Rev. Sun Myung Moon
The Family Federation for World Peace is a ministry whose roots go back to Easter morning 1936. While praying, a young Sun Myung Moon had a personal encounter with Jesus, who called on him to complete the work left undone at the time of the Jesus’ crucifixion. In the years that followed, which were filled with intense prayer and study of the Bible, the meaning of Jesus’ words was revealed to Rev. Moon through what would later become known as the Divine Principle.
Rev. Moon established the organization the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (HSA-UWC) on May 1, 1954. Although HSA-UWC was often known as the Unification Church, Rev. Moon’s intention was not to create another church or denomination, but rather to bring unity to Christianity and to all religions. The organization was renamed the Family Federation for World Peace on July 30, 1996, and continues to work to build bridges and unity among all faiths and all denominations of Christianity.
Rev. Moon describes his encounter with Jesus, and subsequent search for a new expression of truth in his autobiography, “As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen”.
As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen
From the autobiography of Rev. Sun Myung Moon
“The Word of God I was hearing in church, however, was not sufficient by itself to give me the clear answers I was seeking. To relieve the frustrations in my heart, I naturally began to immerse myself in prayer.
“Who am I? Where did I come from? What is the purpose of life? What happens to people when they die? Is there a world of the eternal soul? Does God really exist? Is God really all-powerful? If He is, why does He just stand by and watch the sorrows of the world?
“My heart was filled with these serious and fundamental questions. No one could easily answer them for me, so my only option was to pray. Prayer helped me to find solace. Whenever I laid out the anguishing problems in my heart to God, all my suffering and sorrow vanished and my heart felt at ease. I began spending more and more time in prayer, to the point that, eventually, I began praying through the night all the time. As a result, I had a rare and precious experience in which God answered my prayers. That day will always remain as the most cherished memory of my life—a day I can never forget.”
— Sun Myung Moon