Saturday, August 19, 2006

First class to enter UTS Doctoral program

On August 13th the historic first UTS Doctoral class convened to begin their opening two week intensive at the Barrytown campus. The 13 enrolled students are: Isaac Artis, Michael Balcomb, Greg Carter, Choong Keun Chang, Tim Henning, Andre Jenkins, Dong Woo Kim, Michael Kiely, John Kingara, Isidore Munyakazi, Kiladi Mutala, Mildred Odle, and Jin Hun Park. Congratulations and best wishes to all. The entire degree program entails four 2-week intensives sessions at Barrytown over a two year span, followed by a dissertation.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Family Pledge

Family Pledge

1. Our family, the owner of Cheon Il Guk, pledges to seek our original homeland and build the Kingdom of God on earth and in heaven, the original ideal of creation, by centering on true love.

2. Our family, the owner of Cheon Il Guk, pledges to represent and become central to heaven and earth by attending God and True Parents; we pledge to perfect the dutiful family way of filial sons and daughters in our family, patriots in our nation, saints in the world, and divine sons and daughters in heaven and earth, by centering on true love.

3. Our family, the owner of Cheon Il Guk, pledges to perfect the Four Great Realms of Heart, the Three Great Kingships and the Realm of the Royal Family, by centering on true love.

4. Our family, the owner of Cheon Il Guk, pledges to build the universal family encompassing heaven and earth, which is God's ideal of creation, and perfect the world of freedom, peace, unity and happiness, by centering on true love.

5. Our family, the owner of Cheon Il Guk, pledges to strive every day to advance the unification of the spirit world and the physical world as subject and object partners, by centering on true love.

6. Our family, the owner of Cheon Il Guk, pledges to become a family that moves heavenly fortune by embodying God and True Parents, and to perfect a family that conveys Heaven's blessing to our community, by centering on true love.

7. Our family, the owner of Cheon Il Guk, pledges, through living for the sake of others, to perfect the world based on the culture of heart, which is rooted in the original lineage, by centering on true love.

8. Our family, the owner of Cheon Il Guk, pledges, having entered the Completed Testament Age, to achieve the ideal of God and human beings united in love through absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience, and to perfect the realm of liberation and complete freedom in the Kingdom of God on earth and in heaven, by centering on true love.

Cheon Il Guk, originally in Korean, means: The Nation of Cosmic Peace and Unification.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

An article published in The Japan Times.
Heretical to the Asia concept
By Kazuo Ogoura
The European Union is a community founded on the concept of Europe. This concept has been nurtured by the historical consciousness of Europeans to overcome national rivalries and to maintain European traditions. The process of consolidating such consciousness has, however, been accompanied by a process of excluding anything that is un-European -- that is, anything, whether political or religious, that deviates from the norm of being "European."Christianity offers an obvious example. The Roman Catholic Church, in particular, has maintained its orthodoxy by excluding the heretical. One feature of monotheistic Christian civilization is the elimination of heresy.
This phenomenon is actually evident to a greater or lesser degree in all religions, but in historical terms it has not featured as prominently in Buddhism or Confucianism, for instance, as it has in Islam or Christianity.
The attitude of modern-day Europe to issues like human rights and the death penalty exudes this logic of eliminating heresy to protect European values.
When an extreme rightwing regime came to power in Austria, all of Europe vented its criticism. One could say that this reaction reflected more than just regret over Nazism and warning against the rise of new racism. It was in fact a part of the process of protecting European values by excluding the heretical.
Similarly, a move is afoot to revoke the observer status of the United States and Japan on the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers over the issue of the abolition of capital punishment. This can only be viewed as a manifestation of Europe's refusal to accept as peers and include in its group those who violate "European values," even if they are developed, democratic states like Japan and the United States.
As the concept of Europe has taken root, Europeans have maintained -- in parallel with the exclusion of heresy -- a constant awareness of that which is un-European, the "other."
We must not forget that throughout its history Europe has affirmed its identity by juxtaposing itself with the other. The other was at different times Muslim culture, primitive societies refusing European enlightenment, non-Christian societies, autocratic communist states, U.S. Fordism, or even Japanese-style business practice.
Indeed, throughout its history Europe has needed an other, has created "others," and has built up its own identity in the context of its opposition to and contrast with the other. In this sense, the process of European integration has been an exercise of rejecting and pushing aside "others" as well as an exercise of assimilating different elements.
Asia, meanwhile, is not a concept that Asians made themselves but is, rather, something that Europeans invented for their own convenience. In modern times -- that is, after the collapse of the Chinese kingdom and the colonization of Asia by Europeans -- except for the shared history of anti-colonial movements in Asia and Africa, almost nothing has been done by Asians to exercise political leadership or organize a social movement for the creation of Asia as an entity, to conceive of an "other" against which to contrast it, to separate themselves from that other, and to deepen the concept of Asia.
Asia does not need the concept of "others" to consolidate the concept of Asia. In fact, "others" exist within Asia itself, rather than outside, due to rising nationalism in some Asian countries.
In addition to the elimination of heresy and the presence of the other, there is another important idea that Asian people have to bear in mind when considering the European community. This is the idea of overcoming nationalism. The concept that nationalism must be overcome has its roots in a history of fierce conflicts among nation-states.
European history consists of conflicts between nationalisms and antagonism between nation-states. It was the process of overcoming such rivalries that led to the European community. That effort was based not on the simple objective of putting an end to war but on the conviction that overcoming nationalism was vital to the creation of an interdependent world.
Turning our eyes to Asia, however, we see a divided Korean Peninsula and a China that still clings to the issue of Taiwan. Under these circumstances, nationalism remains a highly important rallying cry for national unification in East Asia, particularly in China and South Korea. There is no national or ethnic consensus that nationalism is something that must be overcome; on the contrary, there is every indication that emphasizing nationalism will remain an important element of these countries' domestic politics and foreign policy for some time to come.
Under these circumstances we should ask ourselves how an East Asian Community can be formed without overcoming nationalism. This question raises serious issues for the people of East Asia. In this context, Japan can play a key role as virtually the only industrialized democratic country in Asia, because it no longer needs such nationalism as a force for national unification.
Therefore, in the interests of all of Asia, Japan must refrain from resorting needlessly to parochial nationalism that serves no purpose other than to divert economic or political frustration onto others. East Asian neighbors of Japan should, on their part, refrain from using the question of the past damage inflicted upon them by Japan for the purpose of their own domestic political convenience or of diplomatic maneuvering vis-a-vis Japan.
People and nations in East Asia could, in their endeavor to reach a consensus for forming an East Asian Community, learn much from this history of forming the concept of Europe.
Kazuo Ogoura, professor of political science at Aoyama Gakuin University, is president of the Japan Foundation. He served as Japanese ambassador to Vietnam (1994-95), South Korea (1997-99) and France (1999-2002).

