Save the Date: True Parents at the Garden

TRUE MOTHER WILL SPEAK AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, JULY 15!

Yes, it’s official! True Mother will return to America and speak at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, July 15, 2017. That date is an important anniversary: it was on July 15, 2012 that True Father left the United States for the last time to return to Korea. We didn’t know then that it would be the last time to see him in America.

It is very meaningful that exactly five years later, True Mother will speak of the dream of God and True Parents at this most illustrious venue. This event will be the latest chapter in True Parents’ long history at Madison Square Garden. In 1974, True Father delivered his landmark message “The New Future of Christianity” to an overflow crowd there, and True Parents returned to the Garden to officiate the Holy Blessing of 2075 couples in 1982, and then again for the great interfaith Blessing ’98.

July 15, 2017 will be an unforgettable opportunity to share about God and True Parents’ dream for humankind. Join us in New York for this historic event!

ABOUT

It will be an all-ticket event, and supplies are very limited. Preregistration can be made here.

The day after Madison Square Garden, on Sunday, July 16, we will have a huge, happy victory picnic party at Belvedere. A block of several hundred rooms has been reserved at the New Yorker for Friday and Saturday, July 14 – 15, so please make a long weekend of it!

HOW TO SUPPORT

We want to encourage all families in America to join us in making an all-out effort to bring about a great, historic success.

  1. Pray! First of all, let us all offer sincere prayers for Heavenly Parents and True Parents’ complete victory. Let us pray for True Mother, and pray that God can use this opportunity to effect a great change in this nation, desperately in need of His word and guidance. A national 40-day condition of prayer will begin on June 5 and will carry to July 14. Detailed guidelines to follow shortly. Let us use the coming week to jump start on this condition with fervent prayers.
  2. Be There! Second, no matter where you live, please make definite plans to come, not alone but with your family, relatives, neighbors and tribe. You just have to be there! The program will have something for everyone, not just for FFWPU but all of our friends at UPF, ACLC, WFWP, CARP and all organizations.
  3. Donate! Third, we could really use your help to raise the funds to hold such a prestigious event. We’d like to invite all families to donate $700 or more if possible. Online donations can be made now at the FFWPU Special Donation Page.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Please visit this link to reserve your New Yorker Hotel rooms. The rate of $149 is per night per room (there will be tax added but all other fees have been waived). You can select your room type and number of nights at the time of reservation. This rate is guaranteed until June 30. After that date, the rate may go up. Please act fast to reserve your rooms to ensure we can keep our block and this rate.

Your Weekly Update – March 31

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Weekly Update 3-31-17

True Parents’ Day

Unificationists around the country and the world celebrated the 58th True Parents’ Day on March 28, 2017 (3.1 H.C.). Watch True Mother’s remarks on the occasion of the 55th True Parents’ Day in 2014.

Hyo Jeong East Garden Museum

The FFWPU USA media team traveled to Irvington, NY to meet with Mike McDevitt and get another sneak peak of the Hyo Jeong East Garden Museum preparations.

1975 Missionaries Reunion

This Memorial Day Weekend, UTS and FFWPU are hosting an inspiring Awards Ceremony and Reunion for all 1975 missionaries and their families on Saturday, May 27. We would like to invite you to join this special gathering, which will be held in Barrytown, NY in conjunction with this year’s UTS commencement ceremony.

GPA Cheon Il Guk Missionary Trainees

During the fourth week of their mission work in Costa Rica, the Generation Peace Academy Cheon Il Guk (CIG) Missionary Trainees celebrated Costa Rican culture with local Unificationists and held a second ohana workshop, where they invited attendees to understand their value and identity as the children of God’s family more deeply.

American Leadership Conference

The second pilot session of the American Leadership Conference took place at the Clifton Family Church of New Jersey on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

East Coast Can Do It

Running from March 25-28, the East Coast Can Do It workshop was the 11th in the We Can Do It Tribal Messiahship workshop series and the first regional version to be held in North America.

CARP International Exchange Trip

Inherit the heart, spirit, and love of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) by going to the places where CARP started over 50 years ago in Japan and Korea from June 19 to July 4. Connect with students on a global level by working together toward Vision 2020.

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Your Weekly Update – February 24

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Marriage Blessing Ceremonies

Two Marriage Blessing Ceremonies took place this month. In Dallas, Dr. Karen Hollie-Thibodeaux, Senior Pastor of the Lifeway Church of Dallas, and her husband Bishop David Thibodeaux organized a Valentine’s Day Blessing for 19 couples in Dallas City Hall’s prestigious Flag Room. In Elizabeth, New Jersey, three couples attended a Marriage Blessing Ceremony organized by more than 20 families from the Elizabeth Family Church. Congratulations to all the newly-Blessed couples!

