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The Hope of All Ages, A Unified World of Peace

A Tribute to the

Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon

Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace

New York

Published by Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace 155 White Plains Road, Suite 204 Tarrytown, NY 10591

Copyright © 2002 by Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace All rights reserved. Except for use in reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the publisher. Copyrights on chapters noted at the end of each chapter. Production by Paragon House Publishers www.paragonhouse.com Printed in the Republic of Korea

Editors: Dr. Thomas G. Walsh Executive Editor Dr. Gordon L. Anderson Managing Editor Dr. Theodore Shimmyo Associate Editor

ISBN 1-930549-08-3

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements .................................................... viii Introduction

Rev. Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak, Chairman, IIFWP ................................ ix

Prof. Datin Dr. Rahmah Haji Bujang

University of Malaya ............................................................................ 20

Prof. Kirti Bunchua

Assumption University Graduate School, Bangkok, Thailand ............ 22

Dr. Anna Abaffy-Bothár

Professor of Hydrobiology, Hungary ..................................................... 1

Dr. Ronald L. Burr and Dr. Sherry Hartman

University of Southern Mississippi ...................................................... 23

Dr. Alberto Abourahal and Mrs. Miriana Abourahal

Professor of Dentistry, Lebanon ............................................................ 2

H.E. Rodrigo Carazo

Former President of Costa Rica ........................................................... 26

Dr. A.B.T Byaruhanga-Akiiki

Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda ................................................. 2

Mrs. Yun Ying Chang

Director of the Blue Star Happy Family Center, China ...................... 27

Dr. M. Shamsher Ali

Former President of Bangladesh Open University ................................ 5

Dr. Yih-Young Chen

Former President of National Open University, Taiwan ...................... 28

Representative Mark Anderson and Mr. David Caprara

State of Arizona and American Family Coalition ................................. 7

Rev. Nehemiah Cox

The Full Gospel Baptist Church, Antigua ........................................... 29

Imam T. Ansaar Aquil

President, Islamic Social Services Foundation, California ..................... 9

Dr. Cromwell Crawford

Chairman, Department of Religion, University of Hawaii .................. 30

Dr. Hoosen Auchbaraullee

Founder of World Islamic Mission ...................................................... 10

Khamba Lama Choijiljav Dambajav

Head Lama of Tashi Choi Ling Monastery, Mongolia ....................... 32

Pastor and Mrs. T.L. Barrett

Chicago, Illinois ................................................................................... 12

Pastor W. Davis, Jr.

Christ Rescue Temple Apostolic Church,Winston-Salem .................. 34

Prof. Dr. Carlos Barrientos Lobos

University of Chile ............................................................................... 14

Rt. Hon. Sher Bahadur Deuba

Prime Minister of Nepal ...................................................................... 35

Hon. Fausto Segovia Baus

Former Minister of Education and Culture, Ecuador ......................... 15

Haoua Diatta

Founder, Chair, and CEO, Micro Credit in Africa, Inc. ..................... 35

Dr. Leo Beato

Pastor, Saint James Lutheran Church, Miami, Florida ....................... 16

Dr. Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee

School of the Shadhdhuliyyah, Keene, Virginia .................................. 36

Mr. Arnaud de Borchgrave

Editor-at-Large of United Press International (UPI) ......................... 17

H.E. Mario Echandi

Former President of Costa Rica ........................................................... 39

Rev. Timothy Boyd

Vice President, The Theosophical Society in America ........................ 18

Imam Mohamed Ali Elahi

Islamic House of Wisdom, Dearborn Heights, Michigan ................... 39

Ms. Joanna Broman

Spiritualist, Author and Healer, Helsinki, Finland .............................. 19

Reverend William Ephraim

Progressive Church of God in Christ, Colorado Springs .................... 40

Professor Anthony Flew

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading, UK ............ 41

Mr. Eddie Iroh

Director-General, Radio Nigeria ......................................................... 70

Prof. Eliezer Glaubach­Gal

Chairman, Dr. Y. Foerder Liberal Institute, Israel ............................... 43

Hon. Donzella J. James

State Senator, Georgia ......................................................................... 71

Hon. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC

Vice President of De La Salle University, Manila ............................... 45

Dra. Elida Jiménez

Former Director of the National Library in Santo Domingo .............. 72

Rt. Hon. Hamilton Green, J.P.

Former Prime Minister of Guyana ...................................................... 46

Dr. Paul Johnson

Historian and Author, UK ................................................................... 73

H.E. Professor Ian Hall, MA, FVCM, ARCO, OSJ

President, The Bloomsbury International Society, London ................. 48

Dr. Morton A. Kaplan

Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago ...... 74

Prof. Dr. Malik Hussein Hamid

President of the Sudanese Data Bank .................................................. 50

Hon. Paul Katema

Member of Parliament, Zambia .......................................................... 75

Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick

Praises of Zion Baptist Church, Los Angeles, California .................... 50

Dr. Nicholas N. Kittrie, KtSJ

Chairman, Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Justice and Peace .............. 76

H.E. Robert Harencár, Msc.

Vice President, Alexander Dubcek Society, Slovakia ........................... 51

Dr. Cheryl Lau

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University ................................................... 77

Dr. Raymond Harris

Greater Zion Flower M.B.C., Los Angeles, California ....................... 52

Dr. Antonio Laurenzano

Professor, Journalist for La Prealpina-Varese, Italy ............................... 78

Dr. Jocelyn Hellig

The University of Witwatersrand, South Africa .................................. 53

Professor Erno Lazarovits

Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary .................................. 81

H.E. Steingrimur Hermannsson

Former Prime Minister of Iceland ....................................................... 56

Dr. Hang Nyung Lee

Former President of Hong Ik University, Korea .................................. 83

Dr. Irving Hexham

Dept. of Religious Studies, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada .... 59

Dr. Michael J. Lenaghan

Miami Dade Community College ....................................................... 86

Dr. E.V. Hill

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church .................................................. 62

H.E. Ramiro De Leon Carpio

President of Guatemala (1993-96) ...................................................... 86

Rev. In Gok Hong

General Secretary of Korean Taego Buddhism .................................... 62

Professor Tserenkhuu Lkhagvasuren

President of the National Medical University of Mongolia ................. 87

Dr. Caroline Hoth

Remember Africa, Port Chester, New York ......................................... 65

Dr. Hernán López-Garay

University Los Andes, Venezuela ......................................................... 89

Dr. George S.C. Huang

Vice President, National Culture Association, Taiwan ........................ 67

H. E. Annette Lu

Vice President, Republic of China, Taiwan ......................................... 91

Mr. Shigenobu Inoue

Chief Editor of Sekai Nippo .................................................................. 68

Dr. Jaroslav Machácek

Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague .................................................... 92

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Rt. Hon. Sir James R. Mancham, KBE

Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles ............................... 94

Hon. Millicent Percival

President of the Senate, Antigua ........................................................ 116

Mrs. Licda Milagros Martínez

Assistant to the Minister of High Education, Domincan Republic .... 95

Hon. Siriwan Prasjaksattru

Member of Parliament, Thailand ....................................................... 117

Dr. Peter Masefield

University of Sydney, Australia ............................................................ 96

Mrs. Kailash Puri

Fellow of the Royal Society, London ................................................. 118

Shahjahan Mian

Chief News Editor, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha ................................ 98

Hon. Dan Quayle

Former Vice President of the United States ...................................... 120

Bishop V. Mibenge

Pentecostal Church, Zambia .............................................................. 101

Mr. John Raye

Author and Businessman, North Carolina ........................................ 120

Minister Don Muhammad

Nation of Islam, Boston, Massachusetts ............................................ 101

Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein

Distinguished Professor of Religion, University of Bridgeport .........123

Dr. Cecil Murray

First AME Church, Los Angeles, California .................................... 103

Hon. Isaac Ruto

Minister for Vocational Training, Kenya ............................................ 127

Rt. Hon. Lord Peter Murray, Kt. CSJ., OSJ., OIA

Baron of Kilcullen, Australia .............................................................. 104

Imam Ameer P. Salahud'din

Islamic Center of Passaic/Patterson, New Jersey ............................... 128

Jambal Myagmarsuren

Editor-in-Chief of "Udriin Sonin (Daily News)," Mongolia ............ 105

Amb. Phillip Victor Sánchez

Publisher of Noticias del Mundo and Tiempos del Mundo .................... 128

Dr. Claudia Abi Nader

Professor at the Lebanese University ................................................. 106

Rt. Hon. Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford

Former Prime Minister of Barbados .................................................. 132

Dr. Peter Alexeyevich Nikolaev

Professor Emeritus of Moscow State University ............................... 107

Mr. Mario Antonio Sandoval

Editorial Writer for Prensa Libre, Guatemala .................................... 134

Fr. Antony Nithiya Sagayam, OFM. Cap

Catholic Bishops' Conference of India .............................................. 108

Mr. S. Abdallah Schleifer

Former NBC News Cairo Bureau Chief ........................................... 136

Hon. Kessai H. Note

President of the Marshall Islands ....................................................... 110

Dr. Charles Selengut

Drew University, New Jersey ............................................................. 138

Hon. Ling Shiang Nung

Former Chairman of The Council of Agriculture, Taiwan ................ 111

Mr. Chan-Kyun Shin

Editor-in-Chief of the Segye Times ..................................................... 139

Professor Sulayman Nyang

Department of African and Islamic Studies, Howard University ...... 112

H.E. Stanislav Shushkevich

Former President of Belarus .............................................................. 141

Hon. Bill Owens

Ret. State Senator, Boston, Massachusetts ........................................ 114

Rt. Hon. Dr. Kennedy Simmonds

Former Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis ................................... 143

Mme. Sir Young Park

President of Yookyong Education Foundation, Korea ....................... 115

Singh Sahib Prof. Manjit Singh

Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India ............... 145

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Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, Jr.

African American Catholic Congregation, Washington, D.C. ......... 147

Mr. Armstrong Williams

Radio and TV Host, "On the Right Side" ......................................... 157

Dr. Paul R. Swanson

Professor Emeritus, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago ......... 149

Ms. Radha Williams FRGS, OSJ

Director, The Bloomsbury International Society, UK ....................... 159

Mr. Walid Wafic el Tibi

Editor and Board Member of the Lebanese Press Syndicate ............ 150

Rev. Dae Woo

Korean Buddhist priest and poet ....................................................... 162

Mr. Sanjbegz Tumur-Ochir

Chairman of the State Great Hural (Parliament), Mongolia ............ 151

Rev. Richard Wright

Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Worcester, Massachusetts ...... 164

Hon. Niko Veizi

Mayor of Vlora City, Albania ............................................................ 153

Dr. Qi Zhu

Vice President of the China Sexology Association ............................ 164

Hon. Jose de Venecia

Speaker of the House of Representative, Philippines ........................ 154

Tributes to the Performing Arts by the Media

Compiled by Mr. David Eaton .......................................................... 165

Rev. Maxine Walker

Publisher, The Spiritual Perspective newspaper, Chicago, Illinois ....... 157

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Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon

Preface and Acknowledgements

This volume offers a wide selection of essays, statements, and letters in honor of the vision and achievements of the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, on the occasion of his 82nd Birthday. The selections included in the volume evidence the respect he enjoys throughout the world. We wish to express appreciation to the contributors who have taken time to offer their reflections on this occasion. They are persons of remarkable achievement and all committed to building a peaceful world. We have been honored to work on this project under the direction of Reverend Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak, the Chairman of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. We wish to acknowledge his guidance and support. We want also to thank each of the very able members of the Editorial Committee who represent a wide range of professional fields and, working intensely to meet stringent deadlines, have brought forth such an impressive set of contributions. These include Mr. Michael Balcomb, Mr. Antonio Betancourt, Ms. Tomiko Duggan, Mr. David Eaton, Rev. John Gehring, Mr. Taj Hamad, Rev. Michael Jenkins, Dr. Frank Kaufmann, Mr. Michael Marshall, Rev. Philipp Schanker, Mr. William Selig, Ms. Karen Judd Smith, Dr. Frederick Swarts, Mr. Massimo Trombin, Ms. Alexa Ward, and Dr. Kathy Winings. In addition, we are very grateful to those who worked so effectively and diligently in helping with the production of the volume: Mr. Godwin D'Silva, Ms. Laureen Enright, Mr. Yangsu Kim, Mr. Patrick Kirkbride, Mr. Burt Leavitt, Mr. Larry Orman, Ms. Vicki Phelps, Mrs. Carol Pobanz, Mrs. Rosemary Yokoi, and Mr. Cheong Ha Yun. This was a team effort, and a labor of love. We truly hope this volume will serve both as a source of information and as a wellspring of inspiration to all those who work for peace.

Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, Executive Editor Dr. Gordon L. Anderson, Managing Editor Dr. Theodore Shimmyo, Asociate Editor

Introduction

Rev. Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak

Chairman, IIFWP

he lifework of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, now in his 82nd year, spans a time of dramatic global transformation. From World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution, through World War II, the Cold War and through to the dawn of the twentyfirst century. While history records the major political, economic and social developments, and news highlights the disasters and crises of the moment, there are other significant historical developments which often are not given serious consideration by contemporaries. This has been especially true of visionaries and the founders of major religious movements. As you review the pages of this volume, you will see evidence of a deep and profound outpouring of appreciation for the vision and work of the Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon. The contributors represent no single religion, race, culture, nationality or professional field. Rather, they span the spectrum of human diversity. The contributors on the pages that follow share a common experience. Each is dedicated to the pursuit of world peace. At the same time, each has been touched and moved in some very significant way by the global vision of peace that has been put forth by the Reverend Moon. In addition, they have each experienced first hand the practical applications of that vision in programs, seminars, publications, service projects, and in transformed lives, all of which contribute to the pursuit of peace. I myself have known the Reverend Moon for more than 44 years. I know that whereas today one can see a remarkable global network of friends, allies and supporters, along with many manifestations of a prospering, growing world movement, there was a time when Reverend Moon stood entirely alone. Those of you who have some famil-

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iarity with Korean history know that during the era when Reverend Moon began his life work--in the 1940s--Korea was under the colonial rule of Japan, and a regime which restricted religious activity and sought to erase Korean culture. After the Japanese were expelled from Korea, there followed the devastating Korean War. This war brought untold suffering to a nation already weakened; as a result of the Korean war the entire infrastructure of the nation was destroyed. During this decade from World War II through to the end of the Korean War, Reverend Moon was imprisoned four times for presenting his vision of a God-centered world of universal peace. He has known persecution throughout his life. The early days of the development of his movement were times of great difficulty. His first church building was constructed from ration boxes left by allied forces from the Korean war. There was seldom enough money to provide decent nutrition. Even beggars would not stop at the centers of the Unification movement because the food provided there was unsuitable to their tastes. In addition, while propagating a message of universal peace, he was vilified by many who saw his message as a threat or as heresy. Rumors were spread, and lies were exalted as truths. But despite the difficulties, step by step, by God's grace and protection, coupled with the faith, determination and sacrifice of the Reverend Moon, his movement began to grow, initially with a small handful of followers in Korea. Many of us were both awestruck and almost unable to comprehend his global vision in those early days. It seemed virtually impossible and unrealistic. But what we have seen transpire over the decades has only served to further convince us that this is a very special and unique human being with a special gift and a special calling from God. We used to call him teacher in those early days. Actually, out of respect for his lifestyle of living for the sake of others, we said "true teacher." Sometimes we used the term master. Gradually, we came to know him as a man with the heart of a loving parent. For this reason, he came to be known as True Father, and he and Mrs. Moon came to be known as True Parents. This latter term underscores his fundamental emphasis on family, as well as the ideal of familial love which is

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characterized by the use of the adjective, True. True Love is a love which resembles the unselfish, pure love of God. True Parents practice True Love, and in this way resemble God. The ideal of the family is at the core of Reverend Moon's vision and teaching. No other subject stands in a position of greater respect, emphasis or esteem. He never tires of speaking of God as our heavenly parent, and of God's original ideal as an ideal of true family. The coming together of man and women in marriage, to form a unity of masculinity and femininity, is the veritable manifestation of God's own image. A family centered on the love of God is a source of inestimable joy for God. The tragedy of the Fall of Adam and Eve is that it undermined the ideal of true love and true family. For this reason, Reverend and Mrs. Moon initiated the Blessing tradition to restore the original Fall, and to allow couples to dedicate their love, their marriage, and their family to God's ideal. The contributors to this volume provide an overview of the wide range of individuals who have been inspired by the vision and practices of the Reverend Moon. They come from all fields, all nationalities, as well as racial and religious backgrounds. There words give testimony to the power of Reverend Moon's vision, and illustrate the

scope of his work as a peacemaker, and as one whose entire life has been dedicated to overcoming the barriers that separate humanity from God, and one group from another, whether that separation be religious, racial, national, cultural or philosophical in nature. In the areas of education, the media, the arts, the United Nations renewal, humanitarianism, or service he stresses two points: First, we should become people who live for the sake of others. Second, we should work to overcome the barriers that divide peoples, religions, races and nationalities. These tributes have been submitted for the occasion of the Reverend Moon's 82nd birthday, and the 59th birthday of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, in recognition and appreciation for their tireless efforts to establish a world of peace. They have lived truly exemplary lives, as True Teachers and True Parents, fully recognizing that true freedom and peace can only be established on the foundation of true love. The volume will be presented at the World Culture and Sports Festival 2002, which is being sponsored by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. As you read through this volume, we hope that you will take in the spirit and significance of the lifework, the vision and the achievement of the Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon.

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I Have Learned Real Tolerant Acceptance of Different People

Dr. Anna Abaffy-Bothár

Eötvös Loránt University, Hungary

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am a professor in hydrobiology at the Eötvös Loránt University in Budapest. During the past 14 years I have had the opportunity to take part in the activities of several organizations founded by Reverend Moon (PWPA, ICUS, IIFWP, WANGO, FFWPU), and I have been president of the Hungarian chapter of the PWPA. I was invited to several international conferences and seminars (in Varna, Seoul, Warsaw, Washington, and Prague), where it was my privilege to present papers on different topics about my country, topics such as environmental protection, the problems of agriculture, political changes after the collapse of communism, and the family. A number of these papers were published in the proceedings of the conferences. All of these occasions, in which prominent scholars from all over the world participated, have provided a great professional challenge

for me. However, it was not the professional dimension that was the most important result, but rather a special kind of spiritual atmosphere, which was the invisible driving force behind these conferences. I am sure it is not going too far to say that the charismatic nature of Reverend Moon himself has been the source of this spiritual force, which also motivated his conference staff members. I would like to mention two conference experiences in Seoul that particularly stand out for me: one was a meeting of the religious leaders of the world, and the other was a mass wedding ceremony celebrated by Reverend Moon. My soul was deeply touched by these two universal ways of reaching out to God, and the power of prayer that is independent of the different religions to which we belong. It was on this occasion that I learned real tolerance and acceptance of people, their different thinking, and their different religious beliefs. The establishment of world peace by walking the way of restoration leading to it is the main aim of Reverend Moon's life and movement. All his activities and organizations are inspired by his deep love for both God and human beings. Neither the series of persecutions over the years nor his growing acceptance have diverted him from this great purpose. I have found a lot of friends among the Hungarian members of the Unification Church, and I have great admiration for their unselfish activity and devotional life.

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Father of Peace in the World

Dr. Alberto Abourahal and Mrs. Miriana Abourahal

Professor of Dentistry Vice President of WFWP-Middle East President of WFWP-Lebanon

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ast year in May, my wife was invited to attend an international, interreligious conference in New York. When I learned that you, Reverend Moon, were coming to the United States for this event, I immediately bought a ticket with my own money and traveled from the Middle East to New York to meet you, to see you, to hear you talk about the family and about peace. What a great surprise and joy for my wife and me that you invited us to participate in

a marriage blessing ceremony at that time! This year I will send a recommendation to the Committee for the Nobel Prize from my medical school at the university where I teach, in support of your nomination for the Nobel Prize for Peace. I want to inform you that I am trying to continue to build a vital and peaceful global community, as you teach us. I am forming a group for peace in the Middle East. We are beginning to give help, in the areas of health and how to go about protecting the environment, especially how not to pollute the Mediterranean Sea. Yesterday I showed Mr. Thomas Schellen and his wife the library in our village in Bikfaya, in the Lebanese mountains. I was involved in setting up this facility for reading books about peace and having a meeting room where we can organize events to present your work and discuss how to build peace in our country. My wife and I send you our heartfelt congratulations for your 82nd birthday, and we ask God to protect you and to keep you as the Father of our community for progress and for family peace in the world.

The Best and Most Precious Overall Teacher

Dr. A.B.T Byaruhanga-Akiiki

Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

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irst and foremost, I want to start my reflections and brief comments by registering my deepest gratitude to Isebantu/ Mmabatho (Father/Mother of the people) as God is endearingly known by the Basoga, Uganda and Sotho/Tswana of South Africa. For one, Reverend Dr. Moon is herein being called with the highest respect and love " Jaja Moon." In the Ugandan context a jaja means a grand-parent (man or woman). The jaja is also one's best friend and

confidant! There is also the cultural significance of a jaja being physically the oldest member of the family, closest to family members who passed on, a medium between the living and the dead, and one with the oldest life experience to share. The hypothesis is that jaja is most knowledgeable both mentally and heuristically and therefore is the best and most precious overall teacher. My very first meeting with Jaja Moon was at the 10th ICUS in 1981 in Seoul Korea. My culture has an explanation that Rugaba (The provider of all things) is responsible. As Jaja Moon says, "We never know the providence in our lives, and that there are any accidental events in our lives." It was at that 10th ICUS on "The Search for Absolute Values and the Creation of the New World Order (Nov. 913, 1981) that my eyes got opened to realities I did not know. I was so glad to be able to meet and learn from so many people. The many papers discussed and the different people met from all over the world aside, I noted Jaja Moon was deeply involved and made a point to shake the hands of the many participants. My interest in him has continued

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to grow. I am still in the process of internalizing a lot of his many teachings. The 10th ICUS came at a point in the Ugandan history when we were busy trying to rehabilitate our nation after the civil war of 1978/ 79. We were busy learning from anyone and desirous of receiving whatever aid we could get towards that goal. All we wanted was to achieve holistic development and rehabilitation in all spheres physically, mentally, economically, politically, culturally, religiously, and spiritually. These had been shattered during the eight years of dictatorship (197178). During that period, all we knew was State terrorism. There had been many imprisonments and political murders. We had state security agents, then called vultures behind their backs, that terrorized the people. There were roadblocks everywhere. Freedom of speech and the press was non-existing. In such circumstances, anyone who could reverse and clean up the muddy situation was most welcome. It was around that time that the ideology of working for peace building was introduced in the country through Professors World Peace Academy, under the efforts of the Secretary, Ulf Ingwersen. The contribution of Jaja Moon's philosophy of peace building were more than welcome! From the very first meeting that we had, at the 10th ICUS, he hit me as a revolutionary. The fact that he had a bad press from some quarters made me more determined to try to find out and verify whether the things I read about him were correct or not, whether he was in fact a good man or an evil one! He reminded me of one of our ancestors, King Kabalega, who in the 1890s distinguished himself as a revolutionary because of his stance against the oppressive colonial system. After fighting a guerrilla warfare against them for nearly ten years, and after being betrayed by a brother king, Mwanga, strangely enough, both ended up suffering a lot and were taken into exile by the same colonial powers. For him, he never returned home alive. To the people, however, he remains a hero and patriot along the recent lines of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya and Nelson Mandela of South Africa! In learning about Jaja Moon, certain aspects are very clear. There is his uncompromising determination to fulfill what he knows to be the will of God, preferring to do what he knew God said to him, rather than what people, including even his family members, friends and enemies say to him! In carrying out his God given mission, I have

known of his imprisonment six times, four in his own country, one in Japan and another in the United States. Besides, many times he has suffered terrible rejections and persecutions. He is a very strong protagonist for the value of altruism! He testifies he has been able to do whatever he has done not with his own abilities, but by the power of God! It is with this background I consider him a real revolutionary especially in fighting against any type of terrorism by whoever, and being for peace building. I came to know he possesses a religious legacy that includes Shamanism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Presbyterianism, a branch of Christianity, and the head and founder of what is defined as the Unification Church. His major teachings, which are easily available for the whole world focus on fundamental teachings, those are similar in all religions. Additionally, they are aimed at helping people overcome problems of negative individualism, moral corruption, racism, tribalism, materialism, Marxism, and all sorts of godlessness! His teachings are non-sectarian. In the context of the family and marriage institution in Uganda, the biological blood-mix that involves all families is the norm. Marriages are traditionally exogamous. It is the parents who matched their children for it. For almost all ethnic groups, to marry from one's kika or that of one's mother is a great taboo, and not done without great penalty. In Uganda, there is a historical phenomenon that discouraged exogamy in religious bika. Simply, Muslims are taught not to associate with non-Muslims. Christians did the same to other religions, and this teaching sabotaged many values of unity, harmony and cooperation in many areas of. Terrorism came when the above mentioned religions taught that associating with the people they defined as kafir or pagans would lead one to hell after death. This is how religious wars were started, and the issue of interreligious dialogue is still problematic! Jaja Moon has come up with teachings that address this problem by emphasizing the parenthood of Isebantu/Mmabatho who does not discriminate against anyone. In attempting to adjust to the teaching that "God" is for Christians, Allah for Muslims and other confusing interpretations, the Banyoro have always maintained teachings similar to that of Jaja Moon. Jaja Moon is a very strong advocate for religious unity--the unity

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of humankind (both living and dead)--under God, teaching that all nations and religions should reconcile, work together for the values of peace, happiness, unity and harmony. There are many people around the world actively practicing these common ideals of humankind. Consequently, many are openly discussing his philosophy and theology of Unificationism. There are thousands of preachers in Africa/ Uganda who are preaching similar messages. Jaja Moon is on record for teaching those who want to learn. He teaches people all over the world who have the desire to live in goodness and pursue love, justice, happiness and peace. These are very good unchanging, eternal and everlasting values. Since my reflections are being made in the context of terrorism worldwide, I find it necessary to make a few comments. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 bombings in the United States, terrorism is understood as being evil. It is increasing in frightening proportions and becoming more personal. The unfortunate reality is that in human history, at one time or another, African Religion, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism and their adherents and others have been persecuted. Each one had been labeled as a threat to others. The Ugandan ancestors who encountered Islam and Christianity, were labeled kafir and pagans and were penalized as a result. Throughout Christian history we saw examples of Jesus and his followers being persecuted. During the Roman Empire, it was criminal to be known as a follower of the teachings of Christ or a Christian. Today, those who follow Jaja Moon's teachings are labeled Moonies and looked down upon. History shows that this is a temporary situation for the followers of the Unification teachings, as it was for the Christians and Muslims. In a sense, God's message of truth and love were violently rejected! The blessed prophet Muhammad and his followers 1400 years ago suffered similar persecutions and suffering. His message of peace and brotherhood among all the people of the world was tossed aside. The mighty government of the evil powers mobilized themselves to take his life and that of his followers. First, they tried bargaining to stop him from preaching his message by promising him everything he might want, such as a kingdom, wives, wealth and so on. When he

refused, Muhammad faced ridicule and persecution. The point is, Jaja Moon has known suffering and persecution in the course of his life. His intent is to bring the truths and doctrines of all religions together and unite them as one. Jaja Moon teaches that, even though their methods differ, the fundamental message and purpose of all religions is to pursue goodness and love. History has shown that human beings have desired a peaceful world, yet conflict persists. The problem is that most people want peace on their own terms. Unscrupulous political leaders have often proclaimed peace, while in reality they were exploiting and manipulating others. Wars have been fought in the name of religions that proclaim peace. We must change our thinking. Real world peace must be built on the basis of values that transcend the perspective of an individual or group. Jaja Moon appeals to all humans to pursue peace at all costs under God and proceed to guide their societies to genuine peace. Jaja Moon has been teaching that the possibility of world peace is remote without the unification of religions. People, living or dead, should not use their faith in God to persecute those with other religious beliefs. No religion or true religious leader teaches reverence for evil, nor do they endorse terrorism. People should accept human beings with open arms and open hearts. In Africa/Uganda, dialogue between people of various bika is natural and takes place daily. People need to open doors to conversations on doctrines and join together. Jaja Moon's message for all humans, as I understand it, is that "all people were created to need a physical body while temporarily living on Earth, and are meant to go to spirit world and live there eternally in love, unity, harmony, happiness and peace." In the current human fight against terrorism, people need to think deeply about these and related eternal values and teachings from the prophets, sages, saints and all people of good will from wherever and try their best to implement them while on Earth. This is very serious guidance and counseling for all human beings. May Isebantu/Mmabatho, Magulunyondo, Kyozaire bless our families, and us and bring lasting peace to our homes, communities, nations and the world.

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The World Has Never Seen Such a Visionary

Dr. M. Shamsher Ali

Professor of Physics at Dhaka University Former President of Bangladesh Open University

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t gives me a great pleasure to say a few words about the value of Reverend Moon's work for peace, on the occasion of his 82nd birthday. I first met Reverend Moon in 1982 at an International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS) in Philadelphia. Earlier, I had heard about him from Mr. Neil Salonen, president of the International Cultural Foundation (ICF), at a conference in the Philippines, and even earlier from Katsumi Date, the ICF representative in Dhaka, Bangladesh. When I first heard Reverend Moon, I was simply impressed. I knew he was not a scientist. Yet he seemed to have a very clear grasp of the interactions between science and society. Incidentally, the ICUS deliberations were characterized by the way the issues of values and morality were addressed by scientists from all disciplines. In all his ICUS speeches Reverend Moon made it very clear that science can deliver goods to the society only when it respects values and morality. In fact, science is a wonderful vehicle for both discovering the master-mindedness of the Creator and serving man. The achievement of an ideal state of human welfare through the beneficial uses of science can bring peace to this planet. For this, scientists as well as managers of science and technology have to have a special mind-set. Science combined with love for humankind can be a real determinant of world peace. And this is exactly the theme that Reverend Moon had been trying to drive home to us in all the ICUS conferences. The eminence of the ICUS participants as well as the high quality of their deliberations bore

great testimony to the success of Reverend Moon in uniting science and society. At each ICUS, there was usually a session on the workings of the Unification Church, which he founded. What surprised me was that a number of illustrious ICUS participants not only did not contribute to the ideas of Reverend Moon but actually criticized him following the public propaganda concerning the programming and deprogramming of young people who were attracted to the Unification Church. Yet the same faces were seen again at the next ICUS! I kept asking myself: Does there exist one sponsor of a conference who invites the bitterest critics year in and year out, and bears all their traveling costs and foots their hotel bills, only to hear their criticisms? I found the answer. There was only one such sponsor, and he was Reverend Moon. Now, it would be a travesty of truth if I were to say that Reverend Moon has only critics. He has a large number of admirers, including leading world personalities and a number of Nobel laureates in both the physical and biological sciences. Nevertheless, the tolerance of Reverend Moon to all shades of public opinion has indeed been phenomenal. No wonder that it is said that tolerance promotes dialogue, dialogue promotes understanding, and understanding promotes peace. A later academic institution of Reverend Moon's that grew under the leadership of his close associate, Reverend Kwak, was the Professors World Peace Academy (PWPA). Chapters of the PWPA were opened in many countries of the world, and I had the privilege of being the president of the Bangladesh PWPA. Again, these chapters attracted scholars from different disciplines of the arts, humanities, and sciences with the purpose of identifying conflicts and suggesting ways of resolving them. Apart from conflict resolution, other topics such as environmental problems, nature studies, and poverty alleviation programs were addressed in the various PWPA meetings and also in the central journal, The World & I, which gained considerable public support. The activities of the PWPA have become somewhat slower and infrequent, especially after the dismemberment of the former Soviet Union. Nevertheless, the establishment of world peace still remains one of the top agendas of the PWPA.

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Other organizations that Reverend Moon initiated include the International Relief Friendship Foundation, the World Media Association, the Federation for World Peace, the Youth Federation for World Peace, the Women's Federation for World Peace, the Religious Youth Service, the Interreligious Federation for World Peace, and more recently the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP). These are only some of the leading organizations that he has launched. The key word in all these organizations is peace. Also, the international highway project, the University of Bridgeport, and the Little Angels, among many others, represent important benchmarks as Reverend Moon strives to establish peace among all nations. The world has never seen a visionary like Reverend Moon. I often wondered how Reverend Moon could sustain such a galaxy of peacebuilding institutions. Later, of course, he concentrated more on the family. He rightly realized that if we really want to curb violence and terrorism, then families through whose love the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth is realized have to be given the utmost consideration. If the world must become a family of happy nations, then each nation has to have happy families. The more recently established IIFWP is now emerging as a very important organization, placing high emphasis on interreligious harmony and family peace. The international Blessing of innumerable

couples by Reverend and Mrs. Moon at the time of the World Cultural and Sports Festival is a wonderful scene to behold. Heaven seems to descend on earth at such times of the peaceful joining of hearts! Reverend Moon practices what he preaches. He and his wonderful wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, have successfully raised a large family, the members of which have been equally devoted to the peace-building efforts of their parents. When I first noticed their big family, I was reminded of the opening sentence of the book The Vicar of Wakefield, by Oliver Goldsmith: "I was ever of opinion that the honest man who married and brought up a large family did more service than he who continued single and only talked of the population!" What is more interesting is that the definition of Reverend Moon's family is a little different from most. From his top associates such as Reverend Kwak and Dr. Pak, to close functionaries like Mr. Neil Salonen, Dr. Gordon Anderson, Dr. Thomas Walsh, Dr. Andrew Wilson, and Mr. Greg Breland, to the general membership anywhere in the world, all consider themselves to be part of the larger Moon family. The ICF representative in Bangladesh, Amano Tetsuya, and I myself have no reason to feel differently. Reverend Moon may rightly be proud of caring for the peace of the entire human family. In conclusion, I can only say that I shall be the least surprised person on earth if I hear that Reverend Moon has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

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ership Conferences with over 30,000 legislators, clergy, civic and community leaders under the theme of "Faith, Family and Freedom." The practical wisdom of your principles were shared beyond race and denomination, on topics such as God's ideal of the family, parenting, and Representative Mark Anderson the wellspring of true love discovered through the tradition of living State of Arizona for the sake of others. You lifted up the family as the ultimate "school of love." Mr. David L. Caprara These universal principles were shared together with practical, acPresident, American Family Coalition tion-oriented workshops that brought together America's leading community practitioners and policymakers. Together, these leaders ver the past three decades, you have invested your family and have disseminated cutting edge strategies addressing problems such your heartfelt prayers and tireless efforts to renew America's as teen violence and suicide, fatherlessness and divorce, and the need families. You came to our shores at a time of profound moral for sexual purity before marriage. crisis among our youth in the 1960s, when a "counter-culture" of promiscuity and drugs threatened to erode the essential fabric of the Parents' Day American family. As a consequence, America came to lead the world in its high rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock pregnancies. Alarm- Many Americans are gradually becoming aware that our nation has a ingly, nearly 40 percent of all children under the age of 18 will experi- new day of commemoration called Parents' Day. This is good news ence life in single parent households. Social scientists have observed for America's parents and families. On October 14, 1994, a bill unanimously adopted by the U.S. Conthat children from such homes are more likely to suffer from educagress was signed into law establishing that the fourth Sunday of every tional failure, drug abuse, suicide, depression and emotional instability. Against this backdrop of moral confusion, you began to address July be observed as Parents' Day, a perennial day of commemoration. what you described as "God's three headaches": atheistic communism, According to this law, Parents' Day is established for "recognizing, the moral decline of our youth, and the urgent need for greater unity uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of their in the Christian community to address these challenges. Your efforts children." The establishment of Parents' Day was the result of a bipartisan, in founding the Washington Times, the Freedom Leadership Foundation, CAUSA and other education projects were widely credited for multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leadtheir contributions to the defeat of the ideological underpinnings of ers inspired by your commitment, Reverend Moon, to the ideal of establishing true parent role models. They recognized the need to procommunism in the 1970's and 1980's. Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall and communism, which mote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental we note that you predicted long before, you launched the Family Fed- role models, especially for our nation's children who will one day be eration for World Peace and Unification and organizations such as the parents themselves. Since the creation of the annual day of commemoration, the ParAmerican Family Coalition and the International Education Foundation, to address the second headache of God, the moral decline of ents' Day Council, a project of the American Family Coalition supported by the Washington Times Foundation, was formed to help our youth and resulting erosion of strong families. In the past two years alone, the American Family Coalition and the launch many activities around the theme of Parents' Day that are deWashington Times Foundation convened over 130 American Lead- signed to celebrate and strengthen the traditional, two-parent family

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and promote responsible parenting. The Parents' Day holiday is a time when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standards of unconditional, true love. Among the most popular of Parents' Day celebrations promoted by the Parents' Day Council has been the recognition of parental role models who have been honored as "Parents of the Year" at the national, state, local and church/organization level. By recognizing such couples as the real heroes in our society, a positive impact has been made on countering "popular" cultural icons that promote destructive behavior. Couples in all 50 states who have been honored as "Parents of the Year" are those who embody standards that rise far above the norm in parenting, i.e., people who exemplify the highest standard of sacrificial love and have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles (physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual) to provide for their children's personal development, happiness and prosperity. These couples have an exemplary record of notable deeds serving their family, community and society. Benefits to National Policy The thousands of graduates of the American Leadership Conferences which you founded and supported have served society and made a lasting impact on state and national family policy. They have made a major impact in the long, national debate over norms such as marriage and abstinence, which is now over. Few, if any, today still question how important strong, intact and stable marriages and families are to a

child's well being, and by extension, to that of society as a whole. Finally, a consensus has emerged among many of our nation's leaders that strengthening marriage, as well as reducing divorce and out-ofwedlock pregnancies, should become a national priority. The American Family Coalition is firmly committed to reviving family life in our nation. We begin from the standpoint taught by Reverend Moon, that the family is the first God-ordained institution; that marriage is the sacred union between a man and a woman; that married couples should make a lifetime commitment and never divorce or commit infidelity, and that they should encourage their children to remain sexually pure before marriage. Some may believe that in this day and age of easy divorce, cohabitation and rampant promiscuity, trying to realize this ideal of marriage, and sexual morality is unrealistic. However, given the tragic consequences of family breakdown, illegitimate births and the epidemic of sexually transmitted disease, we believe that actualizing the God-ordained ideal of family life is the primary goal of civil society. It is the departure from this standard that has been the root cause of family failure and the unbearable heartache suffered by its victims. We proudly affirm that making the God-centered family ideal a reality is the primary goal of our efforts and aspirations, and we sincerely thank you for inspiring a generation of Americans to champion this cause to become a national tradition. We wish you the happiest of birthdays, and the satisfaction of having lived a truly noble and worldshaking 82 years. May God bless you with many more years, for through your ministry and message He has truly blessed America.

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Reverend Moon A Man of Vision for World Peace

Imam T. Ansaar Aquil

President, Islamic Social Services Foundation, California

s the year 2000 approached there was much trepidation around the world. The prospect of Y2K, the religious fever at the change of a century and the launch of a new millennium was on everyone's mind. Once the year passed with little fanfare and no great events, the world seemed to settle back into local turmoil, still as morally challenged as ever. It was upon this global backdrop that the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace gathered participants from 108 nations at the New York Hilton Hotel in May of 2001 for the symposium "Serving the Nation, Serving the World: Establishing Peace by Renewing Families, Communities and Nations." As a Muslim, the symposium theme and the spirit upon which it was predicated were in concert with my soul. For these three days it became ever more clear to me that the symposium was the product of a penetrating mind and heart. I brought to the symposium the knowledge that our most basic and cherished human values had been eroded and the essential building blocks of moral society, the family as an institution was in dire need of renewal. Without such a renewal of family, community life as well as the health of the nation stands to suffer. It is of paramount importance that we start reform and correction at the core of humanity and human life. The symposium actually manifested a path towards peace by the very presence of so many faith groups working cooperatively, especially in deeds through interfaith dialogue. We are oftentimes impressed with people who give food to the hun-

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gry or give clothing to those in need, but I believe that the greatest of all acts is to give one's entire life in service to others. This is the principal teaching of Reverend Moon, but even more importantly than that, it is the common thread that runs throughout his life work. The litmus test of any teaching is whether it stands the test of time, if it bears fruit and whether it can be adhered to consistently. I count it as my good fortune that over the past several years I have been able to get a look, up close and personal, at the life and work of Reverend Moon. All this in a time in which the world is a world challenged by national problems, social issues and religious turmoil. Yet, through all this, Reverend Moon has not been discouraged. Instead, with his vision for world peace clearly in focus, he is strengthened by his religious convictions and so Reverend Moon consistently and steadily works to bring into harmony all of humanity. His life work of bringing all races and religions together in all of their diversity to a common place through interfaith and cooperative dialogue is clearly bearing fruit. Over the past several years I have attended a number of conferences that were hosted by Reverend Moon, and I have sat and spoken with people from nearly every corner of the world. There is a reassuring message that resonates among the participants at each event, which says, "yes, we can make a difference in the world", "yes, we can work together" and "yes, peace in our time is possible." For this hope, this vision, I must count Reverend Moon among the most prominent and consistent contributors in the world towards that goal. Personally, I was deeply moved by the words of Reverend Kwak when he said, "the key to real progress will depend on the degree to which the religions can succeed in overcoming denominational differences, and fully cooperate...We simply can no longer afford to distract ourselves with historical resentments while our children are dying and deformed in the ravages of moral and social decay." After considering the enormous and tangled process involved in trying to secure a world of peace, I view it as courageous of Reverend Moon to gather people of all racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds

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for such momentous and historical gatherings. While Muslims were struggling with religious issues among themselves and the world, here was a man with the sensitivity, concern and vision for a peaceful world; a peace ushered into existence through cooperation, interreligious dialogue and centering on God, and the recognition of family as our more precious resource. As each person works in his or her backyard, so to speak, the thought of a greater vision and greater mission is often intimidated by the sheer vastness of the task. But, in gathering like-minded individuals in symposiums and conferences like these, we can actually see and share that vision, overcoming this intimidation, and creating a sense

of power for good. In settings such as these we gain insights which aid and support us in our regions and local areas. At these great and global events we can exchange and be enhanced through cooperation and interaction as we work collectively towards establishing peace by renewing families, communities, and nations. I have been enhanced and encouraged personally through the lifelong dedication of Reverend Moon, and the productive array of substantial institutions he has founded and maintains. These great institutions for peace represent the means to implement his vision, and ultimately see a world of peace, which can only come through renewing family life, community life, national life and ultimately the world.

You Have Vision, Enthusiasm, and Surprises

Dr. Hoosen Auchbaraullee

Ambassador of Peace (IIFWP), Brampton Multifaith Council, Founder of World Islamic Mission, Noor-Islam Society

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s a member of the Multifaith Council of Brampton Canada, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you as you celebrate your 82nd birthday. As you enjoy this special occasion with family and friends, I would like to take this splendid moment to highlight some of your achievements. Together, each of us has the pleasure to listen to you, and you have become a part of our lives. We have had the immense blessing of witnessing the life course of Reverend Moon, who lives completely for the sake of God and humankind. Eighty-two years have passed, Father Moon, and you are more vi-

tal than any man half your age. You have more vision than the Internet, more enthusiasm and surprises than any human being. To such a man of God, what can we give? Surely, the ultimate gift we can bring is our true love and support. We don't have what we should give to you, but you have our unceasing efforts, our hearts and our love. Reverend Moon, as the founder of projects like the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP), you have dedicated yourself to the promotion of world peace through education programs, conference, workshops and many publications. IIFWP has encouraged and supported the efforts of world leaders from all walks of life and worked to build coalitions among non-governmental, religious, cultural and educational institutions to solve world problems. IIFWP collaborates with the United Nations and other international and regional organizations dedicated to the cause of achieving justice, world peace, and human prosperity. IIFWP seeks to serve as a bridge of peace, transcending the barriers of culture, language, race and religion. In the year 2000, IIFWP sponsored an international seminar entitled "Renewing the Family And Building a Culture of Peace." Participants from more than 100 countries attended that seminar, includ-

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ing many former heads of state. Session readings focused on the themes of "The Family and the Creation of a Culture of Peace," "The Social and Religious Significance of the Family," and "The Family and the Work of the United Nations." The program included a special panel of world leaders on "The Need for Close Cooperation between NGOs and the United Nations." The conference stressed the importance of cultivating a universal attitude of "Living for the Sake of Others." You mentioned the development of a global association of NGOs, called WANGO. Participants were encouraged and inspired by the event, and after the seminar, nearly every participant expressed interest in ongoing collaboration across the barriers of race, religion and political ideology in the work for peace. In short, as a result of Assembly 2000 there is a clear sense that the IIFWP has much to contribute to the quest for world peace at this critical juncture in human history. The Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP) was formed by Mrs. Moon to build sisterhood relationships between women of former enemy nations. The WFWP participates in charity events such as concerts and bazaars to support overseas volunteer activities and scholarships for international female students. Reverend Moon recognized the harmonizing power of women, and wanted to put that to work for the cause of peace. In the words of Ghandi, " to teach a man is to teach an individual, but to teach a woman is to teach a whole nation." WFWP has given scholarships for more than 300 students. One student from Japan mentioned, "it was difficult for me to study abroad at my own expense where living expenses are very high. Thanks to WFWP, I was able to receive a scholarship. Since then, I could concentrate only studies, and finish my masters. I want to show my gratitude to the WFWP by imparting my knowledge of Japan to contribute to China-Japan friendship. You established the World Media Conference. Publications such

as the Washington Times and other major dailies were founded so that the defenders of traditional family values night still have a voice. Also, The Literary Federation for World Peace was established so that writers from different cultures could consider the potential for literature to foster the noblest ideas for love and integrity. You also founded Scholars for World Peace. You have inspired many intellectuals who have devoted their lives to the advancement of human wisdom and enable them to play a leading role in overcoming the dangers of the age and opening new pathways to world peace. I remember your words on January 27, 2001 at The United Nations Headquarters, "We are meeting in the United Nations, which was established as a temple of peace. We must all do everything we can to support the United Nations so that is can be a true instrument of peace that fulfills its founding spirit. Humanity is at a time when we must give priority to the common good that transcends nations. Not only government institutions but also non-governmental organizations of each country must participate in the effort of true love and true families." As we celebrate your birthday, I call upon every man and woman, and all families to follow the path of Reverend Moon. It is the family where we will find the best remedy to heal the world. Let us help to teach our children to love one another. And let us build the spirit in this way for future generations. Father and Mother Moon, I would like to congratulate you for the important teachings you are providing throughout the world, promoting strong family values in today's society and encouraging a peaceful world. Last but not least, I also extend special thanks to Reverend Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak for his dedication and support. Please accept my best wishes for continued success in the years ahead for your valuable work promoting peace in our communities, our country and our world.

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God's Champion

Pastor and Mrs. T.L. Barrett

Chicago, Illinois

e offer you our deepest, heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of your 82nd Birthday. From the bottom of our hearts, we can truly say "God Bless True Parents," for your wisdom and guidance has brought new life to our marriage and family, and countless others as well. We are honored to offer this tribute to your life and work, and to testify to all that you have meant to God and humanity, and all that you have meant to us as well. God's Champion In the beginning, God created the Heavens and then the Earth (in that order). The Heavens, or spiritual realm preceded the Earth, or physical realm. These two realms are in a close, responsive relationship. The Spiritual realm is the cause and subject which initiates, while the physical realm is the effect and object which responds. This is why Jesus taught his disciples to pray, "Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven." Heaven is always aware of and responsive to the conditions of life on Earth. When these conditions reach a crisis, caused by the sinful part of man's nature overpowering the Divine aspect, the Earth sends out a clarion call for help, which the Heavens receives as an S.O.S., or distress signal. The soul who will come to earth on behalf of Heaven must be spiritually powerful, in order to confront and neutralize a multitude of negative or evil forces and influences. Also, this highly spiritual soul will have to make great sacrifices in order to accomplish their mission. Sometimes, the sacrifice would have to be the ultimate sacrifice, which

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is the giving of one's life. This mission cannot be forced upon anyone. The chosen one is well aware of the perils of his mission to save mankind from self-destruction. And in spite of this knowledge, the one called must agree to go on that mission no matter what the consequences. This is why enlightened believers cherish and highly honor their spiritual leader. Two thousand years ago, the world was hurtling down the path of self-destruction and annihilation. The Earth cried out in anguish, and Heaven responded by sending the Messiah. Jesus came, and living and working not for his own sake, but for the sake of others. Jesus was punished, persecuted, and even gave his life for the sake of others. His work and his sacrifice spared the Earth from destruction. But he did not remain on earth long enough to do all that would be required to cause the total regeneration of man, which would include establishing a Godly family and giving birth to children of pure lineage. Eighty-two years ago, the soul of the Reverend Moon was sent forth by God for the very mission of preventing the world from destruction. The debauchery and moral corruption of the earth was so great that only thing that could purify and restore it was the pure vibration of true love as manifested in the family, God's original love idea. As a Divine spiritual soul, Father Moon knew that the salvation of the world depended on the restoration and perpetuation of the most powerful unit of God's love on earth: the family. But he also knew that confronting the fallen world with this truth would require great suffering and sacrifice on his part. Therefore, Father Moon simply decided that he would live for the sake of others. As Father Moon has overcome many trials, God has rewarded his efforts and has blessed him with much. But the more God blesses Father Moon, the more he blesses others. And God has blessed those who have been courageous enough to stand with Father Moon, despite the narrow-minded opposition from those who have no eyes to see nor ears to hear. This is my testimony, that when God told me to stand with Reverend Moon despite opposition from my family, my friends, and even my church, He promised me a blessing. But I never dreamed how simply that blessing would come, yet how powerfully it would affect my life and those around me.

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My Marriage Miracle After three years of courtship, twenty-four years of marriage, and seven children, my wife Cleo and I had separated eleven years ago. She divorced me five years later, and remarried. We loved the Lord with all our hearts, and had given our lives to Him through our ministry. But like so many couples in and out of the church, our marriage lost its way, and fell victim to our own limitations and immaturities. Even though Cleo remarried, I never stopped thinking of her as my wife. But I was totally invested in my ministry in Chicago, and she was hundreds of miles away, moving on with her life. Father Moon, it was when I encountered your teaching and example of True Parents that I began to understand God's ideal for the family, and my own awareness of the purpose for marriage deepened. Every time I listened to your clear teachings on love, life and lineage, and the sanctity of marriage; my desire to be reunited with my wife, my true love and the beloved mother of seven of my children, only grew stronger. But my support for your ministry of family renewal, racial reconciliation and religious unity brought criticism by some pastors in my community and some in the hierarchy of my church. I faced censure, condemnation, and even excommunication from my church because I stood with you. I honestly considered taking a less prominent role, but in prayer God told me that if I had the courage to stand with a man of God, to stand for what I knew was right, that He would bless me in a powerful way. I will forever remember the night of March 3rd, 2001, after your speech at the Antioch Baptist Church in Miami, Florida, during the 52-city "We Will Stand" revival. I came to your room well after midnight, and you challenged me that I should seriously think about marriage. If I was to truly teach the ideal of God-centered families, you said, I had to set an example myself. I told you that I wanted the very same, but that I was still very much in love with my children's mother, my true wife. I believed in my heart that somehow, God would bring her back to me. You bowed your head, and closed your eyes. After a few quiet moments you told me, " Yes! It will happen very soon!" I was moved and grateful for your concern and confidence, but knowing how

distant my wife and I had become, and how much pain we had been through, it was hard for me to share your optimism. During the following week I had two unsettling dreams about my wife, which prompted me to call her to make sure that everything was all right with her. To my surprise, she informed me that things were not at all well, and that in fact she was getting a divorce. When I shared with her all that you had said she was deeply moved, and seemed to share my conviction that these words were inspired by God. We prayed together, seeking confirmation of the love and commitment buried deep in our hearts, which had now been unearthed. We both knew that despite the confused and divergent paths we had walked, that we were now and always meant for each other. Cleo and I rededicated our union at the Blessing of 60 clergy couples on May 27, 2001. We sealed our union at my church, the Life Center Church of God in Christ, on July 1, 2001, the 34th anniversary of our original wedding. The impact of our reconciliation upon my church has been tremendous. The very night that I presented Cleo to the congregation, I was amazed to see another couple that had been separated enter the church together! They too had felt some unexplained move of the Holy Spirit that brought them together. From then on, a spirit of reconciliation seemed to permeate the congregation. Others testified that they were now inspired to recommit and renew their own troubled unions. Other pastors or their spouses in Chicago, hearing of what had happened to us, reached out for a blessing. More than 20 couples have been reunited through this special ministry of family healing. At the same time, the testimony of my beloved wife's return spread like wildfire on the "We Will Stand!" tour. Cleo joined me in several cities, and our story became a powerful testimony to the power of God to end divorce, and to heal marriages. Before we can talk about stopping crime or overcoming racism, we have to begin with rebuilding families. I can see your vision that every church should become a "true family church," and the community of faith should form a network to protect our young people and promote a marriage and family culture. Through this, we can restore our communities and renew our nation. Therefore, the new name of my church in Chicago will be The Life Center "Family" Church.

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My church, my community, and my family rejoice for the healing and blessing God has given us through you, True Parents. And I know that my renewed marriage is the fulfillment of the blessing that God promised to me if I simply stood with a man of God such as you. I am grateful for my wife's understanding and forgiveness, and I thank God for giving me another chance to be the true husband that she desires and that God requires. I thank God for the way you have challenged

me and all America to be what God wants us to be: true husbands, true wives, true parents, and true children. On this, your birthday, we offer our love, gratitude and commitment to work tirelessly by your side that His kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. May God forever bless True Parents!

A Person of Universal Excellence

Prof. Dr. Carlos Barrientos Lobos

President of the Scientific Society of Chile Former Professor of the School of Medicine and Licensed in Philosophy at the University of Chile

ontrasting ideas and actions among human beings arise from their own intimate makeup. Throughout human history, truly destructive forces have originated from these contrasting natures: crime, war, revolution, misdeeds against people and property. Despite this, at times some of these contrasts brought about beneficial developments. In ancient Greece, Heraclitus of Ephesus had special regard for the contrasting practices of men. Other great thinkers continued in this line of analysis, even while some in the contemporary era exalted a pathological version of this concept in society, producing hatred among human beings. Essentially, each living being is a function of vital energy processes, a generator of change and the Heraclidian contradiction. The century that recently ended was a period of great madness, and several generations grew up in a world of harmful indoctrination un-

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der Marxism, Nazism, fascism, and other excessive fundamentalist perspectives. With each passing day, peace and love among men seemed further away. The classic sublime ideas of religions, philosophies, and the thoughts of illustrious thinkers were not sufficient. Fortunately, at the end of the twentieth century I had the opportunity to learn of the grand concepts of Reverend Moon's regarding peace, love, and the family. These constitute the basis for a humanizing thought capable of bettering man's intellectual and spiritual nature. Since I attended a conference on peace and the family organized by Reverend Moon in Washington, D.C., I have held the true and splendid sensation that the path set forth in his concepts constitutes a means for cultivating excellence in human conduct. By developing the concepts of peace and the family around Reverend Moon's brilliant ideas, man's well-being and happiness can be reached. I witnessed this in the meeting, attended by over 500 delegates from all parts of the globe and from the most diverse religious and philosophical backgrounds. I also witnessed my compatriots from Chile fully and happily experience the same phenomena in meetings I attended in my home country. For these reasons, I can only very sincerely express that now on earth humankind can count on a person of universal excellence, to the benefit of all, today and forever. I take this opportunity to offer my warmest congratulations to Reverend Moon on his eighty-second birthday, in the company of his respected wife and children.

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Your Words and Deeds are a Light unto the World

Hon. Fausto Segovia Baus

Former Minister of Education and Culture, Ecuador

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y wife, Clara Salcedo de Segovia, and I wish to express our affectionate greetings as a couple representing the SegoviaSalcedo family to Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the great leader of the worldwide Unification movement, and to his honorable wife, Mrs. Moon, on the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of his birth. The thought and the work of Reverend Moon constitute a light to this world full of contradictions, violence, and struggles for power. World peace has been and always will be the central objective of his movement, which has integrated millions of citizens of the world and their families, without distinction between the races, sexes, religions, or cultures.

In this context, the proposal of true families as the foundation for world peace is a key strategy to assure the formation a new citizenship focused on true love, deep respect for plurality, and humanitarianism. The birthday of the great spiritual leader Reverend Moon is a propitious occasion to give honorable recognition to his virtues, to promote the importance of unifying peoples and nations, and to jointly look for bridges of understanding between all cultures and societies. True families--all united in solidarity through unselfish love, understanding, and the practice of the highest values--form the basis for a new world order. This is a place distinguished by harmony, fullness, and a positive balance in the relationship between human beings and nature. It is a place where human relations are rooted in a culture of peace that assures a hopeful future for our children. The total commitment of Reverend Moon and his wife to their transcendental mission, based on their deep love for others, is evidenced in a proactive leadership that is changing humanity from within-- mentally, morally, and in heart. For these reasons, we want to express our admiration for the scope of both his word and his work. And we ask God, the Great Architect, to bestow many blessings on his family and movement throughout the world.

