The Words of Hyun Jin Moon

An Abbreviated Chronology of Recent Events

Tongil Group, Kook Jin Moon CEO
June 17, 2010

From the Tongil Group's official web site:

Nov. 11, 2008
Unauthorized transfer of Paraguay land

UCI [Unification Church International] representative Thomas Field prepares a board resolution to transfer land property belonging to HSA-UWC Paraguay to four for-profit entities.

The authority of True Parents' designated representatives to Paraguay and the World Mission Department is circumvented when they are not given notice of the special meeting. True Parents belatedly learn of the unauthorized transfer in September 2009.

January 2009
Unprecedented breach of Unification Church tradition

UCI board In what appears to have been part of a pre-arranged plan to taking over the UCI board of directors, Chung Hwan Kwak resigns from the UCI board. The board now has five members.

A meeting of the UCI board is held, and Mike Sommer and Rick Perea are elected to the board, bringing the total number of board members to seven.

Thomas Walsh and Victor Walters are asked to resign. Mr. Walsh was not expecting this development. Per comments of Mr. Walters, he was asked to resign for his own protection.

The other two existing directors -- Dong Moon Joo and Peter Kim -- are not informed of the resignations of Mr. Walsh and Mr. Walters.

This series of events was unprecedented in the history of UCI going back more than 28 years. Never had anyone been removed from the board without prior consultation with True Parents.

The Articles of Incorporation of UCI filed on February 2, 1977 states, in pertinent part, that "The Directors recognize and acknowledge that the Reverend Sun Myung Moon has provided the inspiration and spiritual leadership for the founding of the Corporation and is the spiritual leader of the international Unification Church movement."

In addition, the Article Third, Section 1 of the Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of Unification Church International dated February 5, 1980 further states UCI has and will dedicate itself to the following activities: "To serve as an international organization assisting, advising, coordinating, and guiding the activities of Unification Churches organized and operated throughout the world."

Feb. 26, 2009
Attempted takeover of HSA-UWC USA

Stating that he is "the appointed leader of America… ", Hyun Jin Nim attempts to takeover the board of HSA-UWC USA by challenging the appointment of In Jin Nim.

The board agrees to consult True Parents and follow their advice. It adjourns without making any decision on the composition of the board.

May or June 2009
True Parents recommend changes to UCI board

True Parents name two people whom they recommend as additional members of the UCI board.

July 9, 2009
Attempt to follow True Parents' recommendation thwarted

Mr. Joo and Mr. Kim call a board meeting to have the two persons recommended by True Parents added to the board. The other three members of the board don't join the conference call. Mr. Joo and Mr. Kim are left without a quorum.

July 31, 2009
Special UCI Board meeting called

Hyun Jin Nim calls a special board meeting for August 2, and UCI counsel Dan Gray sends the notice. No purpose is given. Mr. Gray says he does not know the purpose.

Aug. 2, 2009
Kim and Joo removed from UCI board

Hyun Jin Nim at the special meeting calls for the removal first of Mr. Kim, which passes, and then for the removal of Mr. Joo, which also passes. Board now has just three members --- Hyun Jin Nim, Mr. Sommer and Mr. Perea.

Mid-Aug. 2009
Changes made to boards of Washington Times and NWC [News World Communications]

Mr. Joo and Thomas McDevitt are removed from The Washington Times board. Apparently, Jonathan Slevin and Richard Wojcik are added around this time.

Mr. Joo (and maybe Mr. McDevitt) are also removed from the board of NWC LLC, which is the parent company of The Washington Times and a subsidiary of UCI. At some point, Mr. Slevin becomes the sole director of NWC LLC.

Oct. 26, 2009
UPF directors given statement to sign

Directors of UPF [Universal Peace Federation] are belatedly requested to sign a written consent form in lieu of a special board meeting to appoint Hyun Jin Nim as co-chairman of UPF. The consent form is dated July 3, 2009.