Monday, January 16, 2006

God's Reply

Here is an interesting quote from the great sage of India. Swami Vivekananda.
When I Asked God for Strength
He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face
When I Asked God for Brain & Brawn
He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve
When I Asked God for Happiness
He Showed Me Some Unhappy People
When I Asked God for Wealth
He Showed Me How to Work Hard
When I Asked God for Favors
He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard
When I Asked God for Peace
He Showed Me How to Help Others
God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
He Gave Me Everything I Needed
(Swami Vivekananda)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid attacks Washington Times

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid seems desperate, he said Democrats can win in Republican-dominated states such as Utah by fighting he characterized as GOP corruption.He noted that in the 2002 presidential election, several rural states, including Nevada, gave narrow margins of victory to President Bush. He said Democrats can win key congressional seats in those states in 2006, and score victories in the 2008 presidential race, by talking about honesty in government and about rural issues.
Reid angrily denied a report in The Washington Times newspaper Wednesday that said he is one of five congressional lawmakers whose offices are being probed by the Justice Department in connection with the Abramoff investigation. He criticized the paper, which was founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church.
"You have to really stretch things to call it a newspaper," Reid said.

Reid also raised some eyebrows when he noted a Salt Lake Tribune poll Wednesday that showed 58.6 percent of Utahns approve of how President Bush is handling the war in Iraq, compared with 39 percent nationally.
"It's just backwards from the rest of the country," Reid said. He later clarified his remarks, saying he didn't intend to imply that Utahns are backward in their thinking, but only that the majority of Utahns differ markedly from the rest of the country on the war in Iraq.
Reid tried to allay fears that Utah will become home to a temporary nuclear waste storage facility, proposed for the Skull Valley Goshute Indian Reservation, about 50 miles southwest of Salt Lake City near the Utah Test and Training Range. Private Fuel Storage, a group of utilities, wants to store 44,000 tons of nuclear waste on the site.
But key rail line access to the area was blocked last week when President Bush signed a bill creating the 100,000-acre Cedar Mountain Wilderness Area.Reid took credit for pushing the measure through Congress, and said the proposal is dead in the water."It's not going to happen. ... There's no way the American public is going to allow the most poisonous substance known to man to be transported on our railways and highways, past our businesses, our schools, our homes," he said.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

UTS Graduate named to Continental Leadership

On January 1, Rev. Eiji Tokuno, a Religious Education graduate of the class of 2004, was named Continental Director of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in Africa.
Rev. Tokuno, a native of Japan, graduated in economics from Toyama University. He served for many years as the national leader of the college student movement World CARP Japan. He matriculated to UTS in the fall term of 2001. While at UTS, he gained field experience with the American Clergy Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL, under the supervision of Bishop Ki Hoon Kim. He also spent several months at the Korean Language Institute at Sun Moon University, Asan, Korea.
Tokuno's final project at UTS was a study in the area of family ministry entitled, "How to Teach Purity and Marriage to Young Adults." Upon graduating, he undertook a one-year internship, again in Chicago, working in the field of social action and ecumenism.
In the spring of 2005, UTS Founder Reverend Moon assigned Tokuno to regional leadership in West Africa. Tokuno helped organize the events in Moon's recent global speaking tour in Mali and Nigeria, which were two of the three African nations in which the 85-year old UTS Founder spoke.
At an international meeting on the morning of January 1, Reverend Moon elevated Rev. Tokuno to the Continental Directorship. The continental headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya.
Rev. Tokuno becomes only the second non-Korean to assume the Continental Directorship for the FFWPU, the other being an American woman, Rev. Kathy Rigney, who also served in the post for the continent of Africa.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Edit Wikipedia article on True Mother

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