Korea did not have the strength to face North Korea. Because Heaven needed to give me a time of growth, God mobilized the UN Forces comprised of sixteen nations. That was how the democratic nation of South Korea came to be. We can see how much Heaven wished for the birth of a victorious person who could realize God’s purpose of creation. We can see how miserably God waited for the day when humankind’s ancestor would give rebirth to fallen humankind through the Blessing Ceremony and God could embrace them as “My son” and “My daughter.” You must know this historical truth.

The Old Testament Age is already in the past. The New Testament age is also already in the past. The prophesized Messiah returned in 1960, met the only daughter of God and they rose to the position of True Parents. Christianity should have prepared the environment for this, but Christianity is still unable to understand this foundation. Yet the providence develops. True Parents laid down roots on earth. Therefore, Heaven was able to give birth to many blessed families who could lay down roots. Just in the Europe region, there is a fifty-year history.

In that time, they went through many difficulties due to those in the Christian realm misunderstanding them. Furthermore, there were many difficulties due to Communist Thought, which came out of the Christian realm. In particular, the early European members engaged in missionary work through underground activities in “Mission Butterfly” to liberate the people of countries suffering under Communist regimes. That there were many sacrifices is true. Yet those who knew the providence and knew Heaven’s circumstances took a path of unchanging absolute faith.

I would like to say this to you all: The past Christian providence in Europe failed from being in the position of not knowing Jesus’ essence. Yet now through True Parents, we know that God, the Creator, is our Heavenly Parent. Heavenly Parent has gone through the bitter, tear-filled and painful six thousand years of searching for his longed-for children. The time has come for you that stand in front of Heavenly Parent as blessed children born through True Parents to fulfill your responsibilities.

Salvation is not only salvation for yourself. Each of you must save your tribe. That is why I have told blessed families to fulfill their responsibilities as tribal messiahs. They must do their utmost in all places around the world and realize their responsibilities as tribal messiahs. You must go on a path not only as the messiah of your tribe but as the messiah for your nation and for the world so you can become filial children and patriots in Heavenly Parent’s presence. True Parents opened the Pacific Rim Civilization Era, during which we share true love. Please be aware that there are blessed families and second- and third generation members who are embracing all humankind through the true love of living for the sake of others under the banner of the Hyo Jeong Culture of Heart Revolution. That is the only path for humankind to live in a world of peace.

How bitter will the 7.5 billion people of the world be if they go to spirit world not knowing True Parents, despite being alive at the same time as True Parents? Your ancestors headed out to the world under Christ’s name. Now in the name of True Parents, you will, I hope, become proud people of Europe who fulfill all your responsibilities as tribal messiahs, national messiahs, and messiahs who will save the world. Thank you.

Your Weekly Update – May 11

Every week the National Ministry Team compiles stories and important upcoming events in a quick weekly update video. Here is what we cover this week:

Northeast Harmony Tour

Since May 1, Northeast Subregional Director Demian Dunkley, Secretary General Rev. Miilhan Stephens, and National Ministry Team Videographer Luke Higuchi have been touring across the northeast subregion in order to unify local communities under True Mother’s heart and vision for 2020 and beyond. Learn more about their journey on the subregion’s website!

Hyo Jin Moon Memorial Concert

Celebrate the life, faith, and music of Hyo Jin Moon, True Parents’ second son, on Saturday, May 26! Buy your tickets today.

FamilyFest 2018

Come to the third annual Hyojeong FamilyFest, a day when we give thanks to God for the blessings and beauty of each returning spring with a worship service, music, games, food and fun for the whole family. The celebration is on May 27, at Belvedere Estate!

Unification Church Does Not Encourage Firearm Use

Unification Church Does Not Encourage Firearm Use

NEW YORK CITY, NY – After the tragic recent events in Parkland, Florida, Family Federation (FFWPU) wishes to express our condolences to the families of the victims of such a horrendous incident. We would also like to take this opportunity to stress that our events, programs and theology do not involve the use of firearms or weapons whatsoever.

Family Federation for a Heavenly USA and Family Federation for World Peace and Unification are founded by Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. We are also referred to as simply Family Federation or the Unification Church.

A breakaway organization calling themselves The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary of Newfoundland, PA, known simply as Sanctuary Church, is not affiliated with Family Federation. While we respect and support every individual’s religious freedom, freedom of speech and constitutional rights, as an organization we do not use and strongly oppose the utilization of weapons in religious ceremonies.

Local Family Federation pastor, Rev. Iwasaki Shota of the Pennsylvania Family Church said, “Family Federation is all about healing and reconciliation. We host events to promote interreligious dialogue, responsible civic leadership, and marriage blessing ceremonies. Rev. Moon’s teachings are all about bringing people together so that we bring joy and happiness to God, our Heavenly Parent and feel fulfillment ourselves. Bringing weapons into any of that seems completely contradictory to me.”

While the founder of Sanctuary Church is the son of Rev. Moon, it should be noted that he has sadly chosen to separate from and rebel against his mother and his father’s philanthropic endeavors. Since the death of Rev. Moon back in 2012, Family Federation has been led by Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon, the co-founder. The symbols of Family Federation, both pictured above, are also registered trademarks and not authorized for use by Sanctuary Church.

It saddens us that Reverend Moon’s son has chosen to separate himself and walk in opposition to his parent’s legacy building world peace. As an organization, Family Federation stresses the value of family as the antidote to societal breakdown. But as any family who has its troubles, we still love all of the members of the Sanctuary Church as our brothers and sisters despite our disagreements. We pray every day and look forward to being able to call each other one united family once again,” said Family Federation president Rev. Richard Buessing.

For interviews, statements, or other inquiries, please use the contact information listed below.

ABOUT FAMILY FEDERATION

Family Federation is composed of families from around the world striving to establish a world of peace and unity among all peoples, races, and religions as envisioned by Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon and to embody the ideal of true love as taught in the Divine Principle, the core teachings of the Unification Movement. Family Federation champions three ideals: family, peace, and unification. Our mission statement is:

“To guide America back to God through the teachings and Marriage Blessing of True Parents.”

 

CONTACT:

Nancy Jubb
Press Relations
212-997-0057
press@familyfed.org

Turning Point 2017-CARP

We are in the middle of the CARP Turning Point workshop at IPEC taking place from December 26, 2018 to January 1, 2018 but we are preparing daily reports so you can get a taste of what it’s like here! For more photos, check out our Facebook album. 

DAY SIX – DECEMBER 31st

On the last full day of the workshop, the participants were determined to end strong, so, despite being tired from a rigorous schedule, they came in this morning ready to “cut the dove,” a reference from the story of Abraham meaning to finish an offering.

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The First Spiritual Birth of the Year

Mr. and Mrs. Dhami receive the Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony

At 12:05am on New Year’s Day, Mr. and Mrs. Dhami received the Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony with Northeast Subregional Director Demian Dunkley and his wife, Yumiko, as officiators. In the testimony below, Demian recounts how he and his wife were able to provide the Blessing at the start of the New Year. 

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