Unification News for March 2004

Dedication Ceremony for Cheongshim Graduate School of Theology

The Accreditation and Dedication Ceremony for Cheongshim Graduate School of Theology took place on January 28, 2004. About 450 members gathered one hour before the 11 a.m. ceremony and greeted True Parents as they entered with loud cheers and applause. The ceremony commenced with True Fatherís benediction and the tape cutting. True Parents then entered and sanctified the lobby of the main building with holy salt. With a beatific smile, True Father bestowed calligraphy of the words, "Bon-deok (Revere Virtue), Hoon-heng (Exemplify and Teach through Action), Man-bok (Great Fortune), Heung-seong (Great Development), Man-se (Forever)," roughly translated as, "Revere virtue and teach it through your actions. You will thereby receive great fortune and develop greatly, and you will be eternally prosperous."

When True Parents and members of the True Family returned to the stage outside, all rose in tribute to the national flag and anthem of the Republic of Korea. The ceremony continued with a prayer offered by Dae Haeng Yu, FFWPU Japan president, followed by a progress report given by Rev. Yeong Ho Ha, vice president of Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center. Rev. Ha reported on school history and facilities and that the school will open on March 2nd with Study of True Parents, Unification Spirituality Studies, and Church Administration Studies, as the three major courses of study. The first class will comprise about 40 students.

Ceremony attendees included Dae Haeng Yu, president of FFWPU Japan; Dr. Chang Shik Yang, continental leader of North America; Mr. Dong Moon Joo, president of the Washington Times; Gyeong Jun Lee, president of Sun Moon University; and Jin Choon Kim, president of Cheongshim Graduate School of Theology. Prof. Mi Ran Kim sang the congratulatory song and True Parents were then presented with bouquets of flowers.

True Father began to speak at 12:10 p.m. and continued for nearly an hour despite frigid weather. During his address, he emphasized that people who live with love for the sake of others will become center. True Father then offered the benediction and was joined by True Mother to cut the congratulatory cake. The ceremony concluded at 1:10 p.m. with three cheers of ok-man-se lead by President Jong-gwan Yu.

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