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Peace is a Process of Growing from Within

Dr. Leo Beato

Pastor, Saint James Lutheran Church, Miami, Florida

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am moved by your teaching, inspired by your vision, and grateful for the opportunity to work with you to achieve God's ideal of peace on earth and goodwill toward all people. I want to especially thank you for my recent appointment as an Ambassador of Peace. This is an awesome responsibility, but one that fills me with hope. My experience as an Ambassador of Peace has been the realization that peace is a process of growing from within. This learning process starts with the family: true grandparents to true parents, true parents to true children, true children to true grandchildren and vice-versa. It is a dynamic process that must engulf the whole world in order that true peace be achieved on earth.

Nature itself can serve as a blueprint: electrons dynamically circling around the nucleus, forming cells, tissues, organs, and then organisms, micro-organisms and macro-organisms. Every one of them follows the same pattern of growth and development, living for the sake of the whole. If a cell deviates from this pattern, it becomes cancerous and ends up forming a tumor with other cancerous cells as they fall out of harmony with the rest. We can see this type of phenomena happening all around us in society. We find it in our cities, where there are more hospitals than true families, more jails than schools. In our societies these cancerous units are called "terrorists," "radicals," etc. They are the real enemies of peace. As you have taught, Father Moon, the solution lies not in guns or bombs, but in recreating this healthy model of "living for the sake of others" in our families, our societies, our nations and our world. We are exceedingly indebted to True Parents for teaching us and serving as true living models for achieving lasting peace on our planet earth. I quote from Malachi 4:6, the last two verses of the Old Testament: "He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of their children to their fathers." Happy Birthday!

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New Directions for a World in Crisis

Mr. Arnaud de Borchgrave

Editor-at-Large of United Press International (UPI) and the Washington Times; Former Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Times; Former President and CEO of UPI.

everend Sun Myung Moon is a world religious leader who has banned the word impossible from his vocabulary. He always listens to experts who tell him what cannot be done and why it can't be done. And then he goes ahead and does it. Reverend Moon has created a global media enterprise where editors and their staffs enjoy total editorial freedom that is unprecedented in the world of journalism. This freedom has enabled journalists who work on these publications to tell the truth no-holds-barred. As a journalist who has served the Washington Times, Insight magazine, and UPI for twenty years, I can attest there is no secret agenda or unwritten rules as exist in so many other media organizations. After his decades-long struggle against the godless empire of evil, Reverend Moon emerged victorious and was then quick to perceive that the rapid decline of moral values, social decay, and the breakdown of the family and religious values were threatening civilization as we know it. Reverend Moon also traveled the world, including all fifty U.S. states, to proselytize indefatigably about what unites the world's principal religions. It is a war that Reverend Moon still wages daily to restore basic moral and family values in the context of one God for all religions. Under Reverend Moon's leadership, the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace has brought religious and political leaders together from the four corners of the globe in the quest for solutions to critical global problems. Thus, Reverend Moon has brought

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about new directions for a world in crisis, focusing on the obligations of wealthy countries to act decisively to correct the injustices and inequities that have been inflicted on developing countries. He has denounced the "unacceptable face of capitalism." The spawning grounds for transnational terrorism are in the growing gap between rich and poor, both within and between nations. Reverend Moon has encouraged us to face this reality and the deeper issues that over the years have fanned the flames of suspicion, hate, and conflict. He has blown the whistle at those states and leaders that have drifted into conditions of basic immorality, vanity, and arrogance, where greed and selfishness have become a way of life. Reverend Moon's detractors in the dominant media culture do not like to be reminded of the part they have played for the past forty years in glamorizing drugs, permissive sex, and, more recently, homosexual marriages. Half of some five hundred thousand media workers in America, both print and electronic, have no religious affiliation. Eighty-six percent seldom or never attend church, synagogue, or mosque services. Only 8 percent are regular churchgoers. There is probably a correlation that explains how we have gone, in half a century, from endeavoring and laboring to report as factually as possible to the kind of reporting that gives equal weight to rumor, innuendo, factoid and fact, information and disinformation. The media have become obsessed with sensational celebrity stories, sleaze and sex--to the detriment of fundamental values. This is what Reverend Moon continues to speak out against as he brings more and more religious leaders under the same global tent. Throughout his eight decades and two years, Reverend Moon has shown indomitable physical and moral courage. A good example is the best sermon. Our warmest felicitations go out to Reverend Moon for his pioneering work on the battlements of fundamental family values and wish him many more happy returns, with the incomparable Mrs. Moon by his side as his comrade-in-arms, in the vanguard of global moral and spiritual revival.

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You have Stepped Out Boldly

Dr. Timothy Boyd

Vice President, The Theosophical Society in Americ, Chicago, Illinois

n the occasion of your 82nd birthday, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you, not merely for a long life, but for the great efforts and even greater accomplishments of that life. For the past three years I have been privileged to cooperate in some of your multifaceted efforts to better the human condition. I have participated in programs with CARP, the ALC, the ACLC, and the IIFWP. In Chicago, in December of 2001 I was deeply honored to be awarded the certification of Ambassador of Peace by your wife. It has become clear to many sensitive and thoughtful people in the world that we are living in a time where humanity has fallen away from some fundamental principles. Yet the enormity of the moral challenges of these times causes many to feel confused and overwhelmed. You

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have chosen to step out boldly, and have motivated many to come together to recover our common birthright of peace. The central focus of your work has been unity. You have a clear vision of the disintegration of the family and the divisions among nations, within the Christian church, and among the religions of the world. You have done what few others even attempt. You have stepped beyond mere preaching of beliefs to the practice, on a broad scale, of principles, I have looked, and nowhere do I witness another willing to reach across national boundaries, religious boundaries, age, education, political, cultural, racial, and economic boundaries to bring unity. What do I know about the things you have done? I was there in Korea at the World CARP conference, when you bought together 2500 of the children of nations who in recent history had been bitter enemies. I have participated in meetings of clergy from different sects of the Christian family whose doctrines or theology resist cooperation. Like a mighty tree of peace, beneath the shadow of your vision they have worked in harmony. I have seen business and political leaders come to common cause within your vision. I was at the DMZ dividing North and South Korea, and I have witnessed your efforts to end that separation. There are many who speak of unity. In your presence, I see it happen. With prayers that you may have many long years of living to serve others.

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A Letter of Appreciation

Joanna Broman

Spiritualist, Author and Healer, Helsinki, Finland

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s the best known spiritualist in Finland, I respect and appreciate your magnificent work for the sake of all human beings, especially children and families. As a social worker, I have seen the problems and difficulties that families go through. As a volunteer crisis counselor, I work with people contemplating suicide and with jail convicts. I know how important it is to have humane communication between people. Reverend Moon, you have founded international organizations and activities for the sake of world peace and for the well being of families. Your activities are based on bringing people together to create a better future and a better tomorrow for future generations--our children. I have participated in IIFWP conferences and see that no matter how vast the event the content is invariably deeply warm and heartistic. The content speaks to everyone and does so in a way which especially welcomes, and resonates among people with good hearts. I have seen it reflected on the faces of all the participants and experienced it through the things that we have shared with each other. I want to thank you for holding on to that humane quality, even as the organization grows and grows. This is the way you are able to at-

tract people who share your ideals, and these people have been able then to share experiences and opinions with each other such deeply personal ways. By participating in the activities you inspire, I experience warm communication with like-minded leaders. This, I believe, must have been your original aim­­for people to make personal contact, and unite with each other. This is still is the best and most effective way to work for the sake of people and for world peace. As for my self, I have received humane and heavenly values from these conferences, which I take home with me to propagate in my home country, Finland. I explain them to Finnish families and people, and I celebrate with all these people who work for the sake of others, with warmth and love. I have come to understand, as surely everyone does who participates in your world peace conferences, that there is no other way to build world peace, other than to start from the family. Therefore your work, Reverend and Dr. Moon, is of incomparable value and warrants all respect. You have focused on the set of values, grounded on the family which can build world peace through families. This is nothing less than better tomorrow for all people. I am grateful to have been given the chance to participate in these conferences, to get to know your organizations and activities, to experience the atmosphere, meet the people, and even to meet you! I was delighted and honored to meet you personally when blessed to be selected as the one who would offer you a bouquet of flowers during the dinner banquet in Washington, D.C. in the autumn of 1999. All in all, with you I have experienced a touch of loveliness, humanity­­and love. I wish for the goodness of God to be with you and your entire family. With an immense respect toward you life work, I wish for constant presence of God in your life.

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The Sole Purpose is Peace

Prof. Datin Dr. Rahmah Haji Bujang

Head of the Academy of Malay Studies at the University of Malaya President of WFWP-Malaysia

he most recent program I was able to attend through the good office of the honorable Reverend Sun Myung Moon was the Summit of World Muslim Leaders held in Jakarta, Indonesia, in December. The summit carried the theme "Islam and the Future World of Peace," and the overview referred to the unique role that Islam can play in promoting world peace. Muslims from all races and nationalities, from every particular community and system, be it large or small, assembled there. Indeed, the summit went very well. Whether the meetings were held together or divided into small groups, the issues relating to world peace were discussed in an atmosphere of harmony, peace, love and respect of each other as Muslim brothers and sisters unified in mind and spirit for the purpose of the summit. That the meeting was held under the auspices and funding of Reverend Moon and his followers through the World Peace Mission is made all the more significant by virtue of the fact that: 1. It is common knowledge that Reverend Moon's calling is Christianity, and yet here is a man big enough in heart and spirit to see that peace for the world can never be achieved without the involvement of every creed, race, religion, and nation of the world. 2. The summit would not have been possible without his blessing and the good work of his followers dedicated to his vision of peace. 3. Cynics can point at the gathering and accuse it of anything, but the brothers and sisters of Islam who were present, as well as nonMuslim brothers and sisters there, know the expressed and manifest good that the gathering has done to unite mankind in peace.

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4. That Indonesia was chosen as the venue for the convention is most apt, it being the country with the highest Muslim population in the world. 5. It took no small effort to plan, manage, and finance the summit. 6. It is made all the more meaningful when one reflects on the fact that this was an effort not made by government machinery. It was a nongovernment program driven by great civic consciousness on the part of the people involved. 7. It could only have been carried out to such a resounding success by the commitment of Reverend Moon and his dedicated followers to the mission of world peace. Reverend Moon and his organizations have already convened all kinds of gatherings, every one of them for the sole purpose of establishing peace, harmony, and the unification of mankind. For my humble part, I can only expound on the value of his work by reflecting on those events that I have had the honor to be part of. It was in 1997 that I first came into direct contact with Reverend Moon. Being a professor of literature in Malaysia, I was among those invited to an Asian Literary Perspectives Conference convened in Washington, D.C., in April. This was followed in June with a Western Literary Perspectives Conference, also held in Washington. Both gatherings met with my approval by the seriousness of the academic sessions and the well-planned proceedings. I am no stranger to world conferences, having previously been to programs organized by universities or government networks in Germany, Holland, England, China, Russia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Brunei, as well as the United States. Those gatherings, however, are relatively small in terms of member representation and are highly specialized, and more often than not, one is left to fend for oneself. In contrast, gatherings made under the auspices of Reverend Moon's organizations come in fine, well-organized packages that can match those organized by top-notch governmental bodies. What is especially soul-inspiring is the fact that participants at Reverend Moon's gatherings come from all parts of the world and are of every color, creed, and religion. The Literary Perspectives Conference of 1997 carried the theme "In Search of a New World." The overall aim was to promote a new

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vision of culture for the world, a culture of love and peace for humankind. The concept of family was given a new perspective as the central core in the realization of this new world. This is a basic concept, of course, but one is also very aware of our present dilemma: that the traditional family unit is either already lost or in danger of being lost because of factors such as the unnatural liaisons of homosexuals and lesbians, and the growing number of single-parent families. In this respect, Reverend Moon's work shines forth like a beacon of hope, strengthening the value of the family bound together by love and marriage. And his work does not just stop at hearsay and discussions. He has gone even further by uniting individuals from all over the globe in bonds of matrimony and pledges of fidelity, in order to keep the purity and love of the true family alive. He went to all lengths to make the ceremony a beautiful experience, an occasion worthy of remembrance. The interreligious atmosphere of these marriage blessings is highlighted through the presence of representative heads of various religions. For me the ceremony is unique of its kind, far exceeding the excellence of anything that merits entrance in The Guinness Book of Records. It is a historically momentous occasion both for the couples being blessed and for the guests. This focus on uniting couples who pledge to maintain eternal love for each other in front of God represents Reverend Moon's conscious effort to establish family values as the core of the new world.

His work in this area is matched by his efforts to bring unity and peace to people of the world through other projects. The Religious Youth Service is one program that consciously provides youths of the world a sense of importance by being able to contribute to societies large and small all over the world. The Professors World Peace Academy assembles academicians from around the world for the express purpose of promoting better understanding of world issues and opening up people's minds in all areas of study. In Malaysia, my involvement is very much in the area of family matters, through the Women's Federation for World Peace and the Pure Love True Family for World Peace. This is yet another of Reverend and Mrs. Moon's projects in their effort to promote a better world for everyone. Reverend Moon's work has stretched throughout the world. But if only more people would sit up, listen, and get involved in his many endeavors to promote world peace, then the nobility of his vision would become more evident and we could perhaps avoid the many man-made tragedies borne of ignorance of each other's value and needs. In my opinion, the greatest value of Reverend Moon's work is that it helps the people he has touched to fully understand the meaning of, and have the power to develop, a civic consciousness, the desire to get up and do their level best for the goodwill of man and the good of mankind.

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A New Direction for Contemporary Youth

Prof. Kirti Bunchua

Dean of Assumption University Graduate School of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Bangkok, Thailand

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ith the arrival of the third millennium and the rapid spread of post-modernism, more and more youth all over the world are following the same trends in choosing unhealthy lifestyles. An alarmingly large number of youth of diverse cultures and climates are addicted to what St. John refers to in his letter as "disordered bodily desires...disordered desires of the eyes...pride in possession...which are not from the Father." In this way, youth are surrendering their values and long-term vision to a desire for momentary gratification, which is constantly tempting them as a result of the Fall of the first human ancestors. The threats especially endangering the youth of the present time are drugs of various kinds, impure and promiscuous love made easier by technology and prosperity, caprice under the guise of freedom, godlessness, and suicide. As a result, youth education on the world level is without a doubt a daunting challenge for anyone. In our globally confused society, the greatest difficulty for those who are to take responsibility is deciding where to start and what to start with. Traditional faiths, cultures and moral codes do not appeal strongly anymore to the youth of today. What we need is a new starting point for our program for youth moral education. We need new content and a new method of presentation in order to attract the youth's interest. I am a member of the board of the Foundation of Development and Peace in Thailand and in this capacity I am also invited to join the staff of consultants and educators for the Youth Federation for World Peace. My role is to lecture on the topic of inter-religious dialogue and

collaboration. I was recently a part of an exciting Inter-religious and International Youth Camp held from the 13th to the 20th of October 2001 at Saiprao Village in the Northern Province of Thailand. The Foundation of Development and Peace in Thailand has launched in the recent past many projects to cope with the need for youth moral education in Thailand. Mr. Hyun Jin Moon, the President of YFWP and of World CARP, came and delivered an encouraging speech at the Pure Love 2000 Convention, which was held at the United Nations Headquarters in Bangkok. He said, "If you want to maintain the integrity of the family, if you want to maintain the integrity of your communities, if you want to maintain the integrity of your nation, if you want to maintain the integrity of the world, you have to respect others, you have to live for the sake of others. This is the message of purity; this is the message of pure love." As echoes of the above inspiring words, many activities rose up across the country with the goal of educating the youth in morality to achieve the ideal of pure love. Some examples include 16 workshops on the Principle by CARP, a Mr. & Miss University Beauty Pageant, 12 workshops teaching abstinence for high school students on Brighter Steps for the Young People, 21 workshops on a Loving Reminder from the Elder to the Younger, 6 Programs on Dreams Come True by Your Love, regular Wonhwa-do martial arts networks, two camp programs on the growing Bio-organic Agricultural Network, and weekly study of the Divine Principle. For all of these activities, we had contribution from all sectors of people in Thailand and abroad along with good collaboration. All of these good programs and activities meet the needs of humanity, especially the need to cope with the moral education of youth on a world-wide level, including the youth of Thailand. These successful activities would not have seen daylight without the wise and far-sighted initiative of Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. On this auspicious 82nd birthday of this providential couple, we are more than willing to wish them happy and successful days of their valuable lives. May our Heavenly Father grant them long lives to enjoy the fruits of their toils and sacrifices up to the fourth and fifth generations and forever.

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RYS has made a Great Impact

Dr. Ronald L. Burr and Dr. Sherry Hartman

University of Southern Mississippi

gram. In addition, since this program which has been founded upon his vision was for interreligious cooperation, these thousands of young people have learned first hand what it is to respect those of other cultures and religions as they work together to help others. In the course of this learning, many hundreds of people have been inspired by the young people, and by extension, the vision of Reverend Moon, inasmuch as they have had their lives enriched by the social service volunteered to their communities. Vision and Goals

e are both honored to offer this short tribute to Rev. Sun Myung Moon. This tribute is for the work he inspires and has allowed us to be part of. His inspired Religious Youth Service (RYS) is, we believe, one of the most important processes toward achieving the world peace and harmony we all strive for and dream of. Our life paths, careers, and certainly our futures as well, have been altered in multiple ways. However, our own personal experiences are but a hint of the many ways that the RYS program has had a great and powerful impact on so many people throughout the world. As a couple with no natural children, we have had the wonder in our lives of being "parents" and "family" for young people all over the world. Through the power of the RYS experience we have felt in a unique way what it is to love and care for others as one's children and family, and to realize that such strong compassion and protection is what is needed for each individual in the world. We wish to share a bit about the unique program which has positively changed so many lives.

One statement of an RYS vision would be this: For the sake of developing the wisdom, motivation and capabilities to promote world peace, the RYS provides a context for interreligious youth to put aside doctrinal differences, unite in activities of spirit, worship, service and learning, and become more like a family. The program includes a practical examination of issues regarding development and empowerment, and graduates return to their home communities with a better ability to lead others on a path of peace and co-prosperity, as well as to organize similar volunteer projects. Among the RYS goals to be realized, in every project, are the following. Participants have the opportunity to: 1. Develop leadership understanding and skills: a. Understanding diversity b. Cultural competence c. Team building d. Community development process e. Communication skills, i.e. listening History f. Value of service to others 2. Learn from each other and from advisors about World Religions The history of this fine project, that has had such impact for so many 3. Socialize across boundaries of culture, nationality and faith, in young people, from so many countries, begins in the mind of a crerecreation, and in visiting cultural and religious sites ative genius, whose talents are dedicated to the peaceful future of hu4. Experience faith-based community mankind. This kind genius, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, is to be congratulated February 17th, as on all of his birthdays, for the RYS project, Methods and Processes one among many examples of his contributions to humanity. Thousands of young people have found within themselves, while engaged Although each RYS project has its own personality, characteristic of in social service, some of the compassion of the founder of this pro- these projects generally are the following. RYS projects normally be-

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gin with a staff orientation. Staff members are most often drawn from previous RYS participants who want to experience the additional leadership challenges and learning afforded in the staff role where "service" expands to also encompass service to participants. Participant orientation is planned and prepared for in the staff orientation. During their orientation, participants have an opportunity to become personally aligned with RYS goals and goals specific to each project that have been generated by the staff. They become familiar with experiential methods and expected successful participant behavior. Subsequently, participants receive training in listening skills, interaction style differences, team processes and community development process. In the latter they are involved in generating their own team visions for their RYS project as well as its expected impact on society. The RYS volunteers around 30 to 35 hours of weekly labor in exchange for some support toward arranging some of: housing, transportation, meals, and contacts for culture and education. On an average of 5 1/2 workdays a week, the RYS day begins early with a meditation (rotating among religious traditions) and breakfast. A substantial break occurs mid-morning before another long session of work prior to returning to base for a late lunch, clean-up and rest. On such workdays, RYS typically includes some sort of session before and after dinner. Many sessions are now learning sessions, some of which are talks by local religious or political leaders, but most of which are experiential learning sessions conducted by staff and participants. By experiential learning is broadly meant: a team experience, structured by leaders, with specific learning goals, including ample time for individuals to review and project to the future what they have learned, and then to share that information with their team and the larger RYS assembly. Some of these experiences are complex simulations. This general description of experiential learning guides an entire RYS project, in the sense that, as much as possible, all activities are reviewed for learning and projection of learning to the future, and as well, there is a proportionately lengthy review/reflection period before the close of the project. Many of these sessions further the specific goals, listed above, of developing leadership skills. During some of these times partici-

pants have formal or informal discussions either on their own or facilitated by team leaders. Some of these session-times are used for outings for purposes of recreation and visits to religious or cultural sites. How RYS is Unique RYS may not be unique in each of the following elements, but the authors know of no other organization with the combination of these emphases: 1. RYS serves youth in interreligious action 2. In a world peace project 3. That is a social service learning project 4. With some originally designed learning sessions 5. Emphasizing leadership and intercultural understanding 6. And that contributes to ongoing social service projects in a myriad of countries. Trinidad in the UN-IYV The sponsoring agency of the RYS is now the International and Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace (IIFWP), a UN-NGO, and a cooperating/sponsoring agency is the International Relief and Friendship Foundation (IRFF). In August of 2001 these agencies cosponsored their 4th Island Friendship Service Project and their First Ambassadors for Peace Youth Initiative, in Trinidad and Tobago. Cooperating and hosting agencies included the Rose Foundation, founded by Sterling and Marcia Belgrove, and the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Human Development, Youth and Culture. These hosting agencies offered housing, meal preparation, transportation, staff and program support. These agencies helped mobilize the RYS and members of the local community at three different work sites. The central work project was to be in conjunction with the Trinidad chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a successful, world-renowned faith-based volunteer organization. The staff had the opportunity to join with the Acting President of Trinidad and Tobago and a host of community leaders in breaking ground for two modest homes to be constructed during their time in

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the country. At the closing Habitat Ceremony, in which the President of Trinidad and Tobago attended, it was moving to see the new homeowners ask for the young workers and thank them personally with tears in their eyes. The closing reflection for this RYS included a period of silence lasting from before breakfast until returning from a three hour hike up a mountainside and back for the purpose of meditation/reflection on what had been learned from the project. After the silence, participants were led through a systematic review of their activities during the project, taking notes along the way. Each participant was given time to write their major learnings from the program and how they wished to apply them in the future. They shared their plans in teams and many were reported to the whole assembly. The keynote speaker for the closing banquet was the nation's former Prime Minister, and head of the opposition party, H.E. Patrick Manning. After this time of good food and fellowship, among themselves and local leaders, the participants returned to their living site for a tearful close. The official close of the program was a universal worship

service, including the lighting of candles, readings from major religious traditions, and the singing of an inspirational song. Following its 94th project, Trinidad and Tobago in the UN-IYV, it appears that the RYS is going stronger than ever in year 12. Since its maiden project in the Philippines, the RYS has involved youth from 140 nations. This has been with the continued patronage and inspiration of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, and through lieutenants such as the international director, John Gehring, and international field director of IRFF, Massimo Trombin. As a personal note, we, the authors, began our work with RYS as mid-career academics, and we have had our lives and careers utterly transformed by association with this project, the founder, his wife, and his representatives. We have written and lived much more toward personal and world peace than we otherwise would have. In addition, we have had the great satisfaction of meeting the very best of human beings from a multitude of countries and worked with them for the betterment of the human family and their environment. For these blessings and others, we offer you our thanks, Reverend Moon, and our wishes for a very happy birthday.

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Peace is a Way of Life

H.E. Rodrigo Carazo

Former President of Costa Rica Ambassador of Peace

eace is a way of life and as was said by Benito Juarez, peace is the respect to the rights of others. Peace is to work for the understanding between other human beings. Peace is to understand that there is only one human race with diverse and rich expressions as was affirmed by Humbolt. Peace is the dutiful practice of doing what is right and not repeat popular errors. In today's world we should learn to conquer fear without ever accepting what is easy, convinced that all human beings converge in God. To practice peace among like-minded people not only is vain, but in general it is to hide in what is easy. We have the fate to live in a time in which the world is living the confrontations between race, religion, and culture. The law of retaliation is applied from the neighborhood to the nation and the world. Revenge erects barriers and creates heroes in contempt of our intelligence. Ideologies have separated brothers in the most diverse and violent forms. People work for the economic benefit of some with total neglect for their spiritual enrichment. The greatest economic developments produce the highest and greatest forms of exclusion and misery, and dig a grave for a materialistic civilization. Several years ago I received an invitation to work in the efforts that were made through the Summit Council for World Peace and the

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Federation for World Peace, organizations sponsored by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon in order to walk towards international cooperation. As a good Christian that I am, because of having received the gift of faith I participate in any efforts to bring human beings together assuming an optimistic view of the world and practicing "love for the world." This Christian obligation to be involved in diverse and multi-religious action is in order to bring down the flags between nations, nationalities, cultures and religions. The invitation from the Summit Council for World Peace and the Federation for World Peace turned into direct action for the attainment of peace. Among the many works embraced, I should mention those related to the promotion of dialogue between the United States of America and North Korea, as well as those with a purpose of the unification of the two Koreas. This work began with the promotion of a rapprochement beginning in the highest levels of leadership in North Korea. From Kim Il Sung himself, that work was prolonged for years in diverse visits that without a doubt had given positive results including the opening of programs of CNN from Pyongyang. The introduction of broadcasting of CNN from Pyongyang, the dialogue between the highest leadership between north and south Korea, the nuclear agreements, and the inclusion of both Koreas-- which culturally are one single people--in the organization of the United Nations. For years we worked in such efforts without publicly speaking about them, since we never intended to gain any noteriety from our efforts. The only goal was to see their fatherland united and in peace. To be a witness and a player in these efforts, to see how work for peace is done, without seeking for any recognition, makes this occasion of Reverend Moon's birthday so special. We want to add our heartfelt recognition of his work and permanent efforts for the benefit of humanity.

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Thank You for Educating the Youth of China

Mrs. Yun Ying Chang

Director of the Blue Star Happy Family Center, China

s we enter the new millennium, a most insidious threat to social harmony and world peace has woven itself into the very fabric of modern society. This is the breakdown of families and the ensuing sense of alienation and loss of purpose this causes in individuals, particularly young people. The International Educational Foundation (IEF) is only one of the programs founded by Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon to address these

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concerns throughout the world. In recent years the IEF has concentrated many of its activities in my homeland of China. As you know, China is the most populous country in the world, with 300 million families and 400 million youth. In cooperation with Chinese governmental and non-governmental organizations, the IEF has held more than 120 two-day programs on character education, family values, and pure love for youth. The IEF has published books and articles on these topics and has provided support for publications put out by Chinese scholars as well. Hence, the IEF has brought a positive influence to Chinese society. Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon established the IEF and many other outstanding international organizations to pursue the ideal of a world culture centered on heart and true love. As they celebrate a lifetime of investment and accomplishment, I wish to express my profound gratitude and respect to them, because of their deep love and concern for my people and for humankind.

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World Peace through True Love

Dr. Yih-Young Chen

Professor and Doctor at Ming Hsin Institute of Technology Former President of National Open University Chairman of Pure Love Alliance in Taiwan

t is indeed my great pleasure and privilege to present a few statements in celebration of the 82nd birthday of Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon. This also expresses some of my impressions and gratitude to be involved with Reverend Moon's movement for more than a quarter of a century as a professor in Taiwan, Republic of China. After six years of studying abroad in the United States, I returned home in 1974 and taught at National Chiao Tung University. I became associated with his Victory Over Communism movement, and although there were only occasional interactions, I got a strong and favorable impression. Since then, I have participated in many of his organizations and activities, such as ICUS, ICWP, PWPA, and so forth. Most of them are associated with university professors and scholars. The main theme of the conferences he has sponsored over the years--world peace--certainly attracted me. Undoubtedly, the world today is facing enormous crises and chaos. Among our challenges, the most critical are ideological differences and racial and religious conflicts. At the same time, there exists great potential for change. In this

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regard, I truly appreciate the vision and thoughts put forth by Reverend Moon. He has been consistently providing unique yet possible solutions to the world's problems. The followers of Reverend Moon's movement in Taiwan encountered some difficulties in the past. I was very happy to be one of the enthusiastic people who strongly persuaded the government to lift the ban on the Unification Church. I was the founding chairman of the board of both the International Cultural Foundation-ROC and the Professors World Peace Academy­ROC. Currently I serve as chairman of the Pure Love Alliance­ROC, which was founded in 1999. And only a few months ago, I joined many distinguished community leaders to witness the commencement of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace­ROC. I am so happy to see that the Unification Church members in Taiwan have made it through many obstacles, and I certainly look forward to prosperous development in the future. I consider myself to be acquainted with the words and deeds of Reverend Moon. I deeply appreciate that he is a great educator, philosopher, and religious leader with a loving heart. He has especially emphasized the importance of living for the sake of others, for humankind and the world. Above all else, world peace has been the focus of his commitment since the beginning of his mission. He has initiated and promoted numerous activities and organizations, all of which are centered on true love, the universal truth. The only possible way to achieve the goal of world peace is through true love and mutual understanding. For over half a century, Reverend Sun Myung Moon has tirelessly endeavored to accomplish this task. I deeply admire and respect him for his great efforts and achievements.

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You Have Changed My Life

Rev. Nehemiah Cox

The Full Gospel Baptist Church, Antigua

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would like to share my conviction about the importance of the work of Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon as it applies to my life and the realm of my personal experience. His message, vision and divine calling has had a tremendous positive influence on my life, my family, and my community as a whole. I stand proudly to bear witness to a man whom I have seen to be more than an ordinary man. As I reflect upon his life, his work, and his determination to achieve the Will of God for His children, I can only conclude that this man is not just a man but God in a man. The work of Father Moon has served to better many lives, many families, and many communities. Among the many works that Father Moon has been doing in Antigua, and particularly in my community, I would like to speak primarily about the True Families Foundation for World Peace. What I admire most in his message as he follows the path of God, is his call to forgive and love. And I admire his divine perseverance as he endured all that he has for the Will of God and the redemption of His children. I have learned not only to love but also the importance of love from his teachings. Love is never to be taken lightly, rather that it must at all times occupy the most important place in life. The value of love must be so great that nothing could be compared with it--not gold, silver, air, water, or any other thing that I thought to be important. Nothing must ever take the place of love. Not even life itself

should be viewed as being more precious than love. Because of Father Moon's teaching, I have been lifted to a higher level, a level where I can see the need for true love and result of practicing it. Through the Fall of Man, it would appear that Satan not only deceived the first man and woman but also took away the most important thing that was originally given to them, which was love. He knew that if there were no love, then there could be no unity, no togetherness, no caring or concern for others. And he knew that as a result man would become hopeless, without any chance to redeem himself and return to his original state, and the family would remain divided, and communities and our world would also remain in continuous conflict, disorder, and depravity. I have seen and experienced a change in my life, and in that of my family and community, because of the great teaching of Father Moon. May his blessings continue to flow over us. I must say thank you first to Mr. Susumu Ezawa, a person in whom we have found a true ambassador and representative of peace and love. The class, dignity, humility, and pleasantness of his personality have created in us a great love and respect for him. I am proud and honored to know such a man in whom I have seen qualities of the highest order. I must thank all of the wonderful and dearest Japanese sisters for their hard, hard, hard work, dedication, and commitment to make sure that love returns to God's children through the vehicle of the wonderful message of Father Moon to us here in Antigua. Everyone in my community who has heard the message of Father Moon has certainly experienced a new and positive outlook on life. Not that we did not know these teachings before, but new impetus has somehow been added to them. The message of Father Moon has been delivered to us in such a positive way that it has brought about practical changes in our lives. These changes in the life and conduct of my community are noticeably evident. His message of love has taught us so much and has proven to be the essence of God.

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Rev. Sun Myung Moon: A Passionate Pluralist

Dr. Cromwell Crawford

Chairman, Department of Religion, University of Hawaii

f there were a Nobel Prize for Ecumenism, Rev. Moon would be a certain winner. To frame the importance of his ecumenical legacy, let me contextualize it in a fundamental Christian paradox, which is highlighted by the religious situation in contemporary America. Harvard professor Diana Eck's new book, A New Religious America: How a Christian Country Has Become the World's Most Religiously Diverse Nation, clearly documents that Americans now live in a religiously pluralistic society. Though most Americans still identify themselves as Christians, the force of globalization and immigration are transforming the American religious landscape with greater and greater diversity. This pluralism is colorful and interesting, but it also raises a great challenge to Christians. Bob Abernethy, eminent member of the United Church of Christ, gets to the crux of the challenge this way:

How do I remain committed to the truth of my own faith and, at the same time, learn to understand and respect the truth of others? Are there many paths up to God's mountain, any one of which will lead to the summit? Is my path better than all the others? Or is mine the only one that goes all the way? ("Faithful and Respectful," Christian Century, March 15, 2000, p. 294)

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Abernethy's quandary frames the Christian paradox thus: "Jesus is the only way, And his way teaches us to live in peace with other ways." At one end of this seeming contradiction is Christ's Great Commission: "Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and

teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you" (Matt. 38:19). At the other end is Christ's injunction: "have peace with one another" (Mk 9:50). How has the Reverend Mr. Moon addressed this Christian paradox? An examination of his life and labors clearly demonstrates that Reverend Moon has rejected the exclusivist approach, represented by theologians such as Karl Barth. Barth emphasized revelation over reason, and thus addressed the paradox by denying it. By his interpretation, revelation is God's self-manifestation, which makes it something "utterly new," which no mere mortals could ever know by themselves. Religion, on the other hand, is something arbitrarily and willfully evolved. It is opposed to faith in its attempt to grasp at God. Karl Barth's interpretation of Christianity in terms of "exclusivism" has been the dominant view of the church throughout its history, and in recent years has served as the springboard for evangelism by conservative churches, which have grown while mainstream churches have lost in membership. A catalyst, in this movement has been Evangelist Billy Graham, who has built a global ministry through his opposition to "syncretism" which teaches that all religions are one in the center, though different on the periphery, and therefore people of diverse faiths must learn to get along with one another. By contrast with the message of syncretism, evangelicals teach that mutual dialogue and cooperation between Christianity and other faiths can and should take place in the area of general revelation, but there can be no give and take in the area of special revelation. Those who preceded Christ, and those who have not heard his message will, in fairness, be judged by their own lights; but since no one lives according to his own conscience, all persons are guilty before God and stand in need of his plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. Thus evangelicals are convinced that Christians should not succumb to the allure of syncretism, which calls for all people to live in religious harmony, but must insist that, even in an age of pluralism, they alone travel the "Highway of Heaven." Karl Rahner (1904-1984) is generally thought of as an "inclusivist," considering his influence on the second Vatican Council (1962-65) as it struggled to understand the presence of God's grace outside the vis-

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ible church. Rahner presented the view that non-Christians could find Christ in and through their own religions, without knowing it. He therefore called such persons of piety "anonymous Christians." I personally find Rahner's position exclusivist and imperialistic. On the surface this brand of Christianity is inclusivistic, because it allows other religions to share in the truth of their own religion; but this sharing is defined in terms of Christianity. Rahner attempts to hang on to the old exclusivism (Christ is Lord of all), while making a show of inclusivism (the Hindu is a "hidden Christian"). Would Rahner be willing to reverse roles and say the Christian is a hidden Hindu or a hidden Muslim or a hidden Jew? His ecumenism is flawed because he tries to eat his cake and have it too. As we shall presently show, Reverend Moon's approach to the Christian paradox does not share the sentiments of Christian exclusivists. He is more at home with scholars who promote an inclusivistic approach. A prominent member of this circle is philosopher John Hick. In An Interpretation of Religion he proposes that the "great post-axial faiths" represent diverse means of feeling, thinking, and acting in relation to an ultimate divine Reality that stands beyond our varied visions of it. Hick distinguishes between the Real an sich and the Real as variously conceived and experienced by different faith communities. In all of the world religions, distinctions are drawn between the Real in itself, conceived as Brahman, Dharmakaya, etc., and the Real as humanly thought-and-experienced. Using this distinction Hick formulates the hypothesis that the major faith traditions embody different responses to the Real from within the diverse ways of being human, and that each way has the power to transform human existence from self-centeredness to Reality-centeredness. Hence these traditions must be viewed as "alternative soteriological spaces" within which persons can find ultimate fulfillment. Another inclusivistic thinker of high repute, with extensive involvement in Christian-Buddhist dialogue, is John B. Cobb, Jr. His view of "radical pluralism" differs from the pluralism of John Hick as it argues the point that other religions speak of different but equally valid truths. He sees no a priori reason to assume that religion has and "essence,"

and calls for a pluralism that allows each religious tradition to define it own nature and purpose. In this way Cobb's formulation of radical pluralism affirms uniqueness. As a good Methodist, he affirms Christian uniqueness, and thereby unabashedly upholds one arm of the Christian paradox. But the second arm of the paradox is not denied or depreciated, namely, the need to live in peace with other faiths. Also he affirms the uniqueness of Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Further, the uniqueness of each includes a unique superiority, namely, the ability to achieve what by its own historic norms in most important. Thus the radical pluralism of Cobb seems to be the best answer to the Christian paradox which simultaneously affirms Christian uniqueness and the goal of living in peace with other faiths. It might be objected that the pluralistic ideal of Cobb is just that-- an ideal. Here we must hasten to point out that the ideals and aspirations of Cobb's brand of pluralism have for some time been practically affirmed through the many ecumenical agencies founded by Moon. I have known these organizations intimately and can attest that they have had no hidden agendas toward syncretism or the homogenization of all religions into One World Religion. To the contrary, they have celebrate the uniqueness of different faiths, have affirmed their manifold insights, nurtured their diversity, provided forums for mutual enrichment, and have harnessed their collective efforts for world peace. Moon's pluralistic mission resonates with our common religious experience that the more profoundly we investigate our own respective religions, the closer we come to that apprehension of the love of God and love for humanity which bind humanity. One who is anchored firmly in his own tradition, is all the more free and secure to find common spiritual ground with members of diverse traditions. When the deepest depths are plumbed, there is always the discovery that there is more that unites us than divides us. To get to the deeper levels of faith, Reverend Moon has set world peace as his overarching goal and tries to bring the resources of the diverse traditions--beliefs, practices and rituals--to achieve that end. With world peace as the end, there is absolutely no need for believers in their own faith to feel that they need to compromise their beliefs.

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What is indeed felt, which then serves as an impetus to dialogue, is the need for religions to live in respectful peace with one another before calling on the world for mutual tolerance. By the same token, the various denominations, sects and factions, which are often openly hostile in most religious groups, are confronted with the need to understand one another. Internal conflicts must be healed before peaceful inter-religious relations can be promoted, and religions must have their own houses set in order before preaching to the world. A major embarrassment in the history of world religions, questioning their very credibility, is the fact that they have waged holy wars on members of differing faiths, including dissidents of their own confession. For these reasons, Moon has promoted both intra-religious dialogue and interreligious dialogue. The strategy in each case is not merely to be reac-

tive: for the sake of resolving conflicts, but proactive--for the sake of mutual enhancement. This is all done in the hope that prophetic voices, such as that of Samuel Huntington, may be proven wrong in their claim that the greatest challenge to humankind will come, not from secular ideologies, but from the clash of civilizations, driven by religion. Thus as we move forward into the twenty-first century we find that the old invocation that there is "one way" to salvation is being challenged and supplanted by new paths to spiritual fulfillment. Among these new paths, and it is the highest tribute to Reverend Moon, that his Family Federation for World Peace is emerging as the most innovative of ecumenical bodies, dedicated to helping believers remain committed to the truth of their own faith, while simultaneously learning to understand and respect the truth of others.

I Will Construct a Model Nation

Khamba Lama Choijiljav Dambajav

Head Lama of Tashi Choi Ling Monastery, Mongolia, Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists

hroughout his life, Dr. Sun Myung Moon has poured his heart felt dedication into the religious community, foreseeing that harmony and cooperation among all the religions is essential to realizing world peace. He has invested his utmost effort and resources for this purpose. Recognizing that it is religions and their spiritual values as a whole, regardless of their traditions, that have led the divine providence in human history, he has loyally exercised his own faith in God by willingly serving as a catalyst for interreligious unity. Such an attitude toward the higher purpose by sacrificing his own agen-

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das exemplifies his persistent teaching of living for the sake of others. In light of the religious conflicts currently taking place around the world, his approach has had a significant impact in (1) encouraging people of faith around the globe, (2) cultivating greater interreligious cooperation for the sake of world peace, and (3) instilling stronger spiritual values within human beings for the sake of their eternal life and happiness. So congratulations, Dr. Moon, upon your 82nd birthday! On this memorable occasion I would like to reflect upon my experiences with Dr. Moon and his activities. First, I want to testify about his efforts in the area of interreligious harmony and cooperation by focusing on my particular enlightenment about the value of working together in unity in a religiously plural community. Second, in response to his fatherly true love poured into the interreligious community, I want to express my determination in the area of my activity, which is to construct a model nation where human beings firmly maintain spiritual values in balance with secular values. I sincerely appreciate Dr. Moon's investment in the religious communities of the world in an attempt to elicit their cooperation for the

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common purpose of world peace. It is only on the foundation of so much generosity on his part in providing opportunities for the different religious communities to consistently work together that we finally became enlightened about the true perspective of religions working together for one peace. The following brief comments about my experiences testify to Dr. Moon's efforts to help the religious communities work together in unity. I will discuss three topics: scholarly insights, the joint invocation by multiple faiths at the marriage blessing, and the Religious Youth Service program. The prominent forerunners who made a foundation for Dr. Moon's interreligious activities have left profound scholarly statements indicating the significance of cooperation in a religiously plural community. In modern times, when intellectual matters carry formidable influence, academic resources accumulated in behalf of religious collaboration serve as a secure foundation upon which spiritual leaders can rely. Dr. Mar Gregorios from the Syrian Orthodox Church suggested the meaning and the purpose of sharing various forms of experiencing the Transcendent; the "neither objectifiable nor definable" Transcendent reveals His whole image in the sum of a variety of "culturally conditioned" experiences embraced by a unified religious community. Dr. Darrol Bryant, in depicting the relationship between the Ultimate and religious diversity, states that "the distinctiveness of each tradition lies in the gift of the Ultimate given in the configuration of elements, not in the elements themselves." Concerning the large marriage blessings that Dr. Moon conducts, those in Mongolia who have wanted to participate in them have been able to do so since 1992. Based on his foundation in the various religious communities, he was able to bring together representatives from each faith to give a joint invocation at the Blessing event in Washington, D.C., in 1997. My firsthand participation in Dr. Moon's vision began at this point. I was honored to give an invocation representing Buddhism there. It is quite remarkable that he invites the leaders of other religions to help officiate at these ceremonies, when one considers the significance of the Blessing as understood by Unificationists in the Christian context: that it is the ceremony of forgiveness of the

Original Sin and the change of blood lineage to God's original pure lineage, as well as the bonding in marriage with an eternal spouse. Allowing various religions' leaders to officiate at the Blessing reveals Dr. Moon's capacity, with fatherly true love, to embrace all religious people who maintain their faith as they take part in the work dedicated to world peace. The Religious Youth Service (RYS) projects that Dr. Moon initiated provide young people of different faiths with a setting where they have an equal opportunity to present their own spiritual wisdom in depth, where the participants mutually respect each other's believes, and where they can experience another person's faith by trying to follow his religion's wisdom in practical ways during the projects. If young people of faith experience such interactive cooperation as they are growing up, then it can have a significant impact on realizing a culture of peace. Through such an educational course, young Unificationists themselves are said to have profoundly experienced a taste of world peace based on pluralism. RYS executive director Reverend John Gehring, who helped our Mongolian project in 1998, describes the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth as one of religious plurality, saying that it has many faces, many robes and clothes, many styles, but it comes from the same heart of love and devotion. Scenes of togetherness with plurality have the power to move many people. The youths' cooperative efforts, beyond religious background, in painting our monastery in Ulaanbaatar truly manifested Dr. Moon's vision for a religiously plural community working together for peace. The project became a symbol for the future peace of this country with religious cooperation. I am grateful for the opportunities to share experiences for the common good with other faiths. Embraced by true love, the interfaith community in harmony has now been encouraged to work together for world peace. In response to the lessons I learned through these experiences, I realize it is time to do homework in my own country--to construct a model nation where eternal happiness can be assured based on firmly establishing spiritual values that can balance the formidable materialistic ways of thinking in modern society. Today I will make such a com-

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mitment. As Dr. Moon's spiritual trainee, as chairman of IIFWP in Mongolia, and as a leading Ambassador for Peace in the country, I should work hard to shape a model system of a peaceful nation in my homeland, with spiritual help from the honorable Buddha. Our interreligious community has been inspired by the vision that Dr. Moon proposed for renewing the United Nations: the formation of a religious council within the framework of the U.N. Its purpose is to serve as an active conscience to guide the current national representatives of the world in order to be more effective in resolving the problems arising from cultural differences. To apply this concept to the nations of the world, perhaps the Ambassadors for Peace that Dr. Moon arranged to have appointed in each country might contribute to the good of society by being its conscience, patterned after the U.N. model, with the same perspective. With the support of someone with an active conscience, each national

leader with issues requiring solutions in order to make progress would make a healthy contribution to a sound society by exercising the spirit of living for the sake of others. Religious or spiritual leaders should apply Dr. Moon's approach in terms of serving as a catalyst in their countries, beyond their own agendas, to actively help reinforce their common spiritual values for the sake of the whole country. Spiritual leaders encompassing men and women with sound conscience, by collaborating with each other, should take responsibility for protecting citizens against formidable materialistic ways of thinking and practicing in the contemporary society. Based on such a standpoint, we receive with gratitude the appointed Ambassadors for Peace as a gift to the nation. They will work hard cooperatively with us as active consciences in every field of society to shape a well-balanced system with spiritual values securely maintained. Then a culture of peace will appear.

52 cities in 52 days!

Pastor W. Davis, Jr.

Pastor,Christ Rescue Temple Apostolic Church,Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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find it a great privilege to have met such a person as you, Dr. Moon. You have proven yourself to be a great man of God who is deeply concerned about people. You have totally invested yourself in

bringing families together and helping to keep families together. I am inspired by the way you speak freely about every aspect of the human body in such a powerful way. I join with many around the world who admire your great work, which has now reached every corner of the earth. I pray that you will continue to spread your universal message, bringing all humanity to understand the importance of "family". Dr. Moon, I am amazed by the energy that you have, especially during the year of 2001, visiting all of the 50 states: 52 cities in 52 days! I believe that God has allowed you to reach this age so that you can continue sharing His sound wisdom with others. I thank God for the opportunity to have met you and for all that you do to help other people. May He bless and keep you on this, your 82nd birthday.

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Grateful for Your Sacrifice for Peace

Rt. Hon. Sher Bahadur Deuba

Prime Minister of Nepal

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arm greetings from the home of Mount Everest, Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon. Thank you very much for your invitation to me to attend the World Culture and Sports Festival 2002 (WCSF 2002) in Seoul, Korea. It would be my great plea-

sure to attend, but due to the convening of our Parliament session and the "State of Emergency" in the country, I will not be able to do so. I want to express my gratitude for the incredible effort and sacrifice that you have made during your lifetime through all of your many contributions toward world peace. I am thankful for the opportunity provided to participate in conferences that represent your dedication to the culture of true justice, peace, and worldwide brotherhood. Please accept my heartfelt best wishes to you on your 82nd birthday. I also wish for the great success of WCSF 2002 in Seoul, Korea.

Letter to Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon

Haoua Diatta

Founder, Chair, and CEO, Micro Credit in Africa, Inc.

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eart felt birthday greetings to a couple whose steadfast support has advanced the work of Micro Credit in Africa (MICA) to better the lives of women and children in Africa.

Your spiritual leadership and advocacy for the dignity of all people through improved quality of life, character education, and other initiatives has strengthened MICA's capabilities to work at the grass roots level. Your support has helped us to effect positive change for many women in the world who are fighting poverty everyday. Your tireless work gives inspiration to all of us and is a ray of hope for the future. We wish you good health, continued success, and God's blessings during the next year.

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Reverend Moon A Man with a Truly Universal Vision

Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee

School of the Shadhdhuliyyah, Keene, Virginia

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begin in the name of Allaah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, and ask blessings and prayers on the Prophet and his family and the believers until the end of time. Early in my life I was blessed by being able to attend a grade school in which a regular feature of our religious education was a monthly talk by a practitioner of one of the world's religions, in which he or she was free, over the course of two hours, to speak to us and answer our questions about their belief and life. In this way I was drawn at an early age into the conversation between members of different religions and, more importantly, I was inspired to study the beliefs and faiths of other peoples. This interest continued unabated through my school life and beyond to the point that I traveled to many parts of the world seeking and entering into conversations at the deepest levels with religious and spiritual figures of different faiths and their many schools and branches.... Then in the summer of 1987 I received, from whence and at whose behest I still know not, an invitation to attend an interfaith gathering under the rubric "Ritual Symbol and Participation in the Quest for Interfaith Cooperation", which was to be held at Harrison Hot Springs, in British Columbia in Canada. At that point I was so deeply involved in my own work, which was especially intense during the summer months when we were running teacher workshops, hosting visiting scholars, and preparing for the new school year, that I was inclined to toss the invitation into the waste basket especially as I saw it was from a group sponsored by the Unification Church which I dimly knew was connected to the teachings of

the Reverend Sun Myung Moon who was popularly known as the leader of a suspicious cult known as the "Moonies." I was doubly disinclined to pay it any serious attention as one of things that had contributed to my sporadic attendance and, finally, non-attendance at such conferences and gatherings was the idea of participation in the rituals of other faiths. In fact the only thing that had really put me off about the gathering at Mount Savior monastery was a kind of mildly coercive feeling (if only in my own perceptions) that one "should" somehow take part not only in the dialogue but also in the rituals of other religions, which I was disinclined to do.... Islam is a rather austere religion in which worship is reserved for God alone, who "is not like any thing" (Q42:11) and although intellectually or philosophically or metaphysically one may understand that since "everything in the celestial universe and upon the earth worships God" (Q57:6) then, in a sense, everything must be God, especially since the prerequisite of entering Islam (and the Garden of Paradise) is to say "there is no god but God"(3:62) or more accurately, La illaha illaLlah.... So when I noticed that this invitation mentioned ritual and participation I was initially put off, especially since I knew nothing of what the "Moonie" dimension of the conference might entail. At the same time something piqued my interest and I decided, in spite of the demands on my time, to attend this conference at the Harrison Hot Springs. Immediately I found myself in contact with the organizers and I noted that they were very courteous, professional, religious and open and aboveboard in their dealings and communications. In Islam a cardinal principle is that belief (iman) and action (amal) are very closely connected and this was what I found in my first encounter with representatives of the Unification Church. Everything went smoothly and we were met at the airport, escorted to a motor coach, and were swiftly taken, in the company of numerous scholars and religious and spiritual personages, to a beautiful hotel by a lake in the shadow of snow-capped mountains in the full splendor of God's creation.

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The entire conference went like this, starting with my roommate who was a great reciter of Qur'an trained at the Azhar and who was an Imam in North America. How considerate, I thought, that they put me with a member of my own faith not knowing then that this was not always so but that it "had worked out". Thus I was learning from this great reciter and was daily in the company of wonderful human beings who were from all different religions but who deeply believed in the principle of "peace" that rests at the heart of all religions and, indeed, in the hearts of all people if they but knew. I felt no coercion on the part of the organizers to do anything other than to be on time, listen carefully, contribute fully and openly to the discussions and practice peace. I actually found it appropriate in a strange way that we were not meeting in a religious institution, a mosque or a church or a temple or an oratory or a monastery, but rather in a hotel. It was neutral ground that we were only temporarily occupying and from which we would all soon be gone (a metaphor for our existence perhaps) that `belonged' to no group and so we were all able to be, without thinking that we were on somebody else's turf, and we were able to relax with one another and enter into deep communication. I was thrilled and very deeply moved by that experience as, indeed, I have been by the deep experiences I have had at every other conference arranged by the many groups affiliated with the Unification Church under the patronage of its leader, Reverend Moon and his wife Dr. Ja Han Moon. I returned to my work with renewed purpose and dedication and, I believe, with greater understanding of the diversity with which we must all deal in this increasingly globalized world in which we live. As the president, during those years, of Dar al-Islam Foundation in the United States, I sought to open channels of dialogue with the other faith communities all in accord with our teaching to "call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonitions and discuss with them in the kindest way," (Q16:125) and began again to involve myself in interfaith relations. I also took advantage of an offer to increase my understanding of

the principles on which the Unification Church was founded and attended a three-day session at the seminary along the Hudson River. This was crucial for me as I then began to see the thought which lay behind the Unification Movement, especially the principle of the mind and heart acting as one (shimjung) and the idea of the dedicated God-centered family, as this matches so closely with Islamic understanding. Around this same time I received an invitation to attend an Intrafaith conference of Islamic scholars, teachers, thinkers, and leaders to be held in Casablanca. Going through the list of people I was amazed to find so many different schools of thought represented. Even more amazing was that this intrafaith conference was not being organized by some Islamic assembly or organization because if it were, it would mean that there would be one or more `brands' of Islam and certainly not such a wide assortment of people holding so many disparate and, potentially, volatile views. I could not understand, for I did not know the organizers very well at that point, how they had managed to bring about such a meeting and my understanding of the work of Reverend Moon increased. Here was a man with a truly universal vision who could see that not only do you have to get the followers of different religions to talk to one another but you also have to get the followers of different schools within the religions to talk with one another, exchange views and very importantly--in my understanding--to actually get to know one another as human beings in the transit hotel which is the world.... Let me return to the dedicated God-centered family. In this view of life we see the husband and wife who, first and foremost, understand that the foundation of their life, the purpose of their life, the meaning of their life is in service to God. Their attention is focused on God and then they come into relationship with another human being of the opposite sex who is equally focused first and foremost on God. These two God-focused beings, now a God-focused husband and wife, keeping their focus on God, have children whom they raise in the same spirit of God-focused life. In the best of conditions they live in a society of other people who are God-focused and who are also raising God-focused children and

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caring for their God-focused parents as they prepare to leave this world. This represents an ideal which in essence all religions are working toward. However we see everywhere, north, south, east and west that this is not working and worse, the very people who should be working toward this ideal, which is to say the religious people, are very often involved in fighting, first of all among themselves and then with people of other faiths. The Reverend Moon, along with others no doubt, sees this problem, but he has managed to do something about it on a broad scale through his generous patronage of inter-faith and intra-faith work.... All people suffer regardless if they are Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, Zoroastrians, Confucians or Aborigines. The mother's heart, the father's urge to do something are the same. Once you can deeply understand, through this means of conversation and dialogue among peoples, the true commonality of our existence, you become part of the sodality of compassion. You are an Ambassador for Peace in the true sense. Why bring further suffering to people when you can bring peace? I understand that through this inter and intrafaith work that Reverend Moon has undertaken, he is trying to bring about this kind of understanding in the hearts and minds of those who attend the conferences that he supports and patronizes. This feeling is what is called compassion, or the ability to feel sympathy with others. When this is deeply awakened in people their attitude both toward themselves and others is changed. This change is what makes it possible to live--and really live--with the diversity which we must be able to accept within our world.... I tell these personal stories, and there are many many more of them, to try and convey what actually takes place at these conferences organized by New Era, or the Religious Youth Seminar, or the Assembly of the World's Religions, or the Council for the World's Religions, or the Interreligious Federation for World Peace, or in the latest manifestation, the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace.

Of course at the same time papers are being read, plenary sessions are being addressed, learned men and women from every part of the world are coming to grips with a whole range of pressing global considerations, on themes ranging from Global Violence to Ecology to Economics to Family Life. Truly I cannot think of a world problem that hasn't been deeply probed at any one of these many meetings. However from where I see things these more outer and public activities represent only the appearance of what is actually happening. What is actually happening is going on at a much deeper level, and if you look or listen closely you can see and hear the world changing before your eyes and ears. I believe that through the medium of these conferences, over the years, there has grown to be a network, greatly nourished and strengthened by these periodic opportunities to meet together, that is working locally in many places to bring greater peace and harmony in the world. I was once honored at one of the World Assemblies to be asked to address a plenary session in Seoul. I have often thought that my remarks were not really understood. What I sought to convey to our whole community is that it isn't the formal organizations that are the real key to change, but that it is the nurturing and fostering of a network of peaceful and peace-loving people that arises out of these meetings sponsored and patronized by the Dr. Reverend Moon and Dr. Ja Han Moon that will help bring about, G-d willing, the changes we all so deeply hope for on behalf of our parents, ourselves, our families, our children and grandchildren and the children yet to come. In this context I wish to offer my heartfelt prayer that they both continue to support and encourage the many works carried on by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. For all the reasons, and so many more, that I have mentioned above I believe that it is a means for truly changing this world in the direction of peace and harmony between all peoples. Thank you and may G-d bless you both, Reverend Moon and Dr. Ja Han Moon, and all who read this.

