FAMILY PEACE ASSOCIATION TIMELINE
1969 (May 25): Hyun Jin (Preston) Moon, the seventh child of Reverend Sun Myung Moon and his second wife, Hak Ja Han, was born.
1998: Hyun Jin Moon was appointed as vice-president of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), the main organization of Reverend Moon’s Unification Movement.
2009: Hyun Jin Moon separated from FFWPU, following conflicts with his mother, Hak Ja Han.
2010-2011: Hyun Jin Moon and his followers formed in the Seattle area the Blessed Family Community, later the Blessed Family Association.
2016: Supporters of Hyun Jin Moon founded the Family Peace Association as a separate organization from FFWPU, with Youngjun Kim as president.
2017: Jinman Kwak succeeded Youngjun Kim as president of the Family Peace Association.
FOUNDER / GROUP KASAYSAYAN
Ang Family Peace Association (FPA) ay isa sa mga grupo na nagresulta mula sa pakikibaka para sa pagkakasunud-sunod ng Reverend Sun Myung Buwan (1920-2012) bilang pinuno ng kilusang Unification, at para sa pagtukoy ng misyon at layunin ng Family Federation para sa World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), ang pangunahing espirituwal na organisasyon nito, at ang Universal Peace Federation (UPF) organisasyon. Ang mga kontrobersya ay nakaugat sa mga pag-angkin sa awtoridad ng iba't ibang miyembro ng pamilya ng Moon at isang pangkat ng mga pinuno ng mga organisasyon sa loob ng kilusan. Paano nabuo ang mga pamahiin at ang maagang karera sa Unification Movement ng Hyun Jin Moon ay detalyado sa profile ng post-2012 (ie post-kamatayan ng Reverend Moon) Unification Movement sa website na ito.
Sa 2016, ang FPA ay pinasinayaan ng mga tagasuporta ni Dr. Hyun Jin (Preston) Moon, ang pinakamatandang anak na nabuhay ng Reverend Moon. [Larawan sa kanan] Hindi siya dapat malito sa kanyang nakababatang kapatid na si Hyung Jin (Sean) Moon, na namumuno sa isa pang grupo ng splinter sa Unification Movement, Ang Sanctuary Church. Si Hyun Jin (Preston) ay karaniwang tinutukoy bilang "Dr. Hyun Jin Moon "sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga tagasunod batay sa honorary doctorate na nakuha niya mula sa Sun Moon University, ang accredited university na pinatatakbo ng kilusan ng Unification sa Korea, sa 2005. Nakakuha din siya ng isang degree na MBA mula sa Harvard Business School at isang BA sa History mula sa Columbia University.
Sa 2009, si Hyun Jin Moon ay hiwalay mula sa FFWPU, kung saan siya ay dati ay may mahahalagang posisyon sa pangunguna, at nagkaroon formed in the Seattle area the Blessed Family Community, later Blessed Family Association. [Image at right] Hyun Jin Moon believed FPA was in fact replacing the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) as the legitimate heir of Reverend Moon’s legacy. He considered that FFWPU had failed its universal, non-sectarian mission of realizing God-centered, ethical societies and had been transformed into just another religious denomination, something Hyun Jin claims Reverend Moon never wanted.
DOCTRINES / BELIEFS
FPA sees God as “the ultimate source of happiness, freedom, peace, and human rights” (Family Peace Association 2016a). Each human being should cultivate his or her character and capacity to love through a personal relationship with God and extend that love to one another. Human beings, as eternal spiritual beings, can only find meaning and value in themselves by living a moral and virtuous life. A key point in developing one’s unique individual personality and realizing one’s personal potential is to fulfil one’s God-given responsibility through making moral choices and actions in harmony with the “universal principles and values that God established at the beginning of creation.” Thus, for FPA, “the human portion of responsibility” is pivotal for the realization of the Kingdom of God on Earth, even though “God’s portion of responsibility” (expressed through God’s providential work on earth), represents the main component (Family Peace Association 2016a).
