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The Death of Sun Myung Moon – Part III: Up and Away

Rev. Moon’s funeral, or seung hwa ceremony, was held on Saturday, 15th September. Seung hwa does not mean funeral, but rather ‘ascension’: it was Moon’s own teaching that they are to be happy occasions, celebrating  passing into the co-existent spiritual, heavenly realm and affirming belief in the afterlife. But how will this day be remembered in years to come?

Bringing in the coffin

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The Death of Sun Myung Moon – Part II: Very Charismatic

This is a reflection on the life, rather than the death, of Sun Myung Moon. Often when I hear people from outside the Unification Church commenting on Rev. Moon and his Chuch, they mention that he is ‘a very charismatic leader’. Will it survive without him?

Rev. Moon at rest

Rev. Moon at rest, 6th September 2012

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The Death of Sun Myung Moon – Part I: When I Heard the News

I found out when I stepped in after work. Despite being a former member of the Unification Church (about which, see my story), I still have contact with members now and then. His health had been ailing for a number of days. He had finally died.

Rev. Moon

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The Ex-Gay Debate: Part II – The Unification Church and Homosexuality

The Unification Church is, on all accounts, at least a very interesting religion. It might be small, but in many ways its thinking is unique and it does provide ample opportunities for extended debate on many topics. Unificationist thought is a curious blend of Christianity (mainstream Protestant, Evangelical, and even occasionally Pentecostal) and Korean Confucianism with a broad rudimentary academic edge and Rev. Moon’s personal touch mixed in. While it has a pretty comprehensive response to many problems, homosexuality per sé is not one of them. This is because, on the whole, homosexuality is not considered to ‘exist’ – i.e. gay is not a kind of person in Unificationist thinking. To find out what they really think about homosexuality, you have to do some digging.

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