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A Birthday Greeting to Rev. Sun Myung Moon

H.E. Mario Echandi

Former President of Costa Rica

o be 82 years old for a human being is a positive memory. In the case of Reverend Moon, it is a birthday full of happiness and fulfillment considering all that he has done to improve the quality of life of people around the world. Reverend Moon has clearly dedicated his life for the sake of others. He is more concerned with helping others than in developing his

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own companies or to turn a profit. Looking at the world today, full of wars, murder, and struggle, Reverend Moon's choice of lifestyle is not typical. The terrible example of the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York and the attack on the Pentagon shows how self-centered and evil some people are. Visiting the companies founded by Reverend and Mrs. Moon, I came to appreciate their uncanny business ability; and visiting their home, I observed the behavior of their family and came to understand their love, parenthood, and advice in the creation of this exceptionally beautiful family. In studying his good advice or reading his proposals, I have felt a deep obligation and duty to follow this man of God. I pray that Our Heavenly Father will bless his 82 years and that he may live many more healthy years so all of humanity may continue to benefit from this extraordinary human being.

God Is the Purpose of Life

Imam Mohamed Ali Elahi

Islamic House of Wisdom Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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n the name of God the Compassionate and Merciful...it is my great privilege to take the opportunity of the birthday anniversary of a wise and visionary world leader to express my best prayers and wishes by saying happy birthday to Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon. It is hard to summarize the contributions of this blessed leader to the universal spiritual values and principles. He has dedicated his life for human peace, prosperity, and progress through local, national and global projects, promoting the spirit of diversity, dialogue, under-

standing, openness, healing and harmony. Reverend Moon's tireless missionary efforts to build bridges of love and unity and search for solutions for critical world problems like war, violence, human hunger, poverty and injustice have made this man an honest ambassador for peace. As a servant of God and the Muslim community I most deeply appreciate Reverend Moon's family ideals. The closest way to create a wonderful world of love and human peaceful co-existence is to begin from the values of faith and family. "O, ye who believe save yourselves and your families from the hell fire" (The Quran 66-5). "Truly, those in loss are those who lose their own souls and their families" (The Quran 39-15). Islam teaches that our children are the comfort of our eyes, the light of our life and the tools of our tests. The greatest prosperity is to win this challenge and raise a family whose members are righteous, responsible, respectful, honest, educated, kind, caring and able to distinguish between good and evil. The first step towards such a successful foundation is to choose a right partner and marry. Rever-

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end Moon has not only taught these values but also generously contributed to the formation of thousands of such families. As I wish Reverend Moon a long and healthy life, I would like to close with a statement from him in which he connects every purpose of our life to the existence and will of God: "I exist for my family, my family exists for our society, our society exits for our nation, our na-

tion exists for our world and our world exists for God and God exists for us." This reminds me of a verse from the Holy book of Islam that can be translated this way: "God is the purpose of life, He is the source and center of all power and goodness and our progress is to put ourselves to His service and it is not of any benefit to Him, it is for our own benefit."

How Few are Able to Recognize Your Central Role

Reverend William Ephraim

New Hope Outreach Ministries, Progressive Church of God in Christ Colorado Springs, Colorado

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t is my pleasure and honor to have this opportunity to wish you a happy birthday, and to share my personal experience of how your ministry has changed the world, and also touched me personally. I can truly testify how your work has made world peace a reality, and renewed the family as well. In 1984 when I first met the Unification Church, Communism seemed to have a death grip on the world. We lived in constant danger of nuclear threat from the Soviet Union. The nearly 70-year march of communist ideology seemed to be unstoppable. Despite the best efforts of our government, it seemed that no one had an answer to this threat to world peace and human dignity. The Berlin Wall appeared to be an impregnable symbol of evil's triumph over good. But then I was introduced to CAUSA, an organization whose goal was to confront the godless ideology of communism by exposing its falsehoods and providing Godly principles as an alternative. You initiated and sponsored these CAUSA Seminars all over the USA and

the world. I was privileged to be co-convener of many of them. I soon came to appreciate your worldwide effort to tell the truth through projects such as the Washington Times, which educated America's leadership, media fact-finding tours behind the Iron Curtain and much more. Each time that I hear the story about the unexpected miracle of the Berlin Wall coming down, I am angered knowing how few are able to recognize or admit the central role that your movement played in the collapse of world communism. Without your efforts against this threat, I am convinced that the Soviet Union would still be in power, the Berlin Wall would still be standing and the threat of nuclear war would be much greater than it is now. In spite of all that Godless communism has done to torture you, imprison you, and to try to destroy you, you continue to show great love and compassion for those countries through education, investment and reconciliation. I am confident that history will recognize all that you have done for the sake of world peace. Your efforts to renew families have touched my life on a very personal level. My wife and I participated in a Marriage Blessing Ceremony in Seoul, Korea in 1992. The principles and practice of the Blessing have helped to turn my marriage around. My wife and I were married as teenagers. We had been married for almost 40 years before we received the Blessing upon our marriage, but we were angry with each other about many unresolved issues. Though we had tried in so many ways, we were unable to put these things behind us. But when God Blessed us through you, Father and Mother Moon, it truly renewed our lives. Father and Mother, I love you deeply. Even to be given the oppor-

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tunity to write this letter is such an honor that it brings tears to my eyes. I want to especially thank you for remembering my church and I during your time in prison here in America. To me you are truly the embodiment of Christ. Though you were suffering, you saved my

church and in doing so you reached from behind prison bars and saved my ministry. Thank you for all that you have done for me, my family and church, for America and the world. May God be with you always.

There is Something to be Said about Absolute Values

Professor Anthony Flew

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy University of Reading, UK

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n sending my tribute on the occasion of Reverend Sun Myung Moon's birthday, I would like to describe the amazing impact my involvement with two of the very many projects of the Unification Movement has had on my life, namely International Conferences on the Unity of Sciences (ICUS) and Professor's World Peace Academy (PWPA). As early as in 1974, at the 3rd ICUS in London, there were I believe, over 10 Nobel Laureates present during that conference. The conferences brought together a most impressive gathering of scholars at one place, coming from most diverse disciplines. I know of no other Religious figure that invests so much energy sponsoring Academic Conferences without any direct benefit to himself or to his organisation. My involvement in the work of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace has been mainly, but not quite, a matter of active participation in ICUS. These conferences have led to the making of many academic friends, such as Gerard Radnitzky, a sometime Luftwaffe fighter pilot; the late Bill Bartley, a philosopher from the USA; Peter Manz, a historian from New Zealand; and Professor Chen

Qiwei, Director of the Institute for Foreign Philosophy in the University of Peking, Beijing The word "Peking" in the name of this University was not changed into Beijing, with the change in the system of Romanisation, because that institution was founded in 1898 and played an important part in early modern Chinese history. It was also the institution from which Edgar Snow set out in June 1936 on the voyage of discovery, which led to the publication of his book Red Star Over China. I would like to describe one experience with a professor amongst many. My meeting with Professor Chen Qiwei at ICUS conferences resulted in an invitation to visit his Institute in the summer of 1989. I was not actually able to go that year. My flight would have landed me at Beijing Airport the day before the massacre in Tianamen Square, and it had to be cancelled--just in time! But the invitation was renewed, and I went in 1990. Professor Chen Qiwei also made arrangements for me to visit Nanjing University and Shaanxi Normal College in Xian. It was a great advantage for me to have been a politically cautious youth in the later 1930s. So in Xian I was not merely taken along with every other visitor, Chinese or foreign, to see the terracotta warriors. I also went, at my own request, to see where the forces of the Young Marshal had kidnapped President Chiang Kai Shek, and the apartment in which the future Chairman Mao commanded the Communist Fifth Route Army. In Nanjing I was able to do something directly related to pacification. I became the first foreign visitor they had ever entertained who asked them if there was any memorial to commemorate the Massacre of Nanjing. There is and they took me to see it. I knew that, in 1936,

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when Japanese forces took Nanjing (the Southern capital of China) their commanders allowed rape and murder to occur. It was impossible to make an accurate estimate of the total number of people murdered, but it was at least a quarter of a million. I saw evidence of only one visit by a party of repentant and would-be reconciling Japanese. Some, but not by any means all, of the ICUS committee meetings in which I was involved were directly connected with the family, that most important of all social institution. Four were concerned with the explosion of single motherhood which has occurred in many countries in the last thirty or forty years. In the United Kingdom, where it has not exceeded a maximum of 7 ½ percent in nearly two centuries, since the nineteen sixties it has already dramatically increased to over 30 percent. No major social phenomena are mono-causal. But one important part cause of this explosion has been the operation of Charles Murray's Law of Unintended Rewards. Tax financed welfare handouts to single mothers necessarily reduce the disincentives to single motherhood. Why this matters so much, is that we have in the UK a mass of evidence, mainly supplied by persons working under the auspices of the Health and Welfare Unit of the Institute of Economic Affairs, of the enormous importance of fathers above all in the upbringing of male children. It has been well said that every generation is confronted by a barbarian invasion--that of its own yet to be civilised male children.

The only effective defense is that provided by families, in which both male and female parents cooperate in the upbringing of their children. No one should be surprised to learn that an explosion of criminality, especially of violent crimes, has followed the explosion of single motherhood. What should scandalise anyone who has an old-fashioned concern for scientific evidence and truth is to discover that the present Director of the London School of Economics, generally recognised as the leading social science institution in the UK, refused to consider the mass of evidence on the grounds that it comes from conservative people upholding Family Values. Our World is fast changing--discarding sensible values that uphold and protect decency and goodness, forgetting the future of our children and living for today try to please all people. There is something to be said about absolute values that most ICUS conferences held as their main theme. The centrality of the Family is very important for any society. On this occasion of his 82nd Birthday, I would like to applaud Reverend Moon for having the insight to foresee the dangers of family breakdown and constantly standing up for the importance of the Family. It is commendable that great efforts are made to bring this message to as many people as possible, people of all faiths and nations, far beyond the influence of The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (Unification Movement).

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The Dove of Peace over the Holy Land and the Universe

Prof. Eliezer Glaubach­Gal

Chairman of the Dr. Y. Foerder Liberal Institute, Former Senior City Councilor in Jerusalem, President of PWPA-Israel

world. As a Jerusalemite, I am writing these words on the soil soaked with the blood of innumerable victims from antiquity to the present, warriors and civilians belonging to many nations and diverse religions that came here from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Over the generations, they fought each other off and on, but all of them are innocent, given that they did not properly grasp the Divine message, the principle of the world's Creator. My words are being written on the bank of the Valley of the Son of Hinnom (Gay-Ben-Hinnom) in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, where, according to tradition, everything ascribed to this place, which gave its name to hell (Gehenna), took place. Isn't there a terrible symbolism concerning the question of where we are all going, to the abyss of hell or to the delivery from suffering? However, that was not the purpose and the ideal of creation in general and of mankind in particular. So, why is there such a striking discrepancy between the Heavenly Vision and the desperate condition in the world? Let us recall briefly the past experience of the Holy Land through the ages. This land went through the Canaanite era, from which the monotheistic culture stems. Subsequently the Israeli era, including the 12 tribes' period, and the Israeli Kingdom's period. Afterward came the invasions by Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. There was rule by the

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everend Moon's appearance is for us an arrival of the dove of peace over the skies of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, holy to the believers in the one God, the Creator of man and the

Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Empires; the Arab invasion and the Crusaders' Kingdom; the Ottoman and British rule. All the invasions and the upheavals over 4,000 years of history left their mark and remnants in the Holy Land and Jerusalem. From the inhabitants' point of view, this part of the globe is populated by people originating from the invaders and the invaded, and their religion is in conformity with the severity of the oppression, with a view to survive everyday life. This deplorable state of affairs fits most parts of the globe. During the twentieth century about 100 million people were slain in international and intertribal wars, the most horrible bloodshed and brutality in history. Apparently, with the progress of time since the Creation, brutality and hostility kept getting worse. The arrival of Reverend Dr. Moon brings a new hope, both to humanity at large and to this part of the world, concerning what is going on in the Holy Land. We in Jerusalem are very much under the influence of Reverend Moon. Last year we initiated very extensive activities at all the chapters of IIFWP and the Women's Federation for World Peace. Within the framework of interreligious work we held important reunions between senior representatives of all denominations and international conventions in which prominent religious people took part. The Israeli chapter held a large reunion with the participation of Reverend Dr. Joong Hyun Pak. We worked on two tracks. We held four panel discussions, on education, the community, industry, and academy. We issued ten position papers containing recommendations for the improvement and the enhancement of activities in various fields, such as: 1. Methods of Education for Peace, 2. Working for the Welfare of the Community, 3. Characteristics of Ambassadors for Peace, 4. Good and Evil in the Clash of Civilizations, 5. WANGO Update, 6. Peace Zones in the Middle East, and 7. Ecological Locality. Within the framework of our ongoing activity in Israel, we will hold

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panel discussions to further strengthen interreligious ties and consider worldwide foci of conflict that necessitate inspiration from the values presented by Reverend Moon. These we will carry out under the guidance of Reverend Dr. Kwak, chairman of the IIFWP, and with the devoted leadership in Israel of Reverend Dr. Masatoshi Abe and Mr. Hod Ben Zvi. We are also planning the following seminars on the topic "ReligiousEthno-National Conflicts: Solutions for Utopia." Many a man through the ages pretended to be a messiah and turned out to be a false prophet, because he couldn't do anything for the sake of humanity. Now, however, in one generation Reverend Moon has attracted hundreds of thousands, even millions, of followers and activists in 150 countries around the world, all of them fervent in their longing for a life of peace and harmony. This achievement is all the more meaningful to me, as a Jew from Jerusalem, when I consider how his efforts led me to meet with Muslim colleagues from Damascus, Teheran, and Yemen in a situation where we could embrace each other with warmth--and this at the height of the bloody conflict in the Middle East. This happened at the Istanbul convention last year, held under the inspiration of Reverend Moon. This is only one example out of many. By the extent of his achievements, the power of his spiritual inspiration, and his worldwide work for the sake of peace and harmony, both in the family of nations and among individuals, he soars as a universal figure of unprecedented spiritual-prophetic stature. On account of his work, which is a sacred one, he deserves worldwide recognition as a herald of peace on earth, and we in Jerusalem will always remain loyal to him and follow his path. Undoubtedly, the teaching of Reverend Dr. Moon can enlighten the dark period that humanity is going through and thus create a new civilization that would be able to conform to the original purpose of

Creation, in other words, a life of universal peace and harmony among all peoples. As he himself summarized:

Behind the chaos of the twentieth-century world a spiritual revolution has quietly spread from Korea to all corners of the globe. It is not a political or military challenge to the status quo but a transformation of hearts and minds that has affected the lives of millions, bringing changes to their families and the world. Through the victory of True Parents, the marriage blessing is offered to couples from every race, religion, and nation on earth, bringing them new meaning and a new standard of family life, and realizing a purification of lineage that offers future generations the real prospect of a completely different and good world. At the same time, these religious values for a unified world are being used to facilitate inter-religious understanding and harmony; cooperation among scientists; dialogues between political leaders; education in values for children and responsible media. This quiet revolution marks the consummation of the history of Satan's domination over humanity and the beginning of God's Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

To conclude my reflections on the value of Reverend Moon's work for peace, I would say that a star has arisen in the sky over this world to fulfill in our generation the ancient prophecies of the Bible as told by the messengers of God here in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. "He will judge between many peoples and arbitrate between mighty nations. They will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into bill hooks. Nation will not lift sword against nation or ever be trained to make war." (Mic. 4:3) "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid." (Is. 11:6) Thus, on behalf of our chapter in the Holy Land we are praying for and wishing for Reverend Dr. Moon, Mrs. Moon, and their beloved family to enjoy the privilege of a long, healthy, and industrious life, that he might bestow upon mankind his sacred contribution to the vision and deeds of the ancient holy Prophets. May God bless you!

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Yes, the Family is the Key

Hon. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC

Vice President of De La Salle University Former Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports President of the Manila Bulletin

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oday one grateful nation pays tribute to a man who has a great passion for peace, unity, and cooperation, and whose ministry's profound commitment and dedication are worthy of emulation. A blessed birthday anniversary to you, Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. I am writing as a Roman Catholic, a member of the religious congregation called the Brothers of the Christian Schools, or more popularly known as the La Salle Brothers, and as one very much involved in the ecumenical movement. My cooperation with some of the activities of the Unification movement in the Philippines began more than a decade ago because of my own ecumenical interests. I found many of their projects, especially those dealing with social action among college students, calling for my cooperation. I have likewise studied your theology, since in addition to my specialization, linguistics, I handle some theology courses at our Graduate School at De La Salle University. I cannot subscribe to certain beliefs and tenets of the Unification Church, but there is one dimension of its beliefs and doctrines that I find particularly attractive: namely, the belief in marriage and family. It is this topic I wish to address. In addition, I do accept the historical reality that in every generation God raises up prophets who can heighten our awareness of the Transcendent, and who can lead us to new insights in our life of faith. It seems to me that we should be open to this "continuing revelation" and learn from all quarters, for the Lord speaks through many persons

and many events. I find the rich symbolism of marriage and the centrality of the family in the redemption of man and in the propagation of the Kingdom of God, as propounded in Unification theology, a welcome and enriching concept, although I consider celibacy to be a valid option among the Christian lifestyles. Like the Unification Church, I advocate premarital celibacy, monogamy, and fidelity to one's spouse. The importance of the family as the seedbed of Christianity is something that the Roman Catholic Church has always preached but needs to rediscover in practice--and with the same intensity and dedication that the Unification Church has in rearing its "heavenly children" for the Kingdom of God. Ultimately, like the Unification Church and our own spiritual forefathers, the Hebrews, we must return to a family-centered liturgy and a family-centered church life, especially in highly industrialized and secularized societies such as those in the West and those now emerging in the East. I find Reverend Moon's description of the family as "a universal textbook" of the Divine particularly apt. The community support given to the family and the communal sharing of responsibility for childcare, a feature likewise of the extended Filipino family, should find a place in our Christian living. There appears to be no other modern remedy for the disruptive tendencies of the nuclear family than a restoration of the family based on the values propounded by churches such as the Unification Church. Perhaps, the Unification family will one day become the model for all marriages, religious or secular. The Unification Church attempts to reform the basic unit of the larger society. This focus on the God-centered marriage and family recognizes that social concern and civic virtue begin at home. Finally, in connection with the Unification Church and similar religious movements in the future, I am guided by the advice of Gamaliel to the Sanhedrin as reported in Acts 5:38-39: "Let them alone; for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest ye be found to fight against God."

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International Cooperation

Rt. Hon. Hamilton Green, J.P.

Former Prime Minister of Guyana, Mayor of the City of Georgetown

rom the dawn of civilization, leaders and their people everywhere have expressed a desire for peace, and more recently for international cooperation. However, the reality has been conflict, wars and constant international contention. Unless we know much of the past, we're unlikely to understand the present and can hardly plan for a secure future. What has been our experience on the international front? These few examples are instructive. During the Industrial Revolution in England, Britain forced upon her quarrelsome allies a united front against Napoleon. The Quadruple Alliance signed on March 9, 1814 heralded the defeat of Napoleon. This was renewed after the postwar period by the Treaty of Paris on November 20, 1815. As a result, for a time we witnessed a period of relative calm among the European powers, but elsewhere we had events such as the war for Greek independence from Turkish rule being waged with intense venom. In 1822 after bombardment by the Turks, the Greek island of Chios was captured, 30,000 were brutally assassinated, and others sold into slavery. Before and after, this quest for peace remained elusive. Let us leave this period and make a swift journey into the twentieth century. As a result of poor international cooperation, its first half proved to be a period of constant crisis and conflict. The way in which World War I (1914-1918) started seemed foolish to succeeding generations, but lives were lost and much property was destroyed. An armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. The human consequences were great, eight million lives lost. In spite of the many mechanisms for peace, 21 years later with

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Germany annexing Austria, then attacking Poland, with Italy invading Albania and other events, 1939 ushered in World War II. The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 brought the USA into the fray. A brutal war was waged for six stressful years among civilized, mostly Christian nations. At the end of hostilities in 1945, the United Nations was founded, intended to put in place arrangements to avoid future conflict and international enmity. This major war over, the young people of the world heard a promise for lasting peace. We entered the second half of the twentieth century with a ray of hope. Interestingly, during the final stages of World War II, Henry Luce, the Time magazine publisher, argued that the twentieth century would be known as the American Century-- but shortly afterward the Soviet Union emerged as a superpower. The USSR as an entity has since disintegrated. While the Marshall Plan energized Western Europe, Japan became a significant industrial and creditor nation. Luce, Cordell Hull, and other leading US public figures did not anticipate that following the Yom Kippur War of October 1973, the OPEC countries would have created such havoc in Third World countries by their dramatic increase, on two separate occasions, of crude oil prices, causing panic even in the West. While all of this was happening, we witnessed the conduct of many brutal regional and proxy wars in Vietnam, the Middle East, Europe, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Cambodia, Iraq, Iran, revolutions in Africa, Latin America and beyond. We saw the rise and fall of dictators; millions were victims of malnutrition and starvation. Others experienced inadequate food, clothing and housing. Just a few months ago, when with some fanfare we entered this twenty-first century, we left behind a trail of failures and unfulfilled promises. A major factor was that effective international cooperation was not achieved. Instead, it was a period filled with hate, damnation, and wanton loss of life, yet there was evidence of human love and hope. It was one of tragedy, but alongside we had our triumphs. We lived with men and women of evil, while we shared a world with men of vision, love, and

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compassion. Reverend Sun Myung Moon falls squarely within the latter category, and can be considered an authentic icon living and working amongst us, advancing with the most feasible formula available to us today. As we support Reverend Moon's stance for global peace, we must be aware that it is against a background of fear, economic disparity, insecurity, and a dramatic increase in weaponry, which has characterized this period of the point whereby during the late 1970s, powerful civilized nations had enough weapons of mass destruction, that were capable of destroying this planet many times over, a situation that earlier generals and political leaders did not visualize. When Sir Winston Churchill opined that the best way to preserve peace was to be prepared for war, he did not envision that in our hands we would have had the capacity to destroy all of mankind. I mention these things to help us appreciate the great significance of Reverend Moon's proposals and efforts for world peace. Almost 10 years ago, on 28 August 1992, at the foundation of the World Federation for Peace, Reverend Sun Myung Moon opined that "In the final fulfillment of human history, therefore, God's work of restoration is the restoration of True Parents first, liberating humanity from its orphan status. Today this is the central dispensational work of God, to bestow True Parents upon mankind, to create the original family of man centering on God and true love." Before we can make a confident prediction to realize a good and glorious world, we need to see how swiftly we can invest leaders, decision-makers and parents with the philosophy of love and tolerance. After so many other efforts have failed, this is indeed a monumental task, but Reverend Moon has suggested a feasible way forward. The watchword now is change. Today we have the September 11 tragedy, with so much tension, drama, dislocation and human pain taking place. Truly terrorism has assumed a new dimension. We must not forget that the UN, its specialized agencies and the institutions created at Bretton Woods were brought into being to redress the imbalance between the rich might States and the poor, hapless states. Their successes were not dramatic.

The operatives within these several institutions have made genuine efforts, but I'm afraid that without the correction of man's weaknesses caused by the way Adam and Eve reacted in the Garden of Eden, and other historical factors, we will not easily see real change. To unlock the doors to plenty and peace, international cooperation is a sine qua non. Reverend Moon has come upon the most viable solution. It is in essence the need for a change in our approach to solving our internal, domestic and international problems. Change identifies one of the most conspicuous and pervasive aspects of our human experience. We must nevertheless always face the need for change. It is this change, change of man's heart, that Reverend Moon has advocated for so long, and with clarity and passion. We can, as we have done in the past, make all sorts of promises, sign any number of treaties, settle the details of legion accords, but until and unless we cause that change within the hearts of our national and world rulers, nothing of significance will happen. Reverend Moon's mode makes good sense and is the solid case for that change. He reminds us thus "this is the time for developing mutual trust based on a high moral standard. It is a time when all the member nations of the United Nations, in a relationship of mutual respect and love, should jointly declare one final war against our common enemies--the scourges of hunger, ignorance, disease and crime." Today, this then must be the main focus of our work and prayers. Without the highest level of international cooperation, all our efforts will be vitiated, our work rendered useless, and the dream for a better world would remain unrealized. On this auspicious occasion of Reverend Sun Myung Moon's 82nd birthday, we must redouble our efforts to spread his message to every corner of the globe. The road has been mapped out by him; we need to entice all leaders and people to follow along the path of peace, love, and unity. Let us advance the cause for harmony in the family, and global peace under the banner and the illustrious leadership of Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Only in this way can we make sustainable international cooperation a reality.

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IIFWP/WANGO: Unique Forces For Good

H.E. Professor Ian Hall, MA, FVCM, ARCO, OSJ

Ambassador-at-Large, World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations, President, The Bloomsbury International Society

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ommitment and benevolence are prominent features of the various conferences which I have been privileged to attend. The quality of presentations is certainly unique in today's world of mediocrity and bombast. Quite apart from an ethical and ecumenical emphasis (appropriate for organisations which extol international and interreligious principles), there has been a most agreeable artistic input at all the conferences. In this context, as a Professor of Music, I have been most eager to contribute to proceedings when invited to do so. Indeed, my setting of John Donne's famous poem, "Hymn to God the Father," has at times been rapturously received, since the sentiments expressed so eloquently would seem to apologise for the macabre elements of bigotry, violence and nihilism which are so clearly identified in our unjust and inequitable world. A most commendable aspect of these conferences is the sense of goodness and order so clearly conveyed. The keynote speakers, moderators and contributors are internationally distinguished in their various fields of expertise. In other circumstances, this could lead to a sense of vulgar display, and rhetoric for its own sake. But, because of the constant call to promote a better society, nationally and internationally, in which the cardinal virtue of humility is a vital component, both the speeches and the resultant discussions are civilised and reconciliatory in tone. Moreover, the various friendly devices, such as the Bridge of Peace Ceremony, which seeks to promote reconciliation between peoples of conflict, with the subsequent creation of an international

order of brother and sisterhood, is heart-warming and must surely help to purify the universe. The zealous support for the work of the United Nations is perhaps the salient feature of these conferences. Indeed, WANGO was created as a result of UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan's Millennium Declaration, in which he passionately invited a positive response from civil society to aid and advance the work of the United Nations. The recent Assembly 200l Conference in New York was made topical and relevant after the World Trade Center massacre by exploring the theme of Global Violence: Crisis and Hope. Here many wise aphorisms were recorded. One thinks of the Rt. Hon. Hamilton Green, former Prime Minister of Guyana, who deplored the "ostrich-like behaviour of our world leaders'' as they make a "long and painful journey into satan's sea of folly." Mr. Dan Quayle, former USA Vice President, warned that in life's journey "expectation must be in line with reality," and that the only choice left for people of goodwill after September 11, 2001 is "freedom or fear." Apart from the input of world political and religious leaders, ambassadors and national representatives, academia has been well represented. An admirable submission at the same conference came from Professor Nicholas Kittrie, distinguished member of the American University and Chair of the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Justice and Peace. He deplored the "haughty worshippers of the idols of hate," and urged an "apocalyptic belief in the millennium of 2000," as the gateway to a better world. The quality of interventions and comment from the floor has been truly remarkable. In all the conferences that I have attended, whether in London, Berlin, New York or Washington, I have been struck by the eloquence, perspicacity and purpose of many remarks. Ambassador Alioune Sene, sometime Minister of Culture for the late lamented President Senghor of Senegal, gave an epoch-making interpretation of African society in relation to a disparate world order at the World Culture and Sports Festival: Dialogue and Harmony among Civilisations, held in New York in January 200l. After the tragic events of 11 September 2001, the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakahn was prophetic when he asserted the fact that "only a nation's righteousness can give it perpetuity." On other occasions Sir Edward

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Heath, former British Prime Minister, and Mr. Lech Walesa, the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Poland, were equally profound in their observations and recommendations. Astonishingly, these debates have been conducted in a true spirit of love and friendship: surely the highest compliment to the organisers. Because of all this, I have been inspired to take my task as the Ambassador-at-Large for WANGO entirely seriously, seeking to include many individuals and groups I encounter through thc United Nations, The Bloomsbury International Society and the very many other organisations with which I am, or have been, associated. Postconferences in the USA, I have been able to hold seminars and interactive discussions at various universities including the City University of New York (Medgar Evers College), Columbia, Hofstra, New York (where we celebrated the Nobel Prize of Sir Vidia Naipaul for his outstanding literary work), American, Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, University of the District of Columbia,' Rutger's and Temple (where we celebrated the UN International Day for Tolerance). In honour of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the UN and its Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, and in celebration of the UN International Year of the Dialogue Among Civilisations, a delightful concert of words and music was held at the UN Parish Church of the Holy Family. This was a prelude to the opening of the 56th session of the UN General Assembly which was attended by Mr George W Bush, President of the United States of America, and other Heads of State. In the presence of senior UN personnel, representatives of various Permanent Missions to the UN, the current Secretary-General of WANGO, Mr Tajeldin Hamad, and members of the NGO commu-

nity in New York, young musicians and singers from the Julliard and Mannes Schools of Music performed alongside those of international renown, such as the Japanese violin virtuoso, Hideko Udagawa, who beautifully performed a Bach Sarabande. Giandomenico Picco, Personal Representative to the UN Secretary-General, launched proceedings by emphasising the fact that "crossing the divide (between cultures) through music and the arts is more important today than ever." Appropriately, my new composition for voices and brass, Manifesto for All Nations (from a poem submitted by the UN Secretary-General's wife, Mrs Nane Annan, which was written by the Rev Louis Farrell as a proposed anthem for the UN), received its world premiere at this inspiring event. As WANGO's Ambassador-at-Large, I chaired a Panel on Peace and the Arts for a unique conference held at Hofstra University to celebrate the centenary of the Nobel Peace Prize Awards. On Veteran's Day 200l, I again represented WANGO at the UN Church Center when the Seeds of Peace organisation, an international NGO which actively seeks peace and reconciliation between young people from warring countries, held an Inter-Faith Service at which Queen Noor of Jordan gave a seminal address. This brief synopsis emphasises the tremendous achievements of IIFWP and WANGO in influencing and inspiring the lives of countless thousands of individuals and groups in a world desperate for unity in diversity. Without Rev and Mrs Moon, none of this would be possible. Their rare commitment to all that is good and, of course, to humanity in its widest sense, have brought about cataclysmic changes.

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Your Works Reflect Your Inner Nature

Prof. Dr. Malik Hussein Hamid

President of the Sudanese Data Bank

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his is a statement of appreciation and love written to Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon on the celebration of his 82nd birthday, a gift of honor and pride. Those who live only for themselves are unfortunate, indeed. For one cannot achieve triumphant things without a triumphant character, which is not easy to develop. We need to be constantly striving to accomplish magnificent things until we reach heaven. My dear Father Moon, you have been triumphing over physical and spiritual barriers in order to plant your spiritual yet tangible love in the hearts of millions across nations and religions. Normally those who become wealthy focus only on building up their wealth and resist giving anything away. A man of your caliber, however, who has reconciled and mastered himself internally, has continued to increase in wealth by supporting charity programs and promoting peace and the

welfare of others. This cyclical movement, with its far-reaching blend between the Creator and the creation, demonstrates how God can manifest Himself through human beings and solve the many miseries and agonies through the act of giving. This is one principle that is obviously in operation, when one considers your many good works. Beyond this principle, however, is the fact that you yourself are living and operating with a true internal nature, and this is what seems impossible to attain. Your presence is a big challenge to religious and nonreligious people alike, with all their diverse attributes. Inevitably the world will come to cherish the dynamic changes brought forth by Father Moon. The organizations that you created are meant to have a beneficial impact on people's daily lives. However, we should never overlook the fact that these organizations reflect the triumphant personality of their founder. You have set an unprecedented standard of giving for the sake of world peace by establishing new families, promoting interreligious and international harmony and cooperation, synthesizing scholars through moral education, challenging the media to be guided by conscience, and encouraging men and women everywhere to serve the needs of others. Only as we try to live in this way can we begin to have hope to incarnate the deeply embedded doctrines of the founder.

I am Impressed by the Depth of Your Faith

Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick

Senior Pastor Praises of Zion Baptist Church Los Angeles, California

his is to express my best wishes and congratulations for your labor of love, and a happy and blessed day as you celebrate your birthday. May the Lord our God sustain you and keep you in his perfect will, as you answer His call as the Chief Ambassador of Peace. I am impressed by the depth of your faith. Thank you for your friendship and the fine leadership you give to your congregation. As I view your life, it seems to me that your years thus far have been well invested. Best wishes not only for a happy birthday, but also for many more years of happiness that come from our Creator.

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An Inexhaustible Source of Inspiration

H.E. Robert Harencár, MSc.

Vice President of the Alexander Dubcek Society, Former Ambassador of Slovakia to Ukraine, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia

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n Czechoslovakia, 1990 was the first year after the "Velvet Revolution" (Nov. 17, 1989), which brought the collapse of the totalitarian regime and set the Czechs and Slovaks on the path of democracy. The world and its values opened up in front of us, and the nations of the former socialist world started to come together with nations of the democratic world. The walls broke down, the barbed wire at the borders was removed, and visa-dispensing agreements with other states were signed. A tremendous relief came into our social life once the one-party monopoly fell. People could profess their belief and religion, they could freely travel anywhere in the world, they could gather publicly and not only express their opinions and wishes concerning life in their own country, but comment on world affairs as well. During this fortunate political and social era, I was given a chance to serve as a member of the federal Parliament (since Dec. 28, 1989) and later as deputy foreign minister of Czechoslovakia (since Feb. 1, 1990). That year I was awarded the Cross of Maltese Knights for my humanitarian work. It was at this time that I had my first contact with Reverend Moon's movement. In December 1990 I participated in the International Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., at which we were given a perfect overview of the history of democracy, America, and also Reverend Moon's movement. The conference culminated with all of us visiting New York to personally meet with Reverend and Mrs. Moon. How beautiful and uplifting the Christmas season was, when everything was aglow during the Christian holiday! At his home, Reverend Moon introduced the basics of his teachings and informed us about his

broad, large-scale, and effective humanitarian activities on all continents. My second contact with Reverend Moon's movement came in 1993 in Ukraine, where I was stationed while serving as ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Ukraine. Mrs. Moon made a stop in Kiev while on her world speaking tour. Both of these significant contacts played an important role in my life. They both inspired me to take a more active and concrete attitude toward the issues contained in Reverend Moon's teaching and program. Besides my political and diplomatic activities, I started to spend more and more of my working and especially free time for charity issues. I could do this also because the Ukrainian humanitarian and media institutions trusted me. I worked together with the Catholic Charity organization caring for children from families with many children and for children handicapped due to the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Hundreds of Ukrainian children were sent directly to Slovak families in Slovakia during Christmastime. They were given a excellent care, and trips, culture events, and sports games were organized for them. They received toys, clothes, shoes, and other gifts. Natural friendships with Slovak children were made, and they could feel loved in Slovakia. Also, my many appearances on Ukrainian television and radio talk shows were focused on humanity, family, and loving people. After my return from Ukraine in 1995 and a short service at the Foreign Ministry, where I worked in the area of human rights for minorities, I retired. However, I remained active in public life. I am a board member of the Slovak Union for Peace and Human Rights, vice president of the Alexander Dubèek Society, and a member of the Masaryk Democratic Movement as well as two other anti-fascist organizations. Once back in Slovakia after finishing my diplomatic mission in Ukraine, I contacted the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. I wanted to learn more about Reverend Moon's movement through available literature, but above all through unforgettable international meetings, such as the World Culture and Sports Festival 2000, the 80th Birthday Tribute to the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, and the International Leadership Seminar titled "A New Vision for Leadership Through Public Service," held in Istanbul in 2001. In Istanbul

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I received the significant "Ambassador for Peace" certificate, which stimulates me to unceasingly continue humanitarian activities for as long as my mental and physical powers will serve me. On February 17, 2002, Reverend Sun Myung Moon will celebrate 82 years of life. His characteristic vitality and total commitment to transforming each and every day into deeds filled with love, humanity, charity, and peace for the benefit of the family, society and all humankind serve as an inexhaustible source of inspiration and example for solving the world's problems and creating the culture of peace and a better life on earth. The life and activities of Reverend Sun Myung Moon--and the activities of all the organizations, seminars, and conferences that he has inspired, with their programs tailored to directly and effectively

help solve the concrete conditions of particular parts of the world-- challenge me to personally engage with each individual and to contribute toward solving problems and conflicts and bringing prosperity to my own family, society, and nation. Finally, when I consider all that Reverend Sun Myung Moon has sacrificed for the sake of others up to now, together with other board members of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace in Slovakia, I cannot help but absolutely support the initiative to award Reverend Moon the Nobel Peace Prize. So on the occasion of their birthdays, I wish Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, above all, strong health, unceasing power of inspiration, and God's abundant blessing and guidance.

Your Teaching Helped Bring My Family Back Together

Dr. Raymond Harris

Greater Zion Flower M.B.C. Los Angeles, California

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uring the three years that I have known you, you have been a great inspiration in my life. Your teaching of "True Family Values" and your emphasis upon the love that a husband should have for his wife have brought my own family back together. This lesson of God-centered families has influenced me to become a better individual, a better family man, and most of all a better man of God.

The lesson of peace has caused me to forget about the conflicts and differences of the past, and has inspired me to love my enemy and try to be a blessing to them. As I have shared the lesson of Godly marriage with my congregation, it has inspired many of our church members to get married, while inspiring our young people to get married before having sex. I understand life more clearly now then ever. I believe that had I known these truths before, my life would have been a more blessed life. As a man of God, I can now better understand that God's way of building a true family is through a husband and a wife in marriage, and that a man is meant to be the husband of just one wife. It was your teaching during last year's 50-state tour that brought my family back together after some twenty-odd years apart. My wife and I now have a better understanding of each other. We have more respect for each other and a better relationship than ever. I thank God for all you have given, and pray for His abundant Blessings upon you on this, your 82nd birthday.

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Recollections

Dr. Jocelyn Hellig

Honorary Research Fellow, Dept. of Religious Studies, the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

early two decades have passed since I received my first invitation to an intrafaith conference, under the auspices of one of the Reverend Moon's interreligious projects, of Jewish scholars that took place in Hertenstein, Switzerland. In a comfortable hotel, overlooking Lake Lucerne, a small group of us, from various parts of the world, discussed the issues facing Jews today. Never far from our considerations was the Holocaust, the cruel ripping out of two thirds of Europe's Jews, on lands not far from this tranquil spot, which was then "neutral" territory. There was no public knowledge, at that time, of the "Nazi gold" that had been snatched away by Swiss banks. Also never far from our minds, was the fact that, with the establishment of Israel, Jews have returned to power. Whereas, during the Holocaust, they had been totally powerless to prevent or fight their ghastly fate, or to influence world opinion in any way, now they have a land, self-determination, and a powerful military capacity. Jews may be no more popular than they were then, but they will fight to the last if there is ever again a physical threat to their survival. As Richard Rubenstein, one of the eminent scholars taking part in that conference has put it, "As long as we have Massada, there can never be another Auschwitz." It was probably as a result of Rubenstein's recommendation that I first came to the attention of the organisers of what was then the CWR, the Council for the World's Religions. I had, in 1982, completed my Ph.D. thesis--an analysis of Rubenstein's theological response to the Holocaust in which he had declared the "death" of God. Having worked on the thought of a living theologian, it was only appropriate

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that I consult him during the course of my research and send him a copy of the final product. Here I was, a white, Jewish woman, living on the southernmost tip of the dark continent, South Africa--a country particularly isolated politically at that time, and he made every effort to send me material that would, otherwise, have been inaccessible to me. What, he must have wondered, could I possibly produce? This question was heightened by the fact that so many others--from the centre of the scholarly world--had been judgmental and irresponsible in their handling of his writings. My work impressed him and, not long thereafter, I received my first invitation, which was quickly followed by others. Rubenstein had been one of the few famous scholars of religion to grant Reverend Moon legitimacy as a genuine charismatic leader and, in his written communications with me, articulated this clearly. It was at this time, too, that the public media were openly vilifying Reverend Moon, making it difficult to attend these meetings without a sense of ambiguity. One of the highlights of my experience was to have met Rubenstein on a variety of occasions as a fellow participant. But I also met many other great scholars of religion who were now living characters rather than names in books--and this included other South African scholars whom I had not had the privilege of meeting before. For this introduction, at that particular time of my life, I will be forever grateful. Not long after the first conference, came the First Assembly of the World's Religions in McAffee, New Jersey, in November 1985.... Men and women, of every race, nation, religion and sect--many wearing colourful religious garb--came together for discussion and debate. We, of course, raised those aspects of religion that divide us but, more importantly, we left the Assembly with a concern for those dimensions that unite us as human beings in a common search for peace and harmony. What struck me most was the way in which artificial man-made divisions--particularly apparent in my part of the world--were transcended for those few days, and we were able to connect with the human in all of us. Sadly, of course, this does not last. But the fact that it happens at all proves that it is ultimately possible. It might seem insignificant to many, but one of the things that struck

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me was the respect Rev Moon's organisation accorded to what I call the "primal religions".... The fact that religious representatives of indigenous peoples of American and African origin were, as a matter of course, scheduled to offer invocations at the beginning or end of formal proceedings--taking their turn among the so-called "great" religions of the world--was deeply moving to me. In South Africa, in addition to the indignities of apartheid, indigenous African Religion had been suppressed for centuries and, even now, in our new and developing democracy, it does not have a full and representative voice. At President Mandela's inauguration on May 10, 1994, there were, for the first time in the country's entire history, opening interfaith prayers at an official function. But there was no prayer from a representative of African Traditional Religion. The only concession to traditional belief was a praise-singer. I believe that many of South Africa's current problems are rooted partially in the suppression and denigration of traditional African values, and that a rediscovery of their inherent wisdom by blacks and whites could help in recovery of genuine interhuman and interfaith respect.... Of course, freedom of religion raises other problems, like the unfortunate United Nations' World Conference against Racism and Xenophobia that was hosted by my country in Durban in August 2001, and that happened to coincide with the eleventh month of the second Intifada in the Middle East. The way in which sectors of the Muslim community--some more radical than others--were permitted to highjack the agenda of the conference, left Jews here feeling both betrayed and vulnerable.... One of the most important lessons that Rev Moon's interfaith conferences teach is how destructive and pointless such encounters are. One of the important avenues to peace, in this particular conflict, is inter-religious dialogue, which must involve direct and honest confrontation with those issues that divide us. Only then can we understand why claims are so tenaciously held and the ways in which each side may be able to compromise. It is gratifying to note that, as I write, President Thabo Mbeki has just finished hosting a three delegation workshop on resolving the conflict in the Middle East at an elegant retreat in the Cape's winelands, Spier. Palestinian officials and Israeli

peace advocates met with veteran negotiators from South Africa where apparently implacable adversaries have wrought a miracle. There is much that the world can learn from the South African experience.... One of the most striking images over the years--and one that will abide with me for a long time--is from the last conference I attended, an Assembly under the auspices of the IIFWP in New York last October. Called to discuss the dreadful tragedy of September 11, 2001, it was to seek a moral route the world can now take. We had been deliberating for many hours on the possible underlying causes of the disaster and had looked at the various dimensions of the nature of America's retribution. We had noted, with alarm, the lamentable tendency of some individuals to resort to conspiracy theories in an attempt to indict the Jews. The atmosphere was gloomy. It was a Saturday afternoon, the Jewish sabbath. What a surprise then, to have an orthodox rabbi from Israel, Rabbi Brodman, address us, with the quiet authority of one who has survived the whirlwind of the Holocaust, and who lives today in the heartland of the conflict. Without a microphone-- as its use is proscribed on the sabbath--he spoke with a gentle confidence. God will record what we say when we speak in support of one another, he said. While there is blessing in all religions, there is also danger and, today, that danger derives from the deluge of corruption in the name of God. Yes, Christians had, in the past, called him a "dirty Jew" because his people had been accused of killing Christ. But much has changed since then. Not only had the Pope, during the 60s, absolved the Jews from the accusation, but the present Pope had recently asked forgiveness for the historic suffering that this libel had brought upon the Jews, and he had done so in the very centre of the Jewish world, Jerusalem. A like confrontation with the negative attitudes in Islam has not yet happened, but the similarity between the two religions gives ground for hope. Perhaps Islam, too, will subject its traditional attitude to Jews and Christians to historical analysis and see the negative statements about them in the Qur'an as a product of a particular time in history. There is no solution in terror, he continued. Only talking can bring a solution, and it will succeed, because God must succeed. That is what he promised his prophets. So, it does not matter, for now, who the

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messiah is, because when there is peace, friendship and harmony, we will know that he has come. God will achieve it, and however long it takes, we need to raise our voices in support of common values, unite against common dangers, and speak to one another. It is only through dialogue that we can learn to live together in the interim. At this, he called upon a Muslim present to take his hand--physically--and make a solemn vow that, together, the two religions would seek peace in the Middle East. What an idelible picture it was when a Muslim sheikh from Pakistan went up to the podium and the two religious leaders held hands aloft in this promise to the world. The crowd stood in rapturous applause at the tacit recognition this small gesture implied. Since my association with Rev Moon's inter-religious work has been such a long one, there are many memories that crowd my mind, but I will close with one that, again, touches on my own faith, Judaism. At the First Assembly in 1985, I was asked to keep a diary of some personal recollections that would be published, among others, in the proceedings. I noted there the feeling of frustration I felt as the days progressed and there seemed so little input invited from the Jewish community. One speaker after another, from every other major tradition in the world, moved the audience in profound ways. After a truly rousing session of gospel singing in the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Haarlem, I felt the absence of a Jewish contribution particularly acutely. "I felt sad, at that point," I wrote, "that there is so small a Jewish presence here. The vision of one God, one creator, one judge and dispenser of all morality is of Jewish provenance. Why are my people not in evidence? Is it they who do not want to join in the ecumenical spirit, or have they been overlooked? Have they lost the vision of their strange and mysterious mission in the world? Have too many been destroyed? Have they become too defensive, too frightened that by participation they might be brutalized and misunderstood yet again?" I need not have been so distrustful, however. One of the highlights

of that conference was a speech by the late Rabbi Dovid Din. Much like a parchment reed in appearance--archaic and strange looking (but not too out of gear in comparison with dozens of other varied sectarians there)--his talk was a tour de force. No one could have represented the Jewish tradition more appropriately and it was a testimony to the sensitivity and wisdom of the organizers that he was the one chosen. The proceedings were running late and, in gentle but authoritative tone, he quipped that it is normal--indeed auspicious--for a Jewish wedding to be late. Likening the Assembly to a Jewish wedding, the very foundation of Jewish life, he called it the canopy under which all the noble differences of the world's faiths can be wed. He then explored the contradiction at the heart of the life affirming Hasidic tradition. Brokenness, he said, is the very premise of restoration. It is up to us to mend the world, starting from our very state of fragmentation. This marriage of the world's religions would constitute a valuable first step. "He more than made up for the earlier absence of a Jewish presence," I wrote. "So sensitive, so moving, so fitting a tribute to the Jewish contribution to the mosaic of world faiths. I felt truly proud." Sadly, Rabbi Din is no longer with us, but his inspiration lives on. It is with these images in my mind that I wish Reverend Moon much happiness and prosperity on his 82nd birthday, and thank him for the contribution that he has made to the fostering of world peace through inter-religious dialogue. It is also gratifying to see that the extremely negative image that haunted him when I first became involved in his work is now in the process of being reversed. Many were the comments of praise at the courage and foresight it took to go ahead with a conference in New York only weeks after September 11. It was symbolic, for me at least, that the negative forces in this world should not be allowed to determine who meets where, when and for what purpose. People of good will have to move forward with courage to help mould a better world.

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A Better World, a Better Future

H.E. Steingrimur Hermannsson

Former Prime Minister of Iceland

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id the world change suddenly, without warning, on September 11, or was it rather a long process, a growing swelling, a cancer, that finally burst? Last century, especially its latter half, brought on tremendous changes in human life. The effects of scientific discoveries and technological progress have changed our way of life in just about every respect. Capitalism did expel socialism in the Western world and is well on its way of doing so also in the rest. Free trade has become the only acceptable way of trading both within countries and between nations. At the same time world population has grown at an increasing rate and passed what used to be considered the earth's natural carrying capacity. What have such changes done to life on earth and the relationship between nations? In a short essay it is impossible to describe but little of the effects of the technological revolution. It has affected every human being and reached every corner of the globe. At the beginning of the century it took days, even weeks, to travel between countries. Now one can go by air to even the most distant places in hours. This has brought the nations closer. As a matter of fact, no country can be said to be remote anymore. Even more effective in bringing countries closer and breaking down isolation is tremendous development in telecommunication. Today a person can sit at home and speak to and even watch people on the other side of the globe. Great progress in medicine and healthcare has increased life expectancy and well being of those who can afford it.

This sounds good, but has it been good for all? Unfortunately progress has been very unevenly distributed. The Western countries have by far enjoyed the greatest benefits. Their wealth has multiplied, their military power is greater than ever and dominance over the rest of the world greater than even during the colonial ages. At the same time within the capitalistic economies this growing wealth has been concentrated in fewer hands. Corporations have grown bigger and merged. Some have become supranational, stretching their long and powerful arms all over the globe. The huge Western industries demand more energy and more raw materials. Often this must be acquired from the developing countries. Western governments, which are in many cases more or less controlled by the powerful corporations, see it as their duty to secure by all means such needs. After the colonial years the developing countries had weak private sectors, a limited industrial capacity and hardly any infrastructure or skills. Such countries found it necessary to pursue a planned economic growth under the guidance of the state. During the cold war years the capitalistic bloc of nations and the socialistic bloc competed for global influence. In that rivalry neither bloc could force upon the developing countries its economic and social system. Development aid was certainly contingent upon specific minimum conditions being met but in general without interfering with the domestic system. After the collapse of the socialistic bloc this changed. "Globalization and Liberalization" became the only accepted concept, with emphasis on the market forces and the role of the private sector. This became prerequisite for international development aid, usually in the name of "structural adjustment." It is enforced by multilateral financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which are controlled by the industrial powers, and the World Trade Organization, which has replaced GATT, and is also controlled by the developed countries. Through WTO not only trade has come under the rules of a legally binding disciplinary system. The Organization is being extended to cover also such areas as services, capital flows, intellectual properties and more. Globalization and liberalization may suit some countries, and there are examples of success, especially in East Asia, although there have

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been set backs there also. More serious are the failures. Many or even most of the developing nations are not prepared for the free market system. In such cases it has led to uncontrollable internal conflicts, greed and corruption. With the huge population growth the needs of the people are not met. Starvation and disease spreads. The poor become poorer. In many developing countries the supranational corporations have gained control of the country's most important resources, which they exploit only to their advantage. The forests are cut down, the soil and waters polluted and erosion and desertification takes over. Animal life is threatened. Often such a situation leads to armed internal conflicts, even wars, and much too often the military powers, especially the United States, deem it necessary to step in to protect what they consider their or the corporations' interest. If military intervention is not found sufficient or for some reason not applicable economic sanctions are frequently applied. It has repeatedly proven to be a very doubtful act. It seldom affects much those who govern. On the other hand, it hits the poor very hard, especially children, old people and sick who suffer from hunger and lack of medication. While the people of the developing countries suffer, the people of the developed countries continue to live in luxury. With a worldwide radio and television coverage such facts do not escape anyone, least of all the developing nations. This is bound to lead to envy, suspicion and often hatred. Within every nation, every culture and every religion there are extremist groups. Such fanatics thrive on mistrust and discontent. A spark becomes a fire, which often brakes out in hatred of those who are believed to have caused the sufferings or shown disrespect for the people's culture or religion or violated the people's right to self-determination. Not having the military power to challenge the mighty industrial states such groups do more and more resort to terrorism with horrible consequences, as the world knows only to well today. Probably, the conflict between the people of Israel and the Palestinians is the most serious and most destructive dispute of the last decades with its far-reaching consequences. Certainly the people of Israel have the right to a peaceful and secure life within the boundaries

of their country but so do also the Palestinians. Furthermore Israel was at its rights in defending itself when attacked at the early years of the state's existence. On the other hand, Israel has done wrong in not returning to the Palestinians the Palestinian land, as repeatedly demanded by United Nations resolutions. Instead Israel has continuously established new settlements on Palestinian land. These settlements, which are now close to 200, occupy the best land and are connected by roads under Israel patrol, leaving a cut to pieces desert to the Palestinians. Actually an independent state on the land that is left is impossible. All opposition has been and still is brutally beaten down by the mighty Israel military machine and, unfortunately, under the protection of the United States. It would be a mistake, though, to blame the world situation solely on the Western countries. The terrorism on September 11 was in the name of Islam. The fact is that Muslim schools have for years been teaching that the modern Western way of life is opposed to the will of God and the teachings of the Prophet. This is what the youngsters in a large part of the Arab world learn. The common people of those countries have enjoyed little of the oil wealth. It is in the hands of a few families who live in luxury and believe it to be to their advantage to keep the public under the control of a strict but a very dubious interpretation of God's will. The answer the question posed at the beginning of the essay is obvious. The horrible terrorist attack on September 11 was not by a sudden impulse. It had a long time of incubation, it was an infection that grew and finally burst. Therefore, in order to prevent such actions in the future the roots of the problem must be dug out. What can be done to correct the situation and secure a peaceful world? The Interreligious International Federation for World Peace, founded by Reverend and Mrs. Moon, has for years sponsored meetings of leaders and people of different faiths, cultures and nationalities to discuss honestly and openly their differences and the world situation in general. This effort is to be complimented. Understanding of other people's views and wishes is fundamental for a solution of our difficulties on a cooperative bases. Other international organizations

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should follow the example of IIFWP. Other people's cultures and customs must be respected as long as their teachings and objectives are honest and reciprocal in respect, and every nation's right to self-determination respected. Muslims must revise their schools and teachings. They should bring the people up to date, establish the present on their own terms, recreate institutions of science and learning, which the Arabic was famous for, and establish liberty, individual freedom, welfare and human rights. The wealth of the world must be more evenly distributed. Poverty, disease and hunger must be systematically reduced. An all-out effort should be organized for that purpose. That should be made the primary mandate of international institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization. The Palestinian crises must be solved. Israel must remove their settlements and give the land back to Palestinians in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations. Both Israel and Palestine should be given international protection under the auspices of the United Nations. The world must take a new look at its way of living. The present use of resources with its tremendous waste and pollution is totally unsustainable. A long-term evaluation of humane actions should become the accepted rule and the goal must be sustainable development for

individual countries and the world as a whole. There are models available for this purpose. They should be generally applied. The United Nations should be reorganized and strengthened. The Institution should be given the mandate to guide and supervise and in some cases to carry out the objectives listed above. When international military action is found necessary it should be under the auspices of the United Nations. The power of veto in the Security Council should be greatly restricted. The above list of actions is certainly not intended to be conclusive or complete. It should be under a steady review, all weaknesses that are discovered should be explored and new actions undertaken when necessary. If the world is to succeed we must all be alert and prepared to act in time. That is the only way to a better world, a better future. In the future, our successors must carry the torch. The challenge is vast, involving their education, health, physical, mental and psychological development, and we must all rise to the task. There can be no greater or more noble mission to ensure that our youth, of every culture and every nation are given every opportunity to experience a better quality of life. We can better achieve this in a world of peace. "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."

