Sun Myung Moon: A Life for Peace

A Celebration of the Life and Ministry of the Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon

When most people are asked what they know about Rev. Moon, it quickly emerges that much is not known beyond the image popular media has projected.;xNLx;;xNLx;Sun Myung Moon: A Life Fulfilled outlines the life and ministry of Rev. Moon both chronologically and in his own words. It reveals a man with astounding depth of heart and character, a man who became a major religious figure, in his own right, of the 20th century.;xNLx;We encourage you to follow this timeline, think carefully, and decide for yourself.

Imprisonment and Survival

Against the odds, Rev. Moon is one of the few to survive in the primitive conditions at Heungnam Prison.

Birthplace in North Korea

Rev. Moon’s birthplace in Sangsa-ri, North Pyeongan Province, now part of North Korea.

Meeting Jesus

Early Easter morning 1935, Jesus appears to Sun Myung Moon as prays in the Korean mountains.

Was Jesus' Mission Complete?

If Jesus is asking him to complete his mission, does that mean that Jesus’ mission was incomplete?

Unraveling the Mysteries of Scripture

Rev. Moon seeks to unravel the mysteries of life and human history.

Studying in Japan

Rev. Moon studies electrical engineering at Waseda University in Japan.

The Ministry Begins

The revelations from Jesus and the saints are systemized into The Divine Principle.

1946: Trouble In "The Jerusalem of the East"

The communist forces are suspicious of Rev. Moon's teachings.

The Korean War Begins

The Korean war starts as a civil war between North Korea and the Republic of Korea.

Founding a Church

The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity is founded in Seoul.

Holy Wedding

The Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony of Rev. Moon and Hak Ja Han is held.

The First World Tour

(Rev. Moon speaks) In 1965, I embarked on my first trip around the world. My suitcase was filled with soil and stones from Korea. My plan was that, as I traveled around the world, I would plant Korea’s soil and stones in each country to signify Korea’s linkage to the world. For ten months, I toured forty countries, including Japan, the United States, and the nations of Europe.

Why I Love the Forest

(Rev. Moon speaks) The reason I loved the forest was because all the peace in the world dwells there.

What My Grandfather Taught Me

(Rev. Moon speaks) If a beggar came to our home asking for food, my grandfather would pick up his meal and take it to that beggar.

Why Did God Call Me?

(Rev. Moon speaks) Even now, at ninety years of age, I wonder every day why God called me. Of all the people in the world, why did He choose me?

Jesus' Messages

(Rev. Moon speaks) When Jesus spoke, it seemed like a soft breeze. On those days when my prayers and dedication connected to Heaven, Jesus appeared to me without fail and conveyed special messages.

The "Unification" Church

(Rev. Moon speaks) Why we called ourselves the "Unification" Church

Two Forces Clashing

(Rev. Moon speaks) Sixteen countries, led by the United States, sent armed forces to the aid of South Korea.

The "Country Preacher"

American Christian missionaries disregard him as an unschooled “country preacher.”

The World Mission

Arriving again in the United States, Rev. Moon establishes the World Mission Headquarters. Through the early 1970s he undertakes national speaking tours on the themes of “Christianity in Crisis” and “Day of Hope.”

Forgive, Love and Unite

At the height of the Watergate scandal, the Unification Church places ads in major newspapers urging Americans to fast, pray and “forgive, love, unite.”

The Yankee Stadium Rally

Holds a rally at Yankee Stadium in New York

The Rally at Washington Monument

Holds a rally at the Washington Monument with 300,000 in attendance. Rev. Moon explains that the Washington Monument Rally is the largest religious rally to ever be held in the nation's capital.

Meeting President Nixon

Meets President Richard M. Nixon. "All my work had one purpose: to re-establish the morality of America and restore it to be a country in line with God's Will."

The American Movement Expands

Holds rally at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan with 25,000 in attendance. Founds the Unification Theological SemiHolds a rally at Madison Square Garden in New York City with 25,000 in attendance. Founds the Unification Theological Seminary in Barrytown, New York; in the next two years, acquires New York properties: the New Yorker Hotel, the Manhattan Center, the Tiffany Building and the Columbia Club.

