Rev. Young Sik An (UTS’01) has been appointed to the position of Vice President for Family Federation for World Peace and Unification International and as Chairman of the Human Resource Development Center.

The Unification Theological Seminary community - its students, faculty and staff - lifts its hearts in prayer for the families of the shooting victims of Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston.  We, and all members of the body of Christ, were shocked at this horrific event.  At the same time, we honor the beautifully inspired coming together of people in prayer, forgiveness and love. May the hand of God continue to embrace and comfort the families and friends of the victims of this senseless and tragic crime!

On Monday, September 24, UTS hosted a group of 150 leaders from Japan led by Rev. Dow Soon Yim, Regional Chair of Universal Peace Federation Japan. The group included Mrs. Kuboki, widow of the first President of the Unification Church of Japan, Rev. Osamu Kuboki, former President Rev. Hideo Oyamada and current Vice-President Rev. Ken Sudo.

At the welcoming program, Dr. Hendricks presented a talk on the development of UTS as the interfaith seminary. The visitors enjoyed unique and uplifting songs from students and the UTS local community. Each of the seminary’s new students introduced themselves, and three of them gave brief remarks expressing their inspiration at the opportunity to study at UTS that donors from Japan have helped to make possible.

Dr. Hendricks presented a Trustees Award to Rev. and Mrs. Yim, to honor the international vision and support provided by the Unification community of Japan under their leadership. Rev. Yim then gave a delightful talk on the power of God to provide energy and strength physically as well as spiritually.

We had a delicious lunch prepared by the world-class UTS kitchen under the supervision of Mrs. Reiko Mickler, and gave each person a gift of Barrytown Soap and Tivoli Bay Lip Balm manufactured on campus by UTS’s own Henry Christopher, Director of Community Relations. The visiting group gifted UTS with an autographed two-volume set of the school’s Founder Reverend Moon’s teachings on peace, and a generous financial gift to strengthen UTS’s capacity to provide computer services for under-resourced students.

After lunch the group toured the campus, enjoying the Labyrinth, pond and former horse barn, and paid their respects to the late Heung Jin Moon, who offered his life on behalf of his friends many years ago in an automobile accident a few miles away from the campus. Mr. Ichinori Tsumagari shared his testimony about his personal experiences with the young Heung Jin Nim. Then the group was guided to the location of the accident.

It is very significant that this meeting took place one day after Reverend Moon’s gathering of hundreds of interfaith leaders in New York to call for the UN to recognize God as the ultimate source of world peace. UTS, the interfaith seminary, is dedicated to creating leadership for this cause in every nation. The leadership group from Japan recommitted themselves to the ideal of peace, of the world as one family under God.

UTS expresses its gratitude to recent graduates Rev. Ki Man Lee and Mr. Kyoung Hyo Kim for making this program possible.

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