a clear direction from True Parents to blessed families

Recently I have received several emails about concerns church members have regarding the disagreement and confrontation that took place in Sao Palo, Brazil, between Hyun Jin Moon and the the Continental Director for South America, Rev Shim, who is appointed by True Parents.

It is quite apparent that some members of True Parents’ family do not always see eye to eye. This is perfectly fine and normal in life, but the problem is when those differences spill out or are played out in the public arena. As in most conflicts things are rarely straight forward, so unless we are personally involved and able to help bring about a solution it is best not to start taking positions and developing theories of who is right and who is wrong.

As a Unificationist what is important is to offer our devotion to God and connect to the heart of True Parents that we can discover through studying the Principle and practising it in our day to day circumstances.

As a result of this incident in Brazil True Father has made an announcement and direction for all blessed family members. He has taken the significant step to write it by hand and sign it with his own signature. I take from this his desire that people believe and follow his guidance and understand what he wishes to clarify.

Please see below Father’s calligraphy and  also an English translation:

No.1 Father's proclamation explaining from where authority begins in the organisation of the Unification Movement.

No.2 Father's perception on official international memos in the UM


No.1 says:

God is the one King of Kings.

There is only one set of True Parents.

All families are the people who share a single lineage, and are the children of one heavenly kingdom.

Moreover, the command center of cosmic peace and unity is the absolute and unique command center.

Its representative and heir is Hyung Jin Moon.

Anybody else [who claims such a position] would be a heretic and one who brings things to destruction.

The above content is True Parents’ proclamation.

[Signed] Sun Myung Moon

(Father wrote the character for “seal” indicating where his seal could be placed)

2010.4.23 by the heavenly calendar


Special note: I recognize only the official memos from the World Mission Headquarters of

Tongilgyo of Heaven and Earth

Tongilgyo International.

[Signed] Sun Myung Moon

2010.4.23 by the heavenly calendar

June 5, 2010

Announced at Cheon Jeong Gung, Korea

I hope this helps you to know where True Father stands on any friction that may exist amongst leaders or members of his family. I think he also wants to dispel any ideas that memos go out to our international community with out his approval. He may be 90 years old, but he is fully in charge of charting the course of the Unification Movement and guiding those who take take public roles with in all its different organisations. His mind remains sharper than any razor you may use on your face or legs, so be cautious about being ageist.

Personally I feel it is a hopeful reality that issues of unity with in our movement can be addressed by Father directly while he is still with us. In that sense all that goes on in our community (good and bad) if dealt with in a principled way can only help to secure the future.

Of course we have been taught to love the family of our True Parents and we should continue to do so, but let us remember as Father has made clear there is only one God we worship and that is the invisible one.

There are times when we all feel that the leadership we experience does not inspire great confidence. That is always a good time to reinvigorate our own life of devotion to God so that we are able to ensure that we are spiritually healthy and full of blessings to share with others.

The Divine Principle is the rock on which Father has diligently built his life and ministry. He has only been able to consistently develop and expand his mission because of that fact.  It is also the foundation for all that is good and eternal in our life.

This week our regular “Wednesday’s evening prayer for healing” in 43LG will be dedicated to prayers for unity amongst our movements international leadership and also to give people a chance to express any concerns they have and ask questions. Please feel free to come along. 7.30pm – 8.30pm Wednesday 9th June.

On Thursday I am going to Korea to celebrate the upcoming Day of All True Things with True Parents and also to take part in a national leaders meeting which I am sure has partly been called to address the current friction that has just taken place.

I will keep you updated.

God bless.


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19 Responses to a clear direction from True Parents to blessed families

  1. Profile photo of Larry Moffitt
    Editor June 8, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    Simon, thank you very much for posting the official translation along with your explanation. I think it is noteworthy that Father did not specifically mention Hyun Jin Nim in this proclamation. He only says that Hyung Jin Nim is the successor and all other claimants are not. Of course we all know that Hyun Jin Nim is the reason for the proclamation, but Father’s heart is to embrace Hyun Jin Nim when he is ready to stop his rebellion, and so he always wants to keep that door open. Thus he stops short of slam-dunking Hyun Jin Nim in this proclamation. This is the most painful time ever in Father’s life, but his love never quits.

  2. Sung June 8, 2010 at 4:41 am #

    Did you watch the video? Mother practically dictated the whole thing and Hyung Jin was behind them. Not a single part of me believes that this was done with Father:
    -Receiving proper information
    -Completely deciding this on his own.
    Father is a man of great character but the leaders have been giving false reports on Hyun Jin for years. Since 1998! How can Father know any better?