Welcome Home, True Parents!

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~Welcome Home, True Parents!

Join our True Parents in a celebration at the Manhattan Center in New York on Saturday, December 3 at 3pm. This event, including the Little Angels performance, is complimentary. However, a modest donation is suggested and appreciated. All proceeds will go to the Nigeria Library Project. A donation box will be available onsite. You can also make a donation online here. See below for program details.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Manhattan Center

311 W 34th St,
New York, NY 10001

DOORS OPEN – 2PM
PROGRAM – 3PM

Tickets can be obtained from your local pastor or via online registration (click below).

I’M COMING


Program Details

> TRUE MOTHER’S MESSAGE

> True Mother's Message

Prior to True Mother’s visit to New York, she will host the UPF International Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., featuring a special session of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace. True Mother’s return to the United States for these important peace projects gives us much to celebrate.

Join True Mother and members and friends of FFWPU on December 3rd to hear True Parents’ message to us at this time.

> THE LITTLE ANGELS

> The Little Angels

The Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet of Korea was founded in 1962 by True Parents. The dance troupe seeks to convey to the people of the world the peace-loving spirit of the Korean people and the beautiful culture and arts produced throughout Korea’s 5,000-year history.

The group’s polished repertoire, which includes delightful traditional Korean dances, songs, and theatrical sketches, varies in effect from the breathtaking to heart-warming performances. The New York Times dubbed the Little Angels “a phenomenal company,” and the Russian magazine Pravda wrote that they are on “a global peace mission, realizing the most sublime human values and beauty in art.”

> COAT DRIVE

> Coat Drive

The FFWPU USA National Ministry Team will be partnering with New York Cares to provide warm coats for the local community. Bring your warm, gently-used coats to donate to those in need.

Your Weekly Update – August 5

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GTGY

A total of 1200 participants from all around the world have gathered in Cheongpyeong for the Global Top Gun Youth (GTGY) Workshop. On the first day of the workshop, August 1, participants gathered for the official opening ceremonies, where True Mother came to address them directly. Since then, the participants have also met with Sun Jin Moon, International President of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), her husband In Sup Alexander Park, International Vice President of FFWPU, and sister-in-law Professor Yeon Ah Moon, International President of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP).

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CARP 50th Anniversary

Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) America hosted its ‘Global Momentum’ conference from July 27-31 at the International Peace Education Center in Las Vegas. There was an incredible spirit, energy, and excitement among the diverse and uplifting group. Students, young professionals who serve as CARP mentors, and CARP leaders joined the five-day workshop, and the National Youth Ministry also collaborated on several sessions. The celebrations culminated in CARP’s 50th anniversary banquet over the weekend, bringing almost 300 participants including alumni, family, friends, and loved ones.

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Peace Road USA 2016

On July 31, the first 2016 Peace Road rally in the USA took place at the International Peace Education Center in Las Vegas. Fifty riders, including members of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) Executive Team, CARP representatives, and youth pastors, completed an 8-kilometer peace ride, while wearing their Peace Road t-shirts and waving their flags.

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International Peace Education Center

From July 20-26 a Spanish 7-Day Divine Principle Seminar was held at the International Peace Education Center in Las Vegas. This was the first seminar given in Spanish at this special site. There were 17 participants, who came from around the United States.

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Dr. Edwin Ang’s 90th Birthday

On July 30, Dr. Edwin Ang, one of the most senior members of our movement in the United States, turned 90. His family and friends came from around the world to celebrate this impressive milestone over the course of the past week. Happy birthday, Dr. Ang, and many happy returns!

 

Essay Competition

On August 19, 2016, Unificationists and friends from around the world will observe the 4th anniversary of True Father’s Seonghwa (ascension). As we take this time to remember our True Father and reflect on True Parents’ ever-growing legacy, the National Ministry Team invites you to participate in the 2016 Essay Competition. Write a 250-500 word review of the Cham Bumo Gyeong, and you could win a $500 scholarship prize!

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First Day of Global Top Gun Youth

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Throughout the weekend, a total of 1200 participants from all around the world arrived in Cheongpyeong for the Global Top Gun Youth (GTGY) Workshop.

Staff members for the GTGY workshop—comprised of representatives from Universal Peace Academy (UPA) as well as the International Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) Headquarters and the FFWPU Japan, Korea, and USA national ministry teams—all met together for the first time on Saturday, July 30, as they prepared to answer True Mother’s call to receive over 1000 international middle, high school, and university students.

As students poured in from around the world, they were warmly welcomed by the staff and registered for what promises to be the global youth event of the year.

