Testimonies / Speeches
Rev. Jun-seok An Sunday Sermon
Vienna, Austria, 20. November 2016
16th Annual WFWP Europe Women's Leadership Training and Conference
Bratislava, Slovakia, November 18 – 20, 2016
Speech at Opening Session by Carolyn Handschin, President WFWP- Europe
What qualities of leadership are needed in these challenging times? To answer that, we need to ask, "What are the challenges" of our day? Poverty, loneliness and depression, juvenile delinquency, unemployment, corruption and bad governance, low quality education- and access, materialism, apathy, violence at school, work and home, lost childhood and early maturity, substance abuse, peer pressure- and all accelerated by the speed of the social media. Can women's leadership and more feminine attributes in governance help prevent or solve today's problems? Do we believe that? Why? If we aren't convinced, no one else will be either. - read more
How the Unification Church in Spain received legal Recognition by the Constitutional Court in 2001
Madrid, Spain, 6. November 2016
Interviewer: Peter Zoehrer
Salzburg, Austria, November 3, 2016
By Barbara Grabner
During my summerly lectures in my home village Golling, a lady who manages events in the nearby Lammertal Valley was surprised by the quality of the contents. Martha invited me to hold a lecture in the village where my mother was born. We choose the topic “Inherited Destiny” since that would fit to the venue - the local heritage museum. When I asked how many guests are to be expected, I was told that ten guests would be a fine success. I was determined to bring more guests and sent an announcement to several newspapers - and amazingly they all announced my lecture. The week before my uncle celebrated his 90th birthday in the neighbor village. The celebration brought together almost all maternal relatives and I could inform them about my lecture. - read more
( “하늘대한 효정 세상의 빛으로”)
Espacio Ronda, Madrid, Spain, 6. November 2016
Special Emissary Dr. No Hi Pak
Beloved blessed families and members of Madrid Community, the many 2nd generation in attendance, and especially European Regional Leaders here in Madrid for the Regional Leaders Meeting!
Good morning! Buenos Dias! It is very nice to meet all of you this morning.
Actually, Dr. Moon and I also came to Madrid this time to participate in the European Regional Leaders Meeting. But we are so happy that we could come here again exactly one year after our last visit. - read more
Mrs. Hiraki from LA presents her successful concept for finding spiritual children.
Hamburg, Germany, 28. September 2016
By UIlrich Ganz
A very successful meeting was held with Naoko Hiraki, Masujo Gröning’s spiritual mother. To start off, seven Japanese members from Berlin, Düsseldorf and the Hamburg community met to hear the report in Japanese, and this was followed by the report in English for a further eight members. Hiraki and her team of five Japanese women had found 60 new members over the course of four years through their witnessing effort in Los Angeles. They have now a total of 120 good contacts. She showed us photos, small film clips and graphs about these activities, as well as explaining the methods used to bring about this success. The starting point was a questionnaire listing eight questions which they posed to young people aged between 18 and 23.
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하늘대한 효정 세상의 빛으로
Sermon for Joint Sunday Service of Paris Region
Chamarande, France, 2. October 2016
By Special Emissary No Hi PAK
Beloved blessed families and members of Paris region, especially many 2nd generations! Good morning! It has been quite a while since I met you all. I am so delighted to see you again this Sunday morning.
Last August 15, I returned to Korea for participating in the 4th Anniversary Seongwha Ceremony of our beloved True Father. And after attending the events and the Cheon Il Guk Leaders Conference, I spent some enjoyable time with my family, especially my grandchildren, whom I had not seen for a while.
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Salzburg, Austria, August 2016
By Barbara Grabner
In 2014 I started to hold lectures in my home village south of Salzburg in cooperation with the founder of the Thannhaus Farmer Museum. My ambition is to lecture either ten principle-related topics or to hold a one-day seminar there. In 2014 and 2015 my lectures focused on the chapters Life in the Spirit World and Resurrection. After some brain-storming I found some two more themes which are related to the providence of restoration. Since I spend July and August in my hometown there was enough time to introduce a second speaker. - read more
the Holy Items of Cheon Il Guk
German Leaders Meeting, Camberg, 26. June 2016
True Mother talks a lot about appreciation these days. Sometimes, you only value something when it is lost. The wise man values people and things around him before losing it.
What is the most important thing? My life. If I wouldn’t exist everything else would not be. But then you have to ask yourself, where does my life come from? I exist because of my parents. So we need to appreciate our parents, even though they are fallen parents. Without parents there is no life. You need to value your parents and be grateful to them. Even if they persecuted you, they did so because they love you. When True Father started the hometown providence, he asked members to go to their hometown and to love their parents more then they love True Parents. It is important to love your parents and to be grateful to them. - read more
Speech of Mr Jack Corley at the German Leaders’ Meeting
Neumühle, Germany, 26. June 2016
My family comes from an Irish Catholic background, and the first to join the Unification Church was my younger brother. Through him I was invited to listen to the first chapter of the Divine Principle at the center in Birmingham, England. Especially the message that God was present in everyone and in all of the creation touched me very deeply. In one occasion, I could not make it to the center for another lecture – and since there were no mobile phones in 1973, I just didn’t show up and decided to go to the center another day. But when I came home from my work at the construction site, all wet and tired, for it had been pouring rain all day, there was this English brother from the center waiting for me, soaking wet, at my door just to check if I was OK. Such dedication and love from brothers and sisters in the community are what touched us deeply and inspired many of us to follow True Parents.
The spirit of the early days is inspirational and important, as True Mother says. Also True Father set a tradition of experiencing the joy of love in the community. To me, one of the greatest joys today is to go back to countries in which I worked 40 years ago and meet old acquaintances and friends. You can walk away from a leader and an organization, but deep inside we are connected. Sometimes it is necessary to find something new in the relationship and pick up the original spirit. It is a good time for meeting old acquaintances now, after so many years. - read more
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