53rd Day of All True Things’ Celebration in USA
FFWPU USA: On June 16, 2015, the 53rd Day of All True Things, the national ministry team held a morning service, celebration and meeting at East Garden. With a beautiful offering table, cake cutting and shared song, the Holy Day was celebrated as our Heavenly Parent intended: together. Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Continental Chair of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) North America, welcomed the gathered group and lit the Holy Day candles. Dr. Michael Balcomb, FFWPU USA President, acted as emcee, and Hugh and Nora Spurgin offered a prayer, appreciating the universe and the natural world that God created for our enjoyment. Mari Curry, Vice President of FFWPU USA, shared a Hoon Dok Hwe (scripture) reading from the Cheon Seong Gyeong. The passages expressed the significance of Creation and True Parent’s role in restoring Creation and all things to God.
Dr. Ki Hoon Kim shared a Holy Day message about the importance of embracing the third blessing and loving nature, our community and the world. He shared that, as much of True Parents’ words are about nature, we can deduce that those who love nature possess a gateway to loving all people. He also shared that the Sunhak Peace Prize this year focused on projects that preserved nature.
Dr. Thomas Walsh came to the podium and provided further details on the Sunhak Peace Prize, an annual award initiated by True Mother to honor True Father’s legacy. The first award will be presented on August 28, 2015, just two days prior to True Father’s Seonghwa (Ascension) Anniversary. Dr. Walsh explained the nomination and selection process. “True Father’s idea of peace is very broad and comprehensive,” he explained. Each year, the award will feature a different aspect of his peace-building legacy, with this year’s award theme being the ocean. Read More