A Boat Comes Home
the days when Seminarians regularly pursued the mighty bluefin tuna in
the waters off Gloucester, Massachusetts, UTS was asked to add its
own boats to the large fleet assembled there. Now, one of those Good Go
boats has been returned by Ocean Church and will be available for this
year’s striped bass season. This is a timely arrival given Reverend Moon’s
recent emphasis on hobby and leisure activities. At a leaders’ meeting
in Brazil on January 3, he said “Some church leaders think that leisure
and hobby activities are only side issues but they will be the main activity
of the future.” Only those who understand this “will be able to harmonize
with the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth,” he said. The Korean word “shin,”
(the rough translation is “hobby” or “enthusiastic involvement”) implies
not simply enjoyment, as in English, but total involvement, so much so
that “you don’t feel tired,” he said.
Reverend Moon explained that he becomes so thoroughly engaged in an activity
such as fishing that he feels he “was born for that task.” In the future
ideal world, anything that is not connected to the realm of hobby and fun
“cannot be connected to Heaven,” he said.
UTS students have always joined the Founder some form of fishing. In the
early days, carp were the quarry of choice and in the 80’s, new graduates
went to Gloucester to fish for tuna. The class of ’93 was able to spend
the summer in Alaska fishing for salmon and graduates were again invited
to Alaska last August for what will apparently be an annual gathering.
In recent years, UTS students have traveled to Croton Harmon to join Reverend
Moon as he goes after the annual run of striped bass up the Hudson.