On the first day of the workshop, August 1, participants gathered for the official opening ceremonies, where True Mother came to address them directly. Prior to True Mother’s arrival, the GTGY participants prepared their hearts and minds to receive True Mother by learning to say phrases like, “Mother, we love you!” and “Mother is beautiful!” in Korean.

After welcoming True Mother, each region was invited to stand up and give rousing cheers and applause for God and True Parents. True Mother then spoke to the participants for 40 minutes on the themes of the Only Begotten Daughter, Jesus’s mission, and the opportunities and responsibilities open to all Unificationists.

Upon concluding her remarks, True Mother joined the participants seated before the stage and the ever-popular Apple Heaven band stepped up to play several energizing songs. Having recently recorded their first album, Apple Heaven concluded their set for the day by giving a copy of their album to each of the GTGY participants in attendance.

The opening ceremonies subsequently ended with an address by Sun Gil Cho, Secretary General of International Headquarters of FFWPU.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates daily as the Global Top Gun Youth Workshop continues in the weeks ahead!

GTGY Meet with their Elder Sisters and Brother

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Contributed by Shinyoung Chang

The Global Top Gun Youth (GTGY) Workshop began on August 1. Because of True Mother’s sincere desire to invest in the education of youth, she generously offered to cover the workshop fee for all 1,200 participants, allowing as many as 120 American Unificationist youth to attend.

On our first day, the GTGYers heard from True Mother directly. You can read more about our experiences of meeting with True Mother here.

Today, Sun Jin Moon, International President of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) came with her husband In Sup Moon, International Vice President of FFWPU, and sister-in-law Professor Yeon Ah Moon, International President of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP), to spend time with the workshop participants.

The Universal Peace Academy (UPA) band played a few songs to lift up our hearts and minds as we started our day together. Then the three guests walked up on stage, where they sat cross-legged on the stage floor wearing GTGY shirts! This set up made the participants particularly excited and open to hearing their remarks because it felt very familial and engaging.

Sun Jin Moon guided the participants in a reading of True Father’s autobiography, A Peace Loving Global Citizen, then talked about her life and how the love of God and True Parents have helped her to address the obstacles she has faced.

At the conclusion of her main remarks, there was an opportunity for question-and-answer, and a lot of the Japanese and international participants asked questions about True Mother and how to better understand her heart. They also asked how to serve True Parents well when they’re still so young. Sun Jin Moon answered the participants honestly and openly, sharing that True Parents, like our own parents, love us and want us to be happy and to excel in what we create.

After the question-and-answer session ended, Sun Jin Moon then led a combined dance and exercise session featuring the famous “Bounce” song and also freestyle dancing. The international participants were particularly excited by the opportunity to dance together with Sun Jin Moon and the other GTGY participants.

In the afternoon, all of the participants gathered together again to play icebreakers and get to know one another better. Because there are so many GTGYers here, it turned out to be a huge competition with games and prizes, and the winners were ultimately chosen by voting with rousing cheers.

The participants then ended their day together as they will every day: practicing a song for one hour in the evening to be performed at the upcoming commemoration of True Father’s fourth Seonghwa anniversary. Many are even preparing to continue practicing the songs once we go on pilgrimage tomorrow, August 3.

Be sure to stay tuned for more updates about our adventures as we head out on the road!

Your Weekly Update – July 22

Your Weekly Update – July 22

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True Mother’s Message

True Mother recently held a meeting to prepare for events leading up to the fourth anniversary of True Father’s Seonghwa. Watch the weekly update video for an excerpt of her message.

 

Update from Cheongpyeong

Hear the latest from the participants of the ongoing international workshop at Cheongpyeong, as they make their way around Korea for a Holy Ground pilgrimage.

 

WFWP Leadership Retreat

This year, members of Women’s Federation for World Peace and Unification USA gathered together in Tampa, FL for their annual retreat from July 14 to 17. The theme of the retreat was “Compassionate, Sustainable Leadership.” Throughout the retreat, WFWP considered how compassionand sustainability are characteristics of a new, feminine style of leadership that can make peace a reality. They took time to refresh their personal connections with God in the beautiful nature, empower one another with their shared confidence and passion, gain spiritual and practical tools for use in the field, and connect more deeply in heart with WFWP Co-Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, bonding together as women and sisters to create and renew friendships.

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Checking in with Ocean Challenge

The National Ocean Challenge Program is now rolling into its second week with full force. This year, 36 participants, by far the largest group NOCP has ever had, have gathered in Alaska from all over the United States as well as Japan, Korea, and Russia, to understand True Parents’ vision for ocean providence. During the first week, all the participants earned their CPR certifications at the U.S. Coast Guard base. They also had their first taste of Alaskan river fishing in Chiniak, where they caught many fish and learned about the importance of high and low river tides. After undertaking the challenge of starting a fire, they cooked and ate the day’s catch together on the shore.