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Evangelical Conversion and the Reverend Moon

Prof. Irving Hexham

Dept. of Religious Studies, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Karla Poewe

riting about his conversion, the great American philosopher and theologian Jonathan Edwards says, "after this [my conversion], my sense of divine things gradually increased, and became more and more lively, and had more of that inward sweetness. The appearance of everything was altered; there seemed to be, as it were, a calm, sweet cast, or appearance of divine glory, in almost everything."1 Similarly, St. Paul describes the conversion experience of Christians by saying "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Cor. 5:17. Wesley sums this up in his hymn "And Can It Be," in which he expresses the emotions of the convert as follows: "my chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth, and followed thee." These descriptions, and many more, portray Christian conversion as an experience that may be aptly described as being "born again." Converts undergo a change that results in their seeing the world in a new light. A typical reaction of Christian converts is to claim that their conversion made sense of the Bible and their life because both took on new meaning. Many Christians speak of how the Bible seemed meaningless until they were converted. Conversion, they say, removed blinkers from their eyes and enabled them to see the truth. Members of minority, and non-Christian religions make exactly the same claims. Mormons explain how the Book of Mormon made the Bible come alive; Members of the Unification movement say the same thing about the power of the Divine Principle. In each case the emphasis is on the way

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conversion causes people to reinterpret their life in light of the teachings of a religious tradition. Like the mother of St. Augustine, some parents of Christian converts are themselves Christians. They eagerly long for their child's conversion. More often, however, a Christian's parents are not Christians. Such parents frequently react to the conversion of their child with confusion or horror. To them it seems that their child has gone mad. Often they do what they can to discourage their offspring's newly found faith. Worst of all for the unconverted parents, spouses, and friends of a new convert is the sense that they can no longer understand the person. Suddenly the convert's world has changed. It is shaped by a new outlook, dominated by new goals. Outsiders find it very difficult to understand and appreciate evangelical Christianity. Many psychiatrists contend that Christians are deviants who need help. The common psychiatric explanation of conversion is that converts are passive, dependent people who seek an "easy out" or a "crutch." Christian attitudes (especially sexual attitudes) are commonly held to be "unhealthy," and many embittered people are quick to blame Christianity for all their problems. Non-Christians often react to Christianity in essentially the same way that outsiders, both Christian and non-Christian, react to new religions in general and the Unification movement in particular. Reflection on the biblical understanding of conversion ought to help us understand the conversion process of members of the Unification movement.2 Examples of well-known converts to Christianity throughout the history of the church should also help. Unfortunately, Christians are often unwilling to explore the worldviews of other people. Many Christians have developed a tunnel vision, refusing to look at the world except through Christian eyes. It is important to remind such people that new religious movements are no more incomprehensible than foreign cultures or, indeed, Christian conversion. With a little effort, they can be understood. To the outsider, the world of the believer is an alien culture. The easiest and safest reaction to an unfamiliar worldview of this sort is simply to say that it makes no sense, that it is irrational. Attempting to understand those unlike us entails looking closely at our own be-

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liefs and way of life, and many people find that a threatening prospect. Modern philosophy and anthropology can help us understand the threats and benefits we encounter when we immerse ourselves in an alien belief system or culture. It is easy to dismiss members of the Unification movement on the grounds that they joined because they ceased to think, but this assumption is unwarranted. In his classic anthropological study Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic among the Azande, E.E. Evans-Pritchard showed that popular European reactions to African witchcraft ignore the psychology and logic of this belief system.3 Europeans fail to recognize that witchcraft is a rational way of dealing with the irrational forces of envy and hatred. As explanation, witchcraft is incompatible with European thought; as symptom of social disease, it is real. Witchcraft beliefs, although scientifically false, follow a recognizable logic. Once the logic of witchcraft is understood, a person can predict the reactions of people who believe in it. And an acceptance of the reality of witchcraft as both symptom and belief system is essential for anyone wishing to understand the traditional Azande. In a similar way, anyone who wants to communicate effectively with members of new religions like the Unification movement must enter their thought world. It can be done only by recognizing the logic of their beliefs. This is not to say that entering other thought worlds involves abandoning one's own or accepting the beliefs of the religion in question as beyond criticism. But it does call upon the investigator to show genuine respect for the other person's beliefs and a willingness to risk understanding them. It demands, in short, that both the Christian and the member of the new religion become aware of what it is exactly that they believe. Not infrequently, such an encounter will lead to a better understanding of both themselves and each other. Since new religions typically arise in reaction to the prevailing worldview, it will be worthwhile for us to take a closer look at the nature of the scientific worldview that prevails in our culture and to assess its and our place in the larger global cultural context. As C.S. Lewis points out in his book The Discarded Image, and Arthur O. Lovejoy in his Great Chain of Being,4 the nature of medieval thought is vastly different from our modern Western worldview.

Essentially, it was assumed in the premodern West that the earth was the center of a universe created and governed by God through the agency of angelic beings. In this creation everything had its allotted place, from the lowliest single-cell organism to the loftiest archangel. All things, including human society, were presumed to be ordered by God on a hierarchical scale that reflected a cosmic structure and divine purpose. The earth was held to be a fallen realm of death and decay at the center of the universe. Above the earth were the heavenly, changeless realms of perfection and angelic beings. Below the earth was hell for sinners and fallen angels. On earth God maintained order through the authority of his church and duly appointed political rulers, who owed their place to the will of God. This premodern worldview, or "myth," has of course been largely discarded and replaced by new myths. As a result of the much greater cross-cultural contacts of today's world, the new myths, which we will discuss later, are colorful mosaics incorporating symbols from all of the world's principal spiritual traditions. It is the genius of the Reverend Moon that he challenged many young people in Western society to enter into what for the was an alien worldview akin to that of premodern Europe where God plays a dynamic role in everyday life. Today the basic assumptions of Western society are threatened by change. Quantum theory and other scientific advances have led many scientists to abandon notions of a closed and mechanistic universe. Instead of talking about natural laws, scientists are content to operate in terms of generalizations in the form of statistical probabilities.5 Against this background and drawing on the Korean religious tradition the Reverend Moon created a revitalization movement that seeks to maintain a traditional awareness of spiritual realities without abandoning the insights of modern science. Thus he created a new holism based on Christianity and Korean traditions. The danger of holism is that it can easily be transformed into totalitarianism. German National Socialism in the 1930s and '40s remains the most potent recent example of a holism gone awry. National Socialists intended to cure German "soul sickness" by promoting a new worldview that united the spheres of science and spirituality into a single politico-religious system of thought and practice.6 The Rever-

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end Moon's holism, however, guards against this danger by embracing Christian ethics at its very core. As the roles of science and religion have changed along with the prevailing worldview in Western culture through the centuries, so the perception of the nature of the human being has changed. We have perceived ourselves differently in each historical period. In the thirteenth century the paradigm was Spiritual Man. By the sixteenth century this image had changed to Intellectual Man. In the eighteenth century the image of Economic Man became popular. This image persists even today, although it is somewhat tarnished. Importantly, we have recently developed a considerable variety of images to define ourselves. Existential philosophy introduced the image of Irrational Man, Marxism that of Social Man, National Socialism that of Heroic Man, the new mythology that of Experiential Man, and the new science that of Holistic Man.7 The profusion of images has much to do with the mobility and fluidity of modern life. People have shown themselves willing to give up the security associated with adopting a single identity for life in order to gain the flexibility and choice afforded by a less rigidly defined identity even at the cost of some uncertainty and anxiety. Robert Jay Lifton argues that the prevailing modern image is that of Protean Man (Proteus being the Greek god who can change his identity at wil1).8 Of course, not everyone is content with exchanging security for flexibility. Scholars argue that some people join new religions because they are distressed and dissatisfied with the prospect of Protean Man. It seems clear that at least some people have been drawn to the Unification movement, for instance, precisely because it stands for commitment. They know implicitly, if not explicitly, that making choices, remaining true to those choices, and living with the consequences of those choices have much to do with becoming a person and developing character. When we study conversion to the Unification movement and the

impact of the Reverend Moon's ideas and personality on countless individuals we are forced to recognize that the movement attracts many individuals who acknowledge the shift from the predominance of a mechanical model of the universe to the model of an open universe, from the predominance of secularism to the ascendance of religious values in a pluralistic world, from a focus on materialism to a focus on God, from Western cultural triumphalism to cross-cultural accommodation, from Economic Man to Holistic Man, from nationalism to a new catholicism. Thus whatever his faults and failings as a human being, however flawed his movement, and however bitter his critics, it has to be admitted that the Reverend Moon made and continues to make a significant impact on our world by insisting on the centrality of the spiritual in everyday life. Notes

1. Jonathan Edwards: Representative Selections, ed. Clarence H. Faust and Thomas H. Johnson (New York: Hill & Wang, 1962), p. 60. 2. In addition to the discussion in the text, see Robert O. Ferm, The Psychology of Christian Conversion (London: Pickering & Inglis, n.d.), and Owen Brandon, The Battle for the Soul: Aspects of Religious Conversion (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1960). 3. See Evans-Pritchard, Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande (London: Oxford University Press, 1937). 4. Lewis, The Discarded Image (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1964); Lovejoy, The Great Chain of Being (New York: Harper & Row, 1960). 5. See Banish Hoffmann, The Strange Story of the Quantum (London: Penguin, 1960). 6. See James M. Rhodes, The Hitler Movement: A Modern Millenarian Revolution (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980). 7. See Peter Drucker, The End of Economic Man: A Study of the New Totalitarianism (New York: John Day, 1939), and The Future of Industrial Man: A Conservative Approach (New York: John Day, 1942). 8. Lifton, "Protean Man," Partisan Review 35 (1968): 13-27.

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Blessed are the efforts of Dr. and Mrs. Moon

Dr. E.V. Hill

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am very grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to and honor you and the work you have done for more than 60 years. You have chosen an interesting and great path to follow. And that is the path of peace. We actually believe that our God will reign and peace will reign. And the hearts of more and more men and women today are coming together under one banner. And that is the banner of love and peace. These days half of the world is suffering in hunger or lost in confusion and conflict. Our prayer for peace should be an urgent and sin-

cere prayer. I was so grateful to be honored with the beautiful Ambassador of Peace certificate last year, which now adorns my wall with the signature of True Parents, who were born thousands of miles from where I was born. I thank God that I live in America. I thank God, too, for your mighty message of true families. I was the result of a divided home. I know what it means not to be a family. I know what it is to have all those boys who cling onto you because there is no daddy to defend them. If there is any one factor encouraging "gangism" in our community, it is the painful reality of those angry and wounded ones who come together to form gangs for themselves, to protect themselves. I thank God to have been honored by this organization, the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification and the United Federation of Churches, and all the organizations you have inspired which are fighting for such a noble goal of world peace. Blessed are the efforts of Dr. and Mrs. Moon... Blessed are the efforts of the Unification Church...

A Great Man Who Has Realized the Ultimate Ideal of Religion

Rev. In Gok Hong

General Secretary of Korean Taego Buddhism

irst of all, I deeply congratulate Rev. Sun Myung Moon on his 82nd birthday. I think that people and the world are now in a significant transition period. At the very moment of the beginning of the new millennium, so many things are rapidly changing.

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This world and human beings fell into utter confusion. Local wars took place on all sides of the world and created uncertainty. Another kind of war in the economic area pursues only national benefits. The future of human beings is being darkened under such circumstances. Therefore the confusion of the world and the uncertainty of human beings ask for the religion to seek a clear and concrete direction in order to solve those problems. The function and role of religion can be found in purifying society and enlightening people regardless of their denominations. That is to say, today's religion must be able to remove clearly social confusion and uncertainty in such an age. We need a religious leader who will lead religion today and in the future. As like other spheres religion can be also carried out for its function and role by the eminent leadership.

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I think Reverend Moon is a worldwide religious leader in this age and even for future time. He is a great religious leader who has led this world religion. Reverend Moon's interreligious thought and international vision for world peace evidently prove it. I met Reverend Moon for the first time in the conference of Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. I was deeply inspired by his noble personality and moreover by his worldwide interreligious mind. Reverend Moon stressed that in order for mankind to maintain peace in this world and in order for religion to be contributed for this, all religions and denominations should respect one another and make an effort together to avoid mutual conflicts and troubles. This is a very important instruction for us who are living today in multi-religious society. The religion must be served and dedicated for the settlement and comfort of the society and people. However as a matter of fact, religion often causes damage to these. Also he emphasized that all religious men sublate the way to the fights and jealousy and pursue the cooperative way for the religious community. This is the completely right view, in that religion and religious men should be an example in guiding and enlightening the society and people. Reverend Moon finally proposed in the conference that the religious leaders must be gathered to create one organization for world peace. I believe that Reverend Moon's proposal shows very urgent and important thought and vision to us in this confused and uncertain world. The time has come when the world religions and the religious leaders should desperately pray together for world peace and the happiness of human beings, and also devote themselves into action for the realization. Material prosperity and satisfaction does not guarantee peace and happiness. They do not come by industrial civilization and the culture of information alone. It is possible only when religions exist in harmony and establish cooperative structures based upon the mutual understanding among religions and the respect to humanity. But regretfully current religions, including religious people, do not

play their important role for this world and do not keep their proper positions. They are surrounded by individual and group egoism. They are even drunken by religious egoism. There is no altruistic spirit for the sake of others, groups and organizations, and one another's religions. They do not have the mind to share the benefits with others and other groups, organizations and religions. There are few cases of an altruistic service mind in the society. Instead extremely cold egoism and individualism flood the society and the world. They only pursue their own benefit, convenience and satisfaction. If religion and religious men are doing that, the general society might be worse. To make a long story short, religion and religious men became extremely secular. Such serious secularism is driving this world and people more seriously to confusion and uncertainty. It is accelerating the confusion of the world and the misfortune of human beings. Religion should not be secular any more. It should not keep its indolent attitude either. It must be first elevated from its narrow status which desire selfish individual salvation and blessing. Therefore all religion must be able to pray with the united will and heart for the sake of common peace, happiness and prosperity overcoming individual selfishness, and prove their sincere practice for world peace. If someone practices and tries to realize the ideal of such thought and mind, we can call him a true religious man. When he guides people with his initiative role in such kind of work, he can be called a true leader, a religious leader of this age. I am convinced that Reverend Moon is one of those true religious men and true religious leaders. Reverend Moon has always devoted himself to the life of faith and solely dedicated his life to world peace through religion. I can not stop my respect for Reverend Moon, with my deep impression of his endeavors. His worldwide activities and projects through religion are so great and respectable that no one has ever achieved these during his lifetime. His religious endeavor for world peace will eternally leave its great traces behind the history of the world. Especially the establishment of the Little Angels, a children's ballet company, the number of achievements of the blessing ceremony for the international wedding, the foundation of Professors World Peace Academy (PWPA), the foun-

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dation of the Religious Federation for World Peace, and etc are the historical monument for world peace. Besides these dedications, Reverend Moon has founded a number of religious organizations and traveled all around world including America to propagate his teaching through many projects and public meetings. It is true that all people know his activities in the world and no one has ever done what he has done. I want to say that we need this kind of great religious leader in the new era, the new millennium. We have great anticipation of Reverend Moon. In this new era religions will be required to have a new order. This means the accomplishment of the interreligious movement which Reverend Moon has founded on the new kind of level. The religion and its various denominations cannot insist their own development and prosperity as the only purpose of their existence. If the ideal of religion consists of world peace, happiness and comfort of mankind, it is natural for all religions to unite with one another in harmony and devote themselves to their common achievement. Actually we have been very unconcerned about other religions and religious men. Furthermore some religious men used to show hostility toward other religions and their people. This can be neither desirable, nor the true religious life. I think that this is the violated behavior and attitude against the basic religious doctrine in any religion. Unless the believers change their wrong-doing, they can not achieve world peace and the happiness of human beings. All religions teach love and mercy. The realization of love and mercy begins from understanding others and offering them something. The practice of love and mercy is to bestow a favor on others without expecting reward, help them when difficult, and console them when in sorrow. Such practice of mercy and love must be provided not only to the non-religious people but also to other religious groups and people. When this is realized, the unity and harmony among the religions will be realized and the purpose of the religion will also be accomplished. I am sure that the thought and vision of Reverend Moon's interreligious movement pursues the same purpose. Only this kind of movement will save the world and fulfill its religious purpose to lead people. Today the people in the world are living with much suffering. There

are various kinds of pains from war, natural disaster, such as flood and earthquake, and poverty, disease and crime. They also live with the fundamental trial referred to the four main life changes in Buddhist concept, born, old, ill and dead. As it were, it is not too much to say that life itself is a trial. Religion should relieve people from such trials. It should take pain from the people, console and embrace them. It should eventually cure those pains. There is some very serious and heavy anticipation that in the forthcoming era people's suffering would be more deepened. Some even anticipate that the triumph in the development of the human brain in the new era may become less and fill the quality of human life with pain. In this event, it is beyond doubt that religious activity and its role in the new era would be in high demand and even urgently necessary. What will relieve the world and human beings from suffering is neither industry nor material. It is not politics, economy and culture, either. It is only religion and religious people who can save this world and humanity. Therefore religion should first take the righteous role, and the religious man should stand righteously. In order for religion and religious people to correctly live, they should be able to exhibit and practice love and mercy. At the same time we must throw away religious ignorance, self-righteousness and prejudice as quickly as possible. Unless we completely sublate this tendency, unity and harmony among religions would not be possible, and the mission and the role of religion in the new era would not be properly accomplished. We must make an effort to find out and pursue the common elements among religions rather than to look for our differences. When we try to seek what is in common, we are able to understand one another's religion and faith, and to cooperate and to be able to reach an agreement to achieve the common purpose of religion. It is no exaggeration to say that all confusion, conflicts and struggles in our current society are caused by the failure of its members in making this mutual agreement. Mutual agreement among all religions is also necessary in order to accomplish the ideal and goal of religion. In order to do so, we must be active to create our strength. We should not adhere to our own faith alone. We should be able to understand and respect other religions and their faith. We should be humble and cooperate

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with one another. When religions succeed in making this mutual agreement, they will be able to solve the confusion, conflict and struggles in society. Religion with its existing value and authority would then be recognized by society. A religious person would be respected by the general society and the public. Reverend Moon has devoted his life of more than 80 years to this kind of focus. Reverend Moon has dedicated himself so that religion can take its correct role in realizing its dispensation of salvation for world peace and the happiness of human beings, and to be recognized with its authority and status. Reverend Moon's endeavors in the interreligious movement caused a big alarm to those religions that do not practice true religion, and whose authority and status are being

lost. We should be able to deeply understand Reverend Moon's noble will, and all religions and religious men should join the interreligious movement. We should devote ourselves to establishing one global town, one religious family and finally to realizing perpetual world peace and happiness. Reverend Moon's interreligious movement will be the way that religions choose in the upcoming twenty-first century and in the new millennium. It is also the mission and duty for all religions to be fulfilled. I hope that Reverend Moon will continue to take the initiative for such a religious movement in the new era. I again congratulate Reverend Moon on his 82nd birthday and wish him a long life.

A Letter to Father Moon

Dr. Caroline Hoth

Remember Africa, Port Chester, New York

hank you so much for the opportunity to express my relationship with you on Father Moon's 82nd Birthday. It's truly an honor and privilege to be chosen from among millions of people who gravitate around you and Mother Moon to do so. It is also for me a great revelation from God that dreams and spiritual prophesy do come true if we truly believe and have faith in God and in ourselves. This opportunity to write is so encouraging to me. Why am I saying this? Please permit me to say how I first met Father Moon and how the Grace of God through His Only Son Jesus Christ came upon me. I will tell also of how I met Father Moon for the "second time," "real

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life." Still though which life is truly the real one? I was just a teenaged girl in college, celebrating my 19th birthday in Paris, when I first met Father Moon. I just received among my birthday's gifts the Divine Principle, given to me by a friend of the family. When I saw the book, I read the name of the author, his short biography, and I immediately was overcome by the real feeling that I had already met this person. But where? From this strong feeling I cultivated an unquenchable desire to meet him again as soon as possible. But how? I was no one, a young girl in France. Even if this mysterious figure should come to Paris, surely no one would allow me to see him. The way he has been described in this book, his horrible path of suffering, and the Grace that fills this soul... it left me with the sure knowledge that this saint is from a bygone era, no longer alive. Did his persecutors take his life? Such questions seemed unanswerable. I constantly felt sadness to feel so close to someone while at the same time feeling that I would never meet him again. Nevertheless, I decided to stay strong and follow and even if alone, I determined to apply as much as I could the philosophy taught in the Principle, and

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generosity and the humility of right and true actions. I decided I would live with him in the form in which I first met him, and quietly hope that either in dreams or in whatever manner, one day he and I would meet again, in another life, after my death, and at that time I will tell him how he touched my life and set me on the right path, by filling me with confidence, inner peace, love for myself, and the burning desire to serve others as much as I ccould, expecting nothing in return. I kept those very principles in my agenda, and everywhere I ever went I would use them constantly to remind myself of who I truly am as a human being. Even if I am a little person, still I can bring my unique contribution on this earth and still make a difference regardless if it is big or small. The Divine Principle has brought me untold blessings, love and strength in any action that I take. But most importantly, they brought me discipline and respect of myself and others. It matters not how big a task appears, I am confident that I will always prevail. No amount of evil temptation can stop me on my way. I will always overcome. In humility I must confess that The Grace of God protected me. My life has always been different. I became a Leader of myself and all my classmates, my environment and family's members invested more and more confidence in me. I was not necessarily a "changed" young lady, since we are not meant to be anything other than what God originally created us, His beloved children, to be. But I was different, different from others because the "Principles" taught me to make a difference. I do not know how much I have succeeded, but at least I am aware of my mission. Thank God! I thank Father Moon who has lived

his dedicated life for all of us. My second meeting with Father Moon is another unexpected occasion after I finished with my studies at Sorbonne University and started traveling around the world seeking true knowledge through international exchanges. I came back to the United States for the third time, and I decided then that this time I would stay and settle in New York City. Later I relocated to Westchester. Now you can see how I am getting closer and closer to One of My Greatest Men of the Century: The Most Honorable Dr. Reverend Sun Myung Moon. It was in the Manhattan Center where I would finally have the privilege to honor Reverend Moon through his most honorable Executive Director Dr. Frank Kaufmann. Through the invaluable work of his different great organizations: The Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, WANGO, The American Conference Leadership, The American Clergy Leadership Conference, and others, I came to learn to serve again. Most importantly, I discovered that spiritual meetings are more real. These are the ones we should trust and never doubt. It is indeed a blessing for those who believe without seeing. Father Moon whom I met almost some twenty years ago is alive!!! I can see him, talk to him, and hug and celebrate with him, and exchange gifts, just like in my dreams. My Most Honorable Father Moon Is Alive! Praise The Lord! Hallelujah. Happy Birthday Father! May God Always Bless And Protect You. Thank you for choosing me for your words to live. I truly appreciate your Love. Your daughter in Christ.

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A Loving and Merciful Heart

Dr. George S.C. Huang

Vice President of the National Culture Association Chairman of the Central Election Commission, Taiwan

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ealizing a lasting world peace has been a long-cherished but daunting dream shared by all humankind throughout history. The exploration and development of science and the material world, however, do not advance the realization of this long-sought vision. Even though our modern life has been considerably improved and made comfortable by science, our society has also fallen into chaos and destruction as it is manipulated by corrupt and distorted values. One of the worst problems in today's society is the disorder and confusion caused by "free sex." People's conscience and integrity have been deeply corrupted, thereby severely damaging the conventional morals and ethics that once bound our families and society together. In this situation, the blessing from heaven is completely blocked because the family foundation is broken down. There are more and more single-parent families in our society than ever before. The youth from broken families are no doubt negatively influenced by distorted values, since they lost a blessed shelter where they were meant to receive the wholesome love of parents who loved each other. Their character, their morals and ethics, cannot be cultivated in a healthy way without a good family environment. Instead, they tremble in facing an unknown future. If the evil seed of free sex cannot be completely eliminated from our society, surely all of us will suffer the painful and bitter consequences again and again through the generations to come. Reverend Moon deeply recognizes that humankind has no hope to realize the cherished vision of world peace unless we are completely victorious in eradicating the evil of free sex from our society by chang-

ing the human heart. In order to establish true peace around the world and lift people out of the sin of free sex, Reverend Moon has walked a painstaking course for more than sixty years. He realizes that people can restore their character and integrity only by uniting their spirit and body centered on God. Based on the unification of spirit and body, a perfected and complete humankind that never compromises on the truth, which is the foundation for truthful actions, will be born. Once a person's character and integrity are well established, then a peaceful and sinless family as well as society can be guaranteed, and our vision of world peace can finally be realized. Reverend Moon's thought exemplifies exactly and perfectly the traditional philosophy "cultivating your integrity firstly, building your family secondly, serving your nation thirdly, and finally bringing peace to the world," which is deeply rooted in Chinese culture. Inspired and guided by Reverend Moon's insight, many youth have dedicated themselves completely to a movement for social reform that is the largest in human history. Religious leaders, politicians, scholars and professors, media and cultural elites, social elders, women, and youth throughout the world have come together at conferences to discuss the implementation and embodiment of the principles that guide this social reform movement so as to actually establish true peace on earth. During the past, it has been my great honor and pleasure represent the Republic of China at the Summit Council for World Peace and the World Culture and Sports Festival, which have been held in Seoul, Korea; New York; and Washington, D.C. I am deeply impressed and enlightened by Reverend Moon's vision. As a result, I ardently and sincerely request that all our citizens support and participate in this movement for social reform. The Taiwan branch of the International Cultural Foundation was established to realize Reverend Moon's vision for this social reform movement. During the past ten years, with the support of different organizations in our society, a series of cultural activities centered on "Rebuilding Morals and Ethics" and "Rebuilding the Family" have been fruitful here in Taiwan. We fervently hope that through our efforts the seeds of new hope can be brought to our society, especially to the young people. It is with great joy that I foresee the bright and shin-

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ing future of our society after hundreds of thousands of people seriously pledge to "insist on purity in life," "be filial and loyal to marriage and family," and "practice a philosophy of living for the sake of others" when they participate in the International Blessing Ceremony. I was deeply moved by seeing such a ceremony, because those young couples are bringing back the morals and ethics that were gradually fading away from our youth. They, and surely the generations to come, are the blessed ones. I truly believe that our society and nation will be blessed because of their noble and esteemed character and integrity. How delightful it is to learn that Reverend Moon will soon celebrate his 82nd birthday! (I notice that Mrs. Moon was born on the same day. What a wonderful coincidence!)

Some may wonder how Reverend and Mrs. Moon can be so diligent and thorough in their endeavors to save humankind from sin. It is because they are our Parents, who have a loving and merciful heart. Reverend Moon is really a True Teacher for our civilization at this time in history. They are indeed the True Parents who give birth to a new human civilization centered on true love. We gratefully and thankfully shout out: "Happy Birthday, True Parents!" "Long life and happiness forever!" "Earnest wishes for the quickest possible realization of world peace as well as Heaven on Earth under your guidance!"

During the Cold War, Western countries (including Japan) were exposed to internal threats because of the maneuvers of their own mass media. At the Fifth World Media Conference in 1982, Ambassador Douglas MacArthur II and General Nguyen Cao Ky of South Vietnam explained why the United States was defeated in the Vietnam War, compared to the United Nations' gaining victory in the Korean War. They concurred that defeat resulted from the transition of the media from printed to visual and attributed it to the sensational information that was mainly directed at the general public watching in their living rooms. Mr. Jean-Francois Revel from France argued that the essence of the war between communism and democracy is ideological. But, in fact, communist countries one-sidedly conducted vehement information wars against the West. The left leaning or liberal Western media were taken advantage of. He concluded that in the Vietnam War, America won on the front line but lost the domestic war. I heartily endorse that analysis. One of the fundamental causes of media bias in the West is secular humanism, the theory in which man is considered a supreme existence.

Ending the Communist Threat

Shigenobu Inoue

Chief Editor of Sekai Nippo; Former Washington Bureau Chief for Sankei Shimbun, Japan

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ev. Sun Myung Moon's contribution to world peace is great. During the Cold War, a period when the Western world was heavily influenced by left-leaning or liberal-oriented media, Rev. Moon organized World Media Conferences and called for the media to exercise ethical responsibility as well as freedom of the press. Thus, he played an important role in correcting the biased tendency of the press. Moreover, he published daily newspapers such as Sekai Nippo in Japan, the News World in New York City, the Washington Times, and Segye Times in Korea.

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That theory negates any higher existence than man and argues that man should save humanity in place of God. Dostoevsky said, "Socialism is by no means a problem of labor, but that of atheism; it is the Tower of Babylon erected without the participation of God." The viewpoint enabled the media to be susceptible to the influence of communism. Consequently, a major proposition for correcting the prejudiced media is establishing a right standard of values. In humanism, imperfect man is nevertheless regarded as a standard of values. Under the "man is God" theory, the ends justify the means and mass murder is allowed. Moreover, in the Western world, it leads to relativity of values--in other words, nihilism--based on the view of humans as changeable beings. An absolute standard of values can be established only by assuming the existence of God, a Supreme Being. Belief in God means that man's mission is to observe moral principles and have faith. Reverend Moon's media activities are founded on his faith. It is also the foundation for his fight against communism, because he believes that communism is God's enemy as well as man's. Communism separates God from man and tries to kill and bury God. Reverend Moon has devoted himself to bringing about a revolution of consciousness in the world media by making Godism, the ideology that puts God at the center, his backbone. One of his outstanding achievements is that he drove the Soviet

Union to collapse using the Washington Times. Reverend Moon thought the United States needed a man as president who understood the essence of Marxism-Leninism. Through Dr. Bo Hi Pak, his special adviser, he told Ronald Reagan the revelation that "God has decided on you as the next president." At that time, he helped accomplish Mr. Reagan's victory by a most unexpected tactic of carrying a prediction of the result of the election in the News World with the large headline "Reagan Landslide" on the morning of Election Day. Reverend Moon also led the Soviet Union to collapse by promoting President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). All the major U.S. media opposed the SDI, likening it the Star Wars movie. Amid the violent typhoon of opposition from the media, the Washington Times stood up for the SDI. Thus, it greatly contributed to forming national opinion that supported the SDI. Former senior officials of the Soviet Union admit that the SDI triggered the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the age of globalization in the new millennium that has just started, Reverend Moon has called for establishing morality of the press based on a sense of values concerning true family and faith. I understand that what he wishes is that humankind will overcome religious conflicts after experiencing the September 11 terrorism and that the media will open the way to world peace.

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The Media and World Peace

Eddie Iroh

Director-General, Radio Nigeria

he capacity of the media to advance peace has been enhanced by the unprecedented global penetration of the new technologies, which have provided the world with an enormous capacity for access and storage, transmission and retrieval of information. On this premise, Rev. Moon has dedicated a lifetime and considerable resources to empowering the media to perform this very important role. The World Media Association is a prime vehicle for this. Ground zero is testimony to the fact that saber rattling either by the weak or the strong is a zero sum game. We must, therefore, begin to build bridges of understanding and invest in projects that alleviate the fears of the weak, the poor, and the marginalized. Thanks to the ascendancy of an international public sphere made possible by the advances in communication technology and globalization, the media today can be a vanguard and moderator in the arena for peace through a renewed commitment to redirect and refocus their methods of operations and the content of their output. There are worrying signs that advances in communication and information technology, in addition to the internationalization of economic activities, are creating monster media conglomerates. If the current trends go unabated, most of what the world hears, sees, and reads may be controlled by fewer than five mega conglomerates in a few years. Totalitarian media, like totalitarian governments, are aberrations. Yet there is the danger of a few powerful individuals or companies taking control. It may portend a danger to democracy and world peace if only a few economically powerful individuals or organizations have the opportunity to disseminate their opinions and views. It is worry-

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ing to look at the global patterns of media ownership and control today. The media, if they are to be advocates for world peace, must begin to address the issue of what Johan Galtung refers to as structural violence, which he defines as a political economy where the chances to participate in power and economic relations are extremely unequal, a system in which the weak and poor are subjected to directives from the powerful in the interest of the powerful. To be effective in the search for peace, the media must be vehicles to propagate a social policy for an information age that is based on people's real communications and information needs rather than on what the market dictates. As Reverend Moon has noted in his numerous writings, to make significant contributions to the welfare of society, with corresponding social responsibility, media must exhibit values of freedom, equality, justice and order. Freedom here involves the supply and demand of media content, a situation where a variety of voices that respond to a wide range of demand are offered. Given the upsurge of the market in determining the flow and direction of the media, how then do we excite people to invest in alternative and micro media as it is an unprofitable venture and hence unattractive to investors? First the market should not be the sole arbiter and invisible hand regulating the media. Reverend Moon has proved with the turnaround of the Washington Times that any determined effort to work toward the establishment of an alternative media can succeed. The civil and democratic society must begin to aggressively mobilize resources from peace foundations, charity organizations, the rich and wealthy who are committed to the peace and safety of planet earth and its resources, and from religious bodies and leaders. Reverend Moon provides a glowing example in this regard. Project Peace is too important to be left in the hands of market economy media. We thank God that Reverend Moon, who has invested so much of his energy and intellectual and material resources for the creation of a better, more peaceful world, lives on to witness the growing realization of his noble dreams for humanity. Long may he live.

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Happy Birthday, True Parents

Hon. Donzella J. James

Senator, District 35, State of Georgia

y husband, Elmo and I would like to offer our sincerest congratulations to you as you both celebrate your birthdays on February 17, 2002. Rev. Moon, as you turn 82, we pray that our Father in Heaven will continue to bless you with long life. And to you both we send our warmest regards, and best wishes of good health, wisdom, faith and happiness in the years ahead. And, may the coming year see an even greater expansion of God's Kingdom on Earth. Elmo and I have a ministry for couples at the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, in College Park, Georgia. Your teaching and living example have really helped us better serve the families in our church. As an elected official, I am greatly inspired by your work encouraging God-centered and lasting marriages. The loving, two-parent family is absolutely the best environment for young people. And the social cost of America's moral breakdown has been devastating. I am confident that commitment to True Family Values and fidelity in marriage can break the cycle of divorce and bring fathers back to their families. Your work and ministry have touched the lives of so many, in such positive and profound ways. In a world consumed by self-centeredness, you practice "living for the sake of others." Not only with your words, but through your example, you have taught us how the individual can live for the sake of the family, the family for the sake of the society, the society for the sake of the nation, the nation for the sake of the world, and the world for the sake of God. In a world of selfishness, when you live by the universal principle of

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"living for the sake of others" you are either viewed with suspicion or as a fool. People either persecute you or take advantage of you. Thankfully, more and more people are seeing the genuine love behind your actions, and are responding by living more and more for the sake of others themselves. I am committed to doing whatever I can to help you establish a worldwide culture based on the principle of "living for the sake of others". This is the beginning point of healthy families, healthy societies, healthy nations and a healthy world. You also unraveled the deep meaning of original sin, and discovered the hooks that Satan has upon mankind. Jesus calls each of us to "be reborn", confirming that we are indeed born outside of God's lineage. Thank you for the sacrifices you made and the suffering you endured to open the way for the True Parents, who could finally connect God's lineage to earth. As a young girl I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He called for a colorblind world where justice flows like a river. As he stated in his famous I Have a Dream speech, he dreamed of a day when his four little children would live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I share Dr. King's dream that this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal." Your work, Father and Mother Moon, has brought that dream into greater and greater reality. You have reached out to black, white, and yellow, rich and poor, weak and strong, and young and old, alike. You have helped us to know our original value as sons and daughters of Heavenly Father, and to recognize that value in others. I am deeply touched by the love you demonstrate. Through your overwhelming generosity and sacrifice, you have shown compassion for all people on earth. You are truly the Parents of all mankind. But I have also been personally touched. You are my True Parents, and I am your daughter. I know this to the core of my being. And I experience an incredible confidence, sense of comfort, and a liberating freedom from knowing this. Mrs. Moon, as mothers we share a common grief, over losing a child.

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My youngest son, Kerri, was killed by a drunk driver. The day I met the Unification movement, I kept seeing cardinals, and their feathers, the favorite bird of my son. And to this day, I continue to strongly feel his presence and his support of my work. I want to thank you for your beautiful example, as you give and give and give, even when your heart must be wounded and sore. Finally, I would like to thank you for what you have done for God and for Jesus. In my Catholic tradition we understand the suffering

and bleeding heart of Jesus. But I never understood just what he sacrificed when he went to the Cross, and how he had to wait two thousand years for the time when someone could take up his mission, and bring True Parenthood onto earth. Thank you for liberating Jesus, whom I love so dearly. God and Jesus must be very happy on this day that we recognize the birth of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. Happy Birthday, True Parents.

Fulfilling the Mission Jesus Gave You

Dra. Elida Jiménez

Library Science Professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo Former Director of the National Library

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olumes could be written about a man whose dedication to life, peace, and love has been so evident during all his journeys. On the other hand, one might find some difficulty to undertake such a task, because words alone cannot fully express its content. However, I will try to say something. Let me begin with an expression from the Gospel of Saint John, "And he who saw him is the one who is witness, and his testimony is true." When the 16-year-old boy Sun Myung Moon was transported into a dimension that until that moment had been reserved for only Jesus, and Jesus placed in the boy's heart the mission of continuing Jesus' work, the impact was so strong, so divinely overwhelming, that it flooded all his being. It made him jump from his youth to an advanced maturity, because there was no turning back.. From that moment on, all his thoughts, attitudes, ideals, and actions would carry the seal of a

mission: "True Love, True Parents, and True Family." That would be the key, the vision, the driving force of a lifetime, the battle of he who has a mission to fulfill, who counts with only that first impulse, the company of the Divinity, and whose courage sustains his loyalty to his destiny. The ideal compels this man to help us all break barriers, to be creative, to produce, and to invest all the goodness within us, so that others might partake of what we have inside. Many times, in the course of carrying out our ideals, we find walls that we cannot seem to overcome, and it appears that all the exits have been clogged and sealed. But when we finally break out, we find ourselves far more advanced than when we travel at a normal pace, and we have greater strength than after taking a rest. All this we can see and feel in the life--the surrender to the Lord-- of Reverend Sun Myung Moon. For us he is a prophet; he is more than a visionary prophet; he is like Moses, or Elijah; or he might be like Joshua, who had to enter the Promised Land with the people of Israel. We can ask ourselves many things about him, but we must reach the final conclusion that he is surely a predestined man. When we see the efforts that Reverend Moon makes for all people to have peace and dignity, for all social classes to reach their balance, for the governments of all the countries of the world to better guide the destinies of their citizens, then we have to recognize that he is not a common man,

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because all that he does is not based only on theory, preaching, or mere lecturing; it is based on the example of his works and his generosity. When we come to discover the hardships and torture that Reverend Moon underwent in the prisons, or while working as a slave in the quarries of North Korea, it reminds us of the images of Jesus being interrogated by the scribes and Pharisees, or being whipped by the centurion whenever he fell to the ground under the weight of the cross on his way to Golgotha. When people bore false witness against Reverend Moon, saying he was a transgressor of the law or a tax evader, we go back to the Gospel and see how the Pharisees conspired to have Jesus branded as a social agitator, a deceiver of the people with his magical powers, a false prophet. Whenever there appeared, at Reverend Moon's great public speeches, groups of demonstrators with posters proclaiming foolish remarks against him, I couldn't help but remember that passage in the Gospel when Jesus was in the synagogue and a group of people were waiting outside in order to stone him. Jesus walked through in front of them, and nobody dared to lay a hand on him. The novel boldness of this figure, who reaches unimaginable spiri-

tual heights, whose presence is felt all over the world, is that he is conquering the obstacles to restructuring the world from a more rational perspective. He is not just dreaming but bringing into reality the possibility of creating a new humankind, based on the real platform of a true family, through the wonderful education that harmoniously combines day-to-day actions with an attitude of contemplative prayer, which together produce the good works for the new world. The direct involvement of women in fulfilling this ideal--especially the one who is closest to Reverend Moon: his wife and partner, the mother of his children--makes him an even greater figure in society. Because he believes in the divine value of women, the future will bring fertility and prosperity rather than barrenness to everything he touches on his way. We can see in all of Reverend Moon's efforts that his focal point is peace. Centering on peace, he thinks, analyses, takes action, and teaches. From this perspective he updates every project and builds every chapter of his work. In all of his undertakings we might recognize the advice of Saint Paul to the Ephesians: "Be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

Campaign against Racism

Dr. Paul Johnson

Historian and Author

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n the West, the degree of xenophobia and outright racism that exists in East Asia is not known. But its existence is a baleful fact and has contributed greatly to war and enmity between nations.

Reverend Moon has waged a long campaign to counter racism by encouraging inter-marriage. The amount of effort he has put into this campaign, the scale on which he has conducted it with mass marriage ceremonies, and the resultant publicity, have done an enormous amount to break down racial barriers and to enable the peoples of East Asia to perceive their common humanity. I salute this noble work and applaud its success.

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He Helped to Make Me a Better Human Being

Dr. Morton A. Kaplan

Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science, Emeritus, The University of Chicago

everend Moon's greatest contribution to peace lies not in any specific thing he has done but in the heart that has guided his activities. I have been intimately connected with some of his activities for more than twenty-five years: The International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences, the Professors World Peace Academy, and the World and I. Initially I was attracted by the character of the activity and the quality of the participants. However, I had initial doubts stemming from the stories about Reverend Moon that were widely circulated but that I learned were false. Because of my association with those closest to Reverend Moon and through my own interchanges with him, I know who the real Reverend Moon is. He is a man with an immense heart, a heart with room to love all human beings, a heart big enough to love sinners who injure him. It is this great heart that drives him 21 hours each day to build activities for a better world. It is this heart that leads him to bring thinkers from all the disciplines and arts into great collegial enterprises. It is this heart that inspired him, because of the need to support an anti-communist policy, to build a great newspaper in a city, Washington D.C., that many thought could support only one newspaper. And it is this same heart that turned him into a partisan of the new Russia that emerged from the ashes of the old while most anti-communists were unable to distinguish between communists and Russians. Reverend Moon's understanding that the future of Russia was central to world peace became manifest at the first international conference of PWPA in Korea in 1983. When I proposed a conference on "The Fall of the Soviet Union," he was enthusiastic. When he then made a public prediction that the Soviet system would collapse in five

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years, even I was astounded. He then funded munificently the Conference that was held in Geneva in 1985 in the absence of which we could not have charted the reasons for the coming downfall and the importance of responding positively to the new Russia. When many invitees including Sidney Hook refused to attend because of the title, Reverence Moon was steadfast in urging that the title be retained. At the same time Reverencd Moon supported a smaller conference in 1985 in which I proposed the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Eastern Europe and to which the Soviet Union sent an official representative despite the claims of both liberals and conservatives that it would not. This likely played a role in freeing Eastern Europe. Again, this could not have been done without Reverend Moon's support and inspiration. When Reverend Moon proposed The World & I while in Danbury prison, I saw the magnificence of the ambition but doubted the practicality of the enterprise. A magazine that would cover every aspect of human activity, that would be educational, and that would explore the implications of morality was too grand a goal. When the first issue was put together, there was no backlog of articles and the issue was no better than acceptable intellectually. I felt that if we had a monthly schedule, even this limited quality would decline. Therefore, I asked Mr. Joo to go to Korea to tell Reverend Moon that we had to cut back to a bimonthly or, even better, a quarterly. Mr. Joo returned with a message from Reverend Moon: "Tell Mr. Kaplan that he does not have enough faith." What happened afterwards was not a genuine miracle, but it came close. The magazine became better and better, month after month. Those who read it often call it the best magazine they have ever read. With the accompanying Teachers Guide, it is used in thousands of schools to compensate for the inferior educational materials available to students. It is also now on the Internet where all articles going back to its origins in 1986 may be accessed. And teachers are beginning to collect its articles into books that will be used as texts. Reverend Moon's heart has produced conferences and organizations of religious leaders from all the major and legitimate faiths of mankind, despite the tensions that exist among them. I have serious per-

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sonal doubts about the direct contributions most religious leaders will make to peace. But I do not doubt--especially at a time when the hatefilled pseudo-religions of people such as Osama bin Laden do so much damage--that bringing religious leaders together into common endeavors is an important step toward peace, for only when religious leaders help to inspire their followers and congregations to work toward a better and more just world will we reduce the violence and misery that characterize our present world. When I was chairman of ICUS for the first time, peace was in the

title of the conference. At that time, almost all peace research that was available from scholars would have made peace less likely. I put together an excellent conference that ignored topics on peace. Reverend Moon looked at the titles of the papers, noted the absence of papers on peace, asked me if that was right, and then appointed me chairman of the next conference. Only a great man with a great heart could have called my failure so gently to my attention, for I could have organized good papers on the subject. That great man helped to make me a better human being.

Thank You for the Orphans' School in Makenzi Compound

Hon. Paul Katema

Member of Parliament, Zambia

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came to learn of IRFF through Mr. Nicholas Chisha, the Director of IRFF Zambian Chapter, and as mayor of the City of Ndola at that time worked hand in hand with IRFF in many projects, especially in the project of building the Orphans' School in Makenzi Compound in the area from which I now serve as a Member of Parliament.

In this area there was no school before, but now we have orphans learn how to read and write. Without this project they would have been illiterate. Dr. Massimo Trombin, the International Field Director, has the best explanation of Makenzi Compound, because he has seen for himself the kind of poverty in this area. I personally would like to thank Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, the founders of IRFF, for making it possible for such projects to take place, which goes a long way in uplifting the standard of lives of many underprivileged people. As a newly elected Member of Parliament now, I look forward to working with IRFF even more, and if possible, meeting you, so that we can see how we may carry out more developmental programmes. Looking forward to being of service for the betterment of our one world.

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History is the Biography of a Few Stout Persons

Dr. Nicholas N. Kittrie, KtSJ

Chairman, Elanor Roosevelt Institute for Justice and Peace, Washington, D.C.

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t is with great pleasure and pride that I set down to write a few words which celebrate the exceptional peace mission--consisting of many struggles and successes--of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. I can add little, indeed, to the public record enumerating the accomplishments of the Founder of Unification and its many innovative, courageous, dazzling and globally impacting progenies. I have known the IIFWP Founder, his wife, his children, his principal disciples, his supporters and many of the dedicated workers in his diverse vineyards for some two decades. I knew them when they first ventured forth to spread their unique and contagious beliefs in the central role of the family, individual responsibility, and the joys of human fraternity throughout the world. I also knew them when they emerged and like the Old and New Testament's prophets and disciples came under attack and siege by narrow-minded and jealous adversaries. I have witnessed them in their many hardships, but also successes, and often during their hours of vindication. Many times during my association with Reverend Moon's worldwide projects, all dedicated to the pursuit of human well-being, tolerance, harmony and peace, I have been questioned and challenged by colleagues as well as adversaries. "Why is it that you," they would ask, "you, with your sheltered and secure niche in the establishment, a distinguished academic and prolific writer, a descendent of an ancient familys--a lawyer and member of the most doubting and often most cynical of professions--why have you invested so much time, energy and goodwill in this relationship with a young movement and its exceptional leader?" And my answer has always been plain and simple. As a youth, I

met the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, I was later introduced to the Pope in Rome, and I became acquainted with the chief Rabbi of Israel. But not one of them ever asked for my opinion, advice, assistance, or collaboration. They all were too deeply immersed in their own pasts, in their own institutions, their own missions, and own faiths. It was in Reverend Moon that I found the broadest ecumenical spirit, a fierce commitment to the unity and fraternity of mankind, an unflinching love of all people, a total commitment to the institution of the family, a tolerance for the diversity of humankind and the need for its harmonization. I also found in him the wisdom to blend the Occident with the Orient, the North with the South, an ability to combine eternity with a sense of the contemporary reality, the insights to create a bridge between science and faith, the courage to wage warfare against escalating hedonism, and an abundance of the divine as well as the human gifts of humor and love of life. "It is by its fruits that you shall know the tree," the gospel teaches us. We have all indeed been witnesses to the rich fruits borne by Reverend Moon's many and diverse trees and orchards. We count among these his contributions to the unity of sciences, to publishing, to his endowing Washington, D.C., the claimed capital of the free world, with its second daily paper. We recognize and applaud his stance on behalf of liberty and economic progress in the former Soviet Union and in Latin America, his quests for the unification of the two Koreas, his efforts to create a system of international universities, his building bridges between professors, scientists, political leaders, the media, economic innovators and social reformers worldwide. Most of all, we must note his constant inspiration for all those seeking to better the human condition--through the elimination of deprivation, poverty, hunger and disease, and through the institution of a reign of peace. Let me conclude with the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Institutions are, by and large, the lengthened shadow of singular men...and all history resolves itself very easily into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons." Reverend Sun Myung Moon is certainly one of these persons. His place in human history is assured. We merely must make certain that the seeds he planted for true peace are nourished by all of us throughout the world.

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Reflections on My Experiences with Rev. Moon's Peace Effort

Dr. Cheryl Lau

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

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am honored to include my reflections in this volume essay. As I reflect on the last few years that I have been in contact with Reverend Moon's life and work, I have found hope in the words of the founding purpose of the Federation for World Peace. Those words suggest that the promotion of education and practices related to true peace are a means to realize peace in societies, nations, and the world. I have grown and learned so much, especially in conjunction with five experiences in listening to the words of Reverend Moon. Those experiences are as follows: · His speech about achieving a world of peace in Seoul, Korea (2000),

proving upon the relationship between husband and wife, it is paramount that good understanding and health are part of the foundation of such a union. The ICUS conference was arranged to include committees on health and science, and I was proud to be a part of a committee of scientists and physicians who spoke on holistic medicine in modern health care. How fascinating it was to see how eastern medicine could unite with western medical technology to unite one's body, mind and spirit to create the way towards a family-level heaven, which was the first step before a world-level heaven and world peace. New York At Assembly 2000: "Renewing the United Nations and Building a Culture of Peace," the Reverend counseled the assembled representatives to be aware that we are all God's representatives and that all individuals must work together to restore the family to a position of goodness and happiness. As I looked at all the gathered dignitaries from over a hundred nations, I could see that those words made sense to so many of them. Afterward young people from many nations came in and introduced themselves to all gathered. Reverend Moon's visionary words collectively held the audience together to make Assembly 2000 very special to all. Virginia The American Leadership Conferences (ALC), sponsored by the Washington Times Foundation and the American Constitution Committee, were excellent forums for creating a philosophy with a strong conviction for peace. Sessions on freedom, faith, and family comprised the program where both speakers and those in the audience were invited to learn and grow in a very caring atmosphere. There was no proselytizing for one's own faith or religion even though representatives from all the major religions and faiths were present. I am a Catholic, and I came away with a stronger understanding of my faith and a deeper commitment as to why we must work together to become one global extended family.

· His 2000 speech at the United Nations in New York City (2000), · The American Leadership Conference in Virginia (2000) which

were filled with his philosophy of peace,

· His Las Vegas, Nevada speech (2001) where he suggested that the

solution to problems with peace was to find God, and

· His home in New York where he and his family demonstrated that

the family is the base of true love and peace (2000). Seoul At the 22nd International Conference on the Unity of Sciences (ICUS XXII) in Seoul, the Reverend suggested that a fallen human society has lost sight of the principle of heaven, especially in matrimonial obligations, and that this must be restored to return to the original homeland and to achieve a world of peace. I then understood that to im-

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Las Vegas In Las Vegas, Reverend Moon talked about solving the world's problems, and how each of us must find God. In a large church in southern Nevada where palm trees were swaying and television lights beamed in on him, I found that he had his finger on the pulse of Nevada, Yet, this was just one stop for Reverend Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon who were visiting 52 cities in all 50 states in just 50 days. I came away with the memory of the faces in the congregation, people who were transported from the desert to a heavenly world. Many must have been changed that evening, realizing more fully that religion would guide us back to the original world of a true love, life, and lineage. New York It was during the Assembly 2000: Renewing the United Nations and Building a Culture of Peace that I had an opportunity, with many rep-

resentatives from other countries, to be a dinner guest at Reverend Moon's home. I've always had problems cooking a meal for more than six people, but entertaining more than one hundred at one's home was a feat that Reverend and Dr. Moon accomplished well, and they made it look so easy. After a delicious meal, we were treated to speeches and songs from each member of the family, and the audience delighted in singing along with them and clapping to the rhythm of Korean songs. I remembered learning some Korean classical dances at the University of Hawaii and I wished that night that I could recall the intricate steps that graced each musical section. In listening and contributing to the musical atmosphere of the evening, I, along with other guests, felt a oneness with each other, truly demonstrating that the family becomes the foundation on which the "Four Great Realms of Heart" (as Reverend Moon repeated) can be experienced from generation to generation. Happy 82nd Birthday to you Reverend Moon! May you enjoy many more happy birthdays to come.

The Family and Contemporary Society

Dr. Antonio Laurenzano

Professor, Journalist for La PrealpinaVarese, Italy

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henever we question ourselves as to the vitality of marriage and the family, we are questioning ourselves about a partial aspect of human experience. A more thorough analysis, however, needs to consider marriage and the family as epitomizing the life of man and the society within which he develops. The two sides are the expression of the same culture and the same civiliza-

tion, since marriage and family constitute common elements in the evaluation of society. Society loses its natural identity on account of a disquieting moral decline. And it is the family that exemplifies both the limits and contradictions of such a decline. The problems that mankind has to face in our time can be traced back precisely to the fall of those values that have marked the history of men through time: love, brotherhood, and solidarity. A society impoverished in these values and ossified in its moral principles is inexorably condemned to suicide. Individualism, materialism, unbridled consumerism, and, above all, the daily festival of the ephemeral have placed false gods and false myths on pagan altars that together have brought about a distorted vision of reality as well as a mistaken conception of our earthly testimony. Every process of cultural growth has long since been halted; every serious debate on the great issues of politics and socio-economic de-

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velopment has become sterile. The hope of a moral regeneration, a spiritual re-arming of contemporary society, has faded. Hedonism has supplanted the consolidated ways of life of the past, which were built up around values that were, first and foremost, rooted in the conscience of each individual. The ideological vacuum, cultural nihilism, and civil and religious intolerance are, sad to say, the banners of a society on the slippery slope, increasingly at the mercy of false prophets and unscrupulous mercenaries. Sociological analyses carried out on existential malaise all lead to the same conclusions, a tragically eloquent equation: lack of spiritual values equals social disorder. A scenario of serious decay is thus before our eyes, a scenario that clashes with the glitter of apparent welfare, with get-rich-quick schemes, with the reckless life, lived without the slightest inhibition. Yet behind the lights there are shadows, many shadows, that hide the sad reality that is the collapse of that cell on which society is grounded: the family, with its natural vocation as an instrument of education, of civil and spiritual growth. The family, deprived of its role of building up the basic individual resources, thus represents a terrain of potential degradation of the social fabric and, in a first analysis, a negative factor in the issues of the young, with their tensions and behavioral conflicts. Because it is precisely on the young that the negative impact of an invisible family is most strongly felt. Serious problems develop among our youth when the family is unable to guarantee its children affection, autonomy, and the pursuit and attainment of human and professional goals; that is, the fundamental elements in the formation of personality of the young, in whom a precise cultural identity is often lacking. And for many, a tragic leap in the dark is the price paid for a life that has gone wrong. Drugs, alcohol, female and child abuse, mindless vandalism, and suicide thus become the irrational responses to the difficulties of facing up to a meaningful relationship with society as the essential means of identifying the features of one's own personality. Behind this apparently inexplicable reality lie particularly profound motivations linked to the crisis of the family. The new generations

suffer above all from increasing solitude, since they live in a limited world apart, where their natural interlocutors--their parents--are missing, and thus new role models, outside the family group, become dominant: their friends, or the "gang," with whom they share their anxieties and diffidence, the first signs of that discomfort that is transformed into dangerous distortions if not detected in time. It is, therefore, more and more in the paired words "marriage-family" that the key to restoring society lies. The drop in marriages, the rise in divorces, the increase in the number of so-called singles, the ever-increasing rate of abortions, a widespread contraceptive mentality, the growing presence of homosexual couples, and the fear of making a choice that entails a lasting relationship--all are scenarios that, though morally censurable, reflect an altered cultural horizon in which the family lives today. And in this situation one can observe how the family finds itself involved in a twofold position: on the one hand as the object of a crisis, which may perhaps be seen as a crisis of the couple, but on the other it is also in some way the subject, in that the family, too, has proved--with the complicity of political institutions--unable to convey an authentically moral vision of reality. So, why have we reached the tragic epilogue of the old patriarchal family, in which parents, children, and grandparents, the symbol of the continuity of affection and generations, made up a balanced whole in children's upbringing? Today's family is not that happy island experienced by our grandparents. It is ever more open and exposed to the surrounding social reality, which increasingly conditions it, upsetting its capacity and possibilities of socializing. In particular, the rapid intensification of conflict in our social reality has led, from the 1970s, to a constant wave of pressure that has been brought to bear from outside the family nucleus and that represents a powerful impact when seen against the well-tried models of life in the past. But the malaise of the family in contemporary society also depends on the substantial modification in the relationship between the public and private spheres that our Western democracies have produced and that have become radicalized since the middle of the last century.

