List of Unification Church affiliated organizations

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There are a number of organizations founded, run, or supported by the Unification Church, and its founder Sun Myung Moon. Commentators have mentioned Moon's belief in a literal Kingdom of God on earth to be brought about by human effort as a motivation for his establishment of groups that are not strictly religious in their purposes.[1][2] Others have said that one purpose of these organizations is to pursue social respectability for the church.[3] These organizations have sometimes been labeled "front groups", an expression which originally referred to Soviet supported organizations during the Cold War.[4]

Multi-faceted organizations[edit]

CARP[edit]

The Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) is a collegiate organization founded by Moon and church members in 1955, which "promotes intercultural, interracial, and international cooperation through the Unification world view."[5][6] J. Isamu Yamamoto states in Unification Church: "At times CARP has been very subtle about its association with the Unification Church, however, the link between the two has always been strong, since the purpose of both is to spread Moon's teachings."[7]

Universal Peace Federation[edit]

The Universal Peace Federation is an international organization which promotes religious freedom.[8]

Women's Federation for World Peace[edit]

The Women's Federation for World Peace was founded in 1992 by Hak Ja Han, the wife of Sun Myung Moon, and is supported by the church. It has members in 143 countries.[9][10][11]

Interfaith organizations[edit]

  • The Assembly of the World's Religions was founded by Sun Myung Moon. The first assembly was held from November 15 to 21, 1985, in MacAfee, New Jersey. The second was from August 15 to 21, 1990 in San Francisco.[12]
  • Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace[13][14]
  • American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC)[15][16][17]

Educational organizations[edit]

  • Cheongshim Graduate School of Theology[18]
  • CheongShim International Academy
  • International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences
  • International Educational Foundation.[19]
  • New World Encyclopedia — an Internet encyclopedia that, in part, selects and rewrites certain Wikipedia articles through a focus on Unification values.[20] It "aims to organize and present human knowledge in ways consistent with our natural purposes."[21]
  • Paragon House, book publishing.[22]
  • The Professors World Peace Academy was founded in 1973 by Sun Myung Moon,[23] who declared the group's intent to "contribute to the solutions of urgent problems facing our modern civilization and to help resolve the cultural divide between East and West". PWPA now has chapters in over one hundred countries.[24]
  • Sun Hwa Arts School
  • Sun Moon University[25]
  • Sun Myung Moon Institute[26]
  • High School of the Pacific in Kealakekua, Hawaii[27]
  • The Unification Theological Seminary in Barrytown, New York was founded in 1975. Its purpose is to train members from around the world as leaders and theologians in the church.[28]
  • Blessed Teens Academy—Greeley, Colorado [29]
  • New Hope Academy—Landover Hills, Maryland, USA. "Although New Hope Academy was founded in 1990 by members of the Unification faith, it is not a sectarian school. No doctrines are taught; in fact, no classes in religion are offered.However morning services are mandatory,during services discussions about religious doctrines, hymns, and group prayers all take place. We believe it is the job of parents—with the support of their church, temple, or mosque—to impart their personal faith to their child." [30][31]
  • WUF - World University Federation

Organizations in the arts[edit]

Sports organizations[edit]

Political organizations[edit]

  • Freedom Leadership Foundation, an anti-communist organization in the United States active in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.[43][44]
  • International Federation for Victory over Communism
  • National Committee Against Religious Bigotry and Racism[60]
  • Radio Free Asia.[59]

Businesses[edit]

The Unification Church and church members own a number of businesses in various countries. In Eastern Europe Unification Church missionaries are using the church's business ties to win new converts.[63] David Bromley, a sociologist at Virginia Commonwealth University, said: "The corporate section is understood to be the engine that funds the mission of the church. The wealth base is fairly substantial. But if you were to compare it to the LDS Church or the Catholic Church or other churches that have massive landholdings, this doesn't look on a global scale like a massive operation."[64]

In the United States the church owns fishing interests. The biggest are in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Alaska and Alabama. In Kodiak, Alaska the church "runs a fleet of fishing boats ... [and is] the largest private employer" in Kodiak.[80]

United Nations related non-governmental organizations[edit]

Since 2000, Moon has promoted the creation of an interreligious council at the United Nations as a check and balance to its political-only structure.[81][82] Since then King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and King Juan Carlos of Spain hosted officially a program to promote the proposal.[83] Moon's Universal Peace Federation is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council[84][85] and a member of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development,[86][87] a member of the United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights,[88][89] a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council,[90][91][92] a member of the UNHRC,[93][94] a member of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.[95] Three of Moon's non-governmental organizations (NGOs)—Universal Peace Federation, Women's Federation for World Peace and Service for Peace—are in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.[84][85]

Other organizations[edit]

  • International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) [96][97]
  • Korean War 60th Anniversary Memorial Committee [98]
  • National Committee Against Religious Bigotry and Racism[99]
  • The New Hope East Garden Project, agricultural project in Brazil.[100]
  • Ocean Church[101]
  • Summit Council for World Peace[102]
  • Tongil Foundation[103]
  • World Media Association, sponsors trips for American journalists to Asian countries.[104]

Organizations supported by the Unification Church[edit]

