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Reverend Moon's teachings



About Us

About this bibliography

Articles from the Unification Theological Seminary

New World Encyclopedia

Read more English publications of Rev Moon's teaching

Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Eight Volumes of Textbooks and Teaching Materials for Life

Reverend Sun Myung Moon Biography

Dr Hak Ja Han Moon Biography

This week in history (archives)

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This Week in History

(Courtesy familyfed.org)

This Week in History, September 7-13

Form of Address for FFWPU Founders - Rev Sun Myung Moon & Mrs Hak Ja Han Moon
In the English speaking world, Sun Myung Moon is often referred to as "Reverend Moon," both by Unification Church members, and by the general public and the media. Unification Church members most often call him "Father" or "True Father." Some mainstream Christian clergy who have come to associate themselves with the Unification Movement took to calling him "Father Moon." Similar titles are used for his wife, Hak Ja Han (Moon), who is referred to as Mrs. Moon, and often called "Mother," or "True Mother," and again clergy working with the Moons have taken to calling her "Mother Moon."

September 7, 1993

True Mother Speaks at the United Nations

True Mother gives her address at the UN headquarters September 7, 1993.


True Mother gives her address at the UN September 7, 1993.

True Mother delivered the speech “True Parents and the Completed Testament Age” at the United Nations on September 7, 1993. This followed her delivery of the same speech at the U.S. Capitol on July 28 before representatives from 115 congressional offices and was the springboard to her world tour in which she delivered the same message at 25 rallies in Japan in September, on 40 Korean college campuses in October and in 40 nations during November and December. Prior to her Capitol Hill and UN speeches, on April 10, 1993, the movement published "True Parents and the Completed Testament Age" in the newspapers of 160 nations. True Father delivered the “Completed Testament Age” proclamation in 12 U.S. cities during May 1993 and True Mother in 21 more during late May and June. At the UN event, 105 nations sent embassy and consulate representatives, including more than 60 UN ambassadors. His Excellency Stoyan Ganev, president of the UN General Assembly, introduced True Mother. She was the first Korean woman to speak in the United Nations.


September 7, 1995, September 12, 2006

True Father Receives Honorary Doctorates

True Father receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Bridgeport September 7, 1995.

The University of Bridgeport awarded True Father an honorary doctorate on September 7, 1995. In addition to honoring his work as a religious leader, the award was an acknowledgment of his role in saving the financially troubled university in 1992. Dr. Richard Rubenstein, the school president, stated, “Without him, the university would have died.” The head of the faculty council was quoted in The New York Times as saying she was “happy the university could formally thank a benefactor who had given so much.”

The Universidad Santa Maria in Caracas, Venezuela, awarded True Father a Doctor Honoris Causa degree on September 12, 1996, the first anniversary of the founding of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF). The university’s vice president, Dr. Carlos Enrique Pena, who conferred the degree, explained, “When I learned about the life and work of Rev. Moon, I felt that it was the sacred duty of our university to offer the highest honor to recognize an extraordinary contribution to the field of human rights.”


September 11, 2001

Attack on America

The terror attacks of September 11, 2001, impacted the Unificationists as it did people worldwide. Prior to 9/11, True Father had called for a 12,000 couple World Clergy Holy Marriage Blessing scheduled for September 22 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The events of 9/11 not only forced the cancellation of the September 22 blessing but also challenged the interreligious and world peace premise upon which it was based. In the days after the World Trade Center’s destruction, Unificationist leaders and American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) clergy who were gathered in New York to prepare for the September 22 Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony, ministered directly to bereaved families as well as to police, firefighters and others at the site. Many went, starting from the first night.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Unificationists looked to True Father for guidance as to its meaning. He was in Kodiak, Alaska, at the time of the attack and learned of it through a note that was passed to him during morning devotions. Dr. Chang Shik Yang, currently the Special Emissary to the Americas, reported then that True Father “remained by himself and prayed” for the next three days, not appearing in public. He then made the decision to cancel the clergy Marriage Blessing and flew to New York on September 18. On arrival, he offered his interpretation of the tragedy. In his words, “Jesus was on the cross, now America stands on the cross of the world.” The question was, how would America respond? According to True Father: “Now is the time to change everything. America and Americans must take the lead in practicing ‘Love your enemy.’” As he saw it, religious leaders needed to take the lead. They “must unite beyond their religion and guide the political leaders of their nations.” He directed Unificationists convene an assembly on “Global Violence: Conflict and Hope” in October, and on November 15 he proclaimed Cheonju Pyeonghwa Tongil Guk (the Nation of Cosmic Peace and Unity). Just as Christianity emerged from the crucifixion and the Unification Church from the rubble of the Korean War, so True Father saw a new world rising from the devastation of 9/11.


September 12, 2005

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Founded

True Father speaks at the inauguration of the Universal Peace Federation on September 12, 2005.


True Parents at the inauguration of the Universal Peace Federation on September 12, 2005.

