USA: 2019 Young Leaders Summit- It Takes a Tribe
Prepared by FFWPU USA
Over 200 young leaders, parental mentors, spouses and children gathered together for the national 2019 Young Leaders Summit, “It Takes a Tribe,” at the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) during Labor Day Weekend (August 30, 2019). The goal of the program was to provide a sense of hope for the future of the movement.
Dr. Sun Jin Moon, Senior Vice-President, Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP), Europe and the Americas, and her husband, In Sup Park, returned to this year’s retreat to share their hearts and wisdom with participants. Sun Jin Moon talked about her journey as a leader in the Unification movement and her relationship with her parents.
“During The Summit, Sun Jin Nim modeled what it means to be a leader through her honesty and vulnerability as well as her staunch love for True Parents, her family, and the entirety of the Unification movement and the world, the very earth itself,” said Tasnah Bercy, National Young Adult Ministry Coordinator. Reflections were submitted at the end of Sun Jin Moon’s talk, and many of the participants expressed their gratitude for her candor and her authenticity.
Other highlights of the program included a greeting from Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Vice President of Family Federation International, who read his personal letter to True Mother and encouraged participants to read True Mother’s letter to True Father, and invigorating presentations from Rev. Demian Dunkley, President of Family Federation for a Heavenly USA, about the direction of the Unification movement. Some youth felt they understood the direction of the providence for the first time and were eager to participate. There were also meaningful testimonies from young leaders about challenges and victories in the Unification movement, and practical breakout sessions covering a variety of topics including volunteer recruitment and engagement, the power of the Divine Principle, preparing for the matching, and more.