Creating the News World Newspaper in New York

Launches News World newspaper as a conservative voice in New York.

US Government Hearings

Accused of being a South Korean government agent in hearings held by Rep. Donald M. Fraser, Minnesota Democrat, who chaired a subcommittee which ultimately issued a report entitled Investigation of Korean-American Relations; Report of the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives.

The Providence of the Ocean

Creates “Ocean Church”—a ministry to build personal character and revive and strengthen the boating and fishing industries. This leads to maritime activities in Korea, South America, and U.S. locations such as Gloucester, MA; Hawaii; Alaska; Norfolk, VA; and in 2012, Lake Mead in Nevada.

Federal Indictment

Indicted on 13 counts of tax fraud, including not paying $7,300 taxes on $160,000 of church funds kept in a bank account under his name, Rev. Moon is found guilty of tax fraud by a jury.

The Moscow "Rally"

Speaks in Moscow at the World Media Conference and meets with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Return to North Korea

Travels to North Korea and meets with President Kim Il Sung.

A Helicopter Crash

Survives a helicopter crash in Korea; he and 15 others, including his wife and grandchildren, all escape with only minor injuries before the helicopter bursts into flames.

A Global Citizen

Publishes "As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen" his autobiography in Korea and celebrates his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon.

Ambassadors for Peace

Inaugurates the Ambassadors for Peace program during Assembly 2000, in New York City.

Soccer As a Tool for Peace

(Rev. Moon speaks. He hosts the inaugural ceremony for the Sun Moon Peace Cup in Korea, with soccer star Pelé.)

Peace in the Middle East

Holds the first Middle East Peace Initiative, in which clergy of different faiths visit Rome and the Holy Land to discuss peace.

A Federation for Universal Peace

Founds the Universal Peace Federation in New York City, and speaks on “God’s Ideal Family, the Model for World Peace.”

The World Tour

Holds a speaking tour throughout Asia, Europe and Africa.

The Won Mo Boat

Unveils the personally designed “Won Mo” boat in Las Vegas.

Rev. Moon Passes

Rev. Moon passes away of pneumonia-related complications at the Unification Church complex at Cheong Pyeong, South Korea.

Speaking at the United Nations

Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon speaks at the United Nations in New York, launching the "Completed Testament Age" world tour.

Launching the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification

FFWPU is officially launched in Washington D.C.

The Power of Women

Between January 22 and March 8, 1995, more than 4,000 Japanese women travel to Washington, D.C., to be paired with an equal number of American women in eight separate "sisterhood" ceremonies.

I Will Never Forget

(Rev. Moon speaks) (Rev. Moon speaks) I will never forget what happened on that day, September 18, 1976. People started coming to the Washington Monument from early in the morning. Some three hundred thousand people gathered. It was impossible to tell where all these people had come from. They had all different colors of hair and skin. All the races that God sent to earth gathered on that day. It was a rally on a global scale.

To a Hungry Person a Grain of Rice is Bigger Than the Earth

(Rev. Moon speaks) Our meal rations consisted of less rice than it took to fill two small bowls. There were no side dishes, but we were given a soup that was radish greens in saltwater. The soup was so salty, it made our throats burn, but the rice was so hard we couldn’t eat it without washing it down with the soup.

The Washington Times

On January 1, 1982, Rev. Moon directs the founding of The Washington Times.

A World Media Association

Rev. Moon continues in the pursuit of establishing global media centered on true, responsible and godly reporting.

The Two-Thousand-Year-Old Olive Tree

(Rev. Moon speaks) Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are sharply divided against each other in today’s world, but they share a common root.

What Fishing Taught Me

(Rev. Moon speaks) The longer a person spends on the ocean, the greater the spiritual aspect of his life will become.

Our Life in the Spiritual World

(Rev. Moon speaks) This is the importance of living a life with a clear conscience.

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