This week in history January 16-22

Top photo: David S.C. Kim with Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Unification Theological Seminary.

January 17
UTS obtains absolute charter (1990)
Global expansion of True Families speaking tour (1999)

January 18
“The Saddest Day” (1951)
Rev. Reiner Vincenz’s Ascension (2015)

January 19
Cheongpyeong Providence begins (1995)
True Mother’s Visit to Goree Island (2018)

January 21
First Victory over Communism (VOC) Asian Rally (1970)
Barrytown property purchased (1974)

January 22
Unification Church in Paris bombed (1976)
Japan/USA sisterhood ceremonies (January 22 – March 8, 1995)
America honors True Father on his 80th birthday (2000

Source: Sunhak Institute of History

This week in history January 9-15

Top photo: Elizaveta Drenicheva (28) was jailed in Almaty, the second capitol of Kazakhstan on January 9, 2009.

January 9
Kazakhstan imprisons Unificationist missionary (2009)
Ascension of Rev. Yo Han Lee (2019)

January 10
First National Missionary Training Workshop (1959)
Establishment of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) (1966)
True Father proclaims the Completed Testament Age (1993)

January 11
Second Generation 72-Couple Holy Blessing (1989)

January 12
1,275 Couple Holy Blessing (1989)
Ascension of Dr. Bo Hi Pak (2019)

January 13
Founding of the International Federation for Victory over Communism (IFVOC) (1968)
Coronation Ceremony for the Kingship of God (2001)

January 14
The Global IOWC team departs for Japan (1975)

January 15
Ascension of Mrs. Won Bok Choi (2006)

Source: Sunhak Institute of History

This week in history January 2-8

January 2
The Day of Victory of Love (1984)

January 4
Dr. Young Oon Kim begins the American mission (1959)
True Father plans his inaugural speaking tour (1972)

January 6
Internal Revenue Service begins audit of the Unification Church (1976)

January 7
God as “Heavenly Parent” (2013)

January 8
True Father begins Cosmic Assemblies for the Settlement of the True Parents (2012)

Source: Sunhak Institute of History

This week in history 26 December to 1 January

December 26, 1981
First God Conference begins

The first God Conference, entitled “God: The Contemporary Discussion,” was held from December 26 to 31, 1981 on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Dr. Frederick Sontag, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Pomona and author of Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church (Abingdon, 1977), suggested the conference as an “internal” equivalent of the annual International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS). The conference attracted 170 participants from 33 countries and all major religions traditions. Seventy-five papers were presented, twenty-two of which were selected for inclusion in a resulting book,God: The Contemporary Discussion (1982).

The Youth Seminar on World Religions (YSWR) emerged out of the first God Conference. From 1982 to 1984 it sponsored annual seven-week around-the-world pilgrimages to sites associated with the religious traditions of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Unificationism for 150 students and professors. This expanded the movement’s ecumenical and inter-religious network and involved religious scholars of the highest rank, including Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions and one of the country’s foremost authorities on world faiths, who with his wife co-chaired the first two Youth Seminars and served as chair of the fourth God Conference.

God: The Contemporary Discussion
by Frederick Sontag (Editor), M. Darrol Bryant (Editor)

Available in paperback at for $USD7.59.
Papers by theologians from the world’s religions as well as by philosophers related to the contemporary discussion of God.

God: The Contemporary Discussion Paperback – December 1, 1982
God: The Contemporary Discussion Paperback – December 1, 1982
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