Unification News for March 2004

Dr. Jaekil Park Passed Peacefully Into Spirit World

Dr. Hendricks  3/11/2004

Dear UTS alumni,

Our beloved physician, colleague and good friend, Dr. Jaekil Park, passed peacefully into spirit world this morning, March 11, at 1:40 a.m. (EST; 3:40 pm Korea time). He fell into a coma early in the day and passed on quietly in the Cheongshim Hospital at the Cheong Pyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center, Korea. Dr. Park dealt with a serious cancer for a year or more. He persevered longer than physicians, Western or Eastern, traditional or spiritual, had expected.

Dr. Park selected his won jeon (burial site) in his ancestral hometown in Korea, and will be interred there on Saturday, March 13 (the evening of March 12 in America) in a family ceremony. Dr. Yang, the American Church, and UTS will send flowers. When I obtain the requisite information on ordering flowers I will share it.

The Red Hook Family Church / UTS community will dedicate its Sunday worship as a memorial service this Sunday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m. At that time we will share scenes from Dr. Park's life and work.

UTS will prepare a memorial stone with a plaque overlooking his garden on the hillside north of Massena House, with a view of the Hudson River and Catskills. Dr. David Kim designated one large stone that he prepared years ago, for this monument. Our community and UTS alumni everywhere, whose lives were touched by Dr. Park's ministry of healing, are invited to contribute toward this. Any contributions you would like to make should be made out to UTS, memo: Dr. Park Memorial.

Beginning this afternoon we will have an altar at which to offer prayers and meditation in Dr. Park's beautiful reception room of the Health Center, on the second floor, southwest wing of UTS. All are invited to come there; it will be open continually until Sunday morning.


Tyler Hendricks

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