62nd True Children’s Day and the 34th Foundation Day for the Unified Nation of Heaven and Earth

Heavenly Parent’s Holy Community
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification

May Heavenly Parent and True Parents’ blessings and love be with you all.
As we continue to celebrate 9th anniversary of True Father’s Holy Ascension in attendance of True Mother, let us offer our utmost devotion in celebrating the 62nd True Children’s Day and the 34th Foundation Day for the Unified Nation of Heaven and Earth centered on each national leader and church leader.
For those nations in which social gathering is restricted or not permitted due to the coronavirus pandemic, please consider other options such as an online or outdoor service. Please be sure to follow local government guidelines and take care to protect yourself and others. Please note the following guidelines:

  1. Name of Event: 62nd True Children’s Day and the 34th Foundation Day for the Unified Nation of Heaven and Earth
  2. The celebrations should be held at 7 AM (local time), or at a time designated by the national leader, on Friday, 10.1 by the Heavenly Calendar in the 9th year of Cheon Il Guk (November 5, 2021).
  3. Celebrations should be held at the church chapel(s) in each nation.
    ※ Fruit, cake and other items may be prepared for the holy day offering table according to the circumstances of the local churches.

Yun Young-ho, Director-General
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
International Headquarters

51st Anniversary 777 couples blessing 21 October

777 couples Blessing 21 October 1970

Excerpt from Cheong Seong Gyeong (2014)

The Blessings of 777, 1800, 6000 and 6500 couples

  1. The history of the large wedding ceremonies starts with the 3 couples, and then continues to the 36 couples, the 72 couples, the 124 couples, the 430 couples, the 777 couples and the 1800 couples. We are now living in an era in which the gates have been opened so that any nation in the world can enter the realm of God’s Blessing. I therefore held Blessings for international couples with the United States, Germany and Japan as the main nations. Through the Blessing of the 777 couples in 1970, the time finally came in which any nation could come within the realm of God’s providence. (84-148, 1976.02.22)
  2. In the 1970s there was a great mobilization. Blessed families from more than ten nations were called to Korea for the restoration of Canaan. They were called to Korea and gathered together as one. It started with the Blessing of the 777 couples. (69-298, 1974.01.01)
  3. With the Blessing of 777 couples, we entered the era of marriage that transcends race. Thus the Unification Church is not a church centered only on Korea. Through the Blessing of 777 couples, I have already laid the national foundation by connecting the people of the world together. This Blessing marks the beginning of a new era transcending races and tribes in which a new nation of the world can be formed. From that time, the Unification Church began its work worldwide. (100-174, 1978.10.14)
  4. I have already opened the gates to the kingdom of heaven for all tribes in Korea. These gates must not be blocked. The gates cannot be closed, because universal love rooted in God, is the love of the whole. All the gates must therefore remain open. Everything expands from there, from the 430 couples and then the 777 couples. Through them we can stand on the world level. We are going beyond the national stage and entering the world stage. (291-295, 1998.03.18)
  5. The fact that the Blessing has been given signifies that the realm of heavenly lineage has come into existence on the earth springing from the True Parents. Many tribes are included in that realm. With Korea as the center, all kinds of tribes are incorporated within that realm. The gates to that realm were opened through the Blessings of the 430 and 777 couples. (164-166, 1987.05.14)

Source: Sunhak History Institute – Cheon Seong Gyeong (2014)

Building a Unified Global Community: The Responsibility of Christianity

World Clock

We would like to invite you to join us next THURSDAY October 28th, 2021 at 1:00 AM Sydney Time for our upcoming webinar featuring the region of Africa, addressing the topic “Building a Unified Global Community: The Responsibility of Christianity”.

REGISTER HERE

We will feature 3 keynote speakers: Archbishop Johannes Ndanga, Dr. Patra Kidwell-Rolle and Rev. Adetola Bellow. In addition, Dr. Luonne Abram Rouse will be our MC and special remarks will be given by Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Prophet Samuel Radebe, and Mrs. Katherine Rigney .

