Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, Co-Founder, Universal Peace Federation
Dr. Moon, co-founder of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) was born in North Korea. As were many devout Christians, Dr. Moon’s family was persecuted by North Korean communists. In 1948, she and her mother fled their village for South Korea. Eventually reaching the South, they joined the newly founded Unification Church following the Korean War. Hak Ja Han married the church’s founder, the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon in 1960. Dr. Moon, together with her husband, has played an instrumental role in founding an array of religious, academic, educational, arts, and peace organizations working in more than 190 nations.
Respected Heads of state, prime ministers and high office holders, respected religious leaders, excellencies and dignitaries from around the world, in particular at a time when various challenges are facing today's world, heads of state are working tremendously to take care of the health and well-being of the citizens around the world. At this challenging time, our wish remains the same, through interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values we wish to realize one family of humanity under the heavenly parent.
This remains our earnest desire. However, when we look at human history, until now, human history has been a sad one of continuous conflict. Even now, around the world, conflicts are happening everywhere. Why is it that at this time it is difficult to see a future filled with hope? Originally the creator had a dream. Heavenly Parent wished to realize the ideal of the kingdom of heaven on earth together with his beloved children.
However, we speak of interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values, the realization of a unified community of humanity under the Heavenly Parent. As long as Heavenly Parent remains the center of any community or family or society, all problems can be solved. However, in today's world, we can see that nationalism and selfishness are rampant. These are characteristics that are far from heavens wish.
Our earthly life is limited. How can we live a heavenly life while on this earth? The primary duty is to lead heavenly lives on this Earth in preparation for the eternal life in the spirit world. At this moment, an incredible number of casualties have been arising because of covid-19 and, due to natural calamities and floods, incredible numbers of casualties and displaced civilians have occurred.
What do you think when you see these terrible calamities?
Heavenly Parent, God, the creator is love, is our parent. The parent cannot bear to see the children dying and suffering. As a parent, how painful must God's heart be to see his beloved children suffer? We, from this moment, let us really repent on our knees for our shortcomings and really render glory unto heaven.
I send my greetings and blessings to all of you. Thank you very much.