  3. Sung June 8, 2010 at 6:16 am #


  4. john kennedy June 8, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    It is good to hear your viewpoint on this important matter as we try to see from God’s viewpoint.

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    Editor June 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Sung, I think Father is entitled to discuss things with his wife of 50 years. The fact that Father allows camera’s to film almost all his daily life makes him probably one of the most transparent leaders on the planet. Of course he is open to persuasion and influence – that is part of being a human being, but I believe he understands more than anyone what is going on around him in our community. Complicated circumstances and overcoming conflict has been his life.

  6. Pam Dillard June 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    many thanks Simon
    hallo Sung I remember Hoon Mo Nim sharing how Father discusses what he writes with True Mother. For example when he was writing the chinese characters for Hyo Jin Nim at his Seung Hwa Father was so struck in heart he asked True Mother some questions about the characters. She shared this with us at Cheong Pyeong revealing True Fathers heart.

  7. Robert Williamson June 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    very well written Simon!

  8. Toby Warren June 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    Here’s my ‘bare bones’ argument, Sung, which I think helps us see where we can stand and be sure its in the right place on this rather sad situation. Through many battles, both spiritual and physical, our True Parents together have grown in their love for each other as they have pioneered a way for God, setting a course that we follow as we also seek to know such love. Any notion that Mother would act manipulatively is so far from the truth as to be utterly absurd and to think that way shows there is a deep lack in your understanding of who True Parents are. Also I have been following Hyung Jin Nim’s work in Korea since the ‘Two Rivers’ ministry was first begun. Clearly he never wanted the job but did it because Father had asked him. His incite and wisdom seems to be complimentary to Fathers words but also refreshing and new. Since his slightly controversial ‘Taiwan Address’ where he called us all to be open in our witnessing to our True Parents, he has always shown that he would rather not take up this important mission Father has given him. Why? Because he knows with great responsibility comes huge challenges. I think he is doing well and I for one offer him my full support. It’s that simple. Dont be suspicious. I am concerned for many like you, Sung who seem to think you know better than our True Parents!

  9. Ted O'Grady June 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    There is a brasilian portuguese expression appropriate to this situation,
    “Deixe nas maos de Deus.” (sic)
    (Leave it in God’s hands.)
    I am struck with how much Hyun jin’s expressions and mannerisms resemble a young True Father(on the YouTube video).
    I appreciate his passionate zeal to attend True Parents in the way he sees fit.
    I hope that Hyung jin is roaringly successful and that Korea becomes one nation under God.
    I hope there is room in the Kingdom for everybody and that our hearts, like Father’s, are big, bold and audacious.
    “Forgive, Love, Unite!” Then, go forward as one.

  10. Angus McDonald June 9, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    Totally agree with Simon’s guidance.

    Also, surely it is wonderful that True Father and Mother work together on these things.

  11. Thomas Schellen June 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    I appreciate your comments on the situation, Sir Simon, especially as your stand comes with that posture of fair-mindedness that one associates with the best in British influence on the world.

    Nonetheless, it appears to this observer from a remote outpost of the Unification community that things in the center are not likely to ease anytime soon.

    I fear more shocking images and am worried what that will do for any outreach that we collectively have invested so much in over the past years, especially since 2001.

    For reference what makes me concerned about developments in the global public sphere, I quote from a news story by UPI from June 9: “Representatives of the Global Peace Festival Foundation, led by Chairman Hyun Jin Moon, met recently with [Costa Rica’s President] Chinchilla and discussed the group’s activities, including upcoming festivals in Nepal, Indonesia and Paraguay ahead of the Global Peace Convention in November in Nairobi, Kenya.”

    I would appreciate ideas on how the ideals and best practices of peace can continually be conveyed by our community.