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Social policy has up to now ignored the expectations and difficulties of the family institution, as well as the activity existing within it. Any idea of backing the social role of the family has, in the end, been shelved in the mistaken conviction of its secondary importance in the transformation process of society. And the price of such political shortsightedness has proved very high. What is at risk is a future of orderly and balanced growth, sheltered from tensions and conflicts that loom threateningly over that stability that marks every civilized society. What can be done, therefore, to stem the flood tide of a society that is deaf to the calls for civilization and blinded by a mistaken hedonistic vision of life? Our cultural and spiritual heritage commands us to be active in the world. We are called, each one of us, albeit within our own personal limitations, to bear witness with our example to what is good, to be the salt of the earth and the yeast of social bread. The moment has come for families to become "protagonists of family policies" and to shoulder the responsibility for changing society. Families must come together, organize, and be able to build up family policies through the democratic processes of participation. This means that families need to ensure that government action recognize the autonomy and the rights of the family and its value in the community. Let us steadfastly oppose every manipulation of the age-old history of man, if need be by winning politics back from those who misuse it! But, above all, let us rediscover the profound essence of togetherness, which is the gift of oneself to others and is intimately linked to the duty of passing on life and bringing up children. The seed of happiness, of peace, and of unification lies within the family. And the family founded on marriage is, as such, a civilizing factor, since love within the family is a selfless love that is able to guarantee, when projected outward toward the public sphere, across the generations, a system of values that is constant in time. Now more than ever, the family's central role in society should be recognized as a socializing and educational role, shaping the upbring-

ing and affirmation of personality of tomorrow's citizens. The family thus needs to recover its unity and hub within present society. It needs to have its own "social subjectivity," that is to say, to be the active subject in choices involving school and upbringing and to no longer to be an impotent bystander, a pawn in the various development processes. According to the enlightened thinking of the Reverend Moon, "In the family centered on love, relations bring unity, so that parents and children are one thing only, and so, too, brothers and sisters, around the True Love of God, who is the center of all relations of love. The past, present, and future meet together in the family, in the same way as traditions and ideals are handed down from one generation to the next in order to progress and consolidate." And in this precious work of rebuilding the social fabric, it is sufficient to refer to the fundamental principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of the United Nations on Human Rights of 1948, where the special nature of the family as a fundamental unit of society is sanctioned together with its right to be defended, a right incorporated in the European Charter of Rights passed last year by the European Parliament at Strasbourg. A difficult task, perhaps, but not impossible. The crisis of modern society needs to be combated from below, from its basic cell, replacing false myths and false values by high ideals with real moral substance, based on love, brotherhood, and solidarity, on the spirit of sacrifice, on the desire to do something for one's country. In brief, it means drawing up a different scale of social values to which constant reference can made in day-to-day life, so as to pass on to future generations a model of life that is less hedonistic and richer in that moral teaching inherited from the past. A new strategy, therefore, to build a new frontier of love without forgetting an ancient Burundi proverb: "Where love is, night never falls." And love, in the life of a man and a woman, must needs pass through union, through marriage understood as a reciprocal act of giving. A path to follow together in order to build, thanks to the family, world peace!

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The Substance of World Peace

Professor Erno Lazarovits

Director of Foreign Relations Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary

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n keeping with Jewish tradition, I would like to wish Rev. Sun Myung Moon on the occasion of his 82nd birthday "ad mea ve esrim sana" ("120 years") and a very happy birthday. May the Almighty give him health to be able to continue his unique mission and activities in realizing a lasting peace all over the world. I had the opportunity two years ago in Seoul to participate at his 80th birthday celebration, the memories of which I shall never forget. It was a truly marvelous ceremony at that Seoul stadium, with the participation of several thousand people. For me it was also a special honor to be able to participate at his private birthday party. There I had the pleasure to congratulate Reverend Sun Myung Moon and personally hand him the golden plaque of the famous Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest. On this occasion I took the opportunity to invite Reverend Moon to Budapest and promised that I would show him that wonderful, world-famous synagogue. I am very glad that 11 years ago I had the chance to get acquainted with the Unification movement, founded by Reverend Moon, and to learn about his revolutionary teachings on the meaning of the love of God; and since then I have come to realize what the true family of world peace is. The people of Hungary, where I am living, had no knowledge of the Unification movement or his foundation during the so-called socialist era from 1948 to 1990. After the change in the political system, the representative of the Unification movement in Hungary contacted the headquarters of the Jewish community. This is when I first learned about this new religious direction, which although following both the Old and the New Testaments still contains a great

deal of new elements. The representative of the movement handed over to me some literature about the Unification movement and the wide-ranging activities of Reverend Moon. After studying these materials I decided to participate in one of the movement's organizations, the Inter-religious Federation for World Peace, because I felt that this was the area to which I could contribute the most. In 1992, I participated in the Assembly of World Religions in Seoul, where religious and world leaders joined in presentations on what the role of religion should be in achieving a lasting peace in the world. It was at this conference that I first heard a speech by Reverend Sun Myung Moon, and I was very impressed. Another unforgettable experience for me--and I am sure for all the participants--was held on the closing day of the conference in the packed Seoul Olympic Stadium: a wedding ceremony for 30,000 couples conducted by Reverend and Mrs. Moon, with their family in attendance. It was incredible. The year 2000 was also of great significance for me, first because of the celebration of Reverend Moon's birthday and second because I was able to play an active role in a wedding ceremony for 50,000 couples at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. I had the honor to be one of seven clergy asked to give their blessing on the marriages. I will never in my life forget the experience of raising my hand and presenting the blessing and then hearing the ovation from the lips of 100,000 brides and grooms. On the 80th birthday of Reverend Moon, I viewed an exhibition in Seoul that covered significant events and mementos of his life. I am sure that someday everyone will want to visit this place to find out about the story of his life--about his suffering during the Korean War, how with the help of God he escaped and remained alive. I, too, am a survivor of war in the twentieth century. I can understand the difficult life of Reverend Moon and why he offered his whole life to humanity and to peace all over the world. This is why I myself am participating in the movement. In 2000, I attended several seminars in Washington regarding "The True Family," at which valuable presentations were made about the

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need for ideal marriages and true families. All the presentations were based on the Old and New Testaments and on the teachings of Reverend Moon. In August of that year I was able to take part in a very significant event: The Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) organized a conference in New York called Assembly 2000, the theme of which was "Renewing the United Nations and Building a Culture of Peace." Please allow me to talk in a little detail about this event. Some 400 religious and political leaders from 102 countries participated in this program, held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. In his opening address, Reverend Chung Hwan Kwak, president of the IIFWP, stated that earlier that year, in April, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Anan put forth a study titled "We the People," in which he describes his dream for a free world, for the creation of a life without fear for generations to come. This was to be the topic of the U.N. General Assembly in September, at which the heads of government of the member states would be present. The reason why we are here at this meeting, Reverend Kwak continued, is to offer our help to the secretary-general of the United Nations, to the masses standing behind us, since our goals are the same as those he has dreamed for the world. In continuing on, he explained in what way the IIFWP could participate in realizing these goals. He added that Reverend Moon and the IIFWP were convinced that the politicians working for the goals of mankind should include as their partners the world's spiritual and religious leaders. He also talked about the necessity of renewing love in the world, and establishing true families as a model for the realization of peace in the world. The next day, the conference convened at the United Nations Headquarters, and the speech given by Reverend Moon was received with particularly great interest. He began by expressing his appreciation for the opportunity to voice his thoughts about the future of the world and the United Nations. He talked about the conflicts that have bur-

dened the twentieth century. He stated that world conflicts arise for several reasons, but that primarily they are rooted in the disharmony between the religions of the world. Recognizing this, we who are witnesses to the tragedies taking place around the world have to realize how important it is for the representatives of the religions to meet, to hold dialogues with each other, and to understand each other with love. He also spoke about the crucial role of the United Nations in establishing peace. Reverend Moon went on to explain what he has been doing in order to achieve world peace, citing, among others, efforts made by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. He also made several brave recommendations, such as the establishment of peace zones along the borders between nations. Probably his boldest recommendation was the establishment of an Interreligious Council within the United Nations. He recommended that each nation send, in addition to its political representative, a religious representative to the United Nations as well. This initiative can only be welcomed, since we all know that the causes of conflict in the world are not only political but in their roots can be traced to a great extent to the intolerance and differences between the religions. The horrifying terrorist attack on the United States on September 11 shocked the whole peace-loving world. People all around the globe raised their voices in protest for the perpetrators to receive a just punishment. Just after the attack, the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace held a conference in New York in which more than 100 countries' religious leaders, scientists, prominent personalities, and politicians participated. At this conference, Reverend Moon gave a speech in which he urged all of us to do more to strengthen our families and promote peace, rather than multiply hatred, since this is what God expects of us. The strength of honest love has to run through all of us, and we have to do everything in our power to realize a lasting peace.

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Reverend Moon's Achievement in the 20th Century

Dr. Hang Nyong Lee

Former President of Hong Ik University, Korea

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n the twentieth century, Reverend Sun Myung Moon accomplished numerous feats, but if I choose three remarkable things out of them, the first is that he has rediscovered God, the second is that he rediscovered love, and the third is that he rediscovered the family. From the beginning of human history, human beings believed in the existence of God, thought that each consists of spirit and body, and believed that after death their spirits would go to the eternal spiritual world. Although they described God and human spirits according to their religions or cultures, it is clear that they believed the existence of God in the universe and of their immortal spirits. However, with the development of science and reason, human beings began to doubt the existence of an invisible God and invisible spirits. Finally, many atheists who admitted materialism emerged. Because materialism made human beings obsessed by material and disdained the spirit, human beings lost their dignity and were deteriorated to just animal beings. The twentieth century was a time of merciless fight: World War I and II broke out and the cold war of east and west was continued. Reverend Sun Myung Moon prayed deeply for such deteriorated human situation and lived a sacrificial life to save human beings by finding the lost God and spirit again. Through suffering discipline, asceticism, and prayer, he could meet God and Jesus, and after experiencing the spiritual world, he began to teach heartistically about the reality of God, God's love and providence. At last, because of Reverend Moon's teaching, we could restore original human dignity by finding God again. Secondly, Reverend Sun Myung Moon found true love again. He

taught that God was the origin of love and the universe, and in order to realize God's will of love, he explained clearly how to repel Satan who obstructed God's act of love. In order to establish the world of love, God created all things, human beings of men and women, but because of the fall of Adam and Eve, God's will was not fulfilled. Therefore, Reverend Moon clearly taught about God's providential method of how God would save human beings. Saying that true love is to live sacrificially for the sake of others, Reverend Moon has lived a sacrificial life for his whole lifetime bearing suffering and sadness alone for the sake of God's will. However, Reverend Moon was slandered and persecuted by many people because of practicing true love, and even was put into prison several times. Although human beings used the word "love" for thousands years, I think that they could not understand easily the true meaning of love. However, seeing Reverend Moon's practice of true love, I came to understand the true meaning of love. The most valuable thing that Reverend Moon has done is to find true family. Even though the family is the foundation of love and happiness, human beings have lost that until now. Since human beings turned away from God, the family began to break down. Without knowing the importance of family, human beings developed the history of conflicts in the ideological argument. The tragedies of World War I and II and the cold war were caused by human's wrong desire of prejudice and egoism. Despite the fact that human beings were originally created to get happiness in the family, casting away the family, they wandered to seek happiness from individual freedom or seek from equality in a group. In the end, human being's thoughts were divided individual liberalism and principal of equality, and people fought each other in the ideological conflict. Even though freedom gave many benefits to individuals, since freedom brought inequality, misfortune was caused. Moreover, although social equality brought many benefits, because equality came to confine freedom, misfortune resulted. The world was divided into Capitalism and Communism, but finally Communism was declined. Now, the world is being reorganized by capitalism centering on USA. However, because capitalism produced the society of inequality and moral

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depravity, it was not sufficient. As an alternative proposal, the third way which compromised capitalism and socialism was suggested, but it seems not to be practiced well. In this situation, Reverend Moon found the family which could realize the original world of creation. The family is the kingdom of freedom and the paradise of equality. In the family, nobody feels discomfort or inequality. Fundamentally, individual freedom and equality of a group are in the contradictable relation which can not exist together. If freedom is expanded, equality is restricted, and if equality is expanded, freedom is restricted. In spite of that, human beings wanted to pursue both simultaneously. However, because people knew that the co-existence of freedom and equality was impossible, while liberalists thought that only maximizing freedom was happiest, equalitarians thought that only maximizing equality brought the biggest happiness. However, neither of both could bring true happiness. The slogan of French Revolution of 1789 years was liberty, equality, and fraternity. However, since the most important thing among them is liberty, the revolution can be called the revolution of liberty. As a result, as the revolution of liberty made the gap between riches and poverty bigger, human beings had to experience a huge inequality. In order to protest against such abuses, Russian Revolution took place in 1917 years, and was a revolution for equality. This Revolution used a compulsive method to remove all equality at once. However, as a result, under the Revolution, freedom of human being was completely restricted and in the end, in 1991, it was broken down in its 84th year. After the collapse of the former Soviet Union, USA became the super powerful country, and capitalism centering on USA came to manage the world. However, capitalism made human beings slaves of material, and made a social inequality deeper. Accordingly, the Third Way and the New Socialism were advocated against new liberalism of the capitalism as a social alternative proposal. One who has the biggest freedom is a beggar. However, the reason nobody wants to be a beggar is because there is no quantity of bread for a beggar. A society which has the biggest equality is a prison. But, the reason why nobody wants to go into a prison is because there is no liberty in the prison. The society which liberty and equality are har-

monized is called paradise, Utopia, or the Ideal World. It is not easy to establish such a world. However, the paradise which liberty and equality are harmonized is not far from us. Our family is the very place. God created human beings, and said them to make the ideal family. But, because of the Fall, the family was broken down. The family is the sanctuary of love. Liberty always exists where love is. Equality always exists where love is. What can not make an object feel free is not love. What does not treat an object equally is not love. Love gives a bound person freedom, and makes all people equalized. Therefore, freedom and equality exist together in the family which is the basis of love. It is Reverend Moon who restores such family again. The foundation of French Revolution (Liberty Revolution) is a market whose free action is the core of capitalism. On the other hand, an example of Russian Revolution (Equality Revolution) is the army whose strict control is the core of the Communism. However, the market is only a place where people go to buy goods or sell for a moment, but it is not a place where human beings can live continuously. In the market, there is only money-making, but there are no love or happiness. The military is also the place where young men are in public service for a few years for their country, but is not the place where human beings can live eternally. There is no love or happiness, but only rules. Only the family is the place where human beings can live eternally in love and happiness. However, in throwing away the family, human beings wandered for a long time to seek freedom or equality in the ideological conflict of capitalism or socialism. But they did not solve the problem of freedom and happiness. Therefore, beyond the first revolution for liberty and the second revolution for equality, the third revolution for peace is necessary. Reverend Sun Myung Moon is an advocator of peace revolution. He teaches that all families should live centering on God as the invisible Father. Since the image of True Father as the substantial body of the invisible God was not made in the history of human being so far, Reverend Moon himself has practiced sacrificially the role of True Father of human beings. Through the blessing, Reverend Moon is going to establish the

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whole world to be the community of love by the restored families. Such community will be the Kingdom of God on earth centered on liberty, equality, and love. He is developing the third revolution for peace not by force or money, but by love. A few years ago, Reverend Moon changed the name of "Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity," which had the foundation over 120 countries, to "Family Federation for World Peace." This shows how important Reverend Moon thinks the family is. The third revolution for peace (the revolution of family) is to establish the world of freedom and happiness by guiding the people who are wandering to seek freedom and equality to the restored family. Sun Moon University, which was founded by Reverend Moon, established the department of purity and the Purity College. So far, there have been some courses which taught about family life such as the education of children, and domestic affairs, but the establishment of a department of purity which emphasizes the constancy of mind and body is a first. Because Adam and Eve did not keep their purity, human beings could not make true family and have been bothered by Satan. Accordingly, the purpose for the establishment of the purity class seems to restore

the true family centered on true love by removing immorality which is Satan's weapon. Reverend Sun Myung Moon as an individual who has achieved numerous and miraculous feats within a short period of few decades. If I choose the most significant things out of his feats, the first is to find God and spirit again, the second is to find love again, and the third is to find the family again. The twentieth century was the age in which God did not seem to exist in human life. Some people proclaimed the death of God. Therefore, in the coming new age, God should be found again. The twentieth century was the age which there was no love. The world was entangled by hatred and conflicts. Accordingly, I think that we should open our mind and meet the new age with love. Moreover, the twentieth century was the age of unbalance between liberty and equality. As we stand at the threshold of the new millennium, I believe that all human beings should establish happy families in which liberty and equality are harmonized by love. I can say that the feats Reverend Sun Myung Moon accomplished in the twentiethth century are truly great things.

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The Moral Education of Youth is of Particular Interest

Dr. Michael J. Lenaghan

Department of History and Political Science, Miami Dade Community College

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recently had the honor of participating on the mid-day panel during the recent meeting of the International Interreligious World Federation for Peace Conference at the MIA Marriott Hotel on Saturday December 1, 2001. This was one of the Ambassadors of Peace programs instituted by Reverend Sun Myung Moon. My own experience with these initiatives began with the activities of the Pure Love Alliance programs in Miami-Dade area. Volunteers from the PLA have attended programs at the community college and performed numerous service projects in the local community, in association with the Miami-Dade Police Department and other community groups.

The moral education of youth is of particular interest to me, and I truly enjoyed sharing the implications of the MDCC National Model United Nations Delegation Education Program with such a distinguished and highly motivated cross-section of our southeastern USA community. I was particularly fascinated with the resonance among several audience members and my applications of Gardner's multiple intelligences theory in educating and training college students for international roles and functions through the UN. The information and insights from different faith perspectives-- especially Muslim, Mormon, Pentecostal, Buddhist and mainline faith traditions were very important as the UN institution evolves to fulfill its promises, expands its premises and becomes more perceptibly inclusive among wider educated groups. I was delighted to share the platform with the representatives of the other innovations in education presented by my co-panelists. Thank you again for including me, honoring me with the precious Peace Ambassador status and involving me with this truly extraordinary network of people transforming their neighborhoods, country and world.

Messenger of Peace

H.E. Ramiro De Leon Carpio

President of Guatemala (1993­96) Vice President, Congress of Guatemala

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his is a special occasion for celebration, and at the same time we feel grateful to God, since He has given to you 82 years of life, most of them dedicated to promoting hope in this world

of poverty and lack of moral values. As a result of the challenge that you have accepted as a messenger of peace, and the spreading of your love and lessons of peace, today we can see evidence of your efforts on behalf of religious unity and the springing up of a new culture of peace and tolerance among the people of the world. For this reason, I am glad to send you congratulations and best wishes, and pray to God for blessings for you and your noble mission.

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An Education in True Love

Professor Tserenkhuu Lkhagvasuren

President of the National Medical University of Mongolia, President of the Consortium of Mongolian Universities and Colleges

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t is truly an honor for me to write to Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP), on the occasion his 82nd birthday. At the same time, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the chairman of IIFWP, Reverend Chung Hwan Kwak, and to the other staff here in Mongolia. I have been involved in activities connected with Reverend Moon's organizations since November 1998, when our National Medical University students attended a seminar sponsored by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) in cooperation with the director of the student department, Mr. Gurbadam. The seminar featured presentations titled "AIDS Crisis Makes Us Scared" and "Our Choice: Pure Love." When I reflect on the students' serious attitude in attending the seminar, it showed that through such a seminar our young people could obtain useful information to protect them against HIV and AIDS. Then in August 2000 I had a chance to come to New York for the memorable Assembly 2000, sponsored by the IIFWP. I and two others--TV director Tsend Enkhbat and former Member of Parliament S. Narangerel--were able to represent Mongolia. The Assembly focused on the topic "Renewing the United Nations and Building a Culture of Peace." If I, as president of both the National Medical University of Mongolia and the Consortium of Mongolian Universities and Colleges, were to evaluate the significance of the Assembly, I would say that through it I realized how to reform our education system into one

of higher quality. I am sure that that, by preparing qualified experts through such programs, we could properly contribute to society. I have cooperated with the FFWPU in a scholarship program for our medical students to encourage them in their studies. Based on an essay competition that the FFWPU sponsored, 12 students were selected to receive one-year scholarships. This greatly supported their studies and social activities and also set an example of social service for others. In February 2001, the IIFWP and the International Educational Foundation (IEF) cosponsored a seminar at our medical university titled "Character, Family, Public Service: Building a Culture of Peace." Over 100 students participated. When they held the same seminar two months later, 129 students attended. The IEF financially supported these seminars and encouraged many to participate. I am so grateful that all the activities of these organizations are for the sake of youth, because through their efforts our youth realize how to live with hope and how to prepare for their future marriage. How can I express my gratitude to Reverend Moon for the thousands of dollars that he has offered to support our medical university, especially to help students who have financial difficulties? He consistently does such goodness and charity to educate young people. I remember that, upon Reverend Moon's 80th birthday, scholars in our medical university decided to give the title of honorable professor to him in recognition of his various activities and charities. Mr. Batbayar, a board member of our university and a former minister of health, offered it to Reverend Moon in Korea. Because he has been constantly supporting various activities in our university, he became an honorary doctor of the medical university. I understand that the deep meaning that this group of organizations has been promoting is to live with true love for others, to embrace universal values, and to build a happy family. When I reflect upon the activities of these organizations, I realize that their teaching eventually leads people to learn universal values, live with true love, become educated by true love, and attain happiness in the family. In my opinion, this is what will build a culture of peace in the world. In November 2000, I participated in the PWPA conference in

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Bangkok. There proclamations were made of "International Peace Year" and "World Peace Years without Child Abuse" for the upcoming 10 years. The conference focused on "Building a Culture of Peace," touching on a variety of topics, including education, culture, and science. To enlist the cooperation of the United Nations' educational, scientific, and cultural organizations, and to build a peaceful society without abuse, will require the involvement of many countries in a unified effort. I had the honor of giving a speech during the second session, "Discussion for Culture." All the participants were happy to be at the conference. In May 2001 our university student department director Mr. Gurbadam, together with Member of Parliament Tumur-Ochir and Buddhist monk Khamba Lama Dambajav, as well as NGO representative Ms. Oyungerel, participated in an international conference in Moscow. This allowed people from several areas of Mongolian society

to engage in these valuable activities. Opportunities such as these can have great significance to help in Mongolia's development. The IIFWP makes a tremendous contribution to realizing world peace as it embraces all kinds of leaders in the political, religious, educational, arts, and NGO fields. Reverend Moon's ultimate goal is to establish world peace through his teachings. For that single purpose, he dedicated his whole life to give true love to human beings. Through the establishment of the IIFWP, he could reach all corners of the world. And I can say that such a degree of investment through the IIFWP demonstrates his superior approach to seeking world peace. Thanks to his hard work, many people around the world could come to realize the need for unity and true family values as a foundation of world peace and happiness. This vision is spreading through cooperation and dialogue among people from different nations and religions.

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Rescuing Intellectuals from Extinction

Hernán López-Garay

University of Los Andes, Venezuela

...And the sight of the character of goodness leads one to deduce that it is responsible for everything that is right and fine, whatever the circumstances, and that in the visible realm it is the progenitor of light and of the source of light, and in the intelligible realm it is the source and provider of truth and knowledge. And I also think that the sight of it is a prerequisite for intelligent conduct either of one's own private affairs or of public business. (Plato's Republic, 517c, italics added).

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ntellectuals--a cultural invention of the West--are not anymore characters in good standing. Their influence in determining society's course has declined; politicians and businessmen have become the dominant characters. In effect, we live in an age where the work of the intellectual is thought of as mere abstractions which have no practical relevance whatsoever to determine the social or political course of Western civilization much less that of world peace. Why? How is it that a once influential political actor in Western culture, in different periods of its history (e.g. Classical Greece, Renaissance, the Enlightenment), has become a secondary figure? One reason is that Western societies have become market societies, i.e. societies with a new god--the god of the market, and a new religion--materialism. Its rationality is instrumental, a means-ends rationality. Practical rationality, i.e. the rationality about the ends and the good in general does not find shelter in these societies. Universities and academic institutions in general which used to house and breed intellectuals are, for the most part, not longer in this "business". They have also been permeated by the market conception of the world and, accordingly, have become factories, conducted by "managers" determined to produce what the market demands from them. What does the market demands from universities? It demands technicians, i.e. in-

strumental thinkers, people educated mainly to find knowledge about how to achieve in the most effective and efficient manner whatever the market determines as a need. In a market society then, there is no demand for intellectuals who, as we will define their trade below, have much to do with practical rationality and the continuous unfolding of the transcendental common good. In light of this historical context, Reverend Moon's determination to rescue intellectuals from oblivion and prevent their further extinction is puzzling. Very few people in this post-modern world permeated by a market mentality would be willing to rescue intellectuals from their political decline and give their activities not only strong spiritual and economic support but also the real opportunity of playing a transcendental role in their communities and the world at large. Yet, this is what I have seen him do through organizations like PWPA, IIFWP, and ICUS (among others). Why does he take the time and effort? An answer to this question must begin by clarifying the term intellectual. It is someone who has trained his/her intellect to grasp the unity of things through logos, i.e. through reason/word. In this sense, an intellectual can be called a wordsmith1 . "Wordsmithing" is more an art than a science (at least as we understand science today). As any authentic craft (e.g. the craft of making violins of excellent quality) "wordsmithing" has to be bred and developed within a practice, which in turn gradually develops into a tradition--with standards of excellence, virtues, craft masters, beginners, and advanced learners--all of them pursuing collectively the practice's main end (e.g. to make violins progressively better and better, seeking excellence for excellence's sake). Accordingly, most of what we call intellectuals today are not. Rather they are technicians. What is wrong with it? Why is so important for society to cultivate people able to grasp things in their unity? The inventors of the intellectual, the Ancient Greeks, had an answer. The unity of things, i.e., its full meaning, can only be revealed in the ground of goodness. And goodness is the sun that illuminates and gives full meaning and direction to life. As Plato says in the epigraph of this chapter, the sight of goodness is responsible for everything that is right and fine and hence it is a prerequisite for intelligent conduct both in private and public affairs. Put otherwise, goodness is the transcendental ground within which things revealed their unity (human action in-

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cluded), i.e. their full meaning to us. It is important to understand that these ideas flourished in very difficult times for Athens and other city-states of the Ancient Greece, times where the dark clouds of social dissolution hung over the people. These were the times when the intellectual was "invented" and its powerful role envisaged by courageous and illustrious men. They realized that the key for the social ailments of their states lay in the crucial connection between understanding of the transcendental good and the realization of a just and meaningful life. We are facing a similar challenge today, and Reverend Moon's work can be seen as an answer to this challenge. I believe his work springs from a realization that justice and peace will never be achieved unless we understand the connection that a harmonious order has with the good that transcends individuals and national levels. He has made this point repeatedly in his countless addresses to the world. In his address to the United Nations last year he pointed out that: "Humanity is at a time when we must give priority to the common good that transcends nations... Otherwise we cannot bring about world peace." (Address to United Nations, January 27, 2001). In other words, if society does not strive to give priority to the common good, if we do not try to cultivate a continuous and never ending process of searching for the good, if we do not educate people for this vital job, if we just keep seeing things in the very narrow context of our own personal, group, or even national interest, we will not be able to harmonize our actions with the whole. Then peace will not be possible. I believe that the heart of Reverend Moon's message to the world is a profound ethical conception of life. Such a conception constitutes the "sun" that illuminates his work in general and the rescuing of intellectuals in particular. How then, is Reverend Moon rescuing intellectuals so they may contribute to the crucial mission of bringing about world peace? As I see it, his main idea is the creation and sustenance of academic refuges within which the craft of the wordsmith can be protected and developed through the present dehumanizing age of the world. At the same time he is creating world forums where intellectuals can have a say in world affairs along with the religious, political, businessmen and other

leaders and peoples of this world. One example of an academic refuge is the World University Federation (WUF). Although its stated purpose is to educate young people as world citizens--i.e. as people who are able to think in terms of the common good that transcends individual and national interests--it is clear that such an education cannot be conveyed by professors who do not practice an intellectual life (as defined above). Thus, WUF intends to provide intellectuals with all possible means to create and sustain what I call the practice of the wordsmith. It is from this practice that firm moral convictions (morality has to do with the Good), and a clear sense of value for world governance will emerge. And, consequently, young generations could then be properly educated to play their role of world citizens in whatever social position they may happen to be. Other organizations, PWPA is an example, aim to support these endeavors (as one can infer from their stated purposes) both in the creation of academic shelters and forums. PWPA International began to implement in 1992 what has become WUF today. Similar examples can be found throughout Reverend Moon's longstanding struggle for peace. To conclude these personal reflections on the value of Reverend Moon's work for peace, let me reiterate what I think is the main goal of his work: helping to create a just and harmonious world. Nothing could be more praiseworthy in these difficult times for humankind. Also, nothing could be more just in the celebration of his 82nd birthday than to thank him for his support and for allowing us to share with him the noble telos which propels his life and which I think is "living for the sake of others." Note

1. The term wordsmith seems appropriate since, on the one hand, the intellectual shapes with words what his/her intellect is able to grasp about the unity of things. On the other the grasping is done by means of language which is the conduit through which reason flows.

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Let Us Work Together for Peace

H.E. Annette Lu

Vice President of Taiwan

hen we reflect on the events of the past year, one that stands out as a shock to the world is the tragedy that happened on September 11. In a matter of minutes, we saw the Trade Towers in New York totally destroyed and the Pentagon badly damaged. If these things could happen in America, the leader among nations, then can anywhere else be safe from the dangers of terrorism? In Taiwan we have seen the spread of other kinds of terrorism. I think that there are at least three other forms in modern civilization: illegal drugs, sexual immorality, and violence. God creates people and hopes for them to live a healthy, happy, and perfect life. But there are some people who, for the sake of their own profit, produce and sell every kind of drug to kill young people's healthy bodies and minds. Therefore drugs are, I believe, one of the greatest evils of modern civilization. Those who use drugs, and those who harm or destroy others through violence, or corrupt people's minds and bodies through illicit free sex, are indeed committing acts of terrorism against a healthy society. Eliminating the destructiveness of drugs, violence, and free sex is the urgent duty of any civilized society, and therefore I thank the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, founded by Reverend Sun Myung Moon, for its valuable efforts to counter these things through the good work it does throughout the world. I admire Reverend Moon and his wife for gathering prestigious religious and political leaders from all over the world to promote peace in this time. We have to work together and not just mind our own business. Everyone should overcome the national and religious barri-

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ers in the course of solving the problem of terrorism. We should care about the common problems of human beings together. We in Taiwan especially place great value on rebuilding the family and society. The happiness of families and the development of social morality have a strong effect on our youth. In the past when men and women got married, they built a large family, and even four generations lived together. Now the family system is different, and there are many single-parent families. I think the core question today is how the husband and wife get along with each other. The traditional idea that men were superior to women has now faced enormous challenges. How to develop a proper perspective on gender ethics in the twenty-first century is, I think, a very serious topic. About thirty years ago, I myself initiated the women's movement in Taiwan to advocate a new feminism. Many tragedies that had happened made me feel that I should stand publicly for the cause of gender equality. In these thirty years, things have changed very much. We have to pay attention to the ethics of the family, the issue of gender relations, and the whole understanding of love. Many people just compete for their own benefit. They would not observe the principle of honesty, which is quite important in getting alone with others. I think that there should be justice in our society. In the process of pursuing materialism and democracy, politics has twisted many decent moral ethics. We need to seriously consider how our society and nation can keep perpetual peace. I think that true love is the key. If there is no love, only hate, between people, it is such pain to live. It might be asking a lot for political parties to love each other. However, we might at least begin without hate in our mind. If people in high position understand decent ethics and know how to tell right from wrong, good from evil, then our youth will have a chance to grow up and find their true way of life. Thank you again, Reverend Moon, for your investment in our country and around the world for the sake of peace. I wish that Taiwan and Korea and all countries in the world will be able to enter a new era of cooperation and sharing in the twenty-first century.

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A Milestone on the Path to Peace

Dr. Jaroslav Machácek

Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

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s we remember, in former so-called socialist countries the term "struggle for peace" used to be a disguise for the export of communism and territorial extension of the Soviet political bloc. That was one of the main propaganda messages that the "socialist" political systems inflicted on the thinking and feelings of people, like myself, forced to keep living under their oppression. Historically, people in every corner of the world have recognized peace as the paramount value and condition for meaningful life. And this will always be the case. The present process of increasing "globalization" has made peaceful relations among nations a prerequisite for the continuation of humanity's progress. The efforts to establish and secure peace do not only involve political attitudes, but require a longterm process of building relations based on permanent, generally accepted values that people find indispensable, and for the sake of which they are willing to adjust their behavior, interests, and lifestyles. Since the beginning of his quest for peace, when Reverend Moon realized that this was his whole-life mission; he discovered the many dimensions of the notion of peace, and particularly those in the building of peace. The system of values created includes ideas, explanations and scholarship and concrete projects and intentions how to change reality. Elaboration upon every essential aspect of the cause of peace has brought great results. These achievements shaped the content of the World Culture and Sports Festivals and the events taking place in their course. Apart from many spiritual, social and cultural opportunities and activities, facili-

tating fruitful contacts and communications, many proceedings and discussions of scientific, academic and professional nature are organized. There are many benefits accruing from these proceedings, for the individual participants as well as for the programs in a number of areas that deserve to be mentioned. One of them is the "global," multinational attendance at the meetings where the presenters share a lot of different knowledge, and a multitude of views and responses from their various cultural backgrounds. This exchange makes possible a unique synthesis of opinions and findings of an exceptional and global scope. The value of these syntheses has been proved in many cases. I am reminded of the PWPA proceedings of "The Future of the Family," "Globalization of the Economy," and many other subjects. It is symptomatic that in the course of discussions no opinion, even the most inconspicuous one, is left aside or omitted. These all become part of the evolution of views on the various subjects. With this characteristic, the results of the meetings express a contribution to a vast multi-national community of interested parties. Multi-disciplinarily has also to be pointed out as one of essential features of the proceedings. The issues considered crucial are tackled from many aspects and assessed by means of various professional qualifications. Essential, indeed, for the discussions is the common base formed by the system of values that works as a guiding vehicle for evaluation and comparison of the findings. It serves as a universal philosophical background for assessing views, attitudes, and propositions. Amalgamation of various types and areas of thinking and activities also mark the framework of the mentioned unique synthesis. Conjunction of and making common ground for scientific, academic, religious, political, educational, NGO and other dimensions produce remarkable stock of knowledge and potential for projects. Since the cause of peace and human values are the focus of the proceedings, an atmosphere of strong mutuality governs the meetings. This atmosphere stimulates the dialogues and communication, be it that taking place in the course of formal meetings or the informal contacts, which have specific value, considering multi-culturality of the attendance. Protection and enhancement of the culture of life, regarded as indispensable, resound in both formal and informal communication.

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There are wide ranges of issues that are considered essential in terms of the worlds peaceful evolution in the future. These issues have been approached in the discussions organised and have emerged in the course of WCSF--starting with the combat against hunger, poverty, disease and ignorance, and extending to the building of spiritual values into educational programmes. When deliberating upon the efforts to prevent the poorest conditions of life in many countries, the issues of Third World countries, deserving special attention, come to the forefront. These issues are challenging in many respects. The present global community faces the need to develop solutions to these challenges. It is a great asset of the WCSFs discussions and meetings that time is always given to the problems of developing countries and to the participants coming from there. The expression of their views and proposals related to them always receives strong attention. One can observe the gradual emergence of a sort of North-South Relations Paradigm coming out of WCSFs' discussions, involving the principles of reconciliation among races and ethnic groups and search of possible solutions to the problems that the groups of developing countries have in common. The discussions related to the process of globalisation focused on the urgency to strengthen "inclusive globalisation" in developing countries through accelerating the rise of skills, and promoting democratic governance. Similarly, the role of gender spread becomes crucial as the economic progress in poorer countries heavily depends on the participation of women. Beside the issues connected with poverty, qualification and gender, there are a range of other issues moving to the centre of attention when analysing the challenges of assistance to developing countries. We can not disregard the consequences of inappropriate urbanisation that adversely impacts the lives of millions people and calls for the effective aid in the areas of housing, infrastructure, transportation and others. Close to this area is the development of an environment, which brings a lot of undesirable phenomena. The assistance consisting of

the adjustment of technologies and devices used for environmental purposes in developed countries to those needs of the Third World would mean much for the assisted countries themselves and also in terms of GEB ("Global Environmental Benefit") important in the world-wide scale. And many other areas have to be considered for assistance. Included are the use of natural resources--particularly of water, the support of agricultural sectors, investments in industries having key role in development, the facilitation of access to markets for many developing countries, and the creation of an adequate economic environment for entrepreneurs in these countries. The domain of social, educational, cultural and economic studies of development in the Third World and assistance to particular countries to stimulate their progress represents the most relevant goals of the group. This argument complies with the principle and objective of humanisation of today's world and comes together with the intention to support renewal of the United Nations. Thus this globally operating institution will grow less "normative" and more "value-minded", "field-oriented" and effective. Attention that has been, and will undoubtedly be paid to the major issues of Third World countries in the framework of WCSFs and other connected events means significant promise in terms of an internationally conceived approach to the assistance of these countries. Among the virtues of Reverend Moon's vision as it relates to the creation of global conditions for peace, the most essential conditions need to be identified and focused upon. The difficulty is finding the substance of the matter. Beside formulating and implementation of the objectives, groundwork is provided for the effective allocation of resources to the areas where they are most needed and distribution is set so that it brings the best results. In this sense, the proceedings and discussions that are part of the WCSF are most likely to become one of the milestones on the path to the establishment of peaceful relations among nations.

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The Future is in Our Hands

Rt. Hon. Sir James R. Mancham, KBE

Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles Ambassador for Peace

n September 4, 2001 I received an invitation from the Summit Council for World Peace to attend Assembly 2001, sponsored by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) and dedicated to the theme "A New Vision of Leadership: The Search for Solutions to Critical Global Problems" that was to be held from October 19 to 22, in New York City. I enquired from the organizers, in the light of the horrendous events of September 11, 2001, whether the conference was still to take place. The response was prompt. "It is now more than ever--necessary to hold Assembly 2001, which is dedicated to building bridges of cooperation and peace among the nations, races, nationalities, cultures and religions that make our global society," Mr. William Selig an Executive Officer of the IIFWP, assured me by fax. Today as a designated Ambassador for Peace, I considered myself most fortunate to have over the last few years participated in the various conferences organized by IIFWP since all of them have proactively resolved that all the religions of the world must unite within the framework of an inter-faith cohesion that will ensure that religion is not a source of strife but a basis for lasting peace. On Friday October 19, at the New York Hilton Hotel, I addressed the 600 delegates representing 110 Nations all of which are members of today's global village. While making clear that I supported the United States' rights to seek justice for what happened on September 11, 2001, I nonetheless criticized Washington's post-Cold War foreign policy, which abruptly became based on "Trade" and not "AIDS" and which was then followed by a policy of closing down the embas-

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sies like the one in Seychelles and then the policy of withholding much needed U.N. dues. I indeed emphasized that it was my very deep conviction that U.S. moral leadership was essential for a better world order. In a democratic world, governments are supposed to be merely an external manifestation of the will of the people. That is why it has become important for the civil society to espouse a new set of values based on interreligious harmony, true justice, human rights, and the full recognition of fundamental freedom as the pillars on which true societies should be built in this century. It is against this background that one should recognize the value of the efforts deployed by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon since he and Mrs. Moon founded The Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace and the Summit Council for World Peace. Over the last twenty years, these organizations have been active assembling heads of states, former heads of states, prime ministers, former prime ministers, religious leaders, academics, and media people--all with a view to promote a culture of peace in an otherwise sadly divided world: "A peaceful nation is needed before there can be world peace. The pre-condition for peace in a nation is peace in the family. Power, wealth and knowledge, which worldly people have ordinarily desired, cannot be the necessary condition for peace and happiness. True happiness is not proportional to how much property one owns, and is not dependent on the external degree of comfort. Genuine peace and infinite happiness can only be gained when we serve others with true love, and when that love is returned..." This is the core of the message which the most Reverend Sun Myung Moon has consistently propounded over the last twenty years all over the world in gatherings and assemblies sponsored by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. In November 2000, I was informed by Mr K.D. Pillay, chairman of the Indian Ocean Chapter of the Rajiv Ganghi Foundation that I had been nominated to be included in the United Nations list of Goodwill Ambassadors. No doubt I was deeply moved that my personal interest in a peaceful world was being heard and recognized. As a matter of fact, at the

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AfriCando 2000 Conference, which took place in Miami, Florida, (May 16 to 19, 2000), the Washington, D.C.-based Foundation for Democracy in Africa presented me with a trophy saluting "Your promotion of peace, reconciliation and prosperity in Africa." This recognition deeply went to my heart as I realized that I had a duty against the basis of my privileged experience and background, to contribute my share in the search of a better world order. You can, therefore, imagine my happiness and enthusiasm when in early 2001 I was asked to become an Ambassador for Peace within a movement which Reverend Moon had initiated to constitute a world-

wide network of leaders from a wide range of fields, religious, politics, the media, academia, and civil society, to work cooperatively for the sake of world peace. In fact under the auspices of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace seminars had been organized all over the world for this purpose. The positive reaction of leaders everywhere was manifest evidence of a profound interest in the development of a comprehensive international and interreligious approach to peace. I believe that for this initiative alone Reverend Sun Myung Moon fully qualifies for the Nobel Peace Prize."

Women Hold the Key

Licda Milagros Martínez

Assistant to the Minister of Higher Education, Domincan Republic

he Women's Federation for World Peace is an extraordinary organization founded by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon because it offers women great opportunities to assemble together and discuss solutions to some of the world's problems, especially the problem of how to secure peace.

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I feel great admiration for Reverend Moon for all the institutions that he founded, because they contribute to bettering society in so many areas through activities carried out in the true love of God. I feel especially close to the Women's Federation, because it provides a wonderful way for women to work together, and to work with leaders in the communities to develop programs and activities according to the needs in each place. The Women's Federation for World Peace, I believe, could become the best organization created by Reverend Moon, because women are the mothers of all men in the world: babies, boys, adolescents, all men young and old. When you think about how to restore the lost value of the family, and how to become a moral society again, which leads to peace for world, I think that women, with their mother's heart of concern and love, hold the key.

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My Reflections on the Value of the Reverend Moon's Work for Peace

Dr. Peter Masefield

University of Sydney, Emeritus, Australia

hese days, more than ever, we live in a global family--an in terdependent community of nations, in which any problem that erupts in one part of the world can, and often does, have lasting repercussions for each and everyone of us. The days in which individual nations and societies were once able to enjoy relative isolation, and insulation, from problems elsewhere in the globe, have long since gone, and world peace can only be secured if all the roots underlying conflict, whether local, inter-regional or global, have been eradicated. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon seems to have realised, almost from the outset, that world peace is not something to be achieved merely by warring parties at the negotiating table. On the contrary, the Reverend Moon seems to have long since been aware that the waters of human difference, though manifesting themselves in various guises as they burst through onto the surface level, run very deep. The Reverend Moon, like the Buddha, has clearly discerned that all forms of conflict and dissent have their main root in ignorance, which in turn leads to misconceptions and mistrust about other people's value, beliefs and motives and especially other people's religious positions. Any efforts at securing a truly lasting, and enduring era of world peace must therefore aim not only at identifying, tackling, and then eradicating whatever forms of ignorance that give rise to human dissension and inequality, but also at replacing them, through a process of a spiritual re-orientation, with a set of alternative values more likely

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to encourage a spirit of human cooperation and a commitment to greater equality. It is part of the genius of the Reverend Moon to have recognised that the forces influential in the shaping of human personality are many and varied; and that any process of re-education, aimed ultimately at the achievement of world peace, can best be realised through utilising those forces themselves. First and foremost of these must be the family which, as the basic social unit, is primarily responsible for providing future citizens with their initial set of values; and it is therefore not surprising that a constant concern of the Reverend Moon has been the family, with special emphasis on the role played therein by women who, as mothers, can play a unique role in planting the seeds of future harmony between individuals and nations. But there are many other institutions external to the family that can be equally influential either in re-enforcing, or else in challenging, that initial set of received values, such as education, the arts and sciences, the print and electronic media, political and religious leaders. Recognising this, the Reverend Moon has, over the years, formed many organisations embracing each of these areas. In the sphere of education, he has not only formed the Professors World Peace Academy, on the grounds that educators play a very significant part in the development of personality, but has also founded a number of educational institutions of his own, including a university in Korea and another in the United States. In the sphere of the performing arts, he has also established or supported several companies, including the wonderfully captivating Little Angels, the Universal Ballet and the New York City Symphony; just as, in the case of the sciences, he has made it possible for scientists of various disciplines to meet regularly and re-appraise the values that motivate their work. Aware of the special influence played by the print and electronic media in formulating people's opinions, he has also established a much needed rival to the Washington Post, as well as several newspapers and periodicals elsewhere, at the same time organising a succession of World Media conferences.

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On the political front, he has brought both former and present world leaders together, and gone on several world tours, holding historic meetings with such leaders as President Gorbachev and well as making an unprecedented visit to North Korea. His most notable success, however, surely lies in the sphere of religion, having made it possible for representatives of different faiths periodically to meet and share together, and thus learn from each other through a series of gatherings permitting interfaith dialogue. There have been many who have toiled, often tirelessly and unceasingly, for world peace, yet few, if any, whose efforts have come even close to the labours in this direction on the part of the Reverend Moon, let alone match them. His energy seems to know no bounds, even now in his eighty-second year, whilst the sheer scope of his efforts has shown him to be one of the world's most imaginative, and visionary, religious leaders of all time. The fact that there is in the world today as much, if not more, conflict than when he began his work for peace does not mean his work has been a failure, but rather that the roots of conflict, such as ignorance and the greed to which these give rise, are extremely deeply entrenched, and not something to be removed overnight. Though very little progress overall has been made to date, the work of the Reverend Moon has nonetheless provided an essential and very positive first step towards the goal of world peace, even if we seem, so far, to have been dealing with the surface issues, or symptoms, rather than with the underlying disease.

Little will be achieved either socially or politically so long as politicians design policies that they hope will guarantee them the next election, rather than policies that will be to the long-term benefit, not only to their own and future generations, but also to the world as a whole. With problems so deep-rooted, one cannot expect immediate results. The Reverend Moon has planted ideas that may well take a substantial period of time to ripen, and for the benefits that they are designed to bring to eventuate. This would seem particularly true in the sphere of education, where current reforms may take several generations to take their full effect. Nonetheless, a start has been made; and the world might well be a much worse place these days had it not been for the courageous work of the Reverend Moon. For we are above all grateful to him, not just for his visionary ideas, but also for providing continued material support to the various organisations he has founded, without which they would surely not have been able to carry out their work. The need for reform that initially gave rise to the formation and foundation of such varied bodies is still felt just as keenly today; and whilst it is always encouraging to see the formation of even further bodies that can be instrumental in the eventual achievement of world peace, it is hoped that a fascination with the new will not cast too great a shadow over existing organisations, whose work is just as vital today as it was when they were originally founded. On this, the Reverend Moon's 82nd birthday, let us pray that he will continue his magnificent work for a very long time to come.

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Rev. Moon: A Humanist without Parallel in Contemporary History

Shahjahan Mian

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t is always good to travel to gather knowledge and know people of different races and religion, cultures and customs. It's a means to quench one's thirst for learning. More than fourteen hundred years ago our beloved Prophet Mohammad, peace be on him, also advised his people in the then Arab land, if needed, to go as far as China in quest of knowledge and learning. Pursuit of knowledge enriches one's mind and mental faculty and broadens one's intellectual horizon. As a journalist, I had the opportunity to visit a good number of countries around the world, sometimes on assignment by my office, sometimes on invitation from foreign countries and once on a scholarship to study journalism in what was then West Germany. I also had a stint as a senior diplomat in the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington, D.C. Working as chief of the press wing of an embassy provided me with the opportunity to interact with American journalists to champion my country to the American people. It also enabled me to get to know the United States, the only superpower of the world, and its people. I met people from all walks of life, including government officials and important private individuals, at close range. As I was not a career diplomat, I took an interest in getting to know people as part of my personal quest for acquaintance with different classes of people in American society. Some of them became good friends. It would be most unfair on my part if I didn't mention the names of some of my journalist friends in the Washington Times family, including Michael J. Marshall, Ben Barber, David Jones, James Morrison, and Tomiko Duggan. Mr. Marshall was instrumental in my introduction to the world of the Washington Times, which helped me to champion my country to the American people. Later, Tomiko

Duggan played her part to get me involved with the various works and activities of the Washington Times Foundation and some of its allied organizations. Both Mr. Marshall and Ms. Duggan invited me to their functions. My country's interests reigned supreme in me while cultivating friendship with the journalists of the Washington Times. With permission from the embassy, I attended some functions in Washington, D.C., organized by various organizations established by Reverend Sun Myung Moon. My humble writing so far may have appeared a bit inconsistent to the readers, but I would like to assure them that this is really very consistent with what I would like to write about the fascinating person I heard a lot about while I was in the U.S. capital. Some people appeared a bit critical about the man who wields authority and exercises considerable clout in the U.S. political arena and intellectual circles. I did not have a chance to meet Reverend Moon personally, but I had the opportunity to hear him speak at functions I attended. A prolific orator, Reverend Moon has the power to keep his audience spellbound. Every time I heard him, I was overwhelmed by the flair and fervor of his speech. He is a leader, a thinker, and a friend of the poor. He incarnates all the virtues and qualities of a religious leader dedicated to God's will with sublime devotion. For more than fifty years Reverend Moon has been teaching how God's will and desire are implemented through true families. Like saints and sages, the main feature of his life is that he puts into practice everything he teaches. His ideals have inspired millions of families across the world in their marriages and family life. I came to learn that Reverend Moon, who was born in 1920, met Jesus Christ in his prayer when he was only sixteen. And ever since, Moon lived his life "in connection with the word of God." His wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who has followed her husband like a shadow, is a most loyal partner who was the inspiration for the unbounded happiness of their family life.... Before I venture to write something about Reverend Moon's contributions to the realm of journalism and his keen desire for its development, as a journalist I would like to throw some light on his activities in at least a couple of the dozen other areas where he has tried selflessly to do something worthwhile for humankind, bearing testi-

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mony to his portrayal as an incarnation of goodness. It is well known to all of us that family is the starting point of all activities. It is the first school of learning. Children, the future citizens, are primarily groomed in the family. Family is the building block of a nation and the world at large. That Reverend Moon attaches due importance to this basic fact that family is fundamental to our every success gives credence to his foresight as a social leader. He vividly saw in his vision the universal truth that "the family is the foundation of society and its strength and well-being are essential to the well-being of our social, political, economic, and civil institutions." Because when the family fails to deliver the goods, everything else around fails, multiplying our miseries. Strengthening family ties and protecting the social fabric are vital in today's trouble-torn world. Reverend Moon's relentless work toward this end speaks of his love for humanity. Who else is there like him in the world to spend money so lavishly for the sake of humanity. His mass marriages, one of which I attended at Washington's RFK Stadium in November 1997, are a glowing example of how compassionately he cares for the welfare of the poor and the unfortunate. I can't help but say something on another area that witnessed enormous contributions by Reverend Moon. True, religion has its root in the human heart, but it has also been identified since time immemorial as the root cause of conflicts. Many believe that nothing has caused so much blood to be shed in the world as religion. As a God-fearing man and a Muslim I must say that this has happened because of some people who are very conservative in their attitude and behavior. Maybe this situation influenced Reverend Moon to form a world forum to work for lasting peace for the people of different religions, sects, castes and creeds. The establishment of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) by Reverend Moon and Mrs. Moon in 1999 was aimed at building an effective worldwide network of leaders from different fields to work in a united way for world peace. Reverend Moon sees violence as an outburst of deeper internal conflicts. And hence his attention was drawn to the basic question of interreligious harmony and cooperation and interaction among political, religious, social and media leaders as well as academics and scholars to promote

peace throughout the world. The aims and objectives enunciated by him to promote world peace through moral education of youth, interreligious dialogue and the strengthening of marriages and families caught the imagination of the world leaders. IIFWP's mission of "living for the sake of others" and its motto "the hope of all ages is a unified world of peace" have rekindled hope for achieving durable peace. His assertion that world peace is the original ideal of God and that religious leaders should walk beyond the boundaries of their religion bear great significance at this moment.... The new millennium dawned with a renewed hope for humanity. But at its start the fiends bared their fangs and unleashed a brutal attack on the Twin Towers in New York, causing the tragic deaths of several thousand innocent people on September 11, 2001. The role of an effective press cannot be exaggerated. And the need is all the more felt now. The might of the press transcends all boundaries. If needed, it can rise as one and speak with one voice. As in some other areas, the media is a major field where Reverend Moon turned his attention. Reverend Moon is primarily a religious leader, but his work has not been confined to religious aspects. Tremendous interest in the media grew in his versatile mind, and he has established many newspapers and publishing houses since 1975. As part of his keen interest in objective journalism he founded newspapers like the Washington Times; the weekly news magazine, Insight; an academic journal, The World & I; Segye Times in Korea; Sekai Nippo in Japan; Ultimas Noticias in Uruguay; Tiempos del Mundo in 16 Spanish-speaking countries and the United States; Noticias del Mundo in New York City; and the Middle East Times.... In today's world, the media are powerful. People have a natural tendency to depend on them. Apart from getting information, people like to be educated and enlightened by the comments made both by the print and electronic media. They want to see media as a guide. Information is a basic human right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every individual, transcending the limitation of sovereignty, should be able "to seek, receive and impart information and idea through media regardless of frontiers." Information has always been a basic tool of human societies from ancient times to the present. It is also knowledge, and knowledge is a prerequisite to

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attaining the objectives of life. Distorted, biased, or one-sided information cannot help mankind become free. Although imperialism in its direct form has made its exit from the world, its hands of exploitation continue to exist. Maybe these aspects were perceived by Reverend Moon's innate genius. In any case, he did not only publish newspapers but founded an organization named World Media Association with a view to strengthening issues related to journalistic ethics and responsibilities throughout the world. This emanated from the heart of a man dedicated to improving conditions. Being a man completely from a different world--preaching religious edicts or talking on moral matters--he was quick to take into consideration the power of the press and also its moral obligations to the people. And this may be one reason why the Washington Times is doing well now though competing with a much older daily in the U.S. capital. The World & I and Insight are very good magazines. The other newspapers brought out by him are also doing well. Among them, Segye Times achieved a circulation of more than one million just two months after it began publication in early 1989. To my knowledge, the World Media Association is a unique organization that cares much about the welfare of journalists. By organizing tours and visits for media personnel throughout the world, the WMA provided them with the opportunity to get firsthand experience of hotspots. Reverend Moon realized the indispensable role of media in ensuring peace in this strife-torn world. Peace is central to his soul, and achieving peace is the main aim of his life. His life centers around the attainment of peace for all. The passion behind his idea of sound families is peace. His ideology of interreligious dialogue and interaction is peace. Peace is his prime objective. Peace is embedded in his every work, program and policy. It's no pretense. This is something natural emanating from the bottom of his heart as spontaneously as soothing drops of rain. All of his activities in different fields and various directions flow to the ultimate course--the confluence of peace. Reverend Moon said the WMA was created in 1978 to promote free press wherever freedom of expression does not exist and promote the responsible use of the media where the free press is already there.

He says, "Journalists must always have their hands on the pulse of the world in order to report accurately." Furthermore, "In a world of conflict and differing ideologies, the media play a large role in determining whether we live in peace or war." His sincere remarks deserve appreciation. His remarks at the tenth World Media Conference in 1989 can be the subject of research for both academics and soul-searching media personnel. Appreciating Reverend Moon's assertion, it can be said that the role of media should be to inculcate caution so that the world is not pushed to the risk of a world war again by any remark from a journalist. The ghastly experience of two world wars has shown we cannot afford to have another, which might be apocalyptic. Even establishing newspapers himself, he pleads to newsmen, saying, "Media must stand at the very forefront in the defense of human dignity and freedom and the crusade against all forms of injustice. It must oppose corruption and racism and lead the fight against drug abuse, pornography, etc. to become the conscience of society." There is a general feeling that Western media pay attention to developing countries only when there are catastrophes, coups and earthquakes. As America is considered a microcosm of the world, it has the responsibility to do more for others. Of the 270 million people of the United States, 26 million, or about 10 percent, were born in another country. And Americans are from more parts of the world than the people of any other country. So Americans have a mental responsibility to do something for others in the world. Reverend Moon, who combines in himself Eastern values and simplicity, skill and artistry and American broadness and brilliance, potential and precision, can deliver something more for the people. Along with his spiritual pursuit Reverend Moon's strong will augurs well for all his programs. His relentless effort to bring smiles to the faces of unfortunates, strengthen the foundation of the family, carry forward his ambitious education program and ensure world peace through interreligious harmony and cooperation will achieve crowning success. He has unstinting support from dedicated people around him and his family and millions of others across the world in the discharge of his noble work.

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Saving Many Lives from HIV/AIDS

Bishop V. Mibenge

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have more than ten branches of Pentecostal churches under my supervision here in Zambia and six branches in India. I have come to be an associate member of IRFF through its inspiring teachings on family values and HIV/AIDS, which is in line with the Holy Bible teachings. That is why I would like to greatly thank the founders of IRFF,

Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon for this great work they are doing here in Zambia, which is saving many lives from HIV/AIDS especially through its radio programme and the "Living AIDS Free" lectures. It is not easy to find someone like Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, who can have such care and interest in a country or continent which is not of their origination. Please we need your unfailing support in this third world country. Looking forward to meeting you one day, so that I may thank you in person for what you have done and are still doing for our nation through IRFF. God's blessings be upon you and your family.

Fighting the Good Fight

Minister Don Muhammad

Nation of Islam, Boston, Massachusetts

n behalf of our community, it is with great honor, pride and the deepest sense of humility that I extend our best wishes in celebration of your 82nd birthday. To reach a most august station life while continuing God's mighty mission is proof positive that God is indeed with you. I am further humbled by being afforded the opportunity to express our gratitude for having been blessed to be associated with Reverend Moon, a leader, teacher, father, and a true parent.

