Inheriting the Vertical
Mr. Hyun Jin Moon
on the Value of UTS
On July 16, President Shimmyo and Dr. Mike Mickler traveled to the University
of Bridgeport to attend a dinner in honor of Mr. Hyun Jin Moon, the newly
appointed Vice-President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.
The dinner was hosted by UB president Dr. Richard Rubenstein and he was
joined by various administrators and members of the faculty of UB's Business
School. The latter were present in recognition of Mr. Moon's graduation
this year from Harvard University where he gained an MBA. Dr. Rubenstein,
a fellow Harvard graduate, offered welcoming remarks to Mr. Moon and in
reply, Mr. Moon expressed the hope that there can be some way in which UTS
and UB can work together, possibly in the area of management.
Mr. Moon has a keen interest in UTS as he plans to attend the Seminary from
January 1999. At a meeting following the dinner at UB, he urged those Unificationists
who had recently graduated from UB to make a commitment to attend UTS. The
audience of 70 was made up of members of the Bridgeport community but the
primary focus was the recent graduates. Mr. Moon spoke of the new millennium
as a time for the second generation. The members of the first generation
have worked hard, he said, and their result should be passed on to the second
generation who should have the same level of hard work in order to inherit
that result. He described that result as "the vertical tradition which
True Parents have established." The remembrance and inheritance of
that vertical tradition is, he said, vitally important and this is why UTS
fulfills an essential role because "there you will learn this vertical
This, he said, is why those Unificationists who graduate from UB should
plan to attend UTS but so far, few are planning to go and therefore "True
Father is alarmed." Mr. Moon then explained his own situation. "I
am a Harvard graduate," he said, "and so I have many opportunities.
Many people would want me to work with them but True Father said I should
go to UTS. My course is to carry on my parents' work and so I will go to
UTS." Mr. Moon then spoke of the UTS education as providing a great
opportunity for those who experience it. "You will have a tremendous
future if you go to UTS," he said. "To be a core leader in our
movement, you have to study at UTS. The future is ours. The first generation
constructed the bone but we now have to add the flesh." He stated that
there is currently some confusion among the second generation with various
views and traditions being expressed but he urged those present to "inherit
the true tradition which is a vertical tradition."
Mr. Moon then asked the recent graduates of UB to stand up and he addressed
each of their situations in turn. One young man, for example, said, "I
don't have the ability to be a leader and I don't want to be a leader."
In reply, Mr. Moon suggested that this young man would surely hope to raise
a family one day and that, in the role of a father, he would be assuming
leadership responsibilities. Thus, he said, we are all called upon to be
leaders and we can all benefit from the education which UTS can provide.
By the time the meeting concluded, many of the young men and women had indicated
their commitment to enroll at UTS.