Weekly Update: 2016-09-09

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Weekly Update: 2016-09-09

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Every week the National Ministry Team compiles stories and important upcoming events in a quick weekly update video. This week, we invite you to the America and God’s Will Rally on September 17, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Washington Monument Rally. Come join us on from 2-5pm for an afternoon of inspiration, music and blessings as we seek God’s guidance for our nation, in the patriotic spirit of the True Parents’ 1976 God Bless America Bicentennial Festival. Add your voice as the spirit moves again!

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Your Weekly Update – August 19

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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:

The Fourth Memorial for True Father’s Seonghwa

The Festival to Commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the Universal Seonghwa of Sun Myung Moon, the True Parent of Heaven, Earth and Humankind was held on August 19 at the Peace World Center in Korea. Click the link below to watch and read True Mother’s message.

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Blessed Culture and Sports Festival

The Blessed Culture and Sports Festival, which took place from August 10-14, was accented with incredible displays of the power of community and the spirit of persistence.

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Your Weekly Update – August 12

Your Weekly Update – August 12

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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:

GTGY

From August 3-5, the Global Top Gun Youth (GTGY) Workshop participants embarked on a pilgrimage to historic and sacred Holy Ground sites located throughout Korea. Twenty-six buses carried over 1200 GTGY participants, Universal Peace Academy (UPA) cadets, and FFWPU International staff to the holy sites, including Cheongbok Gung, Chungpa Dong, Paju Wonjeon, Beomneggol, Mungyeong Sae Chae, and Ocean Resort.

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Holy Days

During the first week of August, Unificationists celebrated two significant and historical Holy Days: the Day of God’s Eternal Blessing (7.1 Jeol, known in Korean asChil Il Jeol), and the Day of Cosmic Sabbath (7.8 Jeol, or Chil Pal Jeol). On August 9, in a national ceremony at East Garden and also in local churches across the country, our American family gathered to give thanks to God and True Parents for these two significant anniversaries.

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National Parents’ Day

National Parents’ Day was proclaimed as a federal national holiday in 1995, after True Mother had proposed its creation before the U.S. Senate one year prior, and has been celebrated annually ever since. The 22nd annual Parents’ Day banquet, organized by FFWPU USA, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF USA), the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP USA), and The Washington Times Foundation, was held on August 5, 2016 at The Washington Times in Washington, D.C., where over 250 people gathered to honor finalists and recipients of the National Parents of the Year Award.

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Japan Youth Pilgrimage

On August 8, 2016, 30 university-age Japanese Unificationists visited the FFWPU USA National Ministry offices and met with the National Ministry Team, including FFWPU North America Continental Chairman, Dr. Ki Hoon Kim; FFWPU USA President, Dr. Michael Balcomb; FFWPU USA Vice Presidents, Miilhan Stephens and Mari Curry; Kodan Director, Mr. Hiroshi Inose; and others.

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BCSF

On August 10, 2016, the 12th Annual Blessed Culture and Sports Festival (BSCF XII) commenced at the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in Barrytown, NY. Unificationists from around the country and the world gathered together to celebrate our faith and community, as well as engage in spirited and respectful competition with one another all the way through Sunday, August 14.

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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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Your Weekly Update – August 5

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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:

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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Your Weekly Update – July 29

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Your Weekly Update – July 29

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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 in Korea.

 

Dallas Family Church Opening Ceremony

On Sunday, July 24, the Dallas Family Church held a sanctification ceremony for their new church building.

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BCSF

The Blessed Culture and Sports Festival (BCSF) is happening from August 10-14 at the Unification Theological Seminary in New York. Register today!

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Your Weekly Update – July 22

Your Weekly Update – July 22

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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

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.

Your Weekly Update – July 15

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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 Explains New Name of Cheongpyeong Complex

True Mother recently named the Cheongpyeong complex, “Hyojeong Cheonwon”. Watch the weekly update for True Mother’s recent message.

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Update from Cheongpyeong

Hear the latest from the participants of the ongoing 40-day international workshop at Cheongpyeong, as they delve deeper into the Divine Principle and their relationships with God, True Parents, and one another.

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Marriage Blessing Ceremony at Belvedere

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, a Marriage Blessing Ceremony was held at True Parents’ Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown, NY. The ceremony took place in the tea garden in the backyard of the Main House, before a lovely backdrop of swaying trees. With support from family and friends among the Unificationist community, four couples renewed their marriage vows and began their life as Blessed Couples.

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Phoenix Summit

The Phoenix Summit was held over the weekend of July 8 – 10 at East Garden. Fifty-five participants, 30 of whom are young people in their 20s and 30s, participated together with a group of senior members.

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Divine Principle Workshops in Las Vegas

Join us in beautiful Las Vegas this summer at the International Peace Education Center for one of many Divine Principle workshops being offered this season. There will be workshops held in English and in Spanish from July 20-26.

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International Youth Workshop in Korea

True Mother is inviting all youth and young adults to attend an exciting workshop in Korea from August 1 to 21. One thousand youth will gather at Cheongpyeong for this special 21-day experience hosted by True Parents. True Mother looks forward to speaking with everyone personally, and giving young people a unique chance to unite in heart with brothers and sisters from all over the world. If you are a CARP member, college, university, high school or middle school student, we strongly recommend this workshop for you, and encourage you to sincerely make an effort to attend. This is a workshop you won’t want to miss! There is an application process, including a recommendation letter from your local or district pastor.

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