Hyung Jin Moon
|Hyung Jin Moon|
|Revised Romanization||Mun Hyeong-jin|
Early life and education
Moon was born in Tarrytown, New York, the youngest son of Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han Moon. He attended The Hackley School until college. He earned Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Master of Theology degrees from Harvard University.
In April 2008, Sun Myung Moon (then 88 years old) appointed Hyung Jin Moon to be the International President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) and was crowned as his father's heir and successor in 2009. When his father passed away in September 2012 many expected that Hyung Jin would continue in this position, but he was asked to step down from leadership roles in the FFWPU. He moved to Pennsylvania where he and his wife, Yeonah Lee Moon, started the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary ministry located in Newfoundland, PA., In 2011 Hyung Jin Moon visited North Korea to express condolences on the death of Kim Jong-il.
Hyung Jin Moon studied at Harvard and obtained an MA from Harvard Divinity School. "At the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, he met the leader of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, the Venerable Bub Jang, and pursued an interest in Buddhism, which he has studied and practiced in earnest." He also practiced Tibetan Buddhism, and for a time lived in a Catholic monastery.
- Staff report (1979). Transition Newsweek
- Sons Rise in a Moon Shadow, Forbes, April 12, 2010
- Rev. Moon, Times founder, dies at 92
- Unification Church pres sees smaller mass weddings, Daily Monitor, 2008-12-30
- Unification Church president on condolence visit to N. Korea, Yonhap News, 2011-12-26.
- Rev. Sun Myung Moon: His Family www.tparents.org 2014-05-20.
- Son of Moonies founder takes over as church leader, Justin McCurry, The Guardian, 26 April 2008