True Father established the Universal Peace Federation on September 12, 2005, prior to the United Nations’ 60th anniversary. Its inaugural convocation was held before 376 delegates from 157 nations at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York. Its mission, True Father declared, was “to renew the existing United Nations and provide a new level of leadership as an ‘Abel-type’ United Nations.” As part of the launch, he also proposed a “World Peace King Bridge Tunnel” to “build a passage for transport across the Bering Strait.” He described this as “a truly providential and revolutionary project” and envisioned it as a crucial “link” in “an international highway system connecting the world as a single community.” UPF was a successor organization to the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP, established in 1999). In addition to its UN renewal and Bering Strait initiatives, UPF led the movement’s Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI), which sponsored interfaith “Pilgrimages for Peace,” and its Northeast Asia Peace Initiative (NEAPI), which supported Korean unification.

Anniversaries of Founders' visits to Australia
Co-Founder's message

15 August, 2006,  Sydney, Australia - Mrs Hak Ja Han Moon - God's Model Ideal Family and Nation, and the Peace Kingdom

 - Dr Thomas Walsh's report of Mrs Moon's visit to Sydney, 15 August 2006 (Courtesy www.peace-tour.org)

28 September, Sydney, Australia - Mrs Hak Ja Han Moon - God's Ideal Family and the Kingdom of the Peaceful, Ideal World

 - Rev Enrique Ledesma's report of Mrs Moon's visit to Sydney, 28 September 2006 (Courtesy www.peace-tour.org)


Reverend Moon's teachings

The teachings of Reverend Sun Myung Moon

In April 2010, FFWPU Founder, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012) bequeathed his last words for humankind...

"I already have prepared the last words I will give to humankind. These words have been prepared based on my seven triumphs over life-or-death situations, including six periods of unjust imprisonment. I have left behind eight different volumes of books as the textbooks and teaching materials for humankind for all eternity.

"These include over 2,000 volumes of my published and unpublished speeches, Divine Principle (원리강론), Cheon Seong Gyeong (天聖經), Pyeonghwa Shingyeong (the Peace Messages and an assortment of messages from the spirit world), the Family Pledge (가정맹세), True Families: Gateway to Heaven, Owner of Peace and Owner of Lineage and a comparative anthology titled World Scriptures. These textbooks are books that you will have to read and study even after you go to the spirit world. They are not just teachings that come from the mind of one human being: they are the textbooks and teaching materials that teach the heavenly way, which God has granted to His suffering children for their salvation.

"... last year, my memoirs, which contain an honest and candid account of my life, were published, titled As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen. .... I recommend it to you, believing that it will show you about leading life according to true principles....I pray you will carefully read this articulation of true love and find great inspiration." (Read more of Rev Moon's April 1, 2010 speech entitled "The Settlement of the Abel UN and Completion of Cheon Il Guk".)

Reverend Sun Myung Moon's eight volumes of textbooks and teaching materials:

1 Family Pledge - English / Korean (가정맹세) [pdf file]

2 Exposition of the Divine Principle (원리강론) (pdf)

3 Cheon Seong Gyeong (天聖經)

4 World Scripture - A Comparative Anthology Of Sacred Texts  (Book 1)

   World Scripture and the Teachings of Sun Myung Moon (Book 2) (pdf - 11MB)

5 True Family - Gateway to the Kingdom of Heaven (pdf)

6 Peace Messages (Pyeong Hwa Shin Gyeong) and Messages from the Spirit World

7 True Father - Owner of Peace, Owner of Lineage (pdf)

8 Reverend Moon's Sermons & autobiography

Reverend Moon's autobiography:A Peace Loving Global Citizen (pdf)

The following items have been translated from Korean and published in English (source: http://www.tparents.org):

Crown of Glory 
(A poem that Rev. Moon composed when he was 16 years old (1936)

Sermons of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Volume 1
(April 8, 1956 through December 30, 1956)

Sermons of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Volume 2
(January 6, 1957 through August 4, 1957)

Sermons of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Volume 3
(September 8, 1957 through February 9, 1958)

Sermons of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Volume 4
(February 16, 1958, through October 19, 1958)

Sermons of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Volume 5 
(November 9, 1958 through March 8, 1959)

Sermons of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Volume 6
(March 15, 1959 through May 24, 1959)

Sermons of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Volume 7
(July 5, 1959 through October 18, 1959)

More English translations of Rev Moon's talks and sermons are available at www.tparents.org. All of the talks and sermons linked to this page are in English. The speaker almost always spoke in Korean, with simultaneous translation. The words on linked pages are based on those simultaneous translations. They are not necessarily accurate translations. Many of the sermons and talks are unofficial notes. Unofficial notes are personal notes, based on the simultaneous translations. Unofficial notes reflect the note taker's interpretation of the translation and should be considered even less accurate than the simultaneous translations.

An article by Dr Andrew Wilson entitled "The Need for a Critical Edition of Reverend Moon's Words " addresses concerns about the translation of Rev Moon's sermons.

Many thanks to Gary Fleisher (tparents.org) and Damian Anderson (unification.net) for providing impressive online libraries from which these materials are sourced.



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