For FPA, the traditional extended family (man-woman-child and three generations of grandparents, parents and children) has a status higher than any other institution or organization, including any church or religion. It is seen as the “school of love” because, when centered on God’s love, it becomes the building block of peaceful communities, nations, and a peaceful world order.
The family is considered to be the central unit of society, as it embodies the full expression of God’s masculine and feminine qualities, manifested in the unity of man and woman as a complementary pair in marriage, as well as an array of inter-relationships among spouses, grandparents and siblings that effectively foster the development of character. The most fundamental attribute of God-centred families, and what binds them into a whole, is the practice of “true love,” meaning “living for the sake of others.” Such families are considered to manifest the core of God’s own nature and his central ideal; they are considered to be the model of the loving relationships required for “the peaceful, ideal world” (Family Peace Association 2016b). A detailed treatment of the significance of the three-generational family for societal stability and renewal can be found in Chapter Four of Hyun Jin Moon’s book Korean Dream (2016 [Korean edition, 2014]). Ang aklat ay may kaugnayan sa posibilidad, at ang espirituwal na kahulugan, ng isang mapayapang muling pagsasama sa pagitan ng North at South Korea. Naging matagumpay ito sa South Korea at napili bilang Book of the Year sa kategorya ng "Social" ng Korea Printing and Cultural Art Award Committee.
One can ask the question whether FPA is a religious organization. FPA does not define itself as a church but as a movement of ideal families, not all with the same religious beliefs and practices. However, FPA’s core membership does share certain ideas on the messianic role of Reverend Moon and his lineage, and regards as important the maintaining of many of the original ceremonies instituted by Reverend Moon.
Sa mga interbyu ang may-akda na isinagawa sa 2016 sa lugar ng Seattle at sa Korea, ang karaniwang sagot ay ang FPA ay isang "komunidad ng pananampalataya" kalaban sa isang simbahan, at bukas sa lahat ng mga pamilya na nais mabuhay ng isang buhay "na nakasentro sa Diyos. "Sinabi ng FPA na ang pilosopiya at mga aktibidad nito ay batay sa mga prinsipyo at prinsipyo ng unibersal, na sinasabing kumakatawan sa mga pangunahing aral ng Reverend Moon pati na rin ng ibang relihiyon sa mundo.
“Follow your conscience” is an answer often received in the author’s interviews about questions of doctrine. However, not without precedents in other traditions: see, for example, in the Catholic Church, the analysis of conscience by John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890). FPA believes that conscience does include within itself certain universal truths, which are also the core teachings of Reverend Moon’s Banal na Prinsipyo. They include the primacy of selfless love, traditional family as a divinely ordained institution, and harmony with, and ethical mastery over, nature. When I asked what characterizes a member of FPA, a typical answer was “a desire to support the vision and mission of FPA and substantiate the doctrine of FPA, as set forth in the unaltered Eight Great Textbooks of the late Reverend Moon, in oneself, one’s family, larger community, and in one’s nation, and the world.”
RITUALS / PRACTICES
Kabilang sa mga aktibidad ng FPA ang mga programang pang-edukasyon at pagawaan para sa mga bata, kabataan, mga adulto sa kolehiyo at mga kabataan na propesyonal; [Larawan sa tamang] mga seminar at patnubay para sa kasal at pamilya; panlabas na mga workshop sa pakikipagsapalaran; pagsasanay sa pamumuno ng kabataan; mga lokal na komunidad at pandaigdigang proyekto sa paglilingkod.
FPA continues practicing the main rituals and sacraments established by Reverend Moon, including daily studies of a set of holy scriptures (the “Original Eight Textbooks”), the Blessing marriage ceremony, and the celebration of the four main holy days: True God’s Day (now called in the FFWPU the “Heavenly Parents Day”), True Parents’ Day, True Children’s Day and the True Day of All Things (i.e. of the Creation). It also maintains the Seong Hwa funeral ceremony, birth and infancy ceremonies, the ritual use of candles, and the use of “holy salt” for purification. Basically, there are no rituals specific to FPA. The rituals and sacraments are those of the Unification movement as dictated by Reverend Moon, omitting those changes and reforms introduced by Mrs. Moon, who came to control the FFWPU after her husband’s death.
