The Words of Hak Ja Han (Mrs. Sun Myung Moon)
Honorable chairmen, eminent scholars, ladies and gentlemen:
It is with great pleasure that I welcome all of you to this Thirteenth International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS). It is because of your participation and diligent effort that each annual meeting has become increasingly important and successful.
Because my husband is not able to be here, he asked me to express his deepest gratitude to you all for coming to participate in this year's meeting. [Rev. Moon was in prison in Danbury CT.] Your presence here is a testimony to the seriousness and excellence of this conference. It also indicates the importance this meeting has for the academic community and the world as a whole.
Since this is a very unique occasion for me I would like to take this opportunity to express some of my own testimony regarding the work and vision of my husband, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.
My husband does not live for himself. He lives for God and for his fellow man. Now, however, he is confined to a federal prison.
Some of you may wonder why Rev. Moon has had to go the way of imprisonment. I only want to tell you that as a crusader for God, my husband has suffered attacks and persecution throughout his life.
Mother welcomes Dr. Claude Villee, Jr., professor of Biochemistry at Harvard University Medical School and one of the two vice-chairmen of the conference, as Hyo Jin Moon stands ready join in the welcome.
In 1971, he was called by God to come to America and lead a movement to revive the fervor of Christianity and the founding spirit of the nation. He has often said to me that he might encounter some persecution and he might even suffer imprisonment. Despite that, he said he must go to America to do this God-given mission, because the survival of the entire world depends on America fulfilling her responsibility. For the last years, he has given his heart and soul and every drop of sweat and tears for the sake of this nation and the world.
I thank God that at this critical juncture my husband has become a rallying point for religious freedom in the United States. The spiritual awakening in America is at last happening, and the unity of Christianity is also a fact. All these goals are so dear to my husband, and he is willing to give his life for these purposes.
The religious leaders of different creeds, races and nationalities are showing their solidarity with my husband and their support for religious freedom. It is very heartwarming for me to see this expression of support. My husband feels that he is not alone.
He is praying every day in prison for God to bless this country. Ile is grateful to God that he has been given the extraordinary responsibility of leading the fight for religious freedom.
I am proud to be the wife of Rev. Moon, the mother of his children, and a firm believer in his vision.
In this hour of tribulation for my husband, for my family and for our movement, I thank you profoundly for your sympathy, love, support, and most of all, for your prayers. My husband joins with me in expressing our gratitude to you all.
ICUS has always been very special to my husband. It is a remarkable example of a project devoted to the building of the Kingdom of God on earth. Bringing together scholars from all parts of the world and from every academic discipline, it has the potential to address and solve the world's problems in ways that no other organization can do.
My greatest desire and prayer at this time is that you will continue to support the vision and work of ICUS and that you will continue to find ways to actively fulfill the crucial responsibility of the academic community. If you do that, there is nothing more that will please my husband.
As for the Founder's Address that my husband gives every year as a tradition, may I call upon our eldest son, Hyo Jin, to do it. It would be a great favor for me if you would kindly permit my son to deliver his father's message.
May God bless you, your families and your work. Thank you very much.