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There are a number of organizations founded, run, or supported by the Unification Church, and its founder Sun Myung Moon. Commentators have mentioned Moon's belief in a literal Kingdom of God on earth to be brought about by human effort as a motivation for his establishment of groups that are not strictly religious in their purposes.[1][2] Others have said that one purpose of these organizations is to pursue social respectability for the church.[3] These organizations have sometimes been labeled "front groups", an expression which originally referred to Soviet supported organizations during the Cold War.[4]

Multi-faceted organizations

CARP

The Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) is a collegiate organization founded by Moon and church members in 1964, which "promotes intercultural, interracial, and international cooperation through the Unification world view."[5][6] Church historian Mike Mickler writes: "The Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP), founded by church members at Waseda University, Japan, in 1964. began in the United States in November, 1973." [7] J. Isamu Yamamoto states in Unification Church: "At times CARP has been very subtle about its association with the Unification Church, however, the link between the two has always been strong, since the purpose of both is to spread Moon's teachings."[8] Sun Myung Moon's son Hyo Jin Moon was its president for ten years,[9] followed by his younger brother Hyun Jin Moon.[10]

Interfaith organizations

  • The Assembly of the World's Religions was founded by Sun Myung Moon. The first assembly was held from November 15 to 21, 1985, in MacAfee, New Jersey. The second was from August 15 to 21, 1990 in San Francisco.[11]
  • Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace[12][13]
  • American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC)[14][15][16]

Educational organizations

  • Cheongshim Graduate School of Theology[17]
  • International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences
  • New World Encyclopedia — an online encyclopedia that, in part, selects and rewrites certain World Heritage Encyclopedia articles through a focus on Unification values.[18] It "aims to organize and present human knowledge in ways consistent with our natural purposes."[19]
  • Paragon House, book publishing.[20]
  • The Professors World Peace Academy was founded in 1973 by Sun Myung Moon,[21] who declared the group's intent to "contribute to the solutions of urgent problems facing our modern civilization and to help resolve the cultural divide between East and West". PWPA now has chapters in over one hundred countries.[22]
  • Sun Hwa Arts School
  • Sun Moon University[23]
  • Sun Myung Moon Institute[24]
  • High School of the Pacific in Kealakekua, Hawaii[25]
  • The Unification Theological Seminary in Barrytown, New York was founded in 1975. Its purpose is to train members from around the world as leaders and theologians in the church.[26]
  • Blessed Teens Academy—Greeley, Colorado [27]
  • New Hope Academy—Landover Hills, Maryland, USA. "Although New Hope Academy was founded in 1990 by members of the Unification faith, it is not a sectarian school. No doctrines are taught; in fact, no classes in religion are offered. We believe it is the job of parents—with the support of their church, temple, or mosque—to impart their personal faith to their child." [28][29]
  • WUF - World University Federation

Organizations in the arts

Sports organizations

Political organizations

  • Freedom Leadership Foundation, an anti-communist organization in the United States active in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.[41][42]
  • International Federation for Victory over Communism
  • National Committee Against Religious Bigotry and Racism[58]
  • Radio Free Asia.[57]

Businesses

The Unification Church and church members own a number of businesses in various countries. In Eastern Europe Unification Church missionaries are using the church's business ties to win new converts.[61] David Bromley, a sociologist at Virginia Commonwealth University, said: "The corporate section is understood to be the engine that funds the mission of the church. The wealth base is fairly substantial. But if you were to compare it to the LDS Church or the Catholic Church or other churches that have massive landholdings, this doesn't look on a global scale like a massive operation."[62]

In the United States the church owns fishing interests. The biggest are in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Alaska and Alabama. In Kodiak, Alaska the church "runs a fleet of fishing boats ... [and is] the largest private employer" in Kodiak.[78]

United Nations related non-governmental organizations

Since 2000, Moon has promoted the creation of an interreligious council at the United Nations as a check and balance to its political-only structure.[79][80] Since then King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and King Juan Carlos of Spain hosted officially a program to promote the proposal.[81] Moon's Universal Peace Federation is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council[82][83] and a member of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development,[84][85] a member of the United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights,[86][87] a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council,[88][89][90] a member of the UNHRC,[91][92] a member of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.[93] Three of Moon's non-governmental organizations (NGOs)—Universal Peace Federation, Women's Federation for World Peace and Service for Peace—are in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.[82][83]

Other organizations

  • Global Peace Foundation, sponsors festivals, conferences, and other projects under the motto: "One Family Under God." [94]
  • International Educational Foundation.[95]
  • International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) [96][97]
  • Korean War 60th Anniversary Memorial Committee [98]
  • National Committee Against Religious Bigotry and Racism[99]
  • The New Hope East Garden Project, agricultural project in Brazil.[100]
  • Ocean Church[101]
  • Tongil Foundation[102]
  • Women's Federation for World Peace [103][104]
  • World Media Association, sponsors trips for American journalists to Asian countries.[105]

Organizations supported by the Unification Church

  • Christian Heritage Foundation, a private, independent charitable foundation based in Virginia that distributes Bibles and Christian literature to Communist and Third World nations. In 1995 it was given $3.5 million by the Women's Federation for World Peace.[111]
  • Empowerment Network, a pro-faith political action group supported by United States Senator Joe Lieberman.[112]
  • Foundation for Religious Freedom (Also known as the New Cult Awareness Network.), an organization affiliated with the Church of Scientology which states its purpose as "Educating the public as to religious rights, freedoms and responsibilities." [113][114]
  • Liberty University. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Hak Ja Han helped to financially stabilize the University through two organizations: News World Communications, which provided a $400,000 loan to the University at 6% interest; and the Women's Federation for World Peace, which indirectly contributed $3.5 million toward the school's debt.[103]
  • University of Bridgeport of Bridgeport, Connecticut.[119] In 1992, following the longest faculty strike in United States academic history, the University of Bridgeport agreed to an arrangement with the Professors World Peace Academy whereby the university would be subsidized by PWPA in exchange for control of the university. The initial agreement was for $50 million, and a majority of board members were to be PWPA members.[120] The next University of Bridgeport president was PWPA president and holocaust theologian Richard L. Rubenstein (from 1995–1999),[121] and subsequently former U.S. Unification Church president Neil Albert Salonen (2000–present).[122][123]

See also

References

External links

  • UPF website
  • Projects and Activities Founded by Unificationists (Nearly all of these founded by Sun Myung Moon and affiliated with the Unification Church.)
  • Reverend Moon Website
  • Unification Church, Article on Rightweb
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