Join the 21-Day Peace Challenge

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On July 15, we filled Madison Square Garden for Peace Starts With Me, a wonderful event where we could all share in the love of God as one family.
Over 10,000 people took a stand for creating peace every day of our lives, starting with ourselves, our relationships, and neighborhoods, and reaching all the way out to our nation and the world.

True Mother shared a message about the history of God’s work for peace, the world’s dire need for true parents who can guide us to live as true brothers and sisters, and how America can be a leader in restoring peace on earth, starting with each of us. If we practice true love everywhere we go, shine our light to the world, and live for the sake of others, God’s peaceful home on earth is not far away. Continue reading Join the 21-Day Peace Challenge

Over 500 Youth Share Amazing Weekend With True Mother

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From July 14 to 16, over 500 youth and young adults from all around the nation and the world enjoyed a fulfilling weekend in which they connected with one another, True Parents, and True Parents’ family, learning the meaning of hyojeong, a heart of filial piety.

On Friday, July 14, the Hyojeong Youth Weekend kicked off with dance practice for a performance of “Mujogeon (Unconditionally)” for True Mother’s “Peace Starts With Me” speech at Madison Square Garden, followed by an intimate discussion with Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) International President, Sun Jin Moon. Her honesty and grace in helping the young Unificationists—many who have never met True Mother—understand True Mother’s heart also helped the youth understand themselves. Continue reading Over 500 Youth Share Amazing Weekend With True Mother

Your Weekly Update – July 14

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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:

True Mother’s Message

Watch the weekly update video to hear True Mother’s recent message.

Youth Clean Up Madison Square Garden

On the morning of July 14, 80 young people walked in groups around Madison Square Garden to pick up trash and clean up the general area, with a desire to give all of their heart to tomorrow’s event.

Practical Tips for July 15

Watch the weekly update video for a few things to keep in mind if you are attending Peace Starts With Me on July 15.

How to Enter the Now & Then Contest

Watch the weekly update video or click the link below for instructions on how to enter the Now & Then contest.

Live Broadcast for Peace Starts With Me

Watch the weekly update video or click the link below to learn how to connect to tomorrow’s live broadcast.

More Practical Tips for July 15

As the clock winds down until “Peace Starts With Me,” watch Demian Dunkley of the National Ministry Team give you the latest tips and suggestions for coming fully prepared to the July 15 event, or read below. 

1. BRING A FULLY CHARGED CELLPHONE AND EARBUDS

True Mother will be giving her keynote speech, “Peace Starts With Me” in Korean. We will be listening to a live translation (provided in English, Japanese, and Spanish) through a conference call system, so make sure to bring a fully charged cell phone and earbuds!

2. EAT BEFORE THE EVENT

The event will last two to three hours, so it is suggested you eat before coming to “Peace Starts With Me,” so that you can comfortably enjoy the spiritual message and inspirational singing.

3. USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE THE EVENT

You do not want to miss any of True Mother’s message, so we recommend going to the bathroom before she begins to speak.

4. DOORS OPEN AT 2PM

Since the doors to Madison Square Garden will be opening at 2PM on July 15, we recommend that you arrive at the venue around 1:45PM. We expect the event to go until around 5:00PM. The doors to the entrance of Madison Square Garden are located on 32nd St and 7th Ave in New York, NY.

Have more questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for “Peace Starts With Me.”

Your Weekly Update – July 7

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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:

True Mother’s Message

Watch this week’s weekly update for True Mother’s latest words.

Latest Mobilization Efforts from Monthly Meeting

Read more on the details from the National Ministry Team’s monthly meeting before July 15.

Dance Tutorial for 200 Praise Dancers

You can practice at home to perform as one of the 200 Praise Dancers at Madison Square Garden!

Come Prepared to Madison Square Garden

Watch the weekly update video for more information on how to be prepared for True Mother’s message on July 15.