Translations will be available in Korean, Japanese, Spanish, French and Portuguese!

Building a Unified Global Community: The Responsibility of Christianity
Building a Unified Global Community: The Responsibility of Christianity

This week in history 17 to 23 October

October 22, 1981 True Father’s Foley Square address

October 19 ~ 22, 2001
Post-9/11 Conference on “Global Violence: Conflict and Hope”

The Global Violence Crisis and Hope assembly is held as a response to the tragedy on September 11.
The Global Violence Crisis and Hope assembly is held as a response to the tragedy on September 11.

Like the rest of the world, the Unification Church and its affiliated organizations were shocked by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. After a 12,000-Couple World Clergy Marriage Blessing Ceremony scheduled for September 22 at Madison Square Garden was canceled, a “Day of Prayer and Healing” prayer breakfast and rally were held in the heart of Manhattan. However, True Father did not consider this to be sufficient and convened a major gathering at the New York Hilton from October 19-22 to address “root causes and potential solutions to global violence.”

Assembly 2001 was the second in a series of meetings sponsored by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) to address global problems. The event gathered some 400 political and religious leaders, media representatives, NGO representatives, scholars and peace activists from 101 nations, whom conference organizer Dr. Thomas Walsh congratulated for their “courage” in coming to New York.

Those attending included former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle; H.E. Abdurrahman Wahid, former president of Indonesia and head of the world’s largest organization of Muslims; the former presidents of Guatemala, Seychelles, Costa Rica, Belarus and Mongolia, and the former governor-general of Canada as well as many religious leaders such as Dr. Jerry Falwell, founder of Liberty University, Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, and Rabbi David Broadman, chief rabbi of two cities in Israel.

In his closing banquet address, “Let Us Discover the True Meaning of I,” True Father focused on human beings finding their “true” selves. This, he said, was possible only through “living for one’s family, nation, world and God.” In this way, “I” expands to ever more inclusive levels of “we.” Based on this vision of solidarity, True Father asked participants to go out to the world as “God-appointed ambassadors to realize world peace.”

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This week in history 10 to 16 October

October 16, 2000 Million Family March

October 10, 1972
Belvedere Estate Purchased

In 1972, True Father directed Unificationists in the United States to find a large property in New York suitable for use as an international training center. The assignment was given to New York center director Philip Burley, who found Belvedere three days after it had been put on the market. Situated on the Hudson River thirty miles north of New York City in Tarrytown, the twenty-two-acre estate was described in a brochure sent to True Father in Korea, and he said to buy it.

The Maryland church center had had success selling its own manufactured candles, and it was decided to try that as a national effort to raise money for the large down payment. For seven weeks nearly every member in every state abandoned all other activities in order to sell candles. With Anchor Hocking six-ounce brandy snifters and Amoco paraffin piled floor to ceiling, the College Park/Upper Marlboro centers reached peak production of 1,700 dozen candles a week, or about 250 dozen (3,000 candles) a day. A similar factory with a rotating crew was set up in the Denver center garage, and a third factory was operated by the Berkeley, California, center. “Express candle vans” delivered “still warm” candles, and “mobile fundraising teams” were formed for the first time.

As a result of the total mobilization and fundraising innovations, the down payment was made. At 1:00 p.m. on October 10, 1972, the caretaker of Belvedere received a call from the seller saying that, from that moment, “Belvedere is in new hands.” Later that day a group of Unificationists arrived to explore the house and grounds. Dr. Young Oon Kim asked them, “How can you describe a miracle? … Now you have seen Belvedere. Is it better than your dreams?”

October 10, 1976
True Father Initiates The News World

True Father initiated The News World on October 10, 1976, shortly after the Washington Monument rally, when he assembled a dozen or so Unificationists with journalism degrees and “set the deadline” for producing the first issue of a new daily newspaper in New York City “at December 31, 1976, the last day of the Bicentennial year.”

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