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While not having had the opportunity and benefit of a personal relationship you, Father Moon, nonetheless I can understand who you are on a personal level via your works and the fruits of your labor. You are a Godsend to all humanity regardless of religious affiliation, race, culture, or nationality. As a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan who has personally labored in the vineyard for over 44 years, I recognize many parallels in our history and missions. As you were incarcerated for proselytizing of the Faith, so was the Honorable Elijah Muhammad incarcerated in America. As members of the Unification Church were persecuted, reviled, spoken evil of, and the victims of various machinations for their beliefs; so too did members of the Nation of Islam receive identical treatment. As you have traveled the globe preaching of God's Mercy to the world, likewise the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has traveled the globe delivering God's word of atonement and reconciliation. As you crisscrossed the nation on the "We Will Stand" tour emphasizing the need for family, spirituality, and love; likewise Minister Farrakhan trav-

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eled throughout the nation with the theme of "Save The Family," invoking the Commands of God. While we may differ on some theological points, these are overshadowed by our shared mission. We heartily commend you for your vision and ability to break down barriers that keep the individual family unit and the family of humanity separate, dysfunctional and dismembered, impeding our spiritual growth process. I am comfortable in saying that the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification is another room in the House of God in which I reside. You have demonstrated that you are indeed a True Father via your foresight and insight. Prior to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, you already had the wheels in motion to bring about religious tolerance and understanding. Prior to September 11, you reached out across the racial, religious, class, and social spectrum in an unprecedented manner, seeking God-fearing individuals to stand up and be counted and to working in concert for the salvation of humanity. You supported the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in making the Million Family March, reconnecting the Human Family of 2001, a success. Throughout the nation members of the Family Federation of World Peace and Unification worked with members of the Nation of Islam in making the rally in Washington D.C a monumental occasion. Prior

to September 11 few religious leaders or communities saw the need for such a fellowship. Directly after the tragedy of September 11, your American Clergy Leadership Conference took a vanguard position as one of the first to initiate a healing process by bringing together individuals of various backgrounds for prayer and healing in New York City. I marvel at your continued commitment to bring about spiritual renewal and transformation, through the Grace of God. I am especially inspired by your his efforts via the Blessing Ceremonies and teaching of "True Family Values," which are reminiscent of Romans 12: 1-2: "I appeal to you therefore, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." On behalf of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam locally, nationally and internationally, I thank Almighty God, Allah, for the Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon's more than 60 years in the struggle as a servant of His. I pray that you and yours remain in good health, and that God will give you the strength to continue on the path, fighting the good fight.

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Thank You for Promoting True Love and Purity

Dr. Cecil Murray

First AME Church Los Angeles, California

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e thank God for the blessing and gift of True Parents. Eighty-two years ago, Father Moon, you cried into this world in a tiny province that is now North Korea. When you were 15 years of age, you had a vision. You saw the Lord Jesus Christ, and felt the Lord was saying, "I want you to bring peace in the world. I want you to go out and tell the people about me." Then, at 26 years of age, you started your incredible preaching journey. And many times, when you preach the truth, you are going to get into trouble. You are going to make somebody mad. They put you in prison; they beat you until they thought you were dead. But when the Lord is on your side, nobody can stand against you. You survived that life-threatening beating, and others, and tor-

ture, and imprisonment again and again. But isn't it strange, Father Moon, how God can use a jail to set you free? Ask Martin Luther King, ask Nelson Mandela. God can use the things working against you to make it work for you. Every time you came out of prison, your foundation expanded ten-fold. In 1954, the Unification Church was formed and now it has spread to over 190 nations! I first encountered your movement here in Southern California in 1992. Thank you Father and Mother Moon for all of the courageous work you do to bring unity and peace to the world. Thank you for always striving to live for the sake of others and continually encouraging all people to do the same. Thank you for always promoting true love and purity. The greatest example is the Holy Weddings you have initiated, when a man and a woman each say to the other "I am a giver." The world is too filled with takers. In the God-centered marriages you have inspired, couples demonstrate to the world a giver and a giver. That's exciting in a marriage. Normally we get a giver and a taker. That's neurotic. Once in a while we get a taker and a taker--that's psychotic. But through the holy blessing of the marriage, we have a giver-plus-giver marriage. Hallelujah! Happy 82nd birthday, True Parents. May God grant you a long and healthy life and eternally protect your ministry.

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We Appreciate Your World Achievements

Rt. Hon. Lord Peter Murray, Kt. CSJ, OSJ, OIA

Baron of Kilcullen, Australia Commander, Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitalier

n behalf of Lady Murray and myself, we would like to congratulate you on your worldwide achievements for the betterment of mankind, through spiritual, religious, personal, and political understanding. You have taken into account the deep divisions between nationalities, the sexes, with religious and political parochialism, in all their forms. Yet you transcend all of these obstacles. My wife and I applaud your works, which are succeeding where large multinational organizations have failed.

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Your worldwide programs are and have been beneficial to so many people and countries. This is a blessing on earth to many who realize the essential need to find understanding between races, religions, cultures, and ethnic groups in order to solve the hatreds that have existed for so long. You have bridged that gap, and God bless you for it. From humble beginnings in 1946 to the joy in May 1954 when you established the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, to this day when it has grown to service 130 countries worldwide on every continent, you have achieved something unheard of in modern history. Your development of the Divine Principle, your marriage in 1960, the blessing of having 13 children and 21-plus grandchildren--all this clearly indicates the family values that you share with so many others of a Christian background. Lady Murray and I recognize this, as we have had the blessing of 43 years of marriage, with 3 children and 18 grandchildren in God's name. On your respective 82nd and 59th birthdays, my wife and I are delighted to be with you on this joyous occasion. You are without doubt people of destiny. May the Lord bless and protect you always.

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The Preciousness of True Family

Jambal Myagmarsuren

Editor in Chief of "Udriin Sonin (Daily News)," Mongolia

ongolia is now in a transition period from socialism to democracy. For 70 years we were under one political party's domination. When the communist regimes began to decline in Eastern Europe, Mongolia also faced the flowing movement of democracy. Thousands of democrats at that time insisted on having a plural political system and freedom of the press, which is the most important aspect of democracy. Then the leaders of the State accepted the insistence of the democrats and chose the way of democracy in 1990. In Mongolia, there was no bloody democratic revolution such as occurred in most other former communist nations. It is the pride of all Mongolians that we chose the right way by peaceful means. Now, Mongolia enjoys freedom. However, I feel that we need to understand the goal of freedom. It should be peace and happiness for all human beings. Mongolia has had freedom of the press since 1990, and now we have hundreds of free press journals and newspapers. I used to work for the Ardin Erkh (People's Right) newspaper, which was state-owned, and in 1996 I became its editor in chief. Due to the effort of democratic forces, "the law of the free press" was adopted in 1999. This led to the privatization of Ardin Erkh, and its name was changed to Udriin Sonin (Daily News). I have continued to work as its editor in chief and have experienced the transition from a state-owned to private newspaper. It was exactly at that time that I came in touch with Reverend Sun Myung Moon's teaching. I was invited to an IIFWP conference in Washington, D.C., in October 1999. The conference theme, "True Family as the Foundation for World Peace in the New Millennium," attracted me, and as a result of the conference I could gain a new vi-

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sion for my task. I was really impressed by Reverend Moon's ideology of "familyism." I also had a chance to visit the Washington Times, which Reverend Moon founded. Washington Times President Dong Moon Joo explained to me about his newspaper's "Family Page." I came to understand the significant task that media people have to spread the ideology of true family. It is good that we have freedom of the press in Mongolia. However, in reality freedom of the press has sometimes been utilized to criticize innocent people and make sensational news. This is because publishers often view their publication as a business to earn money rather than as a means of providing significant information to make a better society. As soon as I came back to Mongolia from the conference, I visited the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) office there and expressed my appreciation. I talked with the representative of the Unification movement in Mongolia and offered him my heart and proposed to let him create a "Family Page" in my newspaper based on Reverend Moon's idea. I did not request any charge, such as an advertisement fee, from the FFWPU, because I believe the Family Page will help to make a better society in Mongolia and also will improve the quality of my newspaper. Since then, I have had a very good relationship with the Unification movement. We always cooperate. My newspaper, Udriin Sonin, has the largest number of subscribers in Mongolia. Therefore, the "Family Page" in my newspaper has a significant effect on Mongolian society. Many of our readers send in positive reflections. The more we make the "Family Page," the more I understand Reverend Moon's idea. I also participated in the World Media Conference in Tokyo in January 2001. The theme was "A Unified Direction for the Media in the New Millennium," and Reverend Moon taught that "unified direction" refers to quality over quantity in exercising freedom of the press while upholding standards of human dignity in a society centered on the values of family and faith. "The family is the school of love," he said, "and it is the cornerstone of an ideal society and peaceful world." I understand his assertion that the media should protect and enhance true family values.

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Faith-based values are essential to human dignity. Since the important role of the media is to protect human rights and dignity, I understand why Reverend Moon says that the media should protect and enhance freedom of faith. Moreover, I understand why freedom of the press and freedom of faith are the essence of a true democracy. For the sake of democracy and for the ideal world, we should respect human rights. Any society that violates human rights cannot be a happy and peaceful society. Mongolia can recognize this through its 70 years under the communist regime. Throughout human history, people have been looking for the most precious things. However, values have changed according to the age and place. We could not find the most precious thing for all human beings in any age or any place throughout the long history. However, now we have found it. It is True Parents. Reverend Moon discovered it. Whenever I see Reverend Moon, I remember my father. He has five children. He has lived in the countryside of Mongolia his whole life. Now it has been 60 years since my father married. As he respected his father, my grandfather, I respect my father. I sometimes see my father in Reverend Moon, because Reverend Moon and my father are

the same age. I respect Reverend Moon as much as I respect my father, and I respect my father as much as I do Reverend Moon. I saw that millions of people respect and follow Reverend Moon in Korea, Japan, and the United States. I believe it is because of his holiness. I understand that his religious teaching is not only for specific people. It is for all human beings. It is beyond specific religions and nations. His holiness must come from his faith, his God. Most Mongolians believe in Buddhism. We believe in reincarnation, and so does my father. Although people die, their spirits return to the family. Last year my elder brother died and my younger brother had his wedding. Now my younger brother's wife is pregnant. So we are now awaiting the return of my elder brother. The family lineage continues forever. If we have a true holy family, it will continue forever. Now we have discovered True Parents. The person who found this utmost preciousness should be respected by all generations. It is True Parents. The person is Reverend Moon. I respect you through all of our generations. I will do my part to achieve world peace by the way that you taught me. Congratulations on your 82nd birthday, Reverend Sun Myung Moon!

Life Has No Meaning without Giving

Dr. Claudia Abi Nader

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am sending my heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Sun Myung Moon on the occasion of his 82nd birthday. I had the opportunity to participate in many seminars sponsored by the IIFWP and the WFWP. The themes were women's issues and world peace, two main

targets for the twenty-first century. These NGOs gather people representing many cultures and religions from all over the world. In every meeting we held, I was impressed with our way of thinking as a group. It was like we had known each other for a long time. Every conference convinced me more and more that the culture of unity eliminates all differences. The IIFWP and WFWP help me to feel my human responsibility. They have brought me to the realization that life has no meaning without giving, forgiving, and being tolerant, even in this materialistic world. More and more, I am convinced that individuals can save the world through NGOs. I cannot say enough to express my gratitude to these two great NGOs, and to their founder's huge work all over this world. Reverend and Mrs. Moon have built an empire of institutions helping millions of people and saving millions of souls.

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Dr. Peter Alexeyevich Nikolaev

Professor Emeritus of Moscow State University, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences

am happy to know that Reverend Moon is in good health and good cheer. His longevity and his physical and spiritual well-being are a reward for a life of sincere devotion. I am confident that in the future the whole world will commemorate his birthday. Reverend Moon's name became widely known in our country during the years when the political, economic, and cultural life of the USSR was undergoing great changes. He welcomed the initiator of perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev, who was a highly respected person in our society, half a year before he became president, for which he was sincerely grateful. Soon Reverend Moon's teaching and the many activities of his movement met with a cordial response from educated people. Many of them felt deep respect for the basic principles he advocated and helped to promote them. Naturally, as with any new spiritual phenomenon, his teaching and his work met with opposition, too, and were even publicly criticized, as usually happens to anything that doesn't fit the conservative opinion. But those who thoughtfully investigated the activities of his movement and were objective in their judgment, especially those who participated in scientific, educational, and cultural events organized by his followers and supporters, became even closer to Reverend Moon. I can say this with absolute conviction about myself and my colleagues. For ten years I have been vice president of the Russian branch of the Professors World Peace Academy, which Reverend Moon established. Participating in various activities of the academy, I came to the conclusion that we should not shut ourselves up within the framework of the spiritual experience of one nation, no matter how rich it

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may be. I have been a culturologist for almost fifty years, and I feel I may have the right to say that, although our spiritual life is truly rich, its perfection is a matter of principle. This can be accomplished only by assimilating diverse spiritual experiences. Our accomplishments were the result of cooperation between Russian professors and students and Reverend Moon's organizations. The moral environment of the programs conducted through our efforts exerted a very beneficial influence upon me and my colleagues. I refer to activities not only of the Professors World Peace Academy but also of the International Educational Foundation and the Women's Federation for World Peace headed by Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon. The Women's Federation is an organization especially dear to me, because my wife participated in its activities. My wife was a hospital attendant and nurse during World War II. She rescued wounded men on the front line near Leningrad, the city where her entire family died of starvation. My wife had been in delicate health and recently passed away. But five years ago she told me that the people from the Unification movement had extended her life span, and she agreed to have our marriage sanctified by the Blessing that Reverend Moon offered to the world. My kind and good feeling toward him is of a rather philosophical and moral nature. His view of historical events and teachings is notable for its objectivity and generosity. Reverend Moon found something positive in even the doctrine of Karl Marx. He believed that even communism, which he justly criticized, could not eradicate the constructive basis of human life--so he remembered our country and endeavored to help it during that difficult period. Our national cultural tradition is not in contradiction with his moral imperative, as addressed to humanity. Like the great Russians Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky, Reverend Moon recognizes deity in human character, and, as they did, he explains all the problems of historical development not according to external circumstances but due to the imperfection of the human being. Nonetheless, despite those critics of human vice, Reverend Moon discovered that the potential for perfecting the world lies inside each human being. There is nothing more precious than the human being, and to trust in him or her.

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The doctrine of Unificationism, touching on all aspects of human life both past and present, is one of the most convincing frameworks for integration, which our world so much needs during this dramatic period. One of the wonderful benefits of this new paradigm is the construction of internal connections between all religious denominations; this is also a vital need in our time. All these facts and many other things move me to say that Reverend Moon's life and his ideas can be ranked among the most enlight-

ened moments of contemporary history. And for this reason he has earned the support and respect of the world's elite as well as people from all social backgrounds in numerous countries. On behalf of my colleagues from Russia who share Reverend Moon's ideals, I wish him the greatest success in all of his endeavors. I also wish for his family always to be an example to those who believe in moral ideals, those who search for "the true family deserving to live in the Kingdom of God on Earth," as Reverend Moon has said.

Rev. Moon's Contribution Plays a Vital Role

Fr. Antony Nithiya Sagayam, OFM

Commissoin for Jusitce, Peace and Development, Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, RYS Alumnus

he World Day of Peace Message of the Pope for the year 2002 centers on the themes of Terrorism, Justice, Peace and For giveness. It is a response to the events of September 11 at the World Trade Center. This incident and the aftereffects of the war in Afghanistan are clear signs of the present state of the world with regard to the tensions and divisions based on color and creed, race and language. Most of these divisions are also influenced by the socio-political and economic situations. The tensions that we have undergone in these months are only the tip of the iceberg. In spite of so much intellectual understanding in contemporary civilization, we have not understood how to get at the root cause of the problem. It is a pity that we still fight with the observable effects without ever really addressing the causes. There is little chance for the people of the world to come together

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under one umbrella. The political leaders and the governments are more concerned with their own vested interests. The common welfare of the people and the hope for a bright future are not their main concerns. Even the religions that profess to bring peace and well-being have become more and more institutionalized and seem concerned primarily about their own structures, liturgies and organizations. Today, there is more and more awareness of the need for humanitarian thinking and action on behalf of the welfare of all people. This will work successfully only if the vision is clear and is committed to realizing global welfare. Humanitarian welfare is possible today only if there is broad-mindedness in the society at large. For this, we need to create a new culture and it must be a global culture. In this context, Reverend Moon's contribution plays a vital role. The idea of bringing together the youth of different nations, color, creed and language under one umbrella with a vision of openness to other religious ideologies is one of great importance for the youth. This is mixed with a deep concern for the poor and the needy through dedicated service projects. I will never forget my experience with the RYS project that I participated in Hungary as a University student from India. This was my first experience with an international group of young men and women serving for one month, attending sessions on moral values, religiosity, listening and appreciating other religious beliefs. This RYS experience focused on two major themes: 1) interreligious understanding, and 2) interreligious service. In reality both were

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mixed into one. And, since this was an international project, other important themes included intercultural and interracial appreciation. The life of RYS was a great eye opener for me enabling me to appreciate people of diverse regions, mentality, language and religion. I could feel in a very practical sense that I belong to the global family and that I was not conditioned just to my own country, culture, language, etc. This was a time to grow into a greater maturity, to think of the need for global peace and a time to grow into an appreciation of other religious beliefs as well as believers. This is the great outcome of the mission of Reverend Moon. How great would it be if every government, and all the NGOs and educational institutions concentrate on these essentials of a global society! I had also the opportunity to be in touch with the IRFF, which is another group with a deep vision for the social welfare of the needy and the poor. They spend their time and energy totally to address current burning issues, especially the welfare of the socio-economically poor people. I had contacted the IRFF in Luxembourg for a project for the welfare of the most oppressed of India, the Dalits. It is really taking a very good shape. There is a great future for the youth of this particular group.

In this connection I remember Reverend John Gehring and Mrs. Kathy Winning and Mr. Massimo Trombin of the IRFF for their excellent encouragement to me in my mission with the interreligious youth group in the University and with my service towards the poor and the downtrodden. They continue to inspire me through their dedication, commitment and genuine interest in the welfare of the people. I do admire the readiness of this organization to move beyond my closed mentality. This is, again, another expression of Reverend Moon. One special thing that one can notice is the fellowship that the members develop with people of other races, color. There is dignity in their approach. One feels accepted and recognized. In fact, there is lot to learn from the RYS and IRFF organizations. The global, interreligious mission of these two organizations is something marvelous. The World Peace Day message of the Pope is beautifully titled: "No Peace without Justice, and no Justice without Forgiveness." All our activities towards Peace and interreligious understanding are to be aimed at real Justice. Besides, our society, that is easily misled by arrogance, needs to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness. The message of Justice and Peace will always remain a great mission of the RYS and the IRFF in the years to follow.

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A Man of Extraordinary Qualities

Hon. Kessai H. Note

President of the Marshall Islands

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dlai Stevenson once said, "Who leads us is less important than what leads us--what convictions, what courage, what faith." As the fruit of his distinguished mission in life makes clear, Rev. Sun Myung Moon is a man of extraordinary qualities. A strongwilled individual, armed with a vision, has proven that with conviction, courage, and an unshakeable faith in our Creator one can achieve one's dreams. In Reverend Moon's case, however, his dream was not centered on achieving his own personal prosperity but rather on helping others in their own pursuit of happiness, based on the moral fabric of family values, interreligious harmony, and world peace. His renowned work toward world peace has led him--and his wife--on

countless missions around the world and into key world forums, such as the United Nations. One of these missions led to a peace conference on Majuro, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, that gathered together participants from around the Pacific region, including New Zealand and Australia. Again, the work and dedication of Reverend Moon was illustrated at this regional conference, where individuals from the three archipelagoes of the Pacific met on a common level, debating, reflecting, and most importantly, listening to each other's perspectives on the conference theme: "Building a Culture of Peace in the Pacific Region: Character Education, Family, and Global Cooperation." Likewise, his work around the world has left significant handprints, and today they speak for themselves. Reverend Moon, with the unfailing support of his family, has followed his heart and convictions of peace in the family and peace in the nation and has led many into areas where only a few have dared to lead. Therefore, it is with great honor that I pay this special tribute to Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon on this special occasion of your birthdays. May the Lord Almighty continue to work within your hearts as you spread the message of world peace to all.

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Your Efforts Won My Profound Respect

Hon. Ling Shiang Nung

Former Minister of the Council of Agriculture, Taiwan

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n the occasion of the 82nd birthday of Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon--the founder of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, and numerous other organizations--I have the great honor to convey my most profound respect to him for his immense efforts to foster the laudable spirit of cosmopolitanism in this world filled with conflict. I would also avail myself on this happy occasion to express my sincerest congratulations to him for all his success in promoting harmony among the religious believers of the world. When Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon founded his Unification movement in 1954 in Korea, the people of Taiwan, a country not so far from Korea, regarded him as a dissident, and the government of Tai-

wan tried to block the activities sponsored by his church members in the following years. At that time, I also regarded him with some skepticism, based on ambiguous reports. After the 1980s, however, recognizing that Reverend Moon had already promoted Unification Church activities in more than 100 countries and won much respect throughout the world, I changed my opinion and came to respect him as a Christian missionary with a farreaching vision. His dedication in establishing so many civil organizations and empowering them to foster activities in the fields of science, the arts, education, political peace settlement, and religious reconciliation in an effort to pursue harmony and world development gave me a more comprehensive impression of him and his activities. In recent years here in Taiwan, we have come to realize the value of his endeavors to advocate family love and the fraternity of all people. Moreover, his efforts to foster harmony and mutual respect among religious believers on all continents as a way to promote world peace have been widely recognized around the globe. Therefore, I am pleased to make this short statement to express my personal respect for him and my best wishes for his continued success in bringing the world into peace and understanding, so that there can be a closeness among all nations.

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races; an ideal sought everywhere, but accomplished virtually nowhere as genuinely as under the auspices of Unificationism. Through this movement the Adamite paradigm has been globalized in the sense that theism and humanism became intertwined in Professor Sulayman Nyang the unity of humankind. No religious group exists anywhere on earth Department of African and Islamic Studies, which embodies this spirit of unity more thoroughly and elegantly than Howard University the Unificationist movement. The third factor in the religious world is the Unificationist concern for the maintenance of purity with respect to family. This accomplishver the last 20 years, we have come to appreciate the work ment cannot be taken for granted today. Unificationists excel in their that has been undertaken by your movement, which has en- response to the burgeoning laxity in the discipline to keep the family riched the religious consciousness of humankind. Your move- whole and pure. This movement has elevated the family to the highment has distinguished itself in so many areas, but I would like to est level recommended by biblical standards in an age where sexual concentrate on five. These include renewal of the sacred and in- license has been justified by the competing paradigms. Furthermore, terfaith harmony, the academy, the media, human services, and spiri- Unificationists are on the side of common sense on this issue, opposed on either side to fanaticism or licentiousness. They neither make a tual awakening in secular realms of leadership. taboo out of what is allowable and significant, nor are they idolaters of sexual practice in the manner of D.H. Lawrence and his supporters. 1. Interfaith Relations.

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Even though Reverend Moon's movement might be considered by students of comparative religions to be only a small but growing plant in the garden of world religions, its fruits have far outstripped even the most prescient among the many observers in the sphere of religious development. This movement has served as an effective platform for persons and leaders of all religions of significance around the planet. I myself have benefited immeasurably, having been afforded the chance while a guest at Reverend Moon's conferences to interact personally and intimately with Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and members of so many other communities. This is thanks to Reverend Moon and the international programs for the enrichment of religious consciousness. Furthermore, we must remain aware constantly that it is only through Reverend Moon that the possibility arose for men and women like me who came from Africa to be offered such opportunities. This includes those of us Africans who eventually came to spend most of our years in the West. Closely related to providing this provision and platform for antireligious dialogue is the creation of greater understanding between the

2. The Academic Contribution In this field of advancing the frontiers of knowledge, once again Reverend Moon excelled. I recall the first Unification meeting I ever attended. It was a 1980 meeting of the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences. (Interestingly Reverend Moon predicted against conventional wisdom the election of President Ronald Reagan!) At this meeting I, as a young scholar stood mouth agape to find myself surrounded by some of the most preeminent Muslim scholars in the world at that time; such people as Syed Hussein Nasr of George Washington University, Ismail Al Farouqi, professor of religion at Temple University, Ahurshid Ahmad from Pakistan, the internationally renowned, Dr. Francis Botchway and others. There is no argument that Reverend Moon convened some of the best minds from around the world, including Nobel laureates and pioneers in knowledge and research. There was a widespread adage in the academy, "Unification might be small, but the have the largest Rolodex of scholars in the world." The record of ICUS for the years of its ac-

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tivity will stun future researchers. This commitment to higher education continued on many fronts including PWPA, and now is manifesting itself in permanent, and increasingly, internationally recognized institutions of higher learning such as Sun Moon University in Korea, and the University of Bridgeport, in the Northeast Corridor of the United States. 3. Journalistic Contribution Like the Christian Scientists, who have now established themselves worldwide through The Christian Science Monitor, the same thing has happened with Unification, only perhaps more so. Reverend Moon, an Asian, (not a white American) established a challenge to the prevailing media in the world's most powerful capital, Washington D.C. With the formation of the Washington Times, he succeeded in establishing an international newspaper, which is now quoted globally for opinions regarding policy out of Washington. Washington Times journalists are now well established among their peers in the Washington press corps and internationally. Also in the Washington Times family of media is the monthly encyclopedia The World and I, which must be recognized for its startling achievement. The World and I is an important intellectual vehicle for the dissemination of pure knowledge in the areas of science, and culture. The list of magazines and newspapers founded and maintained by Reverend Moon is commanding. He established the first newspaper which transcended national boundaries in Latin America, Tiempos del Mundo, runs major dailies in Korea and Japan, and has recently acquired United Press International. This means that Reverend Moon's vision of an honest, and fair media aimed at uplifting both the human and the divine in the human experience, has a far and wide to grow and expand. 4. Human Service Because Reverend Moon's contribution to intellectual and leadership

life has been so daunting, some people are not aware of the extent of his stake in the area of relief work, social service, and emergency aid to provide food, shelter, and medicine for displaced and war ravaged populations. Additionally, virtually all of this relief work is structured in such a way as to integrate education, and interreligious and interracial experience for those working on the service projects. Virtually no corner of the world has not felt the outreach of Reverend Moon's projects to uplift the weak, the poor, and the helpless. Organizations such as the International Relief Friendship Foundation, and the Religious Youth Service have worked from Rome to Tonga, from Atlanta to Uganda. This movement has cast its net of care far and wide, Africa, Europe, Asia. Here we see a humble and sacrificial work in God's name, serving less fortunate members of human kind. 5. The Sensitization of Public Policy Makers to Religious Leaders. This new Unification juggernaut is a timely and extremely important contribution. The implementation of this lifelong vision of Reverend Moon is being carried out at an astonishing pace under the auspices of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. This part of Unification brings the feet of the political policy makers, to the fire of religious consciousness in an effective and vigorously pursued program. People who are not aware of the program and activities of the IIFWP are missing an historical moment of volte face of prophetic proportions. The incremental and effective implementation of this vision is prophetic in the tradition of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Amos. One can do little more to serve humankind than to remind social and political leaders of their responsibility to God and to human beings. I had the great privilege to speak at these conferences a couple of times. It is humbling to be in the position to remind social and political power of their responsibility. Through this one can feel all the more so the weight of Reverend Moon's life long burden of responsibility. What he has accomplished in a lifetime would take others 1000 years to accomplish. It is remarkable for one man. That is the difference between us human beings. That is the measure of the man. It has been a long way from Pusan, and we all are much the better for it.

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Your Ideas and Ideals will Last Forever

Hon. Bill Owens

Ret. State Senator: Boston, Massachusetts

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wo years ago I had the opportunity and privilege to attend the celebration of your eightieth birthday. The event celebrated in Washington D.C. was indeed a highlight in my life. The organizing committee was thoughtful and insightful in their accommodation of the various languages of people in attendance. The music, the dance and the art were outstanding. But Reverend and Mrs. Moon, most important was your powerful message of God's unchanging ideal of love, and the powerful testimony of your life, lived for the sake of His will. Thank you for inviting my wife and I to join with you in celebrating your eightieth birthday. Your birthday celebration meant so much to the world because of the outstanding contributions you have made to world peace. We may start with your efforts for the unification of North and South Korea. Your call for peace has been consistent with your deeds in coordinating people from all walks of life and having each group interact with the other. I have always believed that communication is the key to world peace and love. You have opened lines of communication all over the world and we thank you for all those efforts. It is because of your efforts and program that I was able to visit Beijing, China in July of year 2000. The visit to the "Lasting Love Conference," and the level of international cultural exchange that occurred there was inspiring, educational and humbling. The people from China, Russia and the United States of America had cultural and language differences but we all wanted the same thing for our families and us. We simply wanted peace on earth and love of each other. Reverend and Mrs. Moon you have created or founded many pro-

grams, and I believe all of them have been designed to realize peace and love for all humankind. My special leaning is toward cultural exchange and the arts. We all love music and if we took many people and put them in a studio they could record music even if none of them spoke the same language. Each of the musicians can read music and appreciate the other for his or her ability. My visit to China gave me an opportunity to make a verbal challenge to each of the three nations represented at that conference. The challenge was to create systems in education, health and economics that would begin to eradicate social and economic oppression. The models would be shared with the rest of the world. I only hope that these models will be created in our lifetime. We must elevate the people from poverty. It appears that you, Reverend and Mrs. Moon are doing your part toward the eradication of Social, Educational and Economic oppression everywhere in the world; I continue to praise your effort. You honored me by giving me a certificate naming me an Ambassador for Peace. I shall do all I can to continue my quest for peace and love everywhere in the world. I will share with you a poem written by my Mother:

I saw them tear a building down, A gang of men in a busy town, Ho heave ho and a hearty yell, They swung a beam and the sidewall fell I asked the foreman are these men skilled And the men you would live if you wanted to build He laughed and answered oh no indeed Just common laborers are all that I need I can usually wreck in a day or two What builders have taken a year to do? I thought to myself as I went my way, Which of the roles am I trying to play? Am I a builder who builds with care? Meaning life by the rule and square Am I shaping my deeds with a well-made plan? Apparently doing the best I can, Or am I a wrecker who walks the towns Contented with a job of tearing down?

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He Built the Path Between North and South Korea

Mme. Sir Young Park

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sincerely offer my congratulations for the 10th Anniversary of the Women's Federation for World Peace, an organization that has had a spectacular decade since its foundation in 1992. I extend my deepest respects to the Co-founders, Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who rightly foresaw the issues of the next millennium and proclaimed the `Era of Women,' guiding WFWP to realize True Love and True Family for world peace by living for the sake of others. On the foundation of this great ideal and vision, based on the sacrifice and service of the Co-founders, WFWP has achieved excellent development. Since the beginning of history, `Peace' has remained an ideal unrealized and a goal never attained. Even today, we can hardly be certain that we are living in a safe society or a nation. Though we desperately desire peace, it will not be easy to find the way to it, without knowing the origin of peace. I can say, however, that WFWP's True Family Values are most precious, because they enlighten one as to the origin of peace. Peace starts from a sound family seeking True Love; i.e., if the society, the country, the world can be comprised of True Families, they can realize Peace. None of the famous scholars, politicians, philosophers who sought for an ideal system for the happiness of humankind could find the right solution. For this reason, I absolutely agree with the Women's Federation's solution for world peace and for the sound future of humanity. I admire Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, from the bottom of my heart. Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon have set good examples of practicing true love for world peace. Reverend Moon

saw the limitations of Marxism early, and presented a counterproposal to it. In the early 1980's, he predicted the end of Communism, and it soon became true. It was a surprising thing to predict at the height of Communism, when two thirds of the world were Communist countries. After the breakdown of the Soviet Union, the Founders still embraced Russia with love, and not as an enemy who had once tried to take their lives. Continuously, Reverend Moon knocked on the door of North Korea, and persuaded Kim Il Sung, its leader, to step up to the platform for discussing peace. Reverend Moon is the very person who built the path of communication between North and South Korea in the present time. Not with arms but with true love embracing the enemy as parents forgiving their children, Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, are teaching us the way to work for world peace. I find an infinite heart of love in Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, not just as the Co-founder of WFWP, but a lovely wife of a great leader and an affectionate mother and grandmother. Always with a gentle and beautiful smile, she is the greatest supporter of her husband. I feel that True Love is just like this, more powerful than any other weapon. To build world peace we need to use this motherly love as a key to melt the enemy's hearts. Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon pours out love, which is like a wellspring that never dries. I believe this is the heart of WFWP members whose activities cover all the continents, going beyond the nation, race, religion and culture linking sisters and brothers. I sincerely pray and hope this torch can warm all corners of the earth to create a big bonfire of True Love. The subject of the Women's Federation of World Peace is "women." Surprisingly, women from over 120 countries join the membership, active with pride and conviction. They work for their families, societies, nations and world building a broad network to overcome difficulties, devoting themselves to serve others. It is truly fantastic that WFWP will maintain its UN status as a Category I NGO under UN DPI, ECOSOC until 2004, which is a natural result for the wonderful job it has been doing. Having come through the dark and narrow tunnel of the twentieth Century, people dream of a bright and rosy new millennium. They eagerly desire the twenty-first century to be an

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age of peace. But despite their hopes, it has already been stained with serious conflicts and wars. What is the problem? In this context, I am highly interested in the proclamation by Reverend Moon to abolish all borders among nations. I think this is the right direction to follow, but we must rid ourselves of selfishness first, in order to transcend all boundaries, mental and physical. The Women's Federation for World

Peace is a pioneer, which purifies the world with True Love and True Family Values like cool and clean water in the desert. I believe some day, all the people of the world will come to drink this water. From the bottom of my heart, I wish to express again my gratitude to WFWP for the opportunity to extend this message on the occasion of the birthdays of the Founders.

The Family is the School of Love

Hon. Millicent Percival

President of the Senate, Antigua

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aving been associated with the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) through my involvement with the Women's Federation for World Peace during the past five years, it gives me much pleasure to issue a statement on the subject "Moral Education of Youth" on the occasion of the 82nd birthday of the founder of these organizations, Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon. During the world congress of the Youth Federation for World Peace held in Washington, D.C., in November 1997, Reverend Moon emphasized in his address, quite appropriately, the importance of youth for the true family, true nation, and true world.

He stated that 30 percent of all children in the United States are raised in single-parent families, and that 40 percent of all girls between the ages of 14 and 19 become pregnant. The breakdown of the family, not only in the United States but throughout the world, poses a great threat to our young people. The rise in crime, drugs, violence, and AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases causes so much damage to both our youth and our societies as a whole. Reverend Moon has taught that the ideology of true family, true nation, and true world is the basic philosophy for world peace. He has said that if parents, motivated by true love, invest in and sacrifice themselves infinitely for their children, the children will feel infinite gratitude for having received this true love. The family or nations of the world that lack such true love are nothing more than empty shells. Young people should receive moral education first and foremost in the family. They should be taught to lead sacrificial lives and establish themselves as masters of true love. I salute Reverend Moon and the IIFWP for the investment they have made in helping the youth of all nations to acquire a new outlook and adopt an attitude based on true love that will bring about a society of cooperation, harmony, and progress.

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Tribute to Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon

Hon. Siriwan Prasjaksattru

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am pleased to extend my profound con-gratulations to Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, on the occasion of their birthday an niversary on the 17th of February, 2002. One significant problem today is that too many people are concerned only for themselves, and very few have a vision of offering contributions which would benefit humanity. Even those who have broader vision are unable to plan for their future. Most people live from day to day, seeking immediate gratification for their desires, unaware of possible long-term consequences. Thus, people throughout the world are eventually confronted with the problems of drugs, alcohol, AIDS, divorce, broken families and political conflicts. There is a desperate need for capable decision-makers who have ability to lead other

people toward more positive life and to help them solve these problems. Some of such leaders who embodies these attributes are Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Mrs. Ja Han Moon who have emerged upon these current scenes as a phenomenon not to be lightly dismissed. I have profound respect to Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon for their achievements and for their continuing contribute to the interest of world peace and international brotherhood and sisterhood. They have devoted all their lives, all their times, and their extensive resources around the world for this purpose. Reverend and Mrs. Moon are working to restore the lack of solidarity, tradition, custom, value and morality of all families which lost by selfishness, desire, lust and materialistic aspirations. Even in today's world where racial strife, class struggle and wars are causing the suffering of millions of people, I do believe that the messages of Reverend and Mrs. Moon via the Women's Federation for World Peace will restore and create a world peace and harmony. So, I am very grateful to associate with the valuable work of the Women's Federation for World Peace, one of the organizations founded by the Reverend and Mrs. Moon. Thus, at the occasion of their birthday anniversary I salute them for contributing their valuable lives for the world's interest with my wishes of all goodness for their long lives.

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The Spirit of God in the Presence and Works of Rev. and Mrs. Moon

Kailash Puri

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have had the honor and privilege to come to know about many of the projects inspired by and founded by Rev and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. Some examples of such projects are the International and Interreligious Federation for World Peace, Literary Association for World Peace, and the Professors World Peace Academy. Initially, over 20 years ago, Professor Gopal Puri, my late husband and I participated in the ICUS and PWPA conferences. As early as 1980, we had the opportunity to learn about the spiritual background of the Unification Movement. As devout Sikhs, we were most inspired about the spiritual journeys Reverend Moon undertook in order to bring about the wonderful vision of world peace centering on the True Love of God. What we particularly appreciated was the fact that the Unification Movement is run not by a man alone, but by both a man and a woman who guide their members, family, and friends with God's Love. In fact, even more interesting is the fact that the spiritual leaders, namely Reverend and Mrs. Moon are looked upon by their members as True Parents. A wise Sikh man once said, "Religion must exist and rise up within the soul of man, before finding expression in deeds, customs and institutions". Most religious thought dwells mainly in the realm of philosophical ideals. Often religious thought does not stand up to the critical scrutiny of the practical, active mind. It often neglects the question of why and how. Neglecting such questions leads to blind faith, which does not last long. I believe and know that in order for religious faith to be firm and lasting, it must have its roots in conviction. Faith must be expressed

through the action of such a conviction. The Adi Granth, the Holy Scripture of the Sikhs, states that "a true Sikh does not merely believe the words of a teacher, but is convinced personally of the truth contained therein." Very rarely can the Prophet, the Teacher, the Philosopher, the Parent, and someone who translates words into deeds reside in one and the same person. All of these, however, embody one man-- the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Over the past 20 years I have attended various conferences together with other very distinguished guests. I can honestly say that out of the dozens of conferences that I have attended, not one has been disappointing. I felt that each conference achieved its objective of bringing people of various backgrounds and faiths together to discuss important issues about the family, spiritual values, and other issues. I have also had the distinct pleasure of serving as the Vice President of the Women's Federation for World Peace in Britain for the past ten years. In that capacity, I was often called to speak to the challenge of the moral and spiritual education of youth. A few years ago I was invited to attend a meeting of the Pure Love Alliance. What I witnessed at the meeting has stayed in my mind as one of the most beautiful moments of my life. What I saw was hundreds of young people standing up for sexual purity before marriage and fidelity within marriage. These young people were not only standing up for these values, but also encouraging others to do so. Initially I had to pinch myself to realize that this was actually happening. Today, everybody knows that teenage pregnancy in Europe is very high. The statistics, moreover, show that Britain tops the charts for teenage pregnancy in Europe. The fact that Reverend and Mrs. Moon are inspiring FFWPU youth, who in turn are inspiring other youth, to educate themselves about the dangers of sexual promiscuity is really a great service to society. Many people are concerned about the future of our young people who grow up hardly knowing their own fathers. But, the fact of the matter is that governments are at loss as to how to control this epidemic. On the other hand, I understand that these youth at the PLA meeting have started small clubs to promote the values of sexual purity and fidelity. I am so pleased to witness that such moral education

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for youth has begun right here in London. I also know that there is a special curriculum on the importance of sexual purity that is being developed here in the UK. Another important aspect of youth education is service. I understand that these FFWPU youth are also engaged in local youth service projects all around Britain. This is such a good way of channeling the altruistic nature which all young people posses. A few years ago, the Religious Youth Service, which is another organization founded by the Reverend and Mrs. Moon, did a service project to build an Interfaith Peace Garden in Southall, a London suburb which is a very interfaith and multicultural community. I truly felt that this was the perfect project in the right place where young people of all faiths came together to build this garden. In Birmingham, another area of Britain which is equally multicultural, two further inspiring youth projects for racial harmony were organized in 1997 and 1998. I am convinced that God is working through Reverend and Mrs. Moon in guiding these youth to spread the word of love and peace beyond religion and culture. In my native land of India (Hyderabad), there is an Interfaith orphanage that was built by the guiding force of the FFWPU in the UK. For the ground breaking initial project, many youth from Britain were

sent to work with other youth from India along with other youth from around the world to commence the work in December 1999. Since then I have been following the development of the orphanage. I am happy to say that we in Britain are planning to send our youth to work with the orphans that will be housed in this Interfaith orphanage. This is so that the British youth can come to understand the suffering of others, serve these orphans, and to appreciate the Blessings, which God has given them in Britain. I believe that this is a most excellent character development project for youth. Reverend and Mrs. Moon, may I say what a great honor it has been to know you, to hear you speak about God, and to see you do God's work both in Britain and abroad. How inspiring it is to see the result of your work through the activities of the families of the FFWPU, and to see the children of these families leading others in society to bring about a new revolution of sexual morality and character education! It is more than anyone could have ever expected. Rev and Mrs. Moon, may I take this opportunity to wish you all the best on the occasion of your Birthday. I pray that you will be with us to enjoy many more Birthdays, as I am sure God needs you here on Earth. Needless to say, we all need more of your love and wisdom to brighten this world and bring peace to us all.

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Congratulations on the Occasion of your 82nd Birthday!

Hon. Dan Quayle

Former Vice President of the United States

n this special day may I acknowledge and congratulate you on your lifelong example of service to the cause of family and to world peace. After the crisis of September 11, 2001, you convened in New York City a most timely gathering of world leaders of all faiths dedicated to overcoming terrorism with increased in-

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ter-religious unity. I was honored to attend this important gathering, which was but one of many other initiatives you have launched along with Mrs. Moon in a lifetime of service to others. The Washington Times is another example of your initiatives. This national newspaper has gained enormous respect over the years and continues to make an extraordinary influence in American political debate. You have invested your heart and resources to renew America and to rekindle our Judeo-Christian foundations. We are deeply grateful for your commitment to these goals. The fact that even today, at 82, you are still tirelessly campaigning for the foundations of faith, family and freedom throughout our world is truly remarkable. On behalf of many Americans here in the United States, we salute and congratulate you during this fitting birthday celebration being held in your native land of Korea.

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John Raye

Journalist and Author, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

ast year, mostly out of curiosity, I decided to go and hear Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon during his visit to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I had no reason not to go, as I live less than twenty minutes from the downtown hotel where he was scheduled to speak. What almost stopped me from going, however, was the recurring newspaper headlines and television stories of some twenty-five years

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ago, all still locked in my collective memory bank, all still very much alive, and all very negative in terms of coverage. Reverend Moon's visit, part of the historic 50-state national tour, drew very little media attention in my area. In fact, I learned of the event only because a friend called and asked me to attend. Initially, I started searching around for an excuse not to, but God has a convenient way of keeping us from lying to ourselves: my calendar was open for that particular evening, and my spirit would not allow me to back out. Almost immediately, I found myself revisiting old media stories and rehashing old comments from people who worked with me in the same Washington, D.C., newsroom where the famous and would-be famous would gather for a few minutes of valuable exposure on the daily news programs and talk/variety shows. Early on, I learned to recognize the power of the American media to mold public opinion. And I knew the media had then, as it does now, the power to praise or punish, to anoint or disappoint. What I heard and read about Reverend Moon and the Unification

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movement was seldom, if ever, positive. Though I knew of no crime Reverend Moon committed, no law that he broke, news coverage of his activities was often harsh and critical, and extremely judgmental. I often wondered what he did to warrant such harsh and undue criticism, such unrelenting public scrutiny. It appeared that, at one time or another, his church and various business organizations were being investigated by almost every law-enforcement agency of the federal government. Even today, as he celebrates his 82nd year on the planet, he is often introduced in both the print and broadcast media as "the controversial religious leader Reverend Sun Myung Moon." Note the implications of the opening tag line, "controversial" religious leader. Why couldn't he just simply be identified as, say, a religious leader? Why does he have to be controversial? And who decided that he was controversial? Did he commit some serious crime or endanger the general welfare of the nation? Is the nation at risk because of his teaching and preaching? It bothers me greatly that a man who for more than half a century has taught racial and religious solidarity, world peace, and restoration of the family unit is so vilified by the media of this country for reasons unknown. For as long as I can remember, he has been a drum major for human rights and world peace. And he has constantly promoted the concept of brotherly love and family unity for decades. Certainly I find no fault with a man who continuously, and for so long, has made world peace the centerpiece of his life's work. His advocacy for religious leaders to come together and resolve and dissolve their differences is nothing short of divine; it is a mandate for social change, positive and progressive action. How can one find fault with a man whose committed ideal is to live for the sake of others, a man who has asked us to move beyond the issue of race and religion so that a common destiny can be forged, and who, like Jesus, continues to preach love, forgiveness, and racial and religious reconciliation? It is a given that our attitudes and opinions are shaped and shared by what we read and hear. Our first teacher is, and forever should be, our family, the building block of civilization. I know that my children, for example, are largely a reflection of their environment. As parents

we exert great influence upon our children--their basic nature, personality, and temperament being largely a direct reflection of our teachings and viewpoints. But as adults, our thinking, our philosophy, is largely shaped and influence by the same media that directs the behavior of our children. Many times we are unaware of the tremendous influence and control that the media have over our lives. All of us are susceptible to the influence of others. All of us respond/react, in some manner, to news events everywhere. Not one of us is immune to the influence of the media, be it print or broadcast. Though Reverend Moon's track record on the world peace stage has stood the test of time, this is not the time to stand still or remain inactive or non-committal. We need vital, committed individuals who seek a higher vision and are not afraid to identify with truth-seekers and champions of peace and brotherly love. It is advisable to form effective, ongoing dialogue with media outlets in our respective communities. We must reach beyond the familiar and involve ourselves in local, national, and world issues. We are talking here about personal commitment, personal involvement. For example, who is the managing editor of your local newspaper? Do you know the business, city, or religious editor of your local paper? Have you met the assignment editor or news director at your local television station? How many reporters or writers do you know? Who are the centers of influence in your state, your city, or at your job or business? In the media as elsewhere, things will not change until we change. We must no longer turn our heads and ignore a wrong action. Falsehoods or distortions in media coverage must be addressed. If we know an action to be wrong, then it is our duty to muster the courage of our conviction and call attention to such actions. At the same time, we can disagree without being disagreeable. We can speak our truth quietly but with forthright conviction, and this, I bear witness, will be more than sufficient. When I hear Reverend Moon being identified as a "controversial religious leader," for example, I am now ready with an e-mail, postcard, letter, or phone call to commence corrective action. Years ago I raised the same objections when the term "black militant" was widely

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used in the print and broadcast media to identify so-called outspoken individuals. It is amazing what a few telephone calls or letters can do! Indeed, a handful of committed individuals can certainly change things. Sometimes, we unconsciously allow objectionable materials to enter our presence, and unless we make known our concerns, such materials soon find acceptance. But there is much that we can do to create an atmosphere of positive change and foster positive dialogue. We can be proactive instead of reacting to adverse situations and unpleasant events. We can pray for an end to global violence, for removal of all forms of religious and racial bigotry, and for a higher form of godly love. We can all become ambassadors of peace and goodwill. We can share our resources and become soldiers for truth, love, hope, justice, health, wealth, and wellness. Instead of only preaching about the golden rule, we can live it. And at our level best, we can free ourselves from the quicksand of abject poverty, human misery, and self-hate by generating self-love and self-respect; after all, when all is said and done, we are only here for a

moment, and thus must learn to live in the moment! Every moment is precious. And we are truly living in the best moments when we devote our lives to living for the sake of others. Finally, we can pray for a more responsive, objective, truth-seeking media. Each of us, the media people included, must bear responsibility for the formation of a more just, civilized, and informed society. No matter what its perceived power and influence, no form of media is supreme or exempt from universal law. It is also imperative that we become really clear on this point: To whom much is given, much is required and expected. To that end, let us never lose sight of one enduring truth: God is still in charge! And I am still amazed at the way in which Dr. Moon has endured and persevered against all manner of adversity and opposition during the course of his eighty-two years. He has weathered the storms; he has stayed the course and has set a godly example for all humankind. Thanks be to God for this liberating theology--a theology that has given a humble soul like me an opportunity to experience the highest and greatest joy of all...the joy of living for the sake of others!

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In Praise of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein

President Emeritus, Distinguished Professor of Religion, University of Bridgeport

hen I think of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon on the occa-sion, I realize that no other individual outside of my im-mediate family has had a greater impact on my adult life. It is surprising that this should be the case. We were born in different countries, the products of very different cultures. When I was a student preparing for the rabbinate at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the late nineteen-forties and early fifties, it would have been beyond the farthest stretch of my imagination for me to have imagined that Reverend Moon could have had so profound an effect on me. Truth to tell, when it became apparent that he had influenced me so greatly, many of my academic and rabbinic colleagues ascribed it either to my alleged emotional instability or even to an alleged wickedness on my part. The story of my relationship with Reverend Moon begins in Florence, Italy in the fall of 1975. At the time, I was teaching at Florida State University's Centro Studio in that city and Dr. Betty Rogers Rubenstein was commuting daily to Bologna to do research for her doctoral dissertation. While in Florence, I received a letter inviting me to participate in the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS) in the United States in November 1975. I was impressed by the material describing ICUS that came with the letter, but I felt that I could not leave Florence. I wrote to the conference secretariat asking that I be kept on the list should there be another ICUS. I did not know that ICUS had become an annual affair. Nor had I yet read or heard anything about Reverend Moon, ICUS' founder. The next fall I was a Fellow at the National Humanities Institute at

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Yale University and was living in New Haven instead of Florence. Again, I received an invitation to participate in the 1976 ICUS that was to be held at the Washington Hilton in November. This time I was able to accept. However, a number of my faculty colleagues at Yale warned me not to attend. I had, however, become curious about Reverend Moon and the Unification movement. One very powerful Yale professor invited me to lunch one day to warn me about going. He warned me that my attendance would have a negative effect on my academic career. It was a direct threat. I asked him, "Why?" He replied with a question, "Haven't you read the newspapers?" I responded that, as a trained theologian and historian of religion, I was better prepared to evaluate a religious movement than a newspaper reporter. I resolved to attend ICUS and asked Dr. Betty Rubenstein to come with me. I can still remember taking the train from New Haven to Washington. We were curious but also somewhat apprehensive. By this time, we had read many unfavorable newspaper accounts about Reverend Moon and ICUS. Nor did it help matters that there were pickets in front of the Washington Hilton warning people not to attend ICUS. Betty and I were enormously impressed with the quality of the conference. It was one of the best we had ever attended. At ICUS I took part in multi-disciplinary sessions with world-class scholars and scientists in every field. I conversed with several Nobel Laureates including Sir John Eccles and Eugene Wigner, both of whom I later got to know. I was most curious about Reverend Moon. I did not have an opportunity for a direct conversation with him at that ICUS but it was clear to me that he is a man of extraordinary spiritual charisma and that, he is the commanding presence in any gathering at which he is present. On later occasions, I remember being his dinner guest with four or five Nobel Laureates among the guests. By virtue of his extraordinarily powerful personality, he was clearly the dominant personality. At ICUS I especially remember his singing several songs in Korean. Although I did not understand the words, the force of his personality came through. I also noted that he had a strong sense of humor that I took as a very positive sign.

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In the spring of 1977, I was invited to offer prayer at the first graduation ceremony of the Unification Theological Seminary in Barrytown, NY. Immediately before the event, I was walking down a flight of stairs and noticed Reverend Moon on a landing looking out of a window in what seemed to be meditation. I did not want to disturb him. I did not think he knew who he was and decided to continue walking. Watching me pass by him, he later told me that he thought to himself, "Rubenstein has guts!" Apparently, he took my failure to introduce myself--it certainly was not a willful refusal--as a token of a certain measure of independence and courage on my part. The late seventies and the early eighties were a time when Americans were becoming aware of the extraordinary revival that was taking place along the Pacific Rim. Although I was a young adult during World War II, my education and my mind-set were Euro-centric. I met Reverend Moon and the Unification movement just at the time when I was beginning to realize the deficit in my education and training with regard to Asia. In addition to the Asian industrial miracle, I had a personal reason for making up that deficit. My youngest son was courting a Chinese lady from Hong Kong whom he married in 1980. I was invited to address many international conferences in Asia sponsored by the movement beginning with the Ninth International Conference on World Peace sponsored by PWPA in Korea in 1979. This was my first trip to Asia. I saw a dynamism in the region that I took to be a synergistic parallel to the dynamism I saw in the Unification movement. In 1982 I was invited to become a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Washington Times. Again, many friends warned me against accepting. I was told that the paper would only be a house organ of the Unification movement and would never be taken seriously in Washington. I told these friends that they did not know Reverend Moon and that the project would be a success. I also told them that the Washington Times would be an influential newspaper that filled a void in Washington. I was, of course, right in that judgement. Reverend Moon had the courage, imagination and daring to realize that the capital of the Free World needed a responsible conservative voice at a crucial juncture of the Cold War. The paper is widely re-

spected and has given Reverend Moon a heightened measure of influence with world leaders. I have no doubt that, when the full story is told, Reverend Moon will be understood to have played a constructive role in bringing the Cold War to an end as well as in the establishment of contacts between the United States and North Korea. Reverend Moon's disciples are to be found in every country. Some risked their lives in communist countries to bring hope and a vision of a better future to the people there. With this extraordinary network of disciples, Reverend Moon was one of the world's best-informed nongovernmental leaders. In 1985 PWPA held an international conference on the fall of the Soviet Empire in Geneva, Switzerland. When I heard of the theme of the conference, I urged caution, suggesting that a more tentative title would be more appropriate. A number of PWPA leaders went to Reverend Moon and suggested alternative titles. It was too extreme, they thought, to predict the collapse of the Soviet Empire and to make it the conference theme. Nevertheless, Reverend Moon insisted on the title and with the wisdom of hindsight we knew that he was correct! He understood the world situation far better than the foreign policy experts! I also recall the persecution inflicted upon him by the United States government. After giving millions to support American religious, cultural and charitable institutions, he was found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to a term at Danbury Federal Prison in Connecticut. I spoke my mind on the injustice of the verdict at a rally in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. At the time I was a resident of Florida, a state that was awash in illegal drug money. I told the audience that if the government were truly serious about tax evasion, it would do well to concentrate its efforts on my home state of Florida instead of on a religious leader who had openly and publicly deposited money in New York's Chase Manhattan Bank. It was sheer persecution. Together with several other PWPA leaders, I visited Reverend Moon in the Federal Prison in Danbury, Connecticut. He was neatly attired in a khaki shirt and slacks, relaxed, and radiated good cheer. We felt that it was an enormous privilege that he permitted us to call upon him. We reported to him on the work we were doing for PWPA and other projects of the movement. As always, his charisma domi-

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nated our visit. All of us felt that we were his guests whether we met him at his home, at a conference reception, or in Danbury. It was apparent that his morale was excellent, that he worked hard, prayed long hours, and had a powerful influence on his fellow prisoners. The visit was unforgettable. Often, when invited to large gatherings at which he spoke, I entered with feelings of both pleasure and dread. He tended to single me out during his speeches, sometimes challenging me on a religious idea, sometimes asking my opinion. I remember especially several occasions at the Manhattan Center in New York and at the Unification Church in Washington. On one occasion, he asked me before 2,000 people, "Do you love God?" It was a hard question for me to answer. Simply to say, "Yes, of course, I love God!" would have been too easy. I am too mindful of the awesome Majesty of Divinity to give an easy answer. When he asked me a question in the Church or in the presence of so many people, it was especially difficult for me to answer. I was his guest and did not want to express a contrary opinion. He knew me very well. Perhaps, it was his way of determining whether I still had "guts." I knew that he did not expect or want me ever to say anything simply to please him. He would have lost respect for me if I had. I, on the other hand, never wished to be in any way discourteous to him. My challenge was to express my own views truthfully and respectfully. I understood that his singling me out was a token of affection and respect. I understood the honor that he bestowed upon me in these encounters and I returned his affection and respect with much gratitude. I especially remember one occasion when I was spending the summer in Japan. I was informed that Reverend Moon was in Gloucester, Massachusetts and wanted to see me. I flew from Tokyo to New York and from thence to Gloucester where I was joined by Dr. Nicholas Kittrie and Dr. Morton Kaplan. In Gloucester he told me that he would have a very important task for me. I was puzzled by the remark. I had already served as President of PWPA-USA and was then serving as President of the Washington Institute for Values in Public Policy, an offshoot of PWPA, and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Washington Times. I had no idea of what he had in mind. Several years later he entrusted me with the leadership of the University

of Bridgeport. Perhaps, he himself did not yet have a clear idea of what my "major task" was to be. PWPA's partnership with the University was not yet on the horizon at the time. However, leadership of the University of Bridgeport was the most important task that he gave to me. I served as president of the University for five years. It was an enormously difficult and complex responsibility and I am grateful to Reverend Moon for entrusting me with the leadership of the institution. Before Reverend Moon rescued the university from certain collapse and bankruptcy in 1992, the institution had experienced the longest and the bitterest faculty strike in the history of American higher education. The Professors World Peace Academy entered into a fruitful partnership with the university in 1992. Nevertheless, just as an ocean liner cannot suddenly change directions, the university's path to recovery was not without setbacks. Once it became known that the University and PWPA had entered into a partnership, both the press and an important segment of public opinion in Connecticut vehemently criticized the partnership agreement. In spite of the fact that PWPA had pledged that it would respect and maintain the University's charter as a non-sectarian institution, there was widespread suspicion and distrust of Reverend Moon's motives. Unfortunately, none of the critics offered any constructive suggestions concerning how the University might be restored to health without Reverend Moon's support. Moreover, the critics did not understand or did not want to understand that all private colleges and universities in New England are publicly regulated. Had there been a violation of PWPA's agreement to maintain the non-sectarian character of the University, the school would have quickly lost its accreditation. Unfortunately, some of the critics preferred to see the school close its doors rather than succeed in its partnership with PWPA. At least those critics were motivated by the mistaken belief that the partnership would ultimately prove harmful to the community. There were others motivated by greed. The University occupies eighty-six acres of prime real estate property on Long Island Sound. Were the University to fail, these people hoped to purchase prime real estate property for very little money. Thanks to Reverend Moon's commitment to the University, it did not fail. Enrollment and revenue have increased every year since 1995.