What to Prepare for Translation at Madison Square Garden

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If you’re planning to attend Peace Starts With Me at Madison Square Garden on July 15, please note that translation services will be provided via phone call, rather than by radio. Make sure to bring a fully charged cell phone with headphones for translation. Smartphones are not necessary. Translation services will be offered in English, Japanese, and Spanish.

For younger audiences, who may not have cell phones, consider sharing headphones or purchasing a cable splitter to plug in multiple headphones to one phone.

We will have additional information and specific guidance for international attendees soon.

To learn more about how to prepare for the event, read our Frequently Asked Questions.  

Creating Peace on Earth Through Madison Square Garden

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On July 6, 2017, excitement and inspiration was in the air as the National Ministry Team gathered for their monthly meeting in the last days before True Mother’s speech at Madison Square Garden.

Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) USA Vice President Rev. Miilhan Stephens served as emcee, while FFWPU USA Vice President Rev. Mari Curry then fervently read from the Chambumogyeong. True Father’s words 10 days before his 1974 speech at Madison Square Garden, “The New Future of Christianity,” reverberated in the hearts of the Unificatonists as they prepare for July 15:

Through the Madison Square Garden rally, God can realize His Will to reclaim the heavenly nation and from that place liberate all people. It is a historic event that will serve as a base from which we can leap forward. From here, multitudes of people must come together with one heart and make one united effort, shedding their sweat together and moving as one body despite having different interests and different emotions. This will be an opportunity for God, who once could only look upon New York with despair, to finally have hope through you.

Dr. Kim’s inspirational speech to the National Ministry Team

Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, FFWPU International Vice President, also urged everyone to take action in this pivotal moment for “Peace Starts with Me.” There have been saints and sages who served for God throughout history, and Unificationists have been handed this opportunity to return joy to the Heavenly Parent. It is by giving joy to others and to God that we can attain true happiness, Dr. Kim told those in the audience.

FFWPU USA President Dr. Michael Balcomb continued the inspiration in his overview of the program for “Peace Starts with Me.” During his presentation, he reminded those in the room how lucky fortunate they are to be called together to bring joy to God, declaring “We are God’s winning team, and victory is very close!”

Pastors from Districts 1, 2, and 3 provided encouraging updates on their efforts to mobilize for Madison Square Garden. District 2 Pastor, Rev. Edner Pierre-Louis, had representatives throughout his district come to the stage to share specifically about how they have taken action to bring joy back to God. Dr. Drissa Kone will be hosting a dinner with 30 religious African leaders to campaign for “Peace Starts with Me” and the significance of this event. Read more about how you can promote “Peace Starts with Me.” 

Demian Dunkley, the Director of Evangelism at FFWPU USA, reminded everyone that peace is a universal desire, further emphasizing the relevance of “Peace Starts with Me.” For the significance of True Mother’s message to be recognized, Demian insisted, we must live according to the standards of True Parents–standards that are rooted in true love for God and the world.

The Youth and Young Adult Ministry gave updates on the preparation for Hyojeong Youth Weekend. “I see this weekend as an incredible opportunity to create a shift in our young adults to adopt a heart of filial piety,” shared Tasnah Moyer, the National Young Adult Ministry Coordinator. Naokimi Ushiroda, the National Director of Youth and Students Ministry, after reflecting on Tasnah’s comments, noted how True Mother is also the example of filial piety before God, proudly and confidently declaring that she is His true daughter.

Representatives from the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) and Universal Peace Federation (UPF) also reported on their progress in preparing for July 15. Inspired by the theme, “Peace Starts with Me,” Archbishop George Stallings Jr., the National Co-Chair of ACLC, began singing “Let There be Peace on Earth.” The rest of the crowd joined Archbishop Stallings, as they sang in unity:

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me

Let there be peace on earth

The peace that was meant to be

Are you ready to create peace on earth? Join us on July 15 to “Peace Starts with Me,” and invite your friends and family!