Make Commitments and Take Ownership
The National Ministry Team gathered at the New Yorker Hotel on August 7 for their monthly meeting to discuss accomplishments and upcoming events throughout America, as well as a new Hoon Dok Hwe program.
Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Regional Chairman of Family Federation North America, spoke about commitment and ownership. He thanks God and True Parents every day, and makes a commitment to grow continuously through Hoon Dok Hwe. “True Father left us Hoon Dok Hwe as part of his will. It holds God’s secret message,” he said. “Through Hoon Dok Hwe, you will know God.” Dr. Kim said in order for True Mother to fulfill her mission, Unificationists must take ownership of God and True Parents and take action.
Rev. Demian Dunkley, President of Family Federation for a Heavenly USA, spoke on the topic of achieving National Victory. “The Christians failed because they didn’t keep their word,” Demian said. “We can fulfill our mission through True Parents’ word, and through witnessing and educating the youth.” Demian announced a strategy for this; a nation-wide Hoon Dok Hwe program called Godible, where readings of True Mother’s Anthology and other Holy Scriptures will be available in audio recordings, as well as in text for free. Visit Godible.org to sign up.
Chairman of Universal Peace Federation (UPF) International, Dr. Thomas Walsh, wowed the crowd with his report on meeting Pope Francis. During their 40-minute meeting, they reviewed the work of UPF and the importance of family and forgiveness to overcome resentments.
Dr. Michael Jenkins, President of UPF International and Chairman of UPF USA, reported on the National Parents’ Day celebrations throughout America. In 1994, True Father’s vision to uphold and promote family values made its way to the Senate, with the creation of the National Parents’ Day Coalition and Parents’ Day being enacted as a National Holiday.
Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Washington Times, Thomas McDevitt, spoke about meeting with True Mother on June 16, surrounding the Las Vegas Unity Festival, to discuss forming a new board for the HJ Magnolia Foundation and to evaluate how to best optimize their assets. True Mother scheduled a HJ Foundation Conference in 2020 to discuss the launching of the International Association for Peace and Economic Development, and to establish a global cooperation network between business foundations and corporations of the Unificationist movement worldwide.
Dr. Luonne Rouse, National Co-Chairman of the Amerian Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), declared ACLC’s efforts to expand and build a stronger team moving forward. He also acknowledged the outstanding work and efforts of ACLC Chicago, and thanked Midwest Subregional Director, Rev. David Rendel, for exhibiting “dream team” behavior for ACLC nationally by holding Prayer Breakfasts consistently for the last 15 years.
Lastly, Teresa Rischl, President of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) USA, reported on the CARP Momentum Student Leader Training program in Barrytown, NY, which inspired students to “be the light.” Many educators and elders were invited as guest speakers to discuss topics such as “How to Apply the Principle to Business.” The training program exhibited many CARP students who are taking on leadership roles.