When you visit with us, you may find that we have many new and different terms and traditions that you may not find at other churches or even other religions.
Rev. Moon did not start our movement to be another religion or another denomination. He wanted to bring unity to all churches and all religions.
We have strong roots in the Bible, so you will find many of the same traditions that you would see at other Christian churches such as Bible stories in Sunday School and many Christian hymns during our worship services. In addition, since we also have strong Asian roots in our faith, you may often see Calligraphy and other Asian texts in our buildings. We also have an photos of our founders at the front of our hall, which is another very common Asian tradition.
Besides the Christian hymns and popular songs that we often sing in our services, we also have our own selection of songs, referred to as Holy Songs, that resonate well with our perspective of God. Some of these songs were written by our founder Rev. Moon himself, as well as by some of his early disciples.
Our prayers may also sound somewhat unique. We often refer to God as our “Heavenly Father”, but we also consider God to be our “Heavenly Parent” with both masculine and feminine characteristics.
We often end our prayers with the Korean word, “Aju” instead of or in addition to the traditional “Amen” that one usually would hear. Aju means “becoming the owner” or “I am the owner”, basically stating that we will take personal responsibility to make happen whatever was prayed about. The term Aju has a very special meaning because of our understanding of our relationship to God. We understand that God is waiting eagerly for us to fulfill our promises and commitments. He is not able to do so without our desire, effort, and commitment.
In our community you may also hear the term True Parents, True Father, or True Mother. God is ultimately our True Parent, but there is also a spiritual or theological meaning behind these terms. Our founders, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon seek to fulfill the role of spiritual parents for our community and for all people. In this way we often refer to them as True Father and True Mother. It is a term of affection and respect, similar to the way that Catholics refer to the Pope as the Holy Father.