why the media are good for us

It is hard when you have been misunderstood for a long time to have a Christian attitude towards others, to not be sceptical of journalists who you don’t know, and of course  we must not forget Jesus also said to be wise as a serpent, i.e. don’t be naive.

Having said that it would be wise for us to embrace the media and view them as our friends, and help them to get a better picture of who we are. That is one of the purposes of this website: to let people see what we actually do, say, and think as a community.

healthy communication - takes two to tango

healthy communication - takes two to tango

The work that started with Tim Read and many others in years gone by and that has been carried on by our current media duo (Richard Biddlecombe and Nancy Jubb) has proven that when you reach out to people, even journalists, you build a healthy relationship.

I was surprised at one or two of the instant reactions on Facebook to the recent BBC article by Christopher Landau who interviewed Hyung Jin Moon recently. Despite the article having been objective and also helpful towards getting our actual message out to the public, there was an assumption that the journalist must have twisted some of his words.

No, I don’t think so. Personally, I want to thank Mr Landau for quoting our founder’s son so much and on so many different points. He didn’t have to do that, but he did.

I wouldn’t say he got the perfect angle or really hit the nail on the head when he mentioned the use of christian songs, as many of what we see as our holy songs are anyhow Korean christian hymns. But hey, its not my article.

At a time when we are trying to figure out what kind of movement we are, what True Parents’ legacy will be, what kind of a religious movement we are, etc, then to have an inquisitive and relatively objective media is only healthy and helpful. It actually forces us to be clear, articulate, and reflective.

"someone who seems determined to establish the faith founded by his father as a credible part of the religious landscape " BBC Quote.

"someone who seems determined to establish the faith founded by his father as a credible part of the religious landscape " BBC Quote.

He mentions in the article how Hyung Jin Nim is not afraid to bring in practices from already established religious traditions. This is a key point for us to first consider for ourselves and then to explain to others: we are nothing with out all the established traditions and what they have done for humanity over the millennium, and we honour all the saints of history whether they be Jewish, Budhist, Christian, or Muslim. True Father, Rev Moon’s, starting point was to respond to Jesus. The Divine Principle, our core teaching, is also born out of the Judeo-Christian scriptures. And there is the point for reflection: how many of us especially younger or more recent disciples like me have actually read the Old and New Testament?

So going back to the start. As disciples of True Parents when last did any of us contact our local media to let them know what we are doing in our work, in our community? If you would like to support our UK media team on the local level, get in touch. There is so much more we could be sharing about if we make the first step, and so much we will also learn about who we are when we start that give and take.

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4 Responses to why the media are good for us

  1. yos October 8, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    i agree that despite the factual inaccuracies that the article presents, it is part of a turning point in the way we are being seen by the media and the way the persepective of the public towards us is evolving. It isn’t entirely a positive nor negative article but i think, like simon said, it’s a chance for us to evaluate our position and relationship towards the media. also to see what we are doing and can do to develop that relationship. it also poses a very important and valid point of our rights as part of a civilised society. it’s time our voice is heard clearly and with firm conviction, and to be empowered with our rights and pride as gods children.

  2. Nicholas October 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    I think you are all doing a terrific job with the fireplace blog, keep at it!

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    Jeff October 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    Yes I agree that we need to be optimistic and not always doubt others. If we treat others (e.g. journalists) with respect they are more likely to do likewise. I think we also have to see that they want a story and help them to create the right one.

  4. Phil Moore October 8, 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    I believe that the article was a very good one and definately a step forward when comparing it to the countless biased reports of unconventional church activities. This can only strengthen the credibility of Hyung Jin Nim and the kind of work that he wants to do. I am all for this kind of journalism, and to be recognised as a religion among many is a better platform to work from then (in the eyes of the media) as an isolated cult, it’s membership exiled to the wastelands of unacceptable faith.

    I’m a Moonie.

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