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Dr. Joon Ho Seuk (middle) with UTS president, Dr. Tyler Hendricks and international studentsDr. Joon Ho Seuk (middle) with UTS president, Dr. Tyler Hendricks and international studentsDecember 5, 2008

Dr. Joon Ho Seuk, representing Family Federation for World Peace and Unification International (FFWPUI) headquarters office in Seoul, visited the UTS Barrytown campus on December 5. He met the students at lunchtime and gave an inspiring address.

Dr. Seuk shared about the ministry of Dr. Hyung Jin Nim Moon, the new International President of the FFWPUI. He discussed in detail Dr. Moon’s daily schedule of jung sung devotions, rising at 2 a.m., offering kyung baes (prostrations), pledging and meditating for a period of time, then carrying out a prayer walk to the site at which a world temple will be built, the Myung Dong Roman Catholic Church and other churches and temples in Seoul. Dr. Moon prays for “victory, illumination and peace” upon the peoples of all religions and no religion. He extolled the seminarians and staff to establish such conditions of jung sung in our daily lives. He then explained about the vision for the world temple as a house of prayer for people of all nations and religions.

The vision for this temple dovetails with that of UTS as an interfaith seminary, as Dr. Seuk explained it. Hyung Jin Nim will create worship modules expressing the True Parents ideal through the liturgical and worship traditions of the world’s great faiths. The goal is to gather 210,000 people for worship in numerous such services each week. Dr. Moon is being assisted in the practical implementation of this vision through his older brother, Mr. Kook Jin Justin Moon, who is heading a major philanthropic foundation. A powerpoint presentation explained more details of this bold new project. The South Korean media has reported actively and positively about the ministry ventures being launched by Dr. Hyung Jin Moon and Mr. Kook Jin Moon.

After his address, Dr. Seuk took a tour of the facility and met with core staff personnel to discuss future plans for UTS in its important development as an interfaith seminary, a partner to the interfaith vision being articulated by Dr. Hyung Jin Moon.

Dr. Seuk served a mission with UTS as the assistant to the first president, Dr. David S. C. Kim, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, prior to becoming the National Director for the American branch of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP). In that capacity Dr. Seuk eventually served as Unification movement leader in the former Soviet Union 1989-92, bringing thousands of young Russians, Latvians, Estonians and Lithuanians to Divine Principle workshops in New York, and coordinating mission work of hundreds of American Unificationists, including the graduates of two seminary classes and professors as well.

From which he was named Continental Director for the Northeast (now Eurasia) Continent, consisting of Russia, China and Mongolia. In 2008 he was appointed to the headquarters leadership of the FFWPUI in Korea.

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