Unification News for May 2005
Dedication Ceremony for New FFWPU Headquarters Building
by FFWPU International
The constructions for the new FFWPU Headquarters Building was completed on the foundation of the fortunes coming from the victories in the era after the coming of heaven and the crowning ceremony of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind as the King of Peace of Cosmic Unity. The dedication ceremony for this new building was held on May 5, 2005 with the attendance of True Parents.
The ceremony for that day began from 9 am on the 8th floor of the new headquarters building. Around 1,000 participants were gathered for the ceremony that day including national messiahs, relatives of True Parents, elder couples, regional directors of the Family Federation in Korea, leaders of providential organizations and core members from around the metropolitan area in Seoul, Korea.
The ceremony was lead by Director Kim Young-jun of the Family Department who was the emcee for the day. A simple tape-cutting ceremony was held on the 1st floor lobby in which True Parents sanctified the building and wrote calligraphy to dedicate the new building. The main ceremony took place on the 8th floor. Rev. Song Yeongseok opened the ceremony with a prayer followed by Rev. Kwak Chung-hwan's report on the details of the building. DR. Kim Minha, president of the central association for Peace Ambassadors in Korea gave the congratulatory address. Kim Mi-ran (soprano) offered a song in congratulation; Lee Gwang-soo, Lim Jeong-im presented flower bouquets to True Parents. True Father then took the podium and spoke on this occasion of the dedication ceremony. The ceremony ended with a prayer by Rev. Kwak and three cheers of mansei lead by President Kim Bong-tae.
Earlier at the lobby, Father gave a simple prayer before cutting the tape. True Parents presided over the sprinkling of holy salt to sanctify the new building. True Father wrote calligraphy for the new building: "Mansei, for the Kingship of Peace throughout Heaven and Earth." (unofficial translation) and then went up to the 8th floor to participate in the main ceremony.
In his report, Rev. Kwak spoke about the meaning of this day saying, "Today, May 5, the 5th year in Cheon Il Guk, is truly a significant day; it has been four days since we celebrated the 51st anniversary of the founding of our church and it is also the first anniversary of the proclamation of Ssang Hab Shib Seung Il." Rev. Kwak emphasized that "the dedication ceremony for the new FFWPU Headquarters building is a proud accomplishment of our True Parents' endeavors throughout numerous tribulations and adversities they had faced to this day."
Dr. Kim Min-ha who gave the congratulatory address this day stated, "I am grateful for this opportunity to say a few words in congratulations to the dedication ceremony of the FFWPU Headquarters building." "I truly hope that this building can position itself at the center of the human race and be used for the sake of peace and the future of humankind."
Dr. Kim further expressed his respect to True Parents saying, "The Unification Thought, the true teachings of Rev. Moon based on the family, is the true thought system that shall bring peace to humanity." He ended his address by proclaiming in a strong voice the calligraphy True Father wrote for this building: "Mansei, for the Kingship of Peace throughout Heaven and Earth!"
In his speech True Father reflected on the past providential history and how he had dedicated his entire life for the sake of liberating God and bringing salvation to humanity through the word. He re-emphasized the importance of Cheon Il Guk, the hoondok organizations and Cheon Seong Gyeong. His speech lasted for about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The new FFWPU building consists of four floors under ground level and nine floors above ground level. Constructions began from June 2003 and took a little over two years.
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