Passing the torch of PeacemakingRev. Sun Myung Moon passes the torch
At the moment, Rev. and Mrs. Moon, together with Hyung Jin Moon and Yeon Ah Moon, are on a tour that includes 7 nations in Europe and 1 nation in the Middle East. Three generations of Moons family together are passing the torch of peacemaking in the Old Continent.
Rev. Moon, in 1935, had a vision of Jesus Christ who ordered him to fulfill the unfinished task of establishing God’s kingdom on earth. Despite the fierce attacks, the Korean born Sun Myung Moon, could win recognition from political leaders in Washington and around the globe. His work and teaching had enormous impact on shaping our century.
Founding President, James Mancham, Seychelles (1976-77), wrote: "Father Moon has created a global alliance of religious, academic, political, civic and business leaders to work together to promote global peace and create what he calls a unified world in which people live together in harmony, cooperation and co-prosperity."
Throughout the years numerous, of so called 'experts', have predicted his demise and decline. Yet Rev. Moon's organizations and foundation grew to an unprecedented world level in less than 50 years.
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Some say that the ranks of the church's U.S. followers have thinned, but in fact today their children are more than the parents. In recent articles 'The New Moons: The Second Generation' where described as bringing a new life in the Organization's work.
Worldwide, the core members of the church may be about 200,000 or 300,000, but with the associates of their Peace organizations, membership figures go way over hundred millions. Those who received the Marriage Blessing around the world are close to 400 million families. They might not be core members of Rev. Moon's organizations, but they are inspired by the main vision for "World Peace through Ideal Families".
“To us, the messiah is the one who re-creates the original ideal on earth, which is passing on the tradition of loving families,” said Mr. Schanker, main spokesman of the Church. “The kids will take the traditions and values to a new level.”, he continued.
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Even Moon's former enemies now recognize and celebrate the value of his "global vision" for peace. Here is what an Anglican Priest, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Rev. David A. Hart wrote:
"Thank you, Rev. Moon, for your life of self-sacrifice and vision. In some sense, even we who are outside your membership as Ambassadors for Peace can salute you also as our "True Father," for you have contributed to the global vision of the earlier messiahs, and we salute your noble path and commit ourselves to follow in the future!"
And he is only one of hundreds of thousands of priests and religious scholars who share that admiration of Rev. Moon's work and teachings.
Hyung Jin Moon, one of several offspring who have roles in the religious movement, is now president of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, which entered the United States in the late 1950s. Hyung Jin is the seventh and youngest son of Rev. Moon.
Elder brothers Kook Jin Moon, 39, is in charge of business ventures in South Korea, while Hyun Jin “Preston” Moon, 40, is chairman of News World Communications, the parent company of The Washington Times, United Press International and other media properties. In addition, he leads The Washington Times Foundation.
Rev. Moon’s second daughter, In Jin Moon, 44, is in charge of the U.S. church.
The church has expanded its operations far beyond the religious sphere to hundreds of ventures, in more than a half-dozen countries, ranging from hospitals to universities.
A list assembled by the Associated Press includes a ballet company, a professional soccer team, the New Yorker Hotel near Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, a South Korean ad agency and ski resort, and a seafood distribution firm that supplies sushi to Japanese restaurants in the United States.
Rev. Moon became the "Champion of Inter-religious reconciliation" by one simple method, that no one used in the past. He simply brought representatives from all faith to work heart to heart for a common cause. Rev. Moon's teachings really bring a revolution in understanding and a "Revolution of Heart and Conscience".
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IT IS AMAZING WHAT ONE MAN DEDICATED TO GOD CAN ACHIEVE IN HIS LIFE.
Perhaps no other person has founded and funded so many organizations for peace and human betterment than Reverend Moon.
His works touch nearly every area of human endeavor. In recognition of his tireless work of six decades to solve mankind’s most difficult problems, Reverend Moon also has a remarkable global network of friends, allies and supporters representing every religion, race, culture, nationality and profession.
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Central to his vision is the core universal principle of living for the sake of others. Then he assembles people committed to this work.
His ability to inspire others to dedicate with him to worthy causes is legendary. Working side by side with them from early morning until late at night, he challenges people to give their best. With this foundation, the work moves forward, builds momentum, and gains professionalism.