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When I became President in 1995 there were 1,900 students. I left office at the end of 1999 with three thousand students enrolled and with a much modernized and improved campus plant, thanks largely to the generosity of the Womens Federation for World Peace. PWPA's original commitment to the University was $50.5 million dollars. However, in the information age universities are capital-intensive enterprises. Hence, it is not surprising that more funds were required. At the beginning of the millenium, Reverend Moon and his disciples have committed over $110 million dollars to the University. During the Asian financial crisis, finding the necessary funds was very difficult for PWPA, the Womens' Federation for World Peace, and other organizations founded by Reverend Moon. Nevertheless, PWPA met every commitment to the University. Without Reverend Moon's dedication and commitment, the University could easily have seen its funding disappear in the general financial meltdown that took place in Asia. I should like to conclude this brief tribute by recalling one of the most challenging tasks Reverend Moon ever entrusted to me. On August 24, 1992, I was given the honor of responding to the address that Reverend Moon delivered at the Little Angels School in Seoul, Korea before an assembly that included religious leaders, philosophers, scientists, political leaders, media leaders and government officials from all over the world. I did not have occasion to see the address until a day or two before the occasion. When I did see it, I realized that it was perhaps the most important public address Reverend Moon had ever given. In it he proclaimed his self-understanding as Lord of the Second Advent. The occasion was too solemn for me to say anything simply to please him, nor did I think he wanted me to. The nature of Reverend Moon's calling is a matter of faith. I neither wanted to say anything that would mar the solemnity of the occasion, especially for his disciples, nor did I want to misrepresent my own religious commitments. In a way, Reverend Moon was once again testing me to see whether I had "guts." I would not have shown "guts" if I failed fully to appreciate the seriousness of the occasion in my response. I was, after all, his guest and he had honored me by inviting me to respond to this most important address rather than any of the other scholars and theologians who were at the Seoul meetings. My response is best summa-

rized in the following words spoken on that occasion:

I must confess that as a historian of religion who received his scientific training at Harvard University, your explicit and unambiguous sharing with us of your understanding of who you are is one of the most extraordinary moments of my entire career. Indeed, you yourself have described the announcement of your calling as "astonishing and fearful". For myself and for many of my peers whose vocation is the scientific study of religion, awesome religious inspiration is something that happened, if at all, long ago. We are most comfortable studying derivative accounts of religious inspiration and revelation in books and manuscripts. Engaged in this labor, we are interested in our subject matter; we are calm; we are dispassionate and without inner disturbance. The situation is radically transformed, indeed it is, as you say, truly "astonishing," when we are confronted by an inspired religious leader whose vocation is in the process of unfolding in our own times and even before our very eyes. We are not accustomed to such a manifestation of spiritual power and charisma. Our scientific and professional training has not prepared us for the encounter. Hence, we guard ourselves against it by inventing psychological categories to neutralize its potency as well as our discomfort before it. Nevertheless, the spiritual power is there, and, whatever may be the religious tradition in which we are rooted, we feel it. Of one thing concerning your messianic vision I am certain: all of your works, from which the world has already derived so much benefit, have sprung from your messianic vision. Without it, there would be no ICUS, no PWPA, no Washington Times, no Assembly of World Religions, no Little Angels School, no revivified University of Bridgeport; without your messianic vision, your original tiny church in Pusan would never have become the worldwide religious force for human betterment you now lead.

That statement expresses much of what I continue to feel about Reverend Moon and his mission. To repeat, no person in my adult life apart from my family has had a greater impact on my adult life. On the occasion of his birthday, I once again earnestly hope that many productive years lie ahead for him and Mrs. Moon and I wish to express my heartfelt thanks for everything he has done for the University of Bridgeport as well as for me and my family.

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A Bold Step in Addressing a Special Need in Africa

Hon. Isaac Ruto

Minister for Vocational Training, Kenya

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s you celebrate your Birthday this year, we in Kenya would like to recognize the exemplary good work of one of the organizations you support, the International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) Kenya Chapter--in implementing the culture of peace. Recently in August 2001, IRFF Kenya chapter through their International Field Director, Dr. T. Massimo and his Kenyan counterpart Dr. C.M. Nyamai, organized a most successful rural clinic building workshop in the Lugari District of Western Kenya. This unique workshop held in Kenya gathered together international youth participants emanating from various inter-religious, inter-cultural and interracial backgrounds who came to discuss and render free service in building the rural clinic under the theme "United Nations Millennium Declaration, the Special Need of Africa, Implementing the Culture of Peace through Health".

In responding to the Millennium Declaration, I wish to acknowledge the part played by the International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) Kenya chapter which has taken a bold step in addressing a special need in Africa through a public health project in Kenya. I note with great admiration that the volunteer participants who gathered in that workshop, originating from various countries, cultures and faiths, were young people who have willingly given their own time, energy and resources through service for the achievement of the health project without any pay. Such a practical example of bringing together people for a common purpose of rendering public humanitarian service to mankind is a sure way of implementing the culture of peace. I sincerely believe that the nature of this service-oriented workshop organized by the International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) Kenya chapter and Religious Youth Service (RYS), will set a continuous process of learning to trust, respect, and work together for the sake of others. The mission of IRFF is to stimulate individuals and communities by offering a vision of public welfare arising from self-reliance and ethical action. This vision should be nurtured and encouraged. Finally, may I take this opportunity on behalf of the youth in Kenya and on my behalf as the government Minister under whose portfolio the vocational youth training falls, to wish you a very Happy Birthday and many more fruitful years so that you may continue the very noble work not only for the youth in Kenya but also for the benefit of all mankind. Once more, Happy Birthday, Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon!

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"Global Violence: Crisis and Hope" was a Powerful Experience for Me

Imam Ameer P. Salahud'din

Islamic Center of Passaic/Patterson, New Jersey

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y name is Imam Ameer P. Salahud'din. I am the spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic/Paterson and an associate of the Unification Church in Clifton, New Jersey, USA. Words cannot thank you enough for the joy and light I have experienced since I have been involved with your teachings and the organizations you have established. I thank you and the Inter-religious

and International Federation For World Peace for giving me the opportunity to attend the IIFWP's Assembly 2001 at the New York Hilton in New York City, entitled "Global Violence: Crisis and Hope." It was a powerful experience for me. I left that gathering renewed and committed to the spirit of the conference for world peace and family renewal through the establishment of True Parents. Also on behalf of the Muslim community in my association, thank you for sponsoring and organizing the Summit of World Muslim Leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia. You are without doubt the Prince of Peace. And most of all thank you for your spiritual insight, wisdom, and knowledge of the word of God. Reading your books, and writings has taken me to another level of realization about the world that I live in, and the reality of the spiritual world. I am your student and follower, and I can never thank you enough for the Joy your spirit has brought to my family and I. Once again, thank you, and may the blessing of God be with you, your family, and your Church for ever.

Building `Bridges' for Peace

Amb. Phillip Victor Sánchez

Publisher, Noticias del Mundo and Tiempos del Mundo

There are two ways to broadcast the light. One is by being the candle which gives light. The other is by being the mirror which reflects it. --Lin Yutang

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n the modern world we have come to rely upon the media to be the faithful, moral and ethical disseminators of information. We want to depend on them to provide our vision and illuminate our

path. Yet, they have not always fulfilled this task with excellence. The media have not always provided sufficient "light." We have, on many occasions, been made aware of the damage to society that can come from immoral or unscrupulous media. But, luckily, the truly bad apples in the basket have been the exception. Mohandas Gandhi gave us this thought: "We must not lose faith in humanity, which is like an ocean. It does not become turbid just because one of its drops is soiled." What is needed, then, is a massive response to the problems of weak and unprincipled media. Reverend Sun Myung Moon set out to provide that response. This phase of his incredible worldwide outreach began in 1975. Reverend Moon a leader in the vast field of media? Why not? Although he is primarily renowned as a worldwide religious leader, he determined years ago that his work for humanity needed to go beyond theology. He knew then--as we know now--that the art and science of information is inextricably entwined in the fabric of mod-

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ern-day society. Moreover, he knew that an ethical and moral media is a vital partner in a God-fearing society. At first, Reverend Moon's vision of constructing a modern and moral network of righteous media seemed impossible. He is a man accustomed to impossible tasks, however. It would seem as though he constantly remembered the words of Marat: "One more effort and what was doomed to be a failure becomes a glorious success. There is no failure, except when we cease to try." Reverend Moon does not know the meaning of the word failure. He is not accustomed to failure. In 1982, he set out to establish "an alternative voice" in Washington, D.C., the capital of America. This was the Washington Times, a newspaper that even some friendly observers predicted would fail. It did not fail. Not only did it not fail but the Washington Times has become a highly respected newspaper throughout the free world and has won many awards for design and editorial content. The Times is generally recognized as one of the mostquoted newspapers in the United States. It is printed and distributed under the aegis of the Washington Times Corporation. The Washington Times Corporation also publishes a weekly news magazine, Insight, and a monthly academic journal, The World & I. The success of the Washington Times provided an added perspective to the nation's capital after the 128-year-old Washington Star finally closed its doors and left Washington with only one newspaper. Since 1975, Reverend Moon has created many newspapersin different parts of the world. One is a daily newspaper, Sekai Nippo, in Tokyo. In 1976 he founded the News World in New York, which later became the New York City Tribune. He started a Spanish-language daily, Noticias del Mundo, in several major cities of the United States. In 1981, he began the daily Ultimas Noticias in Montevideo, Uruguay. In the Middle East, he started the Middle East Times. In Korea, Reverend Moon launched a major daily newspaper, the Segye Times, which achieved a circulation in excess of one million in its early months of publication. The Segye Times is now also published in New York and Los Angeles. Then there is the world-renowned news agency, United Press International (UPI). News World Communications, which publishes the Washington Times, also recently acquired UPI.

Thus, in a life's work of remarkable breadth, Reverend Moon and Mrs. Moon have not only made an indelible mark on the work of the world's communications media but they have--incredibly--found the time and the vision to create projects and organizations devoted to the ideal of marriage and God-centered families, international peace, interfaith dialogue, education, the arts, and the environment. Reverend Moon and Mrs. Moon are also the co-founders of Tiempos del Mundo, which is printed and distributed in virtually every nation in the Western Hemisphere. When Reverend Moon spoke at the Tiempos del Mundo inauguration in Buenos Aires in 1996, he discussed the reasons for the founding of the paper, saying there was a need for better communication between peoples of the North and South in the Americas. He added that there was a need for a cultural and economic bridge where ideas could cross, "without customs duties or a passport check." The founders have always been known as friends of Latin America. Yet they have also understood that the United States, while certainly not an oppressive neighbor, has not always been a particularly attentive friend to its southern neighbor. This has led to misunderstandings and varying degrees of historical resentment between South and North. Furthermore, they knew of the need for more pro-active relationships among the Spanish-speaking countries themselves. Reverend and Mrs. Moon feel that there is a great deal more that unites us than divides us--North and South, and neighbor-to-neighbor--in this hemisphere. "The Spanish-speaking peoples are blessed with a unique advantage in that so many of our nations share one common language," they said. Increasingly, that applies to North America as well, where the fastest growing population is Hispanic. A shared Christian cultural heritage is another bond shared by most of Latin America. Furthermore, democratic government is more prevalent than at any previous time, and free market values have become firmly established throughout that part of the world. Highways, telephones and the Internet connect the Latin countries. Accordingly, the founders felt that there is no reason for North and South America not to communicate with one another as real neighbors should; thus, the vision of Tiempos del Mundo.

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Since launching Tiempos del Mundo in Buenos Aires, in November 1996, the founders have been creating other Tiempos del Mundo newspapers throughout the Americas. With recent startups in Washington, D.C., and in Miami, Tiempos del Mundo now has local national editions in eighteen cities of sixteen countries in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Tiempos del Mundo is distributed to more than a hundred additional cities outside the national capitals of these countries--as far north as Toronto, Canada, and as far south as Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. Thus, the "bridge" is taking shape. But Reverend Moon feels that the bridge needs more work because many differences still exist between North and South. The South has abundant land and many natural and human resources, while the United States is wealthy in the externals of technology and investment capital. This should be seen not as a point of division but rather an opportunity for mutual benefit. "As people of goodwill, we should be thinking and working to minimize conflict," said the founder. Former President George Bush gave the keynote address at the inauguration of Tiempos del Mundo in Buenos Aires. It was deemed appropriate that he do so because he was the one who developed the basic concept of the North American Free Trade Agreement. There is, of course, also a business rationale for an intra-hemispheric newspaper like Tiempos del Mundo. A growing number of enterprises are conducting business across national boundaries within the Americas. For the past several years, Latin American countries have been among those leading the world in economic growth. The economic potential is enormous. Establishing the Tiempos del Mundo newspapers has not been an easy process, but there are signs that the paper is finding its niche. The New York City public schools, for example, regularly include Tiempos del Mundo in the classroom as part of the curriculum. This is under the aegis of the Newspapers in Education (NIE) program. Noticias del Mundo also participates in NIE. One of the first comments people make about Tiempos del Mundo refers to its "clean look." In Bolivia, two major universities use Tiempos in the classroom to teach page layout to newspaper design students. In Honduras, Tiempos del Mundo has used its natural leadership capacity as a newspaper to organize donations of computers and

Internet access for use by scholars and the general public. Tiempos del Mundo was the main instrument to create the Virtual Library of Honduras, which is housed in the National Library. In Nicaragua, the two opposing journalist associations (the Nicaragua Union of Journalists, for the politically left-of-center, and the Nicaragua Journalists Association, for those on the right) each gave Tiempos del Mundo their first-place award for Excellence in Journalism. (It may be the first time the two associations have ever agreed on anything.) Douglas M. Joo, president of Tiempos del Mundo's parent organization, recently told a Miami audience that Tiempos del Mundo upholds the principle that a newspaper exists for the purpose of serving and enhancing the quality of life in a community. "Editorially, the paper stands for unrestricted trade between the countries of the Americas. We further believe that technology should be shared among countries, and we strongly advocate protection of the environment," he said. Tiempos del Mundo was founded consistent with Reverend Moon's tradition of sponsoring activities and businesses that work to create unity amid diversity, to encourage more balanced prosperity between North and South. Dialectical materialism says that opposites must fight, but the Founder has always thought it better to find complementary strengths in opposite qualities, and to encourage good-faith dialogues as an alternative to conflict. Asked about his extensive involvement in media matters, Reverend Moon responded, "My reason is quite simple.... The latter half of the twentieth century is an age dominated by communication. The electronic and print media are the most powerful and influential means of communication the world has ever known." In 1989 Reverend Moon told a Tokyo audience of outstanding journalists: "In a world of conflict and differing ideologies, the media play a large role in determining whether we live in peace or war. ... So perhaps it is accurate to say that this room contains the most powerful people on the face of the earth--those who have the power to shape, for better or worse, the future of mankind." But not all of us have the vision of Reverend and Mrs. Moon. Not all of us have recognized the tremendous challenge faced by the me-

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dia. Despite the media's great power, in contrast to the great majority of professions in the world, most free nations have very few laws governing the conduct of the media. Given this situation, when one considers the tremendous power wielded by the free press, it is clear that media professionals must continuously exercise their own powers of self-examination. The World Media Association (WMA) was created as a forum for that self-examination. The influence and impact of the World Media Association are truly worldwide. For example, at the 18th World Media Conference, held in Tokyo, the Invitational Committee read like a worldwide Who's Who. It included: Larry Pressler, former U.S. senator; Rodrigo Carazo, former president of Costa Rica; Ramiro de Leon Carpio, former president of Guatemala; John Compton, former prime minister of St. Lucia; Walter Fauntroy, former U.S. congressman; Hamilton Green, former prime minister of Guyana; Alexander Haig Jr., former U.S. secretary of state; Steingrimur Hermannsson, former prime minister of Iceland; Kenneth Kaunda, former president of Zambia; Luis Lacalle, former president of Uruguay; Sir James Mancham, former president of Seychelles; Jacob Nena, former president of Micronesia; Phillip Victor Sanchez, former U.S. ambassador to Colombia; Lloyd Sandiford, former prime minister of Barbados; Edward Schreyer, former governor general of Canada; Stanislav Shuskevich, former president of Belarus; Dr. Aziz Sidky, former prime minister of Egypt;

Dr. Kennedy Simmonds, former prime minister of St. Kitts; Dexter Tahyor, former president of Liberia; Baron Vaea, former prime minister of Tongo and Albert Zafy, former president of Madagascar. The media wield such power and influence that they are often described as the Fourth Estate, after the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Reverend and Mrs. Moon believe that this power must be exercised for the purpose of good; that through the exercise of their influence, the media must contribute to bringing about greater understanding between cultures and nations. At a major World Media Conference, the founder told all the assembled journalists: "You are all champions of peace, specially called by God to help bring a new ethical standard into the world." And, before sending the general managers of Tiempos del Mundo to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, the founder issued this charge to them:

"Before you are a journalist, before you are an editor or producer, you are a son or daughter of God. Men and women must come to realize that selfishness is mankind's worst enemy, for it is when we live to benefit others that we ourselves benefit the most. This simple yet profound truth maybe called the formula for peace. In achieving this, the part played by the media is vital."

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Sow a Good Seed Today, and in Due Season You Will Reap a Rich Reward

Rt. Hon. Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford

Former Prime Minister of Barbados

nections in life spiritual and temporal, as through a glass darkly. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon, no less than the great, blind English poet, John Milton, sings

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste Brought death into the world, and all our woe, With loss of Eden, till one greater man Restore us, and regain the blissful seat... (Paradise Lost, lines 1-5)

n this propitious occasion, I concentrate my thoughts on the work of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon in the cause of peace for a troubled and tormented world. In this regard, the words of James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ to the twelve scribes scattered abroad, arouses inspiration:

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." ( James, ch. 3, v. 17-18).

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...assert eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men. (Paradise Lost, lines 25-26)

What is Peace? What though is this peace to which the Reverend Sun Myung Moon has dedicated his life's work? Webster's Illustrated Dictionary (Books, Inc., Publishers, 1965) defines peace as "a state of tranquility; absence of war; a pact to end a war; freedom from disorderly disturbances; freedom from fears or worries." And yet I think the word has much broader denotations and connotations than such a definition conveys. Peace certainly entails all that is meant by the general Hebrew greeting word, "shalom." Indeed, if it were not ineffable, I would say that the word, "peace," is one of the defining, essential, categorical imperatives of God himself, implying perfection, completeness, totality, righteousness, absolute honesty, absolute truth, absolute unselfishness, and absolute love. Peace is certainly not merely the absence of war. Rather it is a positive, engendering, enabling and ennobling that emanates and disseminates all that is beneficial, benign, wholesome, nurturing, and salubrious. It is that virtuous characteristic that God shows to mankind, and that true parents exhibit towards their offspring. There can be no greater obligation, task, or duty than that of committing oneself to a path of peace, and of being true parents seeking to guide human kind of all races, religions and nations into a path of peace according to the

A Seamless Coat of Peace The Reverend Sun Myung Moon is a diverse, complex and multi-faceted personality. With other persons it is sometimes easy to compartmentalize their work into different areas. But with him this is not so. His work for peace is a seamless coat intricately woven into an indivisible philosophy and total way of life that starts with the Creator God, that continues with Adam, Eve, Satan, and the Fall, and that finds reconciliation, restoration and fulfillment in God's providential will through the birth, death and redemption of His Son. It is a story of love, sin, disappointment, righteousness, mercy, sacrifice, peace and divine love. From it and through it all flows a healing, balmy peace for the individual man and woman, peace for the family, peace for the youth and for the adults, peace for the churches and for the religions, peace for the ethnicities, the races, the cultures, and the civilizations, and peace for the nations and peoples of the world. It is Reverend Moon who has helped us to perceive the unities, diversities and con-

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will of God. That is the path which has been chosen for the Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. Nature and Nurture It has been a most remarkable experience for Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Called to the service of God, yoked to His will, and committed to toil for the salvation of mankind through peace and good works, since the tender and formative age of 16, Reverend Moon has encountered praise and persecution, success and failure, hope and disappointment, comprehension and misunderstanding. Through it all, he has persevered, never deviating, growing stronger in understanding, in principle, in faith, and in living for the sake of others. No one can say with any precision what respective weight nature and nurture bear in our development through the life span of infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. Which one of those factors was more dominant in the growth of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon? We just do not know. What we can venture to say is that both factors have played dominant parts at various times, the one no doubt reinforcing the other. Both nature and nurture have combined to bring the Reverend Sun Myung Moon to the height of his powers, intuitions and perceptions at the mature age of 82 years, and to be in our world one of the foremost exponents of peace as the salvation for all mankind. International Cooperation The greatest challenge facing the world today is the need for mutually beneficial cooperation among the nations of the world. Within each nation-state of the world, national well-being depends upon mutually beneficial relationships, based upon internal law, order and government, among the individuals, groups, interests and institutions that constitute the nation-state. So too in the international community of nation-states, peace and harmony will only prevail if there is a fair, equitable and just economic and social order that treats all nations in a just and impartial manner. There has always been cooperation among nations, but cooperation that brought overwhelming benefits to the rich and powerful, and

overwhelming disadvantages to the poor and powerless. The end of the cold war era, and the emergence of a more multi-polar world have not meant an end to the unequal bases on which the desirable goods and services of this world have been distributed. Power, influence, riches, and might still permeate the corridors of international cooperation, and these imposing factors do not appear to be vanishing in the near future. The world is still divided into a developed, industrialized group, and an underdeveloped, non-industrialized group. This is above all a moral and ethical problem, which will only be resolved through a moral and ethical response. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon understood all of this perfectly well. In an address in the year 2000 entitled "The Cosmos is my Hometown and Fatherland," he pointedly said: "Whose children are we? We all originated from the same Parent. He is the Father of all humanity, who is with us wherever we go, whatever direction we take, whether north, south, east or west. That is God, the Father of humanity.... Discrimination is not allowable." Whenever and wherever the resources of the world are distributed in such a way that some have too much and others have too little or none at all, that is discrimination. That is why Reverend Moon's call for a stronger moral and ethical voice from among the religions to be more closely associated with the work of the United Nations should be given greater credence. For it is at the United Nations that the great dialogue among nations and people takes place, and it is there that the voices of love, peace, justice, equity, and non-discrimination must be heard echoing from the principles of a right relationship with God, a right relationship with true parents and families, and a right relationship among nations. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon was so very right when in his 2001 Founder's Address he proclaimed the immutable law: "...not to infringe upon human rights. Whether female or male, black or white, everyone is equal. One must not discriminate or violate human rights. For this reason, people who are in a leadership position must not change someone else's position according to their own desire or feeling." In his teachings and preaching, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon has worked tirelessly, selflessly, and in diverse places, to bring people together to explore the dilemmas facing our world, and to seek solu-

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tions through international cooperation. Three organizations sponsored by him, the Summit Council for World Peace, the Federation for World Peace, and the Interreligious International Federation for World Peace provide ample testimony to his work in this field. He has never been afraid to speak out on controversial issues of the day, whether it be on the reunification of North and South Korea, the end of apartheid, racism, poverty reduction, a sustainable environment, inter-religious conflicts, religious and moral renewal, a more equitable

distribution of wealth, the creation of new sources of wealth, the disparities among nations, divisions among social systems, renewal of the United Nations, or the continuing search for human perfectibility. He and his wife have been models of true parents. He continues to be a relevant, consistent, pertinent, and very substantial principled leader of and for our times. May we all salute and pay tribute to him for his manifold and unrivalled accomplishments on the occasion of his 82nd birthday.

Rev. Moon: Contributor to Free Flow of Ideas

Mario Antonio Sandoval

Member of the Board of Directors and Editorial Writer for Prensa Libre, Guatemala

ne of the most interesting facets of Rev. Sun Myung Moon's life is his unquestionable contribution to the free flow of ideas through the media and the World Media Association. This has little room for doubt or discussion and is also deeply related with world peace and understanding of human beings, countries, and cultures. My comments on this are from the perspective of a journalist: a person convinced that newspapers, radio, and television stations are the most effective ways to accomplish goals in our world. The most important single change in human society since the end of World War II can be easily discovered in the field of communication between people around the whole world. Technology plays a basic role in this, and advances in that field surprise human beings at a rate impossible even to dream of in the first five decades of the last century. These changes have been most dramatic in television. We can witness events taking place thousands of miles away in a better way

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than people of those areas themselves. But in the last ten years written communication has also had an enormous surge, through the Internet. Geography has vanished. Somebody in Europe can read my column on his personal computer six hours before I can read it printed in the pages of Prensa Libre. However, technology is in a way secondary. The most important issue is to use these advances to improve life and make the world a better place to live. Throughout the centuries, there are clear examples of an individual or a small group of followers starting movements in social, economic, and philosophical areas. Technology cannot be an end but rather a means to keep values that have remained constant in history, but also to improve and widen the ever-changing landscape that humans can see when they open their mind's windows. Ideas have effects. Those are different according to the cultural and historical differences of any given person, people, or community. But it is also important to say that the really important ideas cross boundaries of time and culture. A person who is important for history can be defined as somebody who has the ability and wisdom to discover or say things that are needed and that will make the world a better place. About two centuries ago, people in the American colonies and in France started a revolution in human thinking. Their base was a very old idea: men and women are created equal by God and have some inherent rights. Democracy, an idea that was born in ancient Greece and remained

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alive in the hidden books of the medieval monasteries, was reborn and started to spread throughout the whole world. The twentieth century saw also a renaissance of certain basic ideas, among them freedom. By the turn of our current century, we can say that the world is a better place because many countries are ruled by several kinds of democracy whose common element is respect for the different freedoms that men and women have. Unfortunately, these advances have not been very important in a crucial subject: peace. The twentieth century was full of armed conflicts. Humans invented several kinds of new weapons, such as nuclear power, able to destroy any sort of life and culture on our planet. It is very easy to reach the conclusion that peace has deepened its meaning. Not only should it be absence of war between cultures or countries but now it has to mean development. These cannot be completed without the free flow of ideas. It is in this area that Reverend Moon's contributions become more important. Many years ago, he decided to create newspapers and radio and television stations to contribute to peace in our world. He also thought about the role of the media's owners in one of the most valuable assets of modern journalism: independence from the influence of the State, but also from the pressures of the men and women who have a legitimate interests in the media industry. I don't know him personally, but there is little doubt in my mind that he understood the importance of new voices of opinion. Probably the best-known example is the Washington Times, since that newspaper became in a short period an alternative voice in Washington, the world's most important political city. This is a role that deepened after September 11, 2001, but that was also important in the era of the Cold War. There is no doubt that Reverend Moon is interested in making use of the media he has created to spread his religious message. It is logical and also ethically correct, since he has invested money and effort in bringing the benefits of free journalism to readers throughout the world. But there is also no doubt that he does not interfere in the editorial line of the several papers or magazines of his company, and that is--in my opinion--the most important lesson for press owners in every country that shares Western cultural values.

As a member of the board of directors of Prensa Libre, Guatemala's leading newspaper--founded fifty years ago by five then-young reporters, one of them my father--but also as a person who has embraced journalism as his most important personal activity since 1966, I am very much aware of the important role of owners of the media in the democratic world. In Latin America, practicing responsible journalism can mean personal danger and risk of death. But also it is necessary that owners allow and maintain the necessary freedom of information and opinion that make journalism the watchdog whose main reason of existence is to protect citizens of all ages, ethnic, social and economical groups and individuals from any wrongdoing from the government and its agencies. Reverend Moon's important role does not limit itself to the democratic Western societies. It is also present in Latin America, a continent that has not been successful in keeping democratic values, despite many efforts from different citizens in different moments of history. The weekly newspaper Tiempos del Mundo is a very good example of what can be done. It circulates in all the Latin American countries and spreads stories that are not covered by the local and international media. It uses features that carefully try to explain to the readers in the continent the normally very complicated subjects that make stories and history. It is a kind of journalism that expects from a reader more of his time to understand these subjects. That is why its role is accomplished in a weekly. Working for such a newspaper is a special professional challenge for reporters and editors. It is therefore impossible even to think that the board of directors exercise any kind of pressure in favor or against any given person or subject. Any reader of Tiempos del Mundo does not only learn news facets of his country's reality, but also from other neighbor countries that share a language and culture, but also a common history and now common problems and tragedies, as well as hopes. In that matter, contributions toward peace in Latin America are very important: As close as two years ago, two countries were on the edge of war over a little piece of jungle. The media from Peru and Ecuador decided to share information, to abandon the "patriotic" position, and to take the official communiqués from both sides with doubt. That was, to my knowl-

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edge, unprecedented, and there is no doubt in my mind that it helped to stop the fighting and save the lives of young soldiers. At that time, Tiempos del Mundo did not exist. But I am completely sure that newspaper will play a very important role if a similar future situation arises. Reverend Moon, to no one's surprise, is a controversial character. He can be judged from very many standpoints. But his contribution to freedom of the press and to the spread of ideas that are directly or indirectly related to world peace is impossible to deny. In two occa-

sions I have had the pleasure of being invited by the World Media Association to express my ideas on several subjects related to journalism, and I have done it feeling myself in a free environment where people's ideas are fully respected, which does not necessarily mean that they are shared. This free interchange of ideas is the basis not only of democracy but also of world peace. Some people ask themselves "why?" when confronted with the idea to struggle for the world peace. I am sure Reverend Moon belongs to the group that ask themselves "Why not?"

Standing Firm

S. Abdallah Schleifer

Former NBC News Cairo Bureau Chief; Founder and Director of the Adham Center for Television Journalism at the American University in Cairo

lthough Rev. Sun Myung Moon is rightly thought of as a religious leader, one of the reasons why I so deeply appreciate his contribution in my field--which is the media--is precisely the way he has managed a viable and responsible relationship between his own role (and religious beliefs) and the World Media Association (WMA), with which I have been associated for nearly twenty years. And the observations I will make that have a direct bearing on the World Media Association, which Reverend Moon founded in 1978 to explore issues related to media ethics and responsibility, also apply to a very impressive list of nonsectarian publications that Reverend Moon has sponsored that function in the sphere of public political, cultural, and social discourse When I was trying to describe that relationship I first used but finally deleted the word correct because of its association with the sort

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of thought control that almost monopolized discourse and even theoretically objective reporting at the level of our national media elite only a few decades ago. I allude of course to being "politically correct," a phrase that has lost much of its sharp definitiveness but which was terribly clear in its intentions at that time. Given Reverend Moon's role in supporting a media organization as well as publications that played a major part in challenging and discrediting that dangerous monopoly of thought in the practice of American journalism, I felt it would be ludicrous to use the word correct. That is unfortunate, for if we use the word correct as it has always been understood before it became tainted by a particular partisan cant, then we would describe Reverend Moon's relationship to the nonsectarian media organization and publications that he launched as thoroughly correct. By that I mean that while the doctrine of the Unification Church has never figured on the pages of these publications, or in the panel discussions of the WMA, there is a core of religiously derived ethical values shared by Rev Moon and the overwhelming majority of participants in the WMA and of the staff and contributors to those publications, who have no ties at all to the Unification Church and who in many cases are devout followers of other religious bodies. This is very much in an American tradition that our country sadly turned away from in the post­World War II years, particularly from the 1960s onward. So it is almost ironic that it was a religious leader

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from Korea who played such a major role in helping this country regain that delicate, uniquely American balance between public nonsectarian (not "secular") action inspired by personally held religious values for which our country was rightly appreciated from the days of its infancy until the postwar years. I remember that at the close of a panel at the Tenth World Media Conference (March 1989) devoted to the development of press freedom and democracy in the developing world (my contribution concerned the Arab world, where I live and work), I was approached by a Protestant minister who told me he was amazed to hear a Muslim (meaning myself ) quoting C.S. Lewis, the twentieth-century Christian thinker, in his presentation. I told him that in an age characterized by a cold, even vindictive, militant secularism on one hand, and mindless, violent religious revivalism on the other, the Muslims had much to learn from thinkers like Lewis who survived in spiritual witness against those extremes. We were allies in the same citadel under siege from these seemingly opposite tendencies, which shared a common contempt for someone like Lewis. I suggested to the minister that he might find similar solace as well as moral strength in the literature of the spiritual masters of the Islamic tradition. Recently I was looking at comments by Reverend Moon that he made at that very same conference in1989--one of many WMA conferences that I have had the honor to attend and participate in. One paragraph, extraordinary for its conciseness and comprehensiveness, stood out in this recent rereading, more than a decade after the fact. The paragraph was preceded by a passage, here paraphrased, in which Reverend Moon noted that most free nations have very few laws governing the conduct of the media in contrast to most other professions

and for that reason, given the tremendous power they exercise, media professionals have a moral obligation to engage in self-examination. Reverend Moon went on: "The World Media Association was created as a forum for that self-examination. Our purpose is to promote the free press wherever freedom of expression does not exist and to promote responsible use of the media where the free press is already established." In retrospect, I realize how deeply I absorbed that incredibly concise summary of my own concerns, first as a practicing journalist and now in a university environment as a teacher and critic of journalistic practice. I have probably repeated that paragraph so many times--to explain to others what the World Media Association and the conferences and forums that it sponsors stand for and what I, personally, as journalist and educator stand for--that I had come to believe that its exact wording was my own. The idea of a free and moral media is only a contradiction in terms to those who deny that our human rights and dignity are God-given, deny those very rights and that dignity, or deny God in an active, explicit ideological sense once characterized by Soviet communism or in the more passive, implicit and fashionable sense of a contemporary materialism that all too often animates the media and the makers of other cultural products in the fields of film, video, and popular music. In a time that has too often been characterized by vicious and pernicious ideologies which have either suppressed the press and or, on the contrary, provided the press with material incentives to debauch itself and society, the World Media Association--this manifestation in the world of media of Reverend Moon's moral vision--has been a haven and a moral support.

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Tribute to Reverend Moon

Dr. Charles Selengut

Professor of Religious Studies Drew University, New Jersey, USA

everend Moon's leadership in sponsoring and organizing in ternational and inter-religious encounters, conferences, and dialogues has had a profound impact upon all who participate. They contribute much to developing inter-religious understanding and communication among leaders and members of the world's many religious communities. The power of these meetings, I found, were not in the sounds of noisy assemblies or in the bombastic declarations of righteous manifestos but in the transformation, and might I say the liberation, of individuals through new visions, experiences and hopes. I had several such experiences. During a 1993 meeting in New Delhi, India, I found liberation from what appears to me now as a "tyranny of mono-religiosity." I have to admit that prior to this meeting, I was firmly entrenched in a rational Western version of religiosity, and simply could not make sense, namely existential sense, of other traditions. Yes, I knew some of the history, a bit of the texts, and I even enjoyed observing the ritual life of Hindu and Buddhist worshippers. But I saw this as exotic, and alien, albeit engaging religious forms. It was through actually being in India, meeting devout, temple priests, and Indian so called "secularists" at this conference of the Council for the World's Religions, that I finally could intuit what is in fact Eastern spirituality. Suddenly the sacredness of all life, the mystery in all things, the sounds and sights, the smells and colors of the other religion became real, became clear to me. The free and open conversations, and the warmth of the hosts made it possible to experience a freedom from my own Western constraints. I began, if I may be so bold, to see the world, its beauty and its terror as a faithful Hindu might. Vegetarianism, darshan, the cycle of birth, death and rebirth

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no longer were exotic items in a textbook that I assigned to my students. Rather they were a lived and worthy reality--and perhaps now, something of my own. I learned in India from Reverend Moon's conference that the tyranny of religious ignorance forecloses a rendezvous with the true Divine in all of its dimensions. Without this, we lack empathy and engagement with the fullness of religion, and we limit our own experience of the sacred. I learned too that interreligious encounters change perceptions, and encountering believers from other faiths in frankness and honesty, matters. At conferences in Cordoba and in other places I, an observant Jew, met many Muslim scholars. We knew of the larger pain in the two communities but what joy I experienced in learning of our often similar religious activities and perceptions. How the exciting and at times confusing multiplicity within Muslim religious culture paralleled the intensity of debate and engagement in my Jewish experience. There was no way Islam could now be simply "the other". We talked and still talk with openness. We do not always concur but these are peers and well, friends are allowed to disagree. My political perceptions have shifted too. I now see the complexity and lived life of those outside my own community. I think of myself as Professor Sulayman Nyang once explained it, a " religious amphibian," able to enjoy, and be at home in multiple settings. A word about globalization and friendship. Reverend Moon's theology centers on a global society, and the close bonds forged at the conferences have indeed created a global community of friends and associates. But this globalism entails a transformation of consciousness as well. The world is truly one because when I think of Pakistan, for example, I immediately think of all those conference colleagues with whom I had long talks. For this reason I cannot help wondering how they are. When I am in Paris I have to call someone with whom I have an unfinished conversation. The Philippines, Indonesia and Central Asia are places I have never visited but I know their reality in an existential way because of my talks with so many conference participants. How exciting the world has become thanks to Reverend Moon. I think we are all indebted for these experiences and possibilities. Many of such

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encounters take place away from the public eye and they do not show up in the newspapers or on TV as perhaps they should. In the fullness of time I am sure they will...like ripples over water this investment will renew, reinvigorate and transform. Finally, my students have benefited greatly from my experiences with the encounters so ably orchestrated by Reverend Moon through

his many organizations. So has it been for my colleagues and likewise their many, many students. In this way as well, the Unification Movement has much about which to be proud. My students have learned from me that our world indeed is one, and that liberation from the" tyranny of locality" is requisite for mutual understanding and world peace. Thank you!

A Tireless Worker for Peace

Mr. Chan-Kyun Shin

Editor in chief of the Segye Times

t the World Media Conference I attended in Cartagena, Colombia, South America's northernmost port, Rev. Sun Myung Moon delivered the keynote address titled, "The Responsibility of the Media in Advanced Democratic Societies." In this address, Reverend Moon emphasized the power of the media to six hundred journalists from ninety-two countries: "The power of the media is similar to the power of love. This is the most powerful force. The media can be used to serve the highest good or be misused for incredible destruction." He added, "A great journalist can exert more power than a congressman or senator, or even the president of a country." At the end of his address, he received a standing ovation. Reverend Moon's address, which he delivered in English, was unlike any speech at any other media conference, and its content illuminated the future of the media. It dealt not only with the media but also the truth about communism that Reverend Moon had experienced firsthand when he was incarcerated in a communist labor camp. He

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also recalled his life of suffering, in which he has dedicated all his energies to the liberation of those in pain. The media conference concluded with a video report of the effort going on in South Korea to reunite separated families. Reverend Moon's hometown is Jungju, which is in the northern part of the divided country, so he understands very well the pain of those separated from their families. No one could hold back their tears, as they viewed the video of emotional reunions of blood relatives who had been living apart for thirty years. All the journalists understood the pain of a divided people. An Egyptian journalist sitting next to me wiped his tears with a handkerchief, took my hand, and said, "This is really moving." In that moment, the power of the media moved the entire world, just as Reverend Moon had said in his keynote address. It was symbolic that the media conference was held in Cartagena. When Reverend Moon came south during the Korean War, he built a small hut in Bumnekkol, Pusan, and wrote the original text of the Divine Principle of the Unification Church. From time to time, he climbed the hill behind the hut to a place where he could look out on the port and the ocean beyond. There he prophesied. "The world will come running to me," he called out in a loud voice. The "mission of journalists" conveyed to journalists from around the world at Cartagena was a prophecy regarding the South American continent, similar to the prophecy given in Pusan. At the time, the Unification Church had already established a forward base for fishing in Surinam in preparation for entry into South America, and the

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media conference was enough to attract the attention of the people of the world. In addition to this author, the participants from Korea at this media conference included Congressman Kyung Shik Shin, who previously was a reporter for the newspaper Daehan Ilbo, and editorial writer Ok Soon Lee of the Choong Ang Ilbo. After the close of the conference, the journalists could not help but exclaim: "Who other than Reverend Moon could gather journalists from around the world and speak to them so boldly? Truly, Reverend Moon is a global figure given birth to by Korea." At the reception that evening, this reporter, who had until then observed Reverend Moon only from afar, was given the opportunity to meet him in person. I found his dignified physical presence to be overwhelming. When I shook his hand, he took my hand and said with a smile that was both fearful and warm, "I'm going to have to take a look at this hand." As far as I can remember, he appeared as strong as the winner of a rural market day ssireum [a form of wrestling] contest leading his prize ox home. His eyes seemed to look right through me. The first time that Korean media began reporting on Reverend Moon's activities in earnest was in connection with his rally at New York's Yankee Stadium on June 1, 1976, and his address on September 18 of the same year at the Washington Monument, titled, "God's Will and World." One Korean journalist who covered the event in Yankee Stadium commented, "He really is the first Korean to have moved the world." He told me that the venue was filled with people, and the event was a great success. He said that he went to the stadium filled with some fifty thousand people and discovered Americans there singing "Omaya Nunnaya," a popular song in Korea at the time. He said he was dumbfounded to find such a large gathering of people sing-

ing a Korean song. This was still a time when Korea had barely emerged from the ruins of war, and Koreans still suffered from an inferiority complex that made them say, "How is it possible that a Korean could do this?" This was true in every field. Koreans still were using the self-deprecating expression, "What value is there in a yeob-jun," refering to a monetary coin of small value used during the Yi dynasty. It is without a doubt, therefore, that the sight of Reverend Moon crisscrossing the world as the embodiment of Korean confidence contributed to Korea's developing to the position it holds today. For a people to stand tall in the world, they must first rise above a history filled with suffering, and they must possess national pride. Reverend Moon still travels throughout the world, planting peace and letting people know about Korea. He traveled to North Korea for the sake of bringing about the reunification of the divided homeland, and he devotes his energies to the movement for North-South unification. He has also established many organizations working for peace and directs these personally. The Segye Times, founded by Reverend Moon, began publishing in 1989 and continues to this day. Reverend Moon also contributes to the development of journalistic culture through weekly and monthly publications, a wire service, and broadcast media entities. In reference to the future of the Segye Times, he said: "It and the Washington Times in Washington will stand as the lighthouses of truth in the East and West, drawing a clear line between truth and falsehood and be lanterns of freedom." His appearance is that of a saint who has transcended all the emotions of the secular world. He surpasses people much younger in his memory and ability to express himself. Reverend Sun Myung Moon is a great leader to whom Korea has given birth.

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On the Way to Interreligious Collaboration

H.E. Stanislav Shushkevich

Former President of Belarus

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nniversary celebrations are a good opportunity to analyze the past and ponder the future. Unfortunately, I can speak only about the near past since I came into contact with Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon and their international organizations only in 1992. I am constantly surprised by the scale of the work being carried out in its worldwide scope, the level of expertise, and the quality of their members as well. Among these many contacts are well-known public, political and religious leaders, university professors, and scientists-- all gifted and industrious. All the members of Reverend Moon's organizations that my wife and I have met work in effective cooperation and maximum high congeniality. Since I first became involved ten years ago, it has been my pleasure to note that among the members of the organizations established by Reverend Moon, there has been a marked increase in the number of representatives of the countries of the former USSR, including the citizens of my native Republic of Belarus. One also constantly observes the rise of the ambitious initiatives being tackled by these organizations. In truth, they touch the problems of the entire globe. Discussions have even been held in the halls of the committee rooms of the United Nations. The most important composition of efforts to establish confidence and peace in regions and on a global scale, in my opinion, has been a proposal to establish a Council of Religious Leaders to work in collaboration with the UN. The proposal was made in December 1998. To deal with that most complex issue, the Interreligious and International Federation for

World Peace (IIFWP) was founded in February 1999. Reverend and Mrs. Moon have visited many countries around the world to inaugurate IIFWP national offices. Their unshakable conviction has been absolutely substantiated, that namely the direct intercourse of the highest religious hierarchies--representatives of the world's different religions--promises the hope of nonviolent decisions for the critical problems of our present world. The establishment by the UN of a Council of Religious Leaders should become the first very important stage of transition from talks, assertions about peace and non-violence, to the settlement of conflicts. Open discussion, intercourse and exchange of views at the level of the top religious hierarchies will help decisively narrow the political debates that so often accompany the process of conflict resolution. Those who impugn the activities of Reverend Moon and his organizations are enemies of harmony and equal rights. They are confused by intellectual arguments and don't understand the peace-loving initiatives of this progressive Movement. In the Republic of Belarus, all the propagandistic mechanisms of the past Soviet standards have been aimed at Reverend Moon. The true objective of the powers in my country is to justify the supremacy of their authoritarian regime in the full communist sense. This method opposes the best method to achieve their purpose; instead they prefer a ruthless and violent fight. Society is kept unsteady and unstable by forcing fear and dread upon the humble citizenry, including beatings, torture and murder. It is a fact that the Soviet ideological and propaganda departments were purposely making the people of Belarus become like their Soviet counterparts for whom the use of brute force is considered the best method to achieve their objectives. But in reality, fear is the main instrument to gain the ruling regime's so-called "unanimous support." It is well known that not so long ago the communist terror machine made most people declare themselves atheists. There was systematic destruction of all churches and monuments. Those top-level officials in the church hierarchy who found the courage to speak against the ruling regime were crushed. All others were forced to change their beliefs and to adapt themselves to the situation and become puppets

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of the government. Many believed that after the reconstruction and disintegration of the USSR, these hostile and unwanted attitudes would be cast away, but instead, we see this attitude very much alive. For example, the Russian State TV continues to incite the public to counteract and oppose the activities of Reverend Moon's Movement. He is regularly accused of carrying out "crimes against the state" on the territory of Mother Russia, and being the leader of a "totalitarian religious sect," who's sole purpose is to gain profit at the expense of a trusting Russian people. In fact, on January 14, 2002 (the first day of the New Year by the old Russian Orthodox calendar), a very negative television program was shown on Russian Public Television. According to the program, the Russian Orthodox Church calls Reverend Moon's followers "souls gone astray." This propaganda should be seen clearly for what it is, the Belarus State television playing up to the government and the Church's ruling regimes. In my country, the ideology of aggression and intolerance has become the State's official policy. These actions are endorsed by the Orthodox Church, and in return for supporting the government's totalitarian ruling regime, the top religious leaders of the country regularly receive certain advantages and privileges. For example, as a sign of gratitude by the Church, Alexiy II, who is called the "orthodox atheist," has been awarded the church order of honor. Alexiy II and Lukashenko, both popular statesmen are calling for regional unity, but in their definition, that only includes the nations of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. There is constant behind-thescenes politicking to make sure the Church will have an imperial ruling position in any future administrations. To the regret of the top government leadership, not all Church officials are like their predecessors. For example, on January 19, 1918 the great religious leader, Patriarch Tikhon anathematized and cursed the Bolsheviks and passionately extolled believers "to not join with these monsters or enter into any intercourse with them." This great man paid for that statement with his life. At the height of Russian imperialism and its policy of aggressive colonialism, their main source of strength and control was the Soviet

Communist Party and its high leadership. Today the imperialistic inclinations of such Russian politicians as Lujkov, Jourinovsky, and Seleznev are served and supported by the Russian Orthodox Church. The Council of Religious Leaders, as envisioned and proposed by Reverend Moon, would surely be an obstacle in the path of such leaders of the upper strata who's sense of morality and ethics is dismally depraved and distorted. The Council would surely restrain unwanted colonialism and imperialistic actions as well as to constrain the totalitarian hold the Church maintains on the people. Such unrestrained authority has led the government, with the blessings of the Church, to the dreadful bloodshed and war in Chechnya and trying to presume themselves as the unopposed supreme state religion. Opponents and detractors of Reverend Moon and his Movement are those who fear constructive criticism, or stand to lose if the people understand and recognize the real motivation of the government and Church hierarchy's immoral supremacy. They are afraid of change even when the ideas will positively benefit the status quo. But this is not a novelty. It shouldn't be forgotten that at one time, false and cowardly pretenders were against the founding of the United Nations. They had to suffer the horror of World War II to finally recognize the necessity and benefits of a peaceful forum for the nations of the world. Conflict and struggles in today's world are almost always connected with the different religious spheres of influence. There is a danger that these differences may even lead to war among our civilizations. The establishment of a Council of Religious Leaders by the UN, in my view, is a brilliant proposal and remains the most courageous measure to forestall the danger of war in these most serious times that we live in. Although it will be difficult to realize, and here we must all lend our support and unify our efforts, I am confident that under the leadership of Reverend Moon and the myriad of organizations that he supports, that someday it will be a reality. I would like to wish Reverend Sun Myung Moon on the occasion of his 82nd birthday abiding optimum health so he may be able to continue all the noble work that he and Mrs. Moon, and their Movement are doing for the whole of humanity.

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The Future? Whither Our World?

Rt. Hon. Dr. Kennedy Simmonds

Former Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis

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e stand expectantly upon the threshold of the year 2002. We know that our ideal of Peace throughout the world is not yet a reality. However there is cause for hope, thankfulness and celebration. Over the years we have come together--people of various countries, cultures, religions, languages and race--brought together by a true CRUSADER for World Peace, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Reverend Moon with Mrs Moon have done, and continue to do great work in trying to bring about World Peace through fostering greater unity among all people and by promoting the values of true family life in obedience to God. As we join in celebrating the 82nd birthday of this Servant of God, I wish Reverend Moon continued health and much happiness. May he have many more years of service to God and to humanity. I was at home in the twin island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis on September 11, 2001 and like many persons all over the world, I was stunned and appalled to witness on television, the horrible events of that day. The current crisis, however, did not begin on that awful day, and we cannot allow the events of that day to immobilise us, rather they must serve to galvanise us into greater effort to find the solutions to conflict, hatred and hopelessness, so that we may usher in a new era of peace in the world. We, as a people, as different and as multicultural as we are, living in this time and in this world, have an awesome responsibility to make important choices now, to ensure that there is in fact a peaceful and a sustainable future. If we wish to get a glimpse or preview of that future, we have to

gaze into the "looking glass" of the present and review images of the past. We of this generation were, at one time, "the future" in relation to generations past. What was the environment in which this future was shaped? There were wars, violent conflicts, people fighting against oppression to enjoy fundamental freedoms. There was slavery, apartheid, racial segregation and other manifestations of racial and ethnic discrimination against women and abuse of children. There were, in fact, myriad crimes against humanity which were part of the landscape which shaped our existence. What is seriously disturbing is that the global environment which I have just described is in many respects an encapsulation of the global conditions which we face today. I believe, however, that in spite of the enormous difficulties our predecessors faced, they still managed to fashion for us a future that is in many respects better than the present which they experienced. This holds true because at the basic level of human development, the family, there is an instinctive motivation to provide for our children, a better life than we ourselves enjoyed. My parents struggled and sacrificed to ensure that I had a better education than they did, and that I was more equipped to fashion a better future for myself and my offspring. I submit, therefore, that there is in fact a basic and even primitive instinct in us to protect and enhance the future for our children and our youth. As we seek to protect the present to ensure the future, there are aspects of our human existence that we must preserve. Clearly we must adopt policies and strategies designed to preserve our natural habitat, so that it can continue to feed the world's growing population. We have seen the devastation and famine caused by desertification , the destruction of marine life by pollution, and over-exploitation. We are already experiencing climatic changes as a result of destruction of rain forests, excessive fossil fuel emissions and damage to the ozone layer. It is unfortunate that in seeking to address these very critical issues, the industrialised countries are attempting to minimize their own responsibility and unfairly burden the developing countries. In this regard, the United Nations must be an instrument of peacemaking and quality of life enhancement. The Organisation must be

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committed to the sustained and sustainable growth and development of all of its member states, large and small, in order to build a world partnership. All of us must share responsiblity for protecting and preserving the environment. However there must be a rational balance between environmental concerns and human development, so that environmental issues do not become a deterrent to development in poorer countries. Equally vital to our future development is the protection of moral standards and cultural values. The world is a cauldron of multicultural diversity. This diversity is real, it is dynamic, and it is not going to change, because it is rooted in our history and heritage. As humanity, occupying together this global village, depending on it for our sustenance, we must learn to live with the reality of diversity. We must respect it, we must learn more about it, and we must inculcate in our children, values which would enable them to treat each human being with love, respect, fairness, equity and justice. The global crisis we face today is being fueled by ignorance, callousness for human life, injustice, and an unhealthy lust for power over the minds of our young people. This global environment poses a serious challenge to our efforts to enhance the future of our youth. There are indications that the majority of the social problems affecting our youth can be attributed to their increasing alienation from society. This alienation occurs within families, communities, and even on an international scale. One perceives that there is a sense of hopelessness amongst our youth in many societies across the world. The hopelessness is evident in the pictures of poverty, disease, anger and mass migration which are constantly on our television screens. There can be no doubt that while there is no quick fix solution to this dilemma, that education has to be a cornerstone of any solution to bring our young people more into the mainstream of development There are two important dimensions to education as a tool of development. The first is access and the second is quality. Access has to be addressed initially at the local or community level and this would include provision of schools, and the means to ensure that all can attend. There is an economic dimension even where pri-

mary and secondary education is free. For example in St. Kitts and Nevis, we found that when we introduced a School Lunch program in primary Schools, attendance and hence access increased significantly. Access to education can also entail some international involvement, especially in refugee communities, and impoverished communities in countries burdened by debt and economic decline. The next important dimension of education is quality. This clearly must be addressed at the Community and National levels, and can be reflective of the political will to provide the necessary resources in teacher training and tools, along with the necessary planning to improve quality and relevance. Education must be more about preparation for life than about preparation for examinations. In the words of Dr. Michael Alleyne in his book, Nationhood from the Schoolbag. The promotion of creative thinking and critical intelligence in a citizenry is necessary for the exercise of true independence and the practice of democratic government. Education which takes into account the multicultural diversity of today's world, can be a major vehicle for removing prejudices and other negative characteristics, and developing positive and wholesome attitudes and values in the personality of the young citizen. Studies about different religions, different lifestyles can be an important and necessary adjunct to a curriculum which equips the student to deal with advances in technology and the vast explosion of knowledge. Relevance in education should also reflect the need to address issues of drug abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, teenage pregnancy, violent crime, unemployment, environment and gender bias. Women, youth, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities must be brought into the mainstream of development if we are to overcome this pervasive perception of alienation. Education, however, should not be seen as the panacea for all the ills of society affecting over youth. "We the people," in families, in communities small and large, across the global landscape must examine ourselves, our prejudices, and our thought processes to see how we can better work with others to determine what aspects of development and what practices in our society are negatively influencing our youth. Then

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forge a coalition with the youth, the religions, the media, the governments and all civic organizations to develop and implement a constructive agenda to rebuild our communities upon the principles of equity, justice and inclusiveness. We cannot aspire to save the planet for future generations, nor can we bequeath a legacy of peace while consigning the poor, the underprivileged, the underdeveloped of this generation to a life of persistent misery and deprivation. I truly believe that the prospects for lasting peace would be immeasurably enhanced if we seek to achieve that peace through development. Peace and development have always been linked, but they are usually portrayed as following parallel courses. I contend that their paths must be merged and that we must achieve the one--peace as a consequence of the other--development. Development which must

be sustainable and sustained. In the final analysis, reflections on the future of our world is really reflections about our children. At the historic Children's Summit at the United Nations in 1991, we the Leaders of that time, set ourselves the task of creating a better world for these children, and of equipping them now to manage it in the future. Our successors must carry the torch. The challenge is vast, involving their education, health, physical, mental and psychological development, and we must all rise to the task. There can be no greater or more noble mission to ensure that our youth, of every culture and every nation are given every opportunity to experience a better quality of life. We can better achieve this in a world of peace. "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."