  • Christian Heritage Foundation, a private, independent charitable foundation based in Virginia that distributes Bibles and Christian literature to Communist and Third World nations. In 1995 it was given $3.5 million by the Women's Federation for World Peace.[110]
  • Liberty University. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Hak Ja Han helped to financially stabilize the University through two organizations: News World Communications, which provided a $400,000 loan to the University at 6% interest; and the Women's Federation for World Peace, which indirectly contributed $3.5 million toward the school's debt.[115]
  • University of Bridgeport of Bridgeport, Connecticut.[119] In 1992, following the longest faculty strike in United States academic history, the University of Bridgeport agreed to an arrangement with the Professors World Peace Academy whereby the university would be subsidized by PWPA in exchange for control of the university. The initial agreement was for $50 million, and a majority of board members were to be PWPA members.[120] The next University of Bridgeport president was PWPA president and holocaust theologian Richard L. Rubenstein (from 1995–1999),[121] and subsequently former U.S. Unification Church president Neil Albert Salonen (2000–present).[122][123]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Biermans, J. 1986, The Odyssey of New Religious Movements, Persecution, Struggle, Legitimation: A Case Study of the Unification Church Lewiston, New York and Queenston, Ontario: The Edwin Melton Press ISBN 0-88946-710-2 p173
  3. ^ Helm, S. Divine Principle and the Second Advent Christian Century May 11, 1977 "In fact Moon’s adherents differ from previous fringe groups in their quite early and expensive pursuit of respectability, as evidenced by the scientific conventions they have sponsored in England and the U.S. and the seminary they have established in Barrytown, New York, whose faculty is composed not of their own group members but rather of respected Christian scholars."
  4. ^ Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America: African diaspora traditions and other American innovations: Introduction, Eugene V. Gallagher, W. Michael Ashcraft, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006, pages 94-95
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  54. ^ Public TV Tilts Toward Conservatives, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting "While conservatives dismiss Bill Moyers' world-class documentaries on our constitutional checks and balances as "propaganda," they never mention PBS's airing of unabashed right-wing agitprop films such as Nicaragua Was Our Home (the pro-contra film produced by Rev. Sun Myung Moon's CAUSA, which funded the contras after Congress' ban)..."
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  76. ^ Reverend Moon's Group Wants to Talk Investment: Seoul Nods At Church's Foray North, by Don Kirk, International Herald Tribune, June 2, 1999.
  77. ^ Sushi and Rev. Moon: How Americans' growing appetite for sushi is helping to support his controversial church Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2006
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  96. ^ International Relief Friendship Foundation
  97. ^ Church Spends Millions On Its Image Washington Post September 17, 1984."The church-financed International Relief Friendship Foundation recently shipped 1,000 pounds of clothing, nearly seven tons of food and medical supplies to Miskito Indian refugees in the jungles of Honduras, according to Joy Morrow, the foundation's Washington coordinator."
  98. ^ Korean War vets thanked by Little Angels in Norfolk, Virginian-Pilot, June 8, 2010
  99. ^ Guy, Pat (April 24, 1989). "MEDIA: Moon ads blast news magazine". USA Today (Gannett Company Inc.). p. 2B, section: Money. 
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  101. ^ "Moons Ocean Church casts nets for souls", Miami Herald – April 11, 1985
  102. ^ How South Korea and America wrecked chance for reconciliation with the North, The Guardian, July 11, 2014
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  113. ^ Foundation for Religious Freedom
  114. ^ $1 million Moonie mystery
  115. ^ Fisher, Marc (November 23, 1997). "A Church in Flux Is Flush With Cash". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-11-14.  "Also in 1995, the Women's Federation made another donation that illustrates how Moon supports fellow conservatives. It gave a $3.5 million grant to the Christian Heritage Foundation, which later bought a large portion of Liberty University's debt, rescuing the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Lynchburg, Va., religious school from the brink of bankruptcy."
  116. ^ CNA: Married former priests warn against Milingo's group, December 8, 2006
  117. ^ U.S. Newswire: Archbishop Milingo: 'Married Priesthood Now'; Healer Missing from Italy Emerges in U.S., Proclaims End to Mandatory Celibacy, July 12, 2006
  118. ^ Thousands rally at million family march – racially and religiously diverse gathering
  119. ^ Judson, George (April 17, 1992). "Making the Hard Choice at Bridgeport U.: Opting to Stay Alive". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). p. B5. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
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  121. ^ Richard Rubenstein: A Brief Biographical Note
  122. ^ Featuring Neil Albert Salonen in The American Chiropractor, July 30, 2005.
  123. ^ Financial agreements with PWPA have been terminated and the University has been financially independent since 2004. The University is a licensed and accredited Connecticut nonstock, non-profit corporation with an unpaid Board of Trustees.
  124. ^ The Words of the Milingo Family, Statement of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification On the Recent Publication of "The Fish Rescued from the Mud" by Archbishop Emanuel Milingo and Michele Zanzucchi
  125. ^ Rev. Moon and the United Nations: A Challenge for the NGO Community, Harold Paine and Birgit Gratzer, Global Policy Forum
  126. ^ WANGO
  127. ^ In Ban's UN, Sun Myung Moon's Paper is Praised, While Gambari Raises Him Funds, WFP Demurs Inner City Press, June 5, 2007

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