2nd Anniversary of Cheon Il Guk Foundation Day and ‘Society of One Human Family’
Monthly JoongAng, April 2015 issue, (Korean National Major Monthly Magazine)
Translated by PR Department of Tongil Foundation
Family Federation Holds Youth Scholarship Award Ceremony, World Media Conference, International Leadership Conference and Other Commemorative Events
The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (Korean President Kyeung-Seuk Ryu, i.e. Family Federation) recently celebrated the 2nd anniversary of Cheon Il Guk Foundation Day. The Family Federation proclaimed Foundation Day on January 13th, 2013, as the starting point of a peaceful world. In commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of Foundation Day, and under the banner, “A Society of One Family under God,” the Family Federation reflected on its past and held many events to seek out tangible methods for creating a peaceful world.
On March 3rd, at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-do, the “2nd Anniversary of Cheon Il Guk Foundation Day Commemorative Ceremony and Cosmic Blessing Ceremony by the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind” was held among a crowd of 30,000 people from around the world. Publishing Committee President Young-Whi Kim and Publishing Committee Vice-President Jae-Suk Lee dedicated the final volume of the Family Federation’s Cheon Il Guk Scriptures, the “Cham Bumo Gyeong.” The now-complete Cheon Il Guk Scriptures are composed of the “Cheon Seong Gyeong,” the “Pyeong Hwa Gyeong” and the “Cham Bumo Gyeong.”
3,800 couples from about 80 different nations (800 new couples and 3,000 existing couples) participated in the Cosmic Blessing Ceremony by the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind. About 20,000 couples from 194 nations participated in the ceremony via live Internet broadcast, bringing the total number of couples to 24,000. The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. “We cannot solve the issue of radical terrorism with military strength alone,” said former U.S. House of Representatives member Dan Burton. “We must solve this issue with the weapons of ‘sincerity and love.’”
Scholarships Awarded to about 2,000 People from 68 Nations around the World
Previously, on February 28th, at the Cheong Shim International Youth Training Center in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-do, the Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation awarded about 2,000 people from 68 nations with 10 billion won in scholarships. “You must be bold and take responsibility,” said Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon to the students. “As filial sons and daughters, you must not neglect your studies. I hope that all of you can fulfill your dreams,” she continued, encouraging the students. Sunhak Peace Prize Council President Il-Shik Hong (Former President of Korea University) also spoke on this occasion. “The Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation seeks to foster a global leader who arms his or herself with the philosophy of peace,” he said. “I hope that all of you gathered here today can soon become pillars of a glorious future.” Recipient representatives Adelina Raja (Romania) and Moritada Oyamada (Japan) said a few words about their being selected. “We will do our best to become people who can give strength to others while cultivating hearts of service for the world.”
The Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation was founded on February 20th, 2013 by Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, in the hopes of continuing his renowned work for peace and fulfilling his wishes for such an organization. “We are currently preparing for the 1st Sunhak Peace Prize Awards Ceremony and plan to carry out many other public service works in the future,” revealed a Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation representative. On March 4th, the Segye Times and the Washington Times co-hosted the World Media Conference. The event, which was held under the banner, “Prospects for Peace in Northeast Asia,” was attended by 300 journalists, politicians and scholars from 40 nations, including former U.S. House of Representatives member Dan Burton, former U.S. Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher R. Hill, former U.S. CIA Director James Woolsey, National Assembly and Saenuri Party member Kyung-Won Na (Director of the National Diplomacy and Unification Council), Washington Times President Larry Beasley and many other domestic and international personnel.
In commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic ties between Korea and Japan, an event was prepared to establish the vision of Korean and Japanese university students. The event was titled “The Role of Korean and Japanese University Students in Bringing about Peace in Northeast Asia,” and also included a symposium and a brotherhood/sisterhood alliance ceremony. The “2015 International Symposium for the Unification of the Korean Peninsula and the Realization of Peace in Northeast Asia” was also held, in which participants discussed the creation of a railway connecting Northeast Asia, the construction of a world peace park in the DMZ, and the need for the construction of the fifth UN executive office in the Korean Peninsula. The “UN Executive Office in Korea Hope Petition Signing Ceremony” was also held, and plans were made to hold a year-long signature campaign across all of Korea to send to the UN.
The “2015 Cheon Il Guk Leaders Assembly” was held at the Cheong Shim International Youth Training Center between March 5th and 6th. The event, which was titled “The Creation of Solidarity and Synergy for Victory in Vision 2020,” was attended by about 500 people, including church leaders from about 190 nations, organization and business leaders.
Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon emphasized “‘Life lived for the sake of others,’ in other words, the values of true love” as the principles of the creation of Cheon Il Guk. “The individual and familial Cheon Il Guk, brought about through the perfection of the individual and the family, will become the starting point and foundation for God’s original ideal of creation, ‘One Human Family,’ or, in other words, Cheon Il Guk of the world,” she said. Dr. Han appointed Sun Jin Moon as the International President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, and her husband In Sup Park as the International Vice President. She also appointed Secretary General Man-Ho Kim as International Headquarters Director-General.