    Best Wishes,

  12. jorgen Bramsen June 12, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    Concerning Hyun Jin Nims actions/behavior.
    It is clear that Hyunjinnims behavior is out of control and that it in no way can be justified.Now let us try to understand this whole situation from the point of view of the Divine Principle and the History of Restoration-in order to try to make some sense of it.Hyunjinnim was placed in the providential position as Cain by True Father Himself – not because Father wanted to hurt Hyunjinnim , but because it was the requirement of the Providence at this time in history.
    The mission of the True Family is to restore for all the mistakes of Adanm and Eves family.Now True Parents has restored for all the problems of Adam and Eve. Then next is the restoration of the problem of Cain and Abel on the worldwide level.The fight between brothers must be restored on the worldwide level.The weight of that mission must be very heavy and therefore very difficult to shoulder.About 1 1/2 year ago Father suddenly called Hyungjinnim and Hyunjinnim together and told them, that from now on Hyungjinnim was to stand in the Abel-position.That´s how I have heard it.This then must have come as a gigantic shock for Hyunjinnim– a shock , that he has not been abel to digest or make sense of.Instead, it seems, that a war is raging within him and he is acting accordingly.
    He needs for himself – to see clearly , that he was suddenly placed in a MOST historical position in God´s Providence in order for the last big HISTORICAL problem to be solved.In a way , we can say, that he was given responsability for solving it by his own blood ,sweat and tears…and thus making a tremendeous contribution to God´s Providence of restoration.
    ( but he was also given the best of all Abel central figures Hyungjinnim to face in his inner battle…and it is 1000% sure , that Hyungjinnim would be there for him to help him!!!!ok-mansei for that)
    Now we need to pray for Hyunjinnim , that he will be able to take Heaven´s viewpoint on this situation and that he then can be able to find a deep meaning in this mission and also be able to receive strength from Heaven to shoulder it.
    Let us all pray for that.Let us pray the best we have learned….for the sake of the True Family and the succes of God´s Providence of Restoration.

  13. Anonymous June 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    Where is the footage of True Father’s daily life? I would like to see this supposed transparency.

    All this confusion shows that the church is clearly not transparent – most church members do not know where this apparent family friction stems from.

    It IS important that people KNOW the truth and what’s behind it all – it is only FAIR for members to know.
    These issues NEED to be transparent – look at where ignorance and abuse of power have got us in British Politics.

    And as far as the whole ‘Cain restoration’ theory – it’s easy enough to relate anything back to the DP – but it is clear to see that these events are the outcomes of abuse of power and most likely money.

    I think too many people are far too happy to sit back and follow – or hope that their faith will guide them. People shouldn’t be afraid to question and criticise when something is not quite right. Questioning is healthy.

    Why is everyone so scared to ASK that the hell is going on? And why is no-one told?

    Leaders should lead be example – and if leaders of the movement are practising what they preach, then they have nothing to worry about.

    But something needs to be clarified.

    It is outrageous.

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    Editor June 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Dear anonymous, we don’t normally do anonymous comments, but I will leave yours up for bit, if you want to repost it with your name it would be better. Just a lot of regular users prefer to know who they are talking to. They just feel it is fairer. Especially since you are promoting transparency etc.

    You have raised several points in a very general way making a lot of sweeping assumptions making it hard to answer properly. At least on the answering questions one:

    I don’t know anyone who is afraid to ask questions. A lot of people do ask. Some get their answers others feel they don’t, and some people don’t want to ask too many questions, and I think that is also acceptable.

    About people who have faith and hope: they are not the ones who tend to sit back, they are normally the people who get involved, make a difference, and put themselves on the line.

  15. Graham Simon June 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    One thing is clear. We all see the world the way we want to see it. It’s important to have faith. It’s more important that we are honest with ourselves and recognise the difference between what we know and what we believe. Quite frankly, I think we all know a lot less than we think we do.

  16. Mulotwa Ngama June 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    I agree 100 per cent.Developping theories of who is right,who is wrong can be dangerous.Remember,this matter is in our beloved and unique True Family while TP are still alive.
    Thanks Simon.


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    Andy Johnson June 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    I really believe that the end result of this particular time of struggle will be that many Brothers and Sisters re-evaluate their own faith and ernestly try to find a deeper more personal relationship with God. I know True Parents are deeply saddened by any conflict of this nature and I also feel very sad at the resentment and bitterness that is being expressed by all parties. Like Simon I think it is very dangerous to take up issues against each other. Why did we decide to follow True Parents? What is the core foundation of our own and personal faith? Perhaps we can all be born again!
    Lot’s of Love to you all.

  18. Alexander Paul July 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    In my many years of working with an ISO certified company, I (just like my other colleagues) have been taught, trained and often reminded to abide/respect our higher directions. This is no different from what we have been trained in our spirituality, i.e. to vertically aligned with our Central Figures. When things get really confusing with emotions, the best is always to go upwards and check with the highest Central Figures of our movement, i.e. True Parents.

    Thanks to Simon for bringing up this subject with reasonable restraint on emotions and yet making reference to facts.

    Hope brothers and sisters will stay united to brave many challenges ahead. Lets strive to be good children, good brothers and sisters, good parents and set good examples and be stable leaders centering on True Parents for our next generation.

    Warmest regards,
    Alexander Paul

  19. purna sharma June 8, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    very well written simon!

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