45 Facts About Unification Church


Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, widely known as the Unification Church, is a new religious movement whose members are called Unificationists, or more widely known as "Moonies".

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The Unification Church has been controversial, with some critics calling it a dangerous cult.

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The informal name "Unification Church" was commonly used by members, the public, and the news media.

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Unification Church served 13 months of the sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury in Danbury, Connecticut.

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Unification Church was admitted on 14 August 2012, after suffering from pneumonia earlier in the month.

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The Unification Church has ties with Kishi Nobusuke, Abe's grandfather and former prime minister, and Abe Shintaro, Abe's father and former foreign minister.

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Five ministers of the Cabinet of Japan are linked to the Unification Church, including the Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare and the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

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Unification Church members believe that Jesus appeared to Moon on Easter Sunday, 1936, and asked him to accomplish the work he left unfinished after his crucifixion.

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Unification Church is well known for its mass wedding or wedding vow renewal ceremony.

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Unification Church reported his findings and observations in Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church, published by Abingdon Press.

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That same year Frederick Sontag, a professor of philosophy at Pomona College and a minister in the United Church of Christ, published Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church which gave an overview of the movement and urged Christians to take it more seriously.

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In 1995 the Unification Church Movement related organization the Women's Federation for World Peace indirectly contributed $3.

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In 2001, the Unification Movement came into conflict with the Roman Catholic Church when Catholic archbishop Emmanuel Milingo and Maria Sung, a 43-year-old Korean acupuncturist, married in a Blessing ceremony, presided over by Moon and Mrs Moon.

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In 1997, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, praised the Unification Movement owned newspaper, The Washington Times and the Times sister publication The Middle East Times for their objective and informative coverage of Islam and the Middle East, while criticizing the Times generally pro-Israel editorial policy.

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From 2001 to 2009 the Unification Church movement owned the American Life TV Network, which in 2007 broadcast George Clooney's documentary, A Journey to Darfur, which was harshly critical of Islamists in Darfur, the Republic of Sudan.

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In 2011, representatives of the Unification Church took part in an international seminar which was held in Taiwan by the Muslim World League.

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Author Deepak Chopra was the keynote at an interfaith event of the Unification Church cohosted with the United Nations at the Headquarters of the United Nations.

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In 2012, the Unification Church-affiliated Universal Peace Federation held an interfaith dialogue in Italy that was cosponsored by United Nations.

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That year, Unification Church movement affiliated Universal Peace Federation held an interfaith program for representatives of 12 various religions and confessions in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly.

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In 1977, the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations, of the United States House of Representatives, reported that the Unification Church was established by the director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, Kim Chong Pil.

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In 1998, Unification Church movement-related businesses launched operations in North Korea with the approval of the government of South Korea, which had prohibited business relationships between North and South before.

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In 1998, journalist Peter Maass, writing for The New Yorker, reported that some Unification Church members were dismayed and grumbled when Moon extended the Blessing to non-members, who had not gone through the same course that members had.

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Rubenstein was a defender of the Unification Church and served on its advisory council, as well as on the board of directors of the church-owned Washington Times newspaper.

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Central to Unification Church teachings is the concept that fallen humanity can be restored to God only through a messiah, who comes as a new Adam to become the new head of the human race, replacing the sinful parents, through whom mankind can be reborn into God's family.

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Unification Church theology teaches that Jesus came to establish the kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

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Unification Church's purpose was to bring about the kingdom of heaven in our world with the help of men filled with divine truth and love.

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Indemnity, in the context of Unification Church theology, is a part of the process by which human beings and the world are restored to God's ideal.

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The zeal and enthusiasm of the Unification Church members is not so much based on love for God as it is compulsion to indemnify one's own sins.

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Orme and the Unification Church lost the libel case, the appeal case, and were refused permission to take their case to the House of Lords.

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The Unification Church sold seven of its twelve principal church centers after the ruling.

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The Unification Church has won other libel and defamation cases in the United Kingdom, including a similar case against The Daily Telegraph.

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The Unification Church gets funding based on what is called "spiritual sales" in Japan.

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In Japan, the activities of the Unification Church have been recognized as a serious social problem since the 1980s.

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Tak Ji-il, a professor at Busan Presbyterian University, said the Unification Church is fighting over religious principles on the surface but money in reality.

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In civil cases, Japanese courts have issued a number of rulings ordering the Unification Church to pay compensation to the plaintiffs, saying its missionary work is illegal.

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Since 1997, the Japanese Unification Church had repeatedly applied to the Agency for Cultural Affairs, a department directly under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, for to change its name from "The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity" to "Heavenly Parent's Holy Community Family Federation for World Peace and Unification" .

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When in 2015, Hakubun Shimomura was appointed as the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology under the Third Abe Cabinet, the Unification Church applied for rename again and it was finally approved.

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Unification Church's joined the Unification Church in 1998, and sold the land she inherited from her father along with the house where she lived with her 3 children.

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In June 1999, she donated about 100 million yen to the Unification Church, leading to her family's bankruptcy in 2002 and significantly affecting their family, according to Yamagami.

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Unification Church claimed that there has been no trouble between the Unification Church and its followers since 2009, when the church began to emphasize legal compliance.

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On 11 July 2022 the Unification Church issued a press release stating donation amounts are determined by individual members.

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Unification Church said that the church was responsible for the assassination of Abe.

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The Unification Church later denied Kwak's claim, saying that it was Kwak who called for the transfer of Japanese money to the church headquarters.

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Unification Church is sometimes said to be esoteric in that it keeps some of its doctrines secret from nonmembers, a practice that is sometimes called "heavenly deception".

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In 2009 it co-sponsored, along with the Unification Church movement affiliated organization the Universal Peace Federation and the government of Taiwan, a conference in Taipei calling for Taiwan's greater participation in world affairs independent of the People's Republic of China.

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