Whilst Reverend and Mrs. Moon have established and inspired hundreds of non-profit, non-government organisations around the world, the umbrella organisation has been the one associated with the community of believers who perceive this couple as the True Parents of Heaven Earth and Humankind. We call God “Heavenly Parent” because it underpins our understanding of who God is. God is love. God created humankind in his image – “male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27, NRSV) . So we perceive God as our heavenly father and heavenly mother.
When True Parents changed the name of our umbrella organisation from Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (colloquially known as Unification Church) to Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in 1996, it reflected how our community of blessed families had evolved. From 1960 until 1992, only church members participated in the Unifications Church’s Holy Wedding ceremonies.
In 1992 it opened up to include non-members, especially family and friends of members and previously married couples renewing their vows. In April, True Parents officiated at the first Unification Church Holy Wedding ceremony for non-members – forty Muslim couples sent by the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Ahmed Kuftaro.Continue reading “New Name New Era”