Ang FPA ay, sa oras ng pagsusulat (2017), na nagsasagawa ng isang "pandaigdigang kilusang Pagpapasalamat" na kung saan ito ay umaasa na lubos na paramihin ang network ng mga internasyonal na pamilya. Ang "Blessing" ay nagsasama ng ritwal sa kasal at isang pang-edukasyon na pantas-aral sa "mga halaga ng pamilya na nakasentro sa Diyos." Sa seremonya ng kasal, ipinahayag ng mga mag-asawa ang kanilang pangako sa pag-alam ng "ideal na mga pamilya," ibig sabihin, mga pamilya na nagsasagawa ng walang pag-iibigan na pagmamahal sa isa't isa at sa ibang mga pamilya. Ang seremonya ng kasal sa Pagpapala ay may kahalagahan ng "pagsasadya sa lahi ng Diyos" at itinuturing na malaking katuparan ng Eukaristiya na pinasimulan ni Jesu-Cristo.
ORGANISATION / LEADERSHIP
Ang FPA ay may ilang mga miyembro na 2,000. Ang pinakamalaking mga kabanata ay nasa Korea, Japan, at sa US, kung saan ang Jinman Kwak [Larawan sa kanan] serves as its second international president, as successor of the first president, Youngjun Kim. Jinman Kwak is a son of Reverend Chung Hwan Kwak, who was one of Reverend Moon’s closest advisers for many years and also sided with Hyun Jin. Smaller FPA chapters exist in the Philippines, Mongolia, Taiwan, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Colombia.
ISSUES / CHALLENGES
FPA sees as its main challenge being able to persuade secular societies to accept and live by what FPA considers to be the core principles and values central to all religions, such as the firm adherence to a personal moral code rooted in conscience and universal, absolute values; respecting the sanctity of the traditional family; and empowering ethical leadership. Through outreach based on practical solutions to problems involving the individual, family and social institutions, it hopes for the ultimate transformation of society into an order corresponding to “God’s original ideal.”
On the internal level, as well, FPA has set for itself goals that might be regarded as quite ambitious, as its aim is forming “the individuals and families that God wishes to see,” who would live in accordance with high moral standards. In return, the “blessed families” would achieve the “inner peace and freedom as God’s sons and daughters,” which would also be the touchstone for societal renewal.
All this is obviously not easy in a secular society. In some countries, FPA has also been criticized by the anti-cult movement as part of the latter’s criticism of Reverend Moon and his organizations in general. Iba pang mga sangay ng kilusan ng Unification dispute the legitimacy of FPA as heir to Reverend Moon’s legacy.
Imahe # 1: Hyun Jin (Preston) Buwan at kagalang-galang Sun Myung Moon.
Larawan # 2: pagsasalita ni Hyun Jin Moon.
Larawan #3: Pagawaan ng Pamilya ng Kapayapaan ng Pamilya sa Kenya.
Larawan # 4: Jinman Kwak, Pangulo ng Kapisanan ng Kapayapaan ng Pamilya.
Family Peace Association. 2016a. "Sino kami." Na-access mula sa http://familypeaceassociation.org/who-we-are/ sa 9 March 2017.
Family Peace Association. 2016b. "Pilosopiya ng Kapisanan ng Kapayapaan ng Pamilya: Mga Pandaigdig na Prinsipyo at Mga Halaga." Mga Uri. Edmonds (Washington): Family Peace Association.
Buwan, Hyun Jin Preston. 2016. Ang Korean Dream: Isang Vision para sa isang Pinag-isang Korea. Bloomington, IN: Archway Publishing (Korean edition, Seoul: Sodam Publishing Inc., 2014).
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11 Abril 2017