Reverend Moon's Contributions

Singh Sahib Prof. Manjit Singh

Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India

everend Sun Myung Moon's life is a saga of turmoil and tribulations met with dogged determination. This single-minded devotion to the cause of uplifting a suffering humanity is a rare phenomenon in the present day world. Reverend Moon is the champion of the idea of living life rooted in spirituality. His spirituality is not only for profession but for practice. Through his life and deeds, he has set a standard of practical spiritu-

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ality not only for his own followers, but for all religious people. I have had many opportunities to interact both with Reverend Moon and with some of his senior disciples. I have always felt at home in their company. Talking to them has always been refreshing and rewarding. I admire the missionary zeal of Reverend Moon as well as his ability to combine successfully the spiritual and material concerns of human life. It is especially in this that I find a close parallel to one of the cardinal principles of Sikh faith. Guru Nanak, in the course of a dialogue with the spiritually elevated recluses (Sidhas) had remonstrated with them that if spiritually awakened persons run away from the worldly affairs, who is there then to guide the populace? Reverend Moon likewise insists upon the religious importance of socially useful actions on the part of the faithful. The only way to serve God is to serve humanity, yet the resolve to serve fellow human beings is nourished by prayer and a relationship with the living God. Reverend Moon's mission of strengthening the institution of family is another great idea which I deeply admire. The family breakdown

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portends impending social anarchy. If family can be saved, it will go act as the life raft to preserve the cradle of civilization.. The alarming consequences of broken families in advanced and prosperous societies are clear for the world to see. May I add that when Reverend Moon speaks of holy family and True Parents I hear an emphasis inter alia, the spiritual role of the matrimonial relationship. The spouses have not only a physical relationship but a partnership in spiritual life. An ideal family is the foundation of an ideal society and Reverend Moon's endeavor greatness is to work ceaselessly toward this end. I have participated in almost all the annual Conferences of IRFWP since 1993. I highly appreciate Reverend Moon's commitment to bring different religious communities together. I have come to believe that respecting and understanding religious traditions other than one's own is spiritually rewarding. The best way to appreciate different religious traditions is to understand and look at them from the perspective of their adherents. IRFWP Conferences provide a forum for such a friendly dialogue where spokespersons of major world religious converse and enrich each other. For me, these conference have provided a wonderful opportunity to introduce Sikhism in a worldwide forum. Another great contribution of Reverend Moon is his insistence on spirituality as a mooring of moral life. His fight against communism was at its core a battle against its anti religious role. Atheism being one of the main elements of communism, led to suppression and repression of believers, and the spiritually minded intelligentsia. Howsoever materially and technologically advanced we may become, the need for warm human relationships and mutual trust cannot be substituted. Reverend Moon strives towards a loving and caring world society following a divine course. It needs to be understood and ap-

preciated in a proper perspective. A novel way of weaving the fabric of an international society is to tie the matrimonial knots of spouses of different nations. His followers cheerfully comply with this vision, substantially applying such direction in their daily lives and families. It is wonderful indeed that a great majority of such alliances succeed. Mutual love and trust is nourished by faithfulness and care for each other, one of the vows to be taken before these Blessed marriages. Even those who already married can join the bigger family of his followers who commit themselves to such principles of holy family. Their number now runs in the millions. Witnessing countless couples participating in annual marriage ceremonies is a great spectacle, only a believer can feel the divine presence on these occasions, and understand the deep spiritual meaning of such an endeavor. The Family Federation for World Peace involves in its conferences and seminars political leaders and outstanding academicians. This helps to better appraise the compulsions of political leaders and to collectively devise ways and means to address the problems presently facing the human race. That this involves tremendous mobilization of human and material resources is commonly known fact, but very few ponder just how Reverend Moon and his team of dedicated followers make this possible. We know that these organizations have powerful spirits from heaven behind them. Without it they remain nothing but bodies of rules and regulations. IIFWP has relied on the continuous patronage and munificence of Reverend Moon to keep it alive and moving forward. Thus, not only on my own behalf, but also on behalf of my Sikh brethren, I wish Reverend Moon a healthy and purposeful life on the occasion of his 82nd birthday. May God forever keep and bless our beloved Reverend Moon.

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Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, Jr.

Founder, African American Catholic Congregation, Washington, D.C.

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n the holy occasion of your 82nd birthday, it is an honor and pleasure to offer my tribute and testimony to a newfound relationship with you, and try to express all that it has meant

to me. "Never judge a book by its cover." How often have we heard this admonition and yet, have failed to heed it? For over two decades, I ducked and hid from becoming intimately involved with Reverend Moon and the Unification Church. Such a distance was maintained out of misperceptions conveyed by others through media and word of mouth. I never allowed myself to "see for myself " until destiny brought us together in an unconventional and unexpected way. In the fall of 2000, Minister Louis Farrakhan, summoned the country to our nation's capital for the celebration of the Million Family March. I had played a prominent role in the historic Million Man March on October 16, 1995 and was asked by the Minister to participate five years later. Unbeknownst to the masses, Minister Farrakhan had solicited the support of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the Founder of the Unification Church, to play a pivotal role in the orchestration of the Million Family March. (Once I knew the central tenet of the Unification Church, it was clear why Father saw such an involvement and association as attractive and appealing). At a Million Family March Prayer Breakfast at which I was a speaker, I met Reverend Michael Jenkins, the North American President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, who introduced himself to me and extended an invitation for lunch. It was at that point that I re-initiated my association with the Unification Church.

Over 20 years ago, I had my first encounter with the Unification Church while a young pastor at Saint Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church in Anacostia, in Southeast Washington, D.C. I was eager to meet all the challenges of urban ministry and learn the ways of a new pastor. I cannot remember to this day the name of the person who first introduced me to the movement. All I recall is that the gentleman was very courteous, gracious and persuasive as he laid the groundwork for my introduction to Unificationism. The more I positively responded to each invitation, the more I was being persuaded. But after a couple of months, I told him that while I appreciated all of his gestures of kindness, the demands of my own ministry made it impossible for me to continue contact. My relationship with the Unification Church lay dormant until after my departure from the Roman Catholic Church. My second introduction to the Unification Church came in February of 1997. One of its members, David Richard Urban, visited Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregation on Capitol Hill. One Sunday, after having attended a number of Sunday Masses, he approached me while I was greeting parishioners. He was very excited about sharing information on True Family Values and asked if I would consider inviting him to give a seminar to our membership. Not wanting to expose my parishioners to any information of which I was not familiar, I asked Mr. Urban to present it to me first. He eagerly did just that! After years of tilling, the soil was ready to receive the seed when Reverend Jenkins extended an invitation to me, on behalf of Dr. Chang Shik Yang, the North American Continental Director of the FFWPU, to be a part of the organizing committee for the 50 State "We Will Stand" Tour. The committee consisted of outstanding clergy, representing the major Christian denominations in America, who gathered to put the finishing touches on a nationwide pilgrimage that would highlight the theme: "Rebuilding the Family, Restoring the Community, Renewing the Nation and the World." It was on that occasion that I first laid eyes on the woman who would one day become my wife, Sayomi Kamimoto. The "We Will Stand" National Tour began on Sunday, February

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25, 2001 at the Garden of Prayer Cathedral in Bronx, New York, pastored by Bishop Billy Robinson and continued daily from state to state, covering all 50 States and 52 cities in 52 days! It was an incredible feat beyond description. My first personal encounter with you, Father and Mother, took place in Houston, Texas during the first week of the tour. On the morning following the event, Reverend Jenkins formally introduced me to you at a breakfast gathering. I was excited about finally meeting someone who seemed larger than life and finding out for myself why so many attempts had been made to vilify you. I hardly knew what to say. All I knew is that I was deeply moved and felt a magnetic attraction to someone who was already an icon to so many. There is something about adversity that draws people together (Soren Kierkegaard) and I felt particularly drawn to Father because I, too, had been so often misunderstood and maligned. There was something about the heart of Reverend Moon that made me feel deeply loved and admired. There would be several more states and many more breakfasts. Each occasion allowed me to see you in a much broader and more intensive light. I treasured each moment as I felt the heart and passion of two persons who were totally committed to God and fully living for the sake of others. You were no longer simply Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. You had become Father and Mother Moon to me. Even today, I cherish every memory of these experiences. I knew that it would only be a matter of time before the subject of marriage would be broached. After all, the central theme of the 50 State Tour was a non-stop focus on rebuilding and restoring the family. At the heart of rebuilding the family is the married couple: committed and dedicated to reflecting the true love of God by a vow of permanency and fidelity. I was an ordained man of God, championing the virtues of marriage, yet unmarried. I knew that I would have to resolve the contradiction sooner or later. I had been a celibate priest in the Roman Catholic Church for 15 years. Prior to that, I had been a seminarian for 10 years. It was pounded into my head that marriage was not an option but a blessing that I had to sacrifice for "a greater good." Even after I founded an autonomous

and independent church and established marriage as an option for clergy, I still could not imagine myself as a married man due to 25 years of indoctrination. I thought there was no one on the face of the earth that could "deprogram" me and give me a desire to welcome and embrace marriage. That is, not until I met and encountered Father Sun Myung Moon. After my heart was moved by Father's teaching on marriage, coupled with the powerful witness of Father and Mother's living example of marriage, I showed no hesitancy when Father asked me at a breakfast gathering if I was interested in getting married. I felt that the time was right. Later, at another breakfast setting, I was asked, again, if I was serious about getting married. Not only was I willing, I was more resolved than ever. Father then asked, through his interpreter, Reverend Peter Kim, if I would prefer an African-American, Japanese or Korean for a wife. The Spirit of God led me to say: "Japanese. In fact, Father, I would like Mother to play a critical role in the selection process because I know she will bring a mother's heart to meet the special needs of her new son." Everyone chuckled but I felt that the wheels would be in full motion once we left the table to set out for another city. The 50 State National Tour was supposed to have concluded with a grand finale in Washington, D.C. on the Monday, April 16th, the day after Easter Sunday. However, realizing that a couple of states had been grouped together, Father decided to visit West Virginia and Vermont on the morning and evening of April 17th, respectively. It was at the Washington, D.C. event that I met Sayomi Kamimoto for the second time. After the conclusion of the National Tour and Victory Celebration at East Garden in Tarrytown, New York, Father Moon was ready to shift things into 5th gear again. One thing that I have learned and admired about the True Parents is that they never stop! Age is only a chronological number to Father. He moves with the agility and grace of a middle-aged man. Before I realized it, plans were set in motion for Father's visit to historic Harlem at Canaan Baptist Church, pastored by the Reverend Dr. Wyatt T. Walker, the former Chief of Staff to Dr. Martin Luther

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King, Jr. Dr.Yang and Reverend Jenkins asked if I would assist in the effort and I gladly consented. After the successful conclusion of the Harlem event, there was another visit to East Garden for a Victory Celebration. At the conclusion of the event, Father Moon called me to the stairwell of his personal residence and asked if I was sure that I was ready to be matched. I enthusiastically said: "Yes, Father." He smiled heartily and gave an expression that conveyed the sense I was asking for more than I realized. Eventually, the day arrived for me to be matched by Father and Mother Moon. My joy was complete when heaven moved them to

select Sayomi Kamimoto, a native of Okinawa, Japan to be my wife. As the saying goes, everything else is history! Thank you, God, for never allowing me to judge a book by its cover. If I had, I would have missed out on a blessing of a lifetime! Father and Mother Moon: my wife Sayomi, our son-to-be (schedule to be born on April 27th) and I wish to express our filial piety, eternal love, devotion and fidelity in attending God and True Parents. You have given to us a gift that will last forever. Our lives will never be the same. Happy Birthday, Cham-pumo-nim!

See How They Love One Another

Dr. Paul R. Swanson

Professor Emeritus Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

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s I reflect upon the road that you have taken and upon my experience as a Lutheran pastor and theologian walking that road with you, it takes me back to the 1980s, when a small group of pastors and theologians began to meet monthly for dialogue. Through your vision and support, we began to realize that we held more in common than any of the theological positions that separated us. I recall later conferences in Chicago and Washington DC which brought together those with similar feelings. Sometime later, you made it possible to gather together others like us from the many regions of the United States. A conference was held in the Bahamas, and much of the time was spent in small groups. Al-

though our biases initially distanced us, slowly but surely we began to feel less threatened and began to listen to each other and communicate more constructively, and with greater respect for each other. As each of us started to feel understood, we experienced ourselves coming more closely together as persons. We began to feel that it was good for us to be here, coupled with the desire to meet together more often. The more I participated, the more I felt the barriers between us breaking down. What really started to come through to me, and which was closely related to my values and goals as a pastoral theologian teaching family counseling in a Lutheran seminary and as a marriage and family therapist supervising the clinical counseling of pastors in a Doctor of Ministry Program in Marriage and Family Counseling, was your strong emphasis on the unity of the family as an essential educational institution for future life. Later, Mrs. Moon began to speak about love as the manna for a life of sacrificial service, both for individuals and as a nation under God. What drew me into the fellowship and work of the American Clergy Leadership Conference is the love that I have experienced from those you have taught, which seems to radiate directly from the heart of Reverend Moon. It is a living example of the New Testament state-

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ment and dictum; `see how they love one another.' As the movement grew and began to reach a more diverse group of pastors and religious leaders, three high points have stayed with me. The first of these was a ceremony of Marriage Blessing in Madison Square Garden, in which I was called upon to give a prayerful statement as to the principles of marriage as seen by mainline Protestant Denominations, even as representatives of other religious faith groups brought their prayerful statements and wishes with respect to marriage. A second highpoint was the conference in Moscow, meant to bring together the youth and future leaders of three world powers hitherto apart--Russian, China and the United States. As I walked off the stage, arm-in-arm with professors from Russia and India, my heart was beating a heavy refrain to a worldwide message and witness.

The third highpoint was the experience and mission at the 38th parallel in Korea. Here we felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to pray for our brothers and sisters both in North as well as South Korea that they might find unity and peace. Our prayers were accompanied by peace doves, even as we heard in the distance the helicopters and guns in target practice of the North Koreans. Yes, these are the experiences which you, Reverend Moon, have envisioned and to a large degree made possible to ever enlighten and broaden the vision of Jesus' disciples as well as for those of the East and West who may pray to the one God and Father of us all in a different name. I wish to thank you and Mother Moon and wish you God's blessing on this your 82nd birthday.

Hoon Dok Hae Inspires Me

Mr. Walid Wafic el Tibi

Editor and board member of the Lebanese Press Syndicate Ambassador of Peace

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t is a great pleasure, and an honor indeed, for me to congratulate you on your 82nd birthday. Your work for building peace and understanding is vital worldwide, and nowhere more so than in our Middle East region. I had the privilege to attend a World Media Conference and the WCSF in 1997 in Washington, D.C., to participate in another semi-

nar in Washington in 1999, and to join in the regional IIFWP conference in Istanbul last summer. Every time, the events never failed to impress me with their spiritual richness, and with the timeliness and accuracy of their message. The media carry a great responsibility in providing insight and creating understanding, and your work in founding media organizations and offering guidance and values that the media are in great need of is extremely important. I fully support your work for peace and affirm the spiritual values that you bring us. Your words, which we discussed in the Hoon Dok Hae sessions in Washington, were a deep inspiration for me. In times of great difficulty, such as these are in the Middle East, we rely on such words and on the wisdom of the founders of our religions, in finding hope and seeking a way to a future of peace. From my whole heart, I wish health and success for you and your family in the coming year, and God's blessings and success in your work.

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Moral Education is Spreading

Mr. Sanjbegz Tumur-Ochir

Chairman of the State Great Hural (Parliament), Former professor and vice rector at Mongolian State University

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ongratulations upon your 82nd birthday, Dr. Sun Myung Moon. I appreciate your investment in our country, for the sake of our nation. Mongolian leaders have deeply recognized that it is essential to offer effective moral education for our youth. However, those executing this policy cannot necessarily fulfill this directive satisfactorily. Moral decline is not an exception in Mongolia, and people are influenced by the current trend to strive for material wealth at the sacrifice of maintaining their morality. The more that time passes since Mongolia was liberated from the communist autocracy and became democratized, the more serious this problem becomes. Recognizing this dilemma, our leaders are grateful for Dr. Moon's constant efforts to promote the moral education of our youth. It is truly relevant for you to contribute in this area. At present, several international organizations founded by Reverend Moon have branches working actively in Mongolia. With the support of many enthusiastic young volunteers, they are helping to solve some of the difficult issues we face. On this occasion of Dr. Moon's 82nd birthday, I would like to convey congratulatory remarks from the bottom of my heart while reporting on the progress of activities being carried out by the International Educational Foundation (IEF), founded by Reverend Moon, and the group's significant impact on Mongolia. I will discuss two projects: The quest for an ideal textbook of moral education, and the implementation of your vision of moral education through the "model school." Side by side, the textbook and model school projects, which originated from

Dr. Moon's teaching and vision, will greatly contribute to the effective moral education of the youth in our nation. Dr. Moon's investment in this country began in 1994 with the activities of the IEF. Ever since the first visit by Dr. Joon Ho Seuk, president of the then Moscow-based IEF, to Mongolia on behalf of Dr. Moon, the moral education of our youth has been emphasized. Former Minister of Education Davaasuren, guided by then President Ochirbat and Prime Minister Jasrai, welcomed the introduction of My World and I, an IEF textbook for moral education, into secondary schools. Davaasuren's active involvement laid the foundation for a version of the book to be translated from Russian to Mongolian in 1996. Through many IEF workshops in the capital and in the countryside to help schoolteachers make the best use of the textbook, our nation could make a foundation for the moral education of our youth. Because I, too, was once a minister of education, I have appreciated the textbook and have been interested in its effect on teaching for the sake of the future of this nation. Secondary school teachers have reflected upon the positive impact of the textbook, commonly emphasizing several points: understanding the meaning and value of pure love, better mutual understanding among peers, discovery of self-identity, realizing and promoting the four spheres of love in the family, and so forth. Particularly, in the midst of confusing and overwhelming media information directed at youths about the misuse of love in modern times, My World and I consistently gives us a sound message of how true love is dynamically shaped through mutual relationships in the family. The IEF's informative lecture on the four spheres of love in the family, in particular, has impressed a lot of people, young and old. A healthy relationship between husband and wife, as well as their maturation as parents of unconditional love, comes upon the successful foundation of the sphere of children's love and siblings' love. The text also deals with religion, in terms of commonly taught moral standards. Under the circumstances in this nation, where people are responding to particular religions imported from outside our country since the democratization, the idea of illuminating their common objectives of family values and moral values to distinguish good and evil has been effectively launched in school education. It is effective be-

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cause leaders, teachers, and the general people still hold many spiritual values, which are based on the traditional religious teachings of our country, and they know that these should be maintained for the sake of their sound development, especially as people tend to be more and more attracted to physical betterment to satisfy their life on earth. I hope for Mongolian citizens to successfully adopt the good universal values taught by religions for the common good, as the My World and I texts propose. Plans are being made to revise the textbook to overcome a certain limitation because of direct translation from the original Russian text. The IEF is preparing to incorporate many distinctive traditions identified with Mongolian culture and history in order to polish and enrich its first edition. I have helped the IEF on the revision project by appointing staff from our Ministry of Education to work with them. Thanks to your effort with the IEF and our domestic staff, the class on family ethics has in reality become essential to Mongolian high school students in the capital city. On the day that the revised edition of My World and I comes out this fall, your vision for the moral education of our youth will take a step further, with schools effectively teaching family-based ethics. The ongoing model school project in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar is a substantial testimony to your vision of moral education for youth. On Oct. 13, 2000, with an educational seminar for all fifty-three of its teachers, the fifty-seventh school in the capital was designated as the first model school in Mongolia. Since then, the IEF has intensively carried out sessions for teacher training six times in order to substantiate the vision. In this school, teachers have applied methods of moral education to the first through tenth grades. Based on one year's application of the course, the school director is pleased to note many positive effects on the students' performance. Some 60 percent of the students reported that the IEF teaching brought the greatest change in their life, and that they could experience the happiest time during the year by helping their parents. About 55 percent felt that they had regained the oriental tradition of being courteous toward elders, learned by greeting elders every day. And 50 percent said they had changed their idea about love to account for the

various kinds of love relationships in a healthy family. Overall, relations between students and teachers have improved, with each deepening their mutual understanding and trust of the other. As a result, the students also grew more attentive in all their classes. At the beginning of this year, the director and one teacher had the chance to share their experiences with those working in model schools in other countries, by attending an IEF conference convened in Moscow. Many Mongolian leaders, including myself, appreciate your numerous offers, without discrimination, to have us join in your international conferences. Those opportunities have greatly helped us connect ongoing issues in the world to our own experiences. The model school conference was especially effective for the above-mentioned attendees, as it coincided with evaluating their own experience upon completing one year of working in a model school. Stimulated by the interactions with model-school practitioners from other countries, the school has developed an exciting action plan for this year. First, the model school will disseminate the idea of family ethics to the students' parents from the perspective of "family as the first school for children." Parents will then be more involved in considering what circumstances allow for effective moral education. Second, the school's instructors will seriously reflect on the idea of pure love in sex education: that is, abstinence before marriage. This perspective should prove valuable as people recognize that human love and heart are meant to be cultivated and mature through the multiple dimensions of relationships in the family as people grow up. Third, the community of the model school, encompassing the teachers, students, and parents, will collaboratively share its experience with people from other schools in order to expand the idea throughout the district. In order to implement the action plans on each level, the community is must know how to use the My World and I textbook effectively. The model school understands itself to be an experiment in striving to attain an ideal school. Disseminating such an idea of the model school and its experience throughout other school communities will for sure contribute to improving the moral education of the youth in our country.

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The Sincere Effort of These Young People...

Niko Veizi

Mayor of Vlora City, Albania

y first contact with the Unification Movement was in the year 2000. In October, 2000 I was appointed Mayor of Vlora city. One month later the representative of the Family Federation and CARP in Vlora visited and invited me to participate in a national conference held in Durres. Just by seeing the theme and the content of the conference, "Global Character Education For A Culture of Peace", I decided to attend the program. I was really moved by the vision of this movement which was quite unknown to me. I strongly asked the European VIPs and leaders of the Federation to organize a similar conference in my city, Vlora. My request was accepted and on January 14, 2001 we held the same conference in Vlora where 130 participants attended, 50 of whom were students. So, slowly I became a close partner of FFWP and CARP and was always interested to know about national and international activities. Looking at the youth of Vlora and the need for character education, I was always thinking how to give them a vision for their life and their country. This vision, which I was looking for, was clearly explained in the teachings of Reverend Moon, and carried out through the substantial work of his movement and his followers. After the successful conference in January, I had the opportunity to see closely the foundation and the work of Father Moon in Korea through a wonderful trip of Albanian VIPs organized by FFWP with the personal care of the European President Kwang Kee Sa. The re-

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spect and appreciation for Reverend Moon and his movement has been growing continuously since that time, and gradually I became acquainted with other branches of the Unification movement. Of particular mention is the project which we conducted in Vlora in April 2001 together with IRFF and CARP. The title of the project was: "Culture of Peace 2001, Youth, Voluntarism and Environment". After many educational activities, we went into the field to put into practice what we learned so far. The project itself was not a big one, but the impact of it was great. Forty young people gathered in Vlora from 12 different nations to work as volunteers for the restoration of a park in the center of the city. It was amazing to see these young, fresh and joyful boys and girls becoming friends with each other and the other young people who, in the beginning were laughing at them, now were starting to work together, helping each other and sharing together. The media covered the progress of the project daily and people's concept about voluntarism started to change, especially concerning young people. Many high school students joined the volunteers every day and worked together. The citizens could see the real value of the sincere effort of these young people for the common welfare of the city. Within one week, what was promised and planned was done and this was the most precious lesson given to all of us by these young people who had come together by the ideal and vision of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Once again, this me that it is a privilege and honor to work and cooperate with Reverend Moon's representatives. I take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for Father Moon and wish him a wonderful celebration on his 82nd birthday this year. Now is the time that the world should acknowledge and appreciate the great contribution that Reverend Moon has given for the realization of World Peace. I wish with all my heart Happy Birthday and long life to Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon.

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Foremost Evangelist for World Peace

Hon. Jose de Venecia

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Philippines Chairman of the Lakas NUCD- UMDP Party

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am pleased to offer this birthday tribute to the foremost evangelist for world peace in our time, Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Some day he will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on behalf of humankind. I was with Reverend Moon, Reverend Chung Hwan Kwak, and some internationally known political and religious leaders in New York just a few days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, at a time when most people were afraid to visit New York or even the United States. It is a mark of spiritual courage, political skill, and sincerity that the Inter-Religious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) decided to hold this historic meeting in New York precisely to show that we are not afraid of extremists and terrorists, and that the antidote to international terrorism is love for humanity and cooperation among peoples. In December, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and I addressed the Christian Democrats International in Mexico City, where some 1,000 presidents, prime ministers, speakers of parliaments, senators, congressmen, and religious and private sector leaders from Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa assembled. Before that assembly's Executive Committee, I proposed that we Christian Democrats initiate a global Christian-Muslim coalition as an instrument for bringing about a dialogue between these two cultures--and as an instrument for reaching out to win the hearts and minds of young people in particular in the Muslim world. I fervently believe that such a coalition would dispel historical preju-

dices between people of the two great faiths. Such a coalition would also strengthen Muslim moderates and isolate extremists all over the world. We had made the same proposal to President George W. Bush last November 20, when President Arroyo, Senate President Franklin Drilon, and I met with President Bush, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice in the Oval Office at the U.S. White House. To President Bush I said: "We congratulate you on your victory in Afghanistan. With almost zero casualties, it was unbelievable. It was a kind of miracle. But the capture of Osama bin Laden or even his death may not put an end to terrorism or to the terrorist infrastructure in various parts of the world. "Terrorism will not end for as long as there is social injustice, degradation, social alienation, and grinding poverty--whether in Mindanao or Aceh; in Indonesia, Pakistan, or parts of Muslim India; in Tajikistan or Turkmenistan; or in Chechnya, Kosovo, or BosniaHerzegovina; the Sudan, Nagorno-Karabagh, Nigeria or Kashmir, or Palestine and Lebanon." Since the Crusades, these places have been areas of Muslim-Christian confrontation. In these first years of the twenty-first century, those confrontations have exploded in bitter conflict. The key to removing social injustice and grinding poverty is to mount a massive--and worldwide--anti-poverty campaign. We need to put an end to injustice, social degradation, and ignorance. And to do this, we need to reach out to our Muslim brethren and to the peoples of all the other great faiths, so that the effort can become truly universal. As a Roman Catholic, I sincerely believe that God is using Jesus Christ, His own son, who is also God, as His instrument. One day, in His own great moment and in His own distinguished way, the Lord will move for the unification of all these great religions, whose numbers are almost equal. There are a billion Muslims, a billion Buddhists, a billion Hindus, and more than a billion Christians. This is my own belief: that someday all this will happen and lasting peace will come to us. And I also believe that God did not allow Reverend Moon to emerge on this earth--from the ashes of war in Ko-

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rea--if He did not have a defining mission for humanity and for Reverend Moon in these first years of the third millennium. I believe that Reverend Moon, too, will be mobilized by the Lord's Will, as much as by the forces of geopolitics and history. I believe that Reverend Moon shall be an instrument of this historical movement toward the unification of all the great civilizations, cultures, and religions. My friend, I speak to you from my heart, because I believe this is something that we can do together. I know it will take a million steps to achieve this dialogue of civilizations--this unification of religions-- of which I speak. But let us begin with the first step together. In the Philippines we have President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is brilliant, moral, hardworking, capable, and experienced. She herself is a believer in bringing about Christian-Muslim democracy. Our own political party is called Lakas ("Strength") NUCD-UMDP. What do the initials NUCD stand for? National Union of Christian Democrats. It is the only political party in the Philippines, and perhaps in Asia, with a religious dimension. What does UMDP mean? United Muslim Democrats of the Philippines. Perhaps, the Lakas NUCD-UMDP is the only party in the world that houses Christians and Muslims under one roof--in a common political house--because that was our strategy. President Fidel Ramos, former Foreign Secretary Raul Manglapus, and I together created the party in late 1991 to launch the successful Ramos candidacy. We wanted to see how we could, in our time, unite these various forces, the descendants of the Crusades and the descendants of the Muslim conqueror Saladin. During the heyday of the Muslim civilization, which coincided with the Dark Ages of Europe from 800 to 1100, Muslims were ahead of us in science and technology. They also developed algebra. During this period, the Muslims were dedicated to education, science, technology, the arts, and culture, and they were peaceful. But after this period, when the Muslims began losing out to the increasingly aggressive Europeans, they were no longer as peaceful. There were Christian-Muslim wars in what is now Palestine. Saladin won the battle of Jerusalem and, being magnanimous in victory, set his Christian captives free.

In our own small way, we in the Philippines are trying to promote Christian-Muslim dialogue. We are making a good strategic model for such a reconciliation program. While our country is overwhelmingly Catholic, it has a large Muslim minority in its southern main island of Mindanao. Mindanao is being used today as a social laboratory for ChristianMuslim cooperation. Through Mindanao State University and other institutions of civil society, we are launching an anti-poverty program in Mindanao. We will be introducing information technology and opening up opportunities for entrepreneurship for local Muslims, Christians, and the indigenous Lumad communities. We want to bring a change in Mindanao such that certain misguided Muslim extremists will no longer teach Muslim youths that they can ensure their ascension into paradise by killing their enemies. That mindset enabled terrorists to smash airplanes loaded with fuel into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. We need dialogue between the great religions, and we need to manage this global political problem, if we are to avert the clash of civilizations that Samuel Huntington of Harvard has spoken of. We need to launch a parallel political effort, perhaps led by President Bush and the G-7 countries, to complement the military effort that the U.S. government is leading, together with its international anti-terrorist coalition. Three weeks ago I spoke in the Speaker's chamber of the British Parliament, upon the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Chancellor of the House of Lords. We must now ask the leaders of the British Parliament to help us mobilize this great dialogue. We also asked the leaders of the U.S. Congress to initiate this dialogue, by proposing a political and cultural program, using the mass media, to win the battle of ideas and to reach out to Muslim youth. I know of no organization--except the Christian Democrats International (CDI), now under the presidency of Spanish Premier Jose Ma. Aznar--carrying out this program to bring about a dialogue between civilizations and cultures. The CDI opened a dialogue with Rabitah, the World Muslim League, in Paris and Moscow in 1993. I

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had the privilege to preside over this program, attended by representatives of the Vatican, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Egyptian Muslims, and the Muslims of Russia. The only other international organization I know of capable of leading this movement is the IIFWP, led by Reverend Moon. I hope that we can work together to reach out to the various cultures and civilizations. I do not speak only of Christian-Muslim dialogue. I also speak of Christian-Hindu dialogue and Christian-Jewish dialogue. Last year I had the privilege to begin a dialogue with the Buddhists in Taiwan, led by the Chinese visionaries Abbott Shih, Weichueh, and Sister His Chien Yin, who have recently built, in southern Taiwan, the largest Buddhist temple in the world. My friends the Christians, Muslims, Jews, and others, we are all grandchildren of Abraham. We are all people of the Book, and the time has come for us to sit down together. Let us wash our robes clean--whatever our robes may be--and together let us gather God's people, from one end of the earth to the other. We have the opportunity now to construct our own agenda for peace, this brotherhood among men under Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Gautama Buddha, and all the great leaders.

So, I said to myself, there must be a way of unifying all these religions. I repeat. Perhaps God in His own great moment and in His own mysterious way will unite all of them, since these are all His sons and daughters. And I believe one of the instruments for this unification is the IIFWP. Together let us, those who believe in God and those who believe in peace and the brotherhood of man, go forth to Muslim Malaysia, to Muslim Indonesia, the Muslim part of Thailand; to Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Hindu and Muslim India; toward Afghanistan and beyond; to Central Asia, the Balkans, East Asia, and North Africa, and dialogue among the Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists, for we are all God's children, created under the canopy of heaven. Then we can bring about this unity among civilizations and cultures so that--with God's blessings, God's benediction--we can bring about a hundred years of peace and eliminate poverty, not only in the Third World but also in the back streets of the G-7 countries. It is my hope that--together with Reverend Sun Myung Moon's vision--my country, the Philippines, can work with the other nations under God in launching this great movement for Christian-Muslim democracy and for peace in every region of the world.

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Your Ministry Transcends All Races, Creeds, and Colors

Rev. Maxine Walker

Publisher, The Spiritual Perspective Newspaper, Chicago, Illinois

e salute you on your 82nd Birthday, and our prayer for you is that you have many, many more. We applaud you as the founder of the True Family Values Ministry, and as a tireless worker inspired by the vision of world peace. The Bible says,

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"Go ye therefore into all the world." Your ministry, as I have witnessed it, transcend all races, creeds and colors. It also transcends denomination. Your vision allows you unlimited power because it does not seek a certain kind or a certain place. It is within this broad, eternal spirit that God can do His best work when we as a people, (black, brown, white and yellow) can look at one another and not see race or color, but see God. To Mother Moon, you wear the emblem of womanhood well. Your walk represents woman, mother, wife, teacher, leader and life-giver. Reverend Moon, the woman who God ordained to be by your side is a nurturer and life giver. Always remember, when you get weak or become weary in well doing, it will be Mother Moon who will be that bridge over trouble waters, together with God. To God Be The Glory...Happy Birthday

Global Peace Begins in the Family

Armstrong Williams

Radio and TV Host, "On the Right Side"

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early everyone in the United States has read or heard some thing about the founder of the Unification Church, Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Some portray him as a publishing guru who has used his extensive media network to promote the free press and to explore issues related to media ethics and responsibility. Others have recognized him as an extraordinarily dedicated religious leader. Who is Reverend Moon? A brief recap: In 1945, Reverend Moon formed a public ministry

and traveled to communist North Korea to spread the word of God. A year later he was imprisoned on charges of disturbing the social order and nearly tortured to death. Having managed to escape, he was again arrested in 1948 and this time sentenced to five years' hard labor in a concentration camp. In 1950, Gen. Douglas MacArthur liberated the camp. Shortly thereafter, Reverend Moon formed the Unification Church. His professed goal was nothing less than nurturing the spiritual and social unions that keep us huddled together as a society. Or, as Reverend Moon put it during a 1996 declaration before the Family Federation for World Peace, "Our ultimate responsibility is to build world peace, but global peace begins in the family. Harmony, peace and happiness within the family begin with a relationship to the Creator, one of children to parent. Thus, the solution for world peace is to rebind the relationship between the Creator and each family." Reverend Moon continues, "The greatest destruction of our families and thus our societies occurs when these principles [the institution of marriage] are violated."

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In the half century since forming his first church, Reverend Moon's simple yet divine message has spread across the world and birthed countless missions in over 130 countries. Presently, Reverend Moon's own media empire largely hauls the message along. Having correctly anticipated the information explosion, Reverend Moon hopped aboard the handy wave of electronic and print media to help spread his gospel. In countless publications, Reverend Moon's message of ethics and Christian charity resounds with unrelenting clarity. Of course, having been imprisoned in North Korea, Moon is also deeply sensible to the link between a free press and the democratization of ideas. To paraphrase John Stuart Mill, a general state newspaper is a means for molding people to be exactly like one another. It is with the hope of facilitating the friction of honest minds and thus enhancing the international dialogue that Reverend Moon has birthed a wildly diverse media empire that straddles three continents. At bottom, Reverend Moon's message remains astonishingly straightforward: A loving marriage under God is the most fundamental institution of our society. From this union flow the breath and smiles and stability of our youth. From this union springs a love that encompasses the full range of human emotion, from our understanding of the word passion to our simplest trifle. Indeed, a loving marriage under God is the bedrock of our society. I am reminded of something I once heard about a flock of geese flying in their traditional "V" formation. Two engineers learned that each bird, by flapping its wings, creates uplift for the bird that follows. Together, the whole flock gains 70 percent greater flying range than if they were journeying alone. This simple, yet poetic observation sheds a reflected light on the condition of man: thrown together into the

chaotic rhythm of life; we owe ourselves a tremendous loyalty to build upon the dignity of man through teamwork. Reverend Moon put it succinctly: "The world is fast becoming a global village. The survival and prosperity of all are dependent on a spirit of cooperation. The human race must recognize itself as one family of man." To aid the process, Reverend Moon has established a worldwide network of charitable organizations that promote the highest moral and intellectual standards of marital responsibility. He also presided over mass weddings. Indeed, it is worth noting that over 80 percent of the millions of couples Reverend Moon has united in "holy marriage" remain united today. That's high praise in an era when the nuclear family is always threatening to go boom. Such is the testament to Reverend Moon's ability to awaken a spirituality that transcends any particular denomination and speaks to the very basic foundation of social interconnectedness. In his spiritual arc--from prison camp detainee to religious leader-- we are reminded that genuine faith can withstand confrontation and opposition; it can ascend and transcend, it can spread out across continents, then harden into an stunning vision of human interconnectedness. Reverend Moon ascends because he transcends the basic tribalism that is at the heart of human conflict. As with all great religious leaders, he urges us to shed our egotism and personal vanity so that we may do good in return to society. His lifelong subject has been the affirmation of basic human dignity. It is a goal he continues to strive toward, hauled along by an unwavering faith in the sanctity of the family unit under God. Such is the engine that propels Reverend Moon's public ministry and teaches us about the truly beautiful possibilities of life.

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The Bridge of Peace Ceremony Brought it All Back to Me

Ms. Radha Williams, FRGS, OSJ

Director, The Bloomsbury International Society, United Kingdom

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oving greetings and hearty congratulations on the historic occasion of your mutual birthday celebration on l7 February 2002. May the Lord Himself enfold you in His divine tenderness and love as, together, you walk your exciting journey on earth. You both have so much light and wisdom to impart. The Lord has used these blessings to help you selflessly serve His people. He will continue to do so. My husband, HE Professor Ian Hall, and I have been honoured and delighted to come to know of your various good works around the world. As strangers in a crowd, in the millennial year of 2000, Mrs. Martina Coombs, President of the Women's Federation for World Peace (UK), reached out to us with loving concern and compassion. She came to know of my having cancer and the rest, as they say, is history! In no time at all we were enveloped in true love. The constancy and fidelity of the London Headquarters' for the Family Federation has been a healing balm and a veritable adoption. With no real family of our own to speak of, we now feel truly embraced by the love of your disciples and, for this, we are most truly thankful. On 29 August, 2000, the final day of the Lasting Love: Relationship Paradigms International Conference in London, I entered the conference room in search of my husband. He had attended the previous day and had came home excited, elated and full of joy. Missing him so much, I rose from my sick bed the next day to seek him out mid-morning. Little could I have known what overwhelming love would be bestowed upon me on that fateful day. The conference room had an electric vibrancy and I heard the sound of loud applause. Some-

thing inside me told me that my beloved husband had just spoken! Yes, indeed he had!! I was immediately swept up and embraced by the atmosphere swirling and buzzing around the conference. In no time at all, or so it seemed, Mrs. Coombs invited us to the forthcoming International Lasting Love Conference in Berlin which was to commence in two days time on 3l August, 2000. Without hesitation both my husband and I (for we are seldom to be found apart!) accepted this extraordinarily generous invitation. But first I had to witness the joy of the Women's Federation's Bridge of Peace Ceremony. Even though a stranger, I was invited by Mrs. Margaret Ali to lead this ceremony with Mrs. Mayumi Fuji. It was a magic moment. Way back in l969, during my student days down under, the Japan Australia Student Exchange Federation sought to heal the hurt of Second World War history by organizing student exchanges between our two countries. My family received Japanese students in Sydney and, during our long summer vacation, my mother (who was also studying at Sydney University at that time), my brother and I traveled to Japan with many other students to be guests in Japanese homes before embarking on our own individual travels around that most beautiful country and onwards to Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong etc. The Bridge of Peace Ceremony brought it all back to me. And the radiant, sun-burst smiles of both Reverend Chung Hwan Kwak and Reverend Kwang Kee Sa beamed a loving benevolence on all present. If we are to have peace on earth it is imperative that we learn to know, love and respect each other through first hand knowledge. Bringing people of different races, colours, creeds and nationalities together, in an earnest endeavour to breakdown the barriers that artificially divide the human family, is of the utmost importance if we are to prevent the horrors of modern day discord. Indeed, the sophistication of the contemporary war machine is so sinister that the whole planet could literally go up in smoke. The symbolism of the beautiful Bridge of Peace Ceremony is profound. Forging new international families: brothers and sisters embracing each other around the globe: what could be more hopeful of a new world order based on true love rather than its deadly alternative of fear, despair and violent retaliation that episodes such as September 11, 2001

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trauma inspire? If we make the time to know each other, to understand and respect each other's history and beliefs, and if we believe that, by right, all God's peoples should be accorded parity of esteem, what a wonderful world we could create. Thank you, Mrs. Moon, for inspiring and inaugurating The Bridge of Peace Ceremony. I pray that all those who participate in it will take its message to heart, for it is only by acting upon its symbolism that a new world order can emerge. As an extension of this, the international marriages that you and Reverend Moon so actively promote, go a long way to building lasting and loving relationships around the globe. As a black and white couple, my husband and I know first hand the challenges and the delights that such marriages create. Whilst there can be opposition from those who should know better, building a world without borders and barriers by loving one another without bigotry and prejudices, takes courage, and it blesses one with untold rewards. Becoming reconciled and forgiving one's enemies can only be brought about by being willing to know and understand one's enemy. Suddenly enmity vanishes and, in its place, comes familial love and respect. All the IIFWP conferences that we have attended have brought together people who, in their own lands, are experiencing discord. Our most recent conference, Global Violence: Crisis and Hope--Assembly 200l, in New York, brought together Jews and Muslims from the troubled Middle East. At home they could not meet and talk and find in each other a common humanity. At the conference they could. The conference provided a safe, non-confrontational platform for people to realize that we are all one race: the human race, and we are all one family: the human family. Our differences make our world colourful and exciting. They do not divide us. The example of IIFWP conferences, reaching out as they do to world leaders and the upcoming generation, is a proforma for our twenty-first century world. Our first full conference, Berlin 2000, was indeed a most wonderful experience. The brilliant organizers ensured that time permitted participants to meet and forge lasting friendships around the globe. After arriving the night before, on our first morning we were all intro-

duced to the sights and history of Berlin. This ensured that participants could gently recover from jet lag and travel fatigue, and, most important, become acquainted with one another. In an informal way, we began to meet each other before the official launch of the conference that evening. (All too often international conferences could by anywhere, sited as they are in large anonymous hotels of universal design. In breaking down the barriers that divide people, we feel it is vital that participants reach out to the locale of each conference, so that they can take home an awareness of something of the country and culture they are visiting. If Africans have never been to Asia, or if Europeans have never been to the Orient surely, in promoting international accord, being aware that one is not, in fact, just in an impersonal hotel conference suite is of the utmost importance. So full marks to the German team for recognizing this and planning accordingly.) By the launch of the conference that evening, lifelong friendships were already being established and the atmosphere of goodwill and love towards all was tangible. We were no longer strangers, sitting formally and listening quietly. We were, so to speak, all on the same team, going forward together. The final night brought us all together in a most delightful way. Because this conference had students from all over the world, a cultural evening was planned. This was not an evening of apartheid! The conference delegates participated as each nationality in turn shared their traditional songs and dances. Everyone joined in. It was a joyous climax to a most remarkable gathering of humanity. The London and Berlin conferences accorded us a fabulous introduction to the workings of IIFWP, FFWPUI, IEF and CARP! Thank you for this blessing. In no time at all there was another conference in London. What a conference it was! Organized spontaneously in response to the phenomenal success of Berlin, I site just one example to indicate just how profoundly such gatherings influence world leaders and thinkers. At lunch on the Saturday there was just one spare seat on our round table. On my right, my husband, Ian, was in deep discussion with his new Berlin brother, Reverend Kwang Kee Sa. Professor Yuri Noskov, Professor of Philosophy from Moscow's Military University, and a Russian Naval Commander, sat down on my left. In no time we, too, were in deep discussion. I turned out to be the first for-

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eigner he had ever spoken to in English. His son had taken to giving him English lessons over the breakfast table and now was his time to discover how well he could communicate in English! Well, he had only arrived the night before: his first ever over-ground visit to the West. (He did admit that he had been in British waters in a nuclear submarine!) Already, the miracle of the conference had worked its magic. With about 550 people present from about 77 different countries, Professor Noskov was dumbfounded. All the propaganda and brainwashing he had been led to believe evaporated as he witnessed the human family together in harmony, delighting in each other's company, acknowledging its differences but united by all that truly matters. He was going home to teach his students, friends and family another truth. He wanted to show his son what he witnessed at the Heathrow Conference. He wanted the truth to be known, and for an end to all war. This from a man whose whole professional life was based on the defense of his beloved country from the evils of the wicked west! Sometimes when hundreds gather for what must, of necessity, be an all too short time, people might wonder about the outcome of the conference. Some may wonder whether the expense is justified when one is confronted with so many demands upon limited resources. The above testimony illustrates just what a vital service to peace these IIFWP conferences provide. Few have the financial and human resources to provide a similar service to humanity and, even fewer, have the will. Let us pray that your constant strivings to promote peace and accord around the world will be duly recognized with a conjoint Nobel Peace Prize! It is justly deserved. From time to tome in London we attend the monthly prayers for

peace meetings which Reverend Robin Marsh and Mrs. Margaret Ali so ably organize and host. The rainbow of people of the world gather together and the atmosphere of goodwill is palpable. The London seminars and conferences for religious leaders on world peace, hosted by Reverend Timothy Reid are, again, most excellent. Ian and I are delighted to have the opportunity to support the noble work that your London team inspires. In them you have most worthy and sincere advocates. Indeed, both in London and abroad, we are impressed by the extraordinary dedication of your devotees. And, at all gatherings, international and local, the quality of both speakers and participants is second to none. Few international organizations could boast guest lists as impressive as those IIFWP attract. Congratulations. The creation of WANGO in response to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Millenium Declaration, in which he expressed his keen desire to have greater input from civil society, was inspired and timely. My husband, as WANGO's Ambassador-at-Large, and I hope that it will become an international force for good. We hope it will give a voice to the marginalized and neglected majorities who are so often ignored by those in power. As WANGO's membership grows and its outreach work becomes truly global, let us pray that it will incorporate all the aspects of your other most worthy organizations, as NGOs do embrace all aspects of society. Reverend and Mrs. Moon: on this happy occasion may I sincerely thank you for all that you both do to make this world a more wholesome one. Your focus on the prime importance of family and personal morality is exemplary. May God bless you both with His divine grace.

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The Lord Has Come to This Land

Rev. Dae Woo

Korean Buddhist priest, poet

To the men and women related to the True Love Thou breath'st true love into their bosoms. At every corner of thy life, With full smile More bright than the glaring sun, More soft than the glittering moon, With True Love, Oh, Lord, Thou hast come to this land To inherit us the wisdom and patience with true love, To bless us as True couples and parents, And thus to make us bloom with the songs of blessing Heaven and earth. Lord, thou hast come to this land, For the wholesome society where everyone wants to live, As a lamp and a lotus flower, As Light and salt, As Hands and eyes, As mirror and air. Lord, thou hast come to this land, As herbs and bread, As a seed and root, As a worn dirty broom. Oh Lord, Thou hast achieved The smile of flowers, The song of bees, And the blessing of mankind, With the light of true love. Lord, thou hast come to this land, Like the bright sun Not resentful of the shadow, Like the high mountain Not forgetful of the tiny dust Like the see

Lord, thou hast come to this land, For True Love, For True Family, For True Parents. Making us have the gracious knot, And making us live with gratitude, The coming of the Lord on this earth Is the hope of mankind, And the blessing for us. Lord, thou hast come to this land, With the parental heart in heaven and earth, With the sowing heart and beginning mind, And with the sole like fountain and sprout. Lord, thou hast lived with the heart of the indebted, In the grace of True Love and True Parent. Lord, thou hast come to this land, For the sake of people's living world. Thou letist me know the cosmos and I are one life, Human beings are one family, And the world is one household. Lord, thou hast come to this land, Thou let'st us know the cosmos is one, The world is one, And the truth is one. Thou let'st us realize You and I become one together.

The lord has enabled us to be True Parents Making us all become the owner of True Love Lord, thou hast come to this land, For the world where the living heart breathes Where exists to share rather to keep, To console rather to be consoled, To understand rather to be understood, And to admire rather to be admired. Lord, thou hast come to this land, Where exists trust rather distrust, Modesty rather arrogance, Gratefulness rather resentfulness. And loving rather being loved. Thou hast come to this land as True Parents; For pure love, For happy family, And for healthy society. Lord, thou hast come to this land, For dreams and hopes of the human victory, For devotion and respect, Faith and harmony, Honesty and humility, And truth and justice. Thou hast come to this land. For thy working through denying thyself.

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Embracing the falling dew, Oh dear Lord, thou hast lived such a life Of a bowing fruit as long as it gets ripen. Thou, as a true friend Keeping harmony and trust, To the men and women related to peace, Thy devotion and respect Become spring water. Thy courtesy and purity Become a sprout. Thy starlike dream and beautiful heart Sing thy yearning song. Thy diligent and toilsome heart Bear energy. Thou bless't us To be a fatherly husband, To be a motherly wife, And to be a blessed family, peaceful family, healthy family. For all of them, Thou hast come to this land. Thou hast made much of me, More Loved me than I loved myself. Where it is dark rather bright, Where it is poor rather abundant, Where it is sick rather sound, Where it is unhappy rather joyful, Thou hast all eradicated Our pain and suffering. Thou hast been with us Lord, thou hast come to this land. For the misled born people, By the sinned love, By the sinned truth, By the sinned poorness, Thou hast come to this land.

Lord, thou hast come to this land, To sow the seed of peace in the society, To bring the happiness into the world, To light the glorious lamp for the ethics and morality. Thou hast come to this land, For True parents, True love and True family, For building the tower of true love, Transcending the wall of race, religion and boundary. The desperate lives long for thee with parched thirsty. Oh Lord, Embracing the cracked heart, Begging with deeply furrowed face Thou clasp't thy two hands in prayer. With thy face shining like sun. With thy heart glittering like moon. Thou shed'st light on us. The reality is More darkened than the night. In this darkness as with the knife thrust into the heart May thy eyes and smile Be burned in our heart Transformed into the lamp of sole. May thou guide us To live with smile, That combs the darkness of this world.

Dear, thou hast come to this land, To find the residence for True love blessing, For heart that lost home, For souls who cast away dream In the interest of desire alone. Oh Lord, Though the wind, hitting the heart, Does not blow To each face moist with tears. Such painful aches of agony as sinners of history, Such deep sorrow that we won't die with our eyes closed. May all disappear before thou. Oh True parents, Thou hast come to this land To supervise the dispensation of True love. Lord, all being, with joy, Celebrate thy coming to this land. The closed heaven is opened, The frozen land is awakened and the weed dances. The small lives make choir, The water of stream quarrels to sing. The echo of songs That admire thee Embroiders this heaven and earth. Oh Lord, The hope of human beings, The blessing of people, May thou be healthy like blue mountain, Like clean river.

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Your Accomplishments have Inspired Many

Rev. Richard Wright

Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church Worcester, Massachusetts

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ongratulations for the 82nd celebrations of your birthday. Your encounters with challenges in life have not dimmed your vision for humanity and have not weakened your faith in the

redemptive power of God. Your faith in God and the many amazing accomplishments in your life have inspired many people, and provided for all of us a living example of God's love according to the teaching of Jesus Christ. We are aware that the struggles of your life have not been easy, but you have the assurance from God that He promises to take care of you. As you celebrate this 82nd birthday, my prayer for you is that God will maintain your focus in His will, and as you celebrate today we pray that God's spirit will continue to guide those who celebrate with you. And our commitment to IIFWP will grow stronger as the reality of God will be made clear in our world. Happy birthday.

Your Family Values are a Blessing

Dr. Qi Zhu

Vice President of the China Sexology Association

s a health educator, I have had the opportunity to work closely with the International Educational Foundation (IEF) in China since 1997. Founded by Dr. Sun Myung Moon, the organization has been very active in my country for the past seven years. Because of the IEF's significant educational contributions across China in the area of character development, adolescence, and marriage and family, thousands of educators, experts, and public officials have come to rely on its research and expertise in these fields. I myself have participated in several seminars with the IEF in conjunction with the China Sexology Association and the China National Health Education Institute. The IEF's success in promoting family values and purity for youth has been recognized by many of our country's leaders. At a time when China is taking on increasing responsibility in world affairs, its rapid economic development raises many challenges for its families. The

IEF's support in encouraging a family culture in China is, I believe, an important contribution to the peaceful future of my country--the most populous country and therefore a big factor, realistically, when considering building a world of peace. I also have had the opportunity to attend international conferences sponsored by other organizations founded by Dr. Moon; namely, the Family Federation for World Peace (FFWP) and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP). There I met representatives from many nations and saw the fruits of Dr. Moon's tireless efforts to bridge the gap between races, cultures, and religions. We are beginning the new century with great hope for international and intercultural harmony, and my countrymen and I particularly expect China to make a lasting contribution toward this ideal. Yet we are also painfully reminded, at the present time, of the great potential for conflict surrounding us in the world. Thus it is all the more urgent to actively promote a culture of peace, rooted in healthy and loving families and spreading through international and intercultural dialogue. Therefore, on this congratulatory occasion, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. Moon for their vision and achievement in striving toward world peace and harmony, and I wish them a most healthy and happy life.

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Tributes to the Performing Arts by the Media

Compiled by Mr. David Eaton

Director, New York City Symphony

Universal Ballet did indeed do it perfectly. It was perhaps the highlight of an altogether exquisite performance. --New York Post [Universal Ballet], which this summer had a considerable success in a European tour through Hungary, Italy and Spain, is emerging as a major player in world dance.

The Little Angels of Korea,

The Little Angels...a phenomenal company --New York Times

--Dance Magazine

"An unforgettable Night." The presentation of "Giselle" by the cast of Universal Ballet was, without a doubt, a surprisingly unforgettable night of great ballet. Giselle was performed by Julia H. Moon with a particular and personal interpretation of the work and a complete correctness in technique and musicality." --El Pais, Madrid The work done by Oleg Vinogradov and his [Universal Ballet] dancers; soloists, principals and corps de ballet, has been extraordinary. --La Republica, Rome

Universal Ballet Company

Astounding precision and attention to detail...the corps [moving] in riveting unison...can put even internationally ranked companies to shame. Julia Moon...in the title role of "Shim Chung"...a genuine star. --New York Times [ Julia] Moon is a lyrical dancer with a gorgeous line and the gracious authority to make one believe that she can calm a raging storm, capture the heart of both a sea monster and a king and make the blind see again. --Washington Post The Seoul-based Universal Ballet, largely funded by Dr. Sun Myung Moon, is today clearly a major international force. . . There is one particular moment in classic dance that can provide the acid test of any corps de ballet. It's one that separates the kids from the grownups. It comes in "The Kingdom of the Shades" scene in that revered 19th century Russian classic ballet about a temple dancer and an Indian prince, "La Bayadere." Descending down a double ramp in deliberate procession, one after another are 32 ghostlike women, performing slow arabesques in absolute unison. Sounds simple, but it isn't. Done perfectly, it is one of the great sights of ballet. On Tuesday night at the New York State Theater, Korea's 17-year-old

The Kirov Academy of Ballet USA, The Universal Ballet Academy, Seoul

All the dancers were spectacular, the costumes were dazzling and colorful, and the program covering so many great ballet works was a dance lover's delight. --Dance Magazine At the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria--considered by many the Olympics of ballet--the unprecedented happened: For the first time in the competition's 32-year history, American dancers won the gold medals in both the men's and women's junior divisions. And to sharpen the surprise: Not only were the two winners-- Rasta Thomas, 15, and Michele Wiles, 16--both from the Washington area, but they also train at the same school, the Kirov Academy of Ballet. --Washington Post

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The joy of dance is overwhelming at the Kirov Academy of Ballet's performances, which showcase all of their students and the excellent training they receive. --Dance Magazine

The New York City Symphony at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, "...the alert performances [by the NYC Symphony]...were virtually faultless, as usual...glowing music and on this occasion most glowingly performed." --New York Daily News The New York City Symphony, rest assured it's a very good one. Tone was solid, intonation right on the button and virtuosity no problem. Rousing performances . . . most eloquent and beautifully performed. --New York Daily News

New York City Symphony

Give Credit where it is due; The Reverend Sun Myung Moon's International Cultural Foundation has helped the New York City Symphony become one of America's finest orchestras. --New York Daily News The New York City Symphony and its excellent conductor, David Eaton, served the piece honorably...careful and sympathetic performances...estimable. --New York Times

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