Nov. 4, 2009
"Separate GPF [Global Peace Festival] foundation" declared

Hyun Jin Nim distributes a letter to church leaders, indicating he will carry forward with GPF, not as a UPF project but as a separate movement in its own right.

In tendering his resignation as UPF co-chairman, he writes the GPF series "will have no formal or legal association with FFWPU [Family Federation for World Peace and Unification]. Rather, a separate GPF foundation is being established for this purpose."

Upon hearing that Hyun Jin Nim is determined to hold GPF events in the Philippines, True Parents sent Cheong Shik Yong with instructions that Philippines and members should not support or associate with GPF in any way.

Later, UCI representatives are aware of and support Mr. Yong being placed on a Philippine government blacklist, and he is barred from entering the Philippines.

Nov. 8, 2009
TWT [The Washington Times] loses Joo and McDevitt.

Mr. Joo and Mr. McDevitt are terminated by The Washington Times.

Nov. 9, 2009
TAI loses Joo and Steinbronn

Mr. Joo and Richard Steinbronn are terminated from their positions in the TAI group.

Nov. 18, 2009
Threat issued to Mission Foundation

Through its legal representatives, UCI sends a demand letter to Mission Foundation / Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon for the return of money wired by Mr. Joo on behalf of Washington Times Aviation to Mission Foundation in Korea.

UCI counsels state in their letter they will institute civil lawsuit and criminal prosecution in the event the funds are used or removed from Mission Foundation's account, pending resolution of the dispute.

Nov. 30, 2009
Litigation hold letter for all communication with True Parents

A litigation hold letter sent by UCI counsel Zuckerman Spaeder to Mr. Joo and Mr. Kim request that they preserve all communications between themselves and "Sun Myung Moon, Hak Ja Han" and others.

Dec. 7, 2009
Aircraft ceases to be available for True Parents' use

Mr. Perea demands payment from Mission Foundation for use of the charter services. Without payment, Mr. Perea states the plane will not be dispatched for use by True Parents.

Dec. 8, 2009
Order of attachment granted by Seoul court

WTA (Washington Times Aviation) USA files court proceeding in Seoul to freeze the funds transferred to Mission Foundation in Nov. 2009. Order of Attachment is granted by the Korean court, freezing Mission Foundation accounts. True Mother is named as debtor defendant.

Dec. 8, 2009
Steinbronn files in Washington court

Steinbronn files a civil suit in DC Superior Court, mainly on behalf of UCI and its subsidiaries, alleging self-dealing and breaches of fiduciary duties by Hyun Jin Nim and those working with and under him. These breaches are alleged to involve changes at the UCI board, at The Washington Times and at TAI.

Dec. 11, 2009
Philippine GPF held against True Parents' wishes

Hyun Jin Nim delivers his inaugural address in Manila, Philippines.

Dec. 21, 2009
Double talk on intent to sell The Washington Times

UCI representative Kyung Hyo Kim distributes two letters by email to Korean church leaders worldwide, saying that Hyun Jin Nim had never contemplated selling The Washington Times. In fact, John Solomon received written offers to sell the newspaper to his investment group.

The contemplated sale never took place. It is important to note, however, that the attempt to sell the paper to third parties came in the face of clear expressions of intent by donors in Japan to continue supporting The Washington Times.

True Father is adamant The Times be supported and donors in Japan are ever more committed pursuant his wishes.

Late Dec. 2009
Unexplained request for information

Hyun Jin Nim, via counsel at Jones Day, sends a broad information request to HSA-UWC regarding HSA-UWC America and its subsidiaries. HSA-UWC responds with a request to be advised on the reasons for the demand for accounting. Jones Day does not answer.

Jan. 11, 2010
Letter of appeal to Philippine authorities

Hyung Jin Nim, International President, sends a letter of appeal to Philippines authorities to readmit Mr. Yong to the Philippines.

Jan. 11, 2009
D. M. Joo sued for $21 million

WTA USA and TAI file a civil suit against Mr. Joo for $21 million, regarding the allegedly unauthorized transfer of funds from WTA USA to Mission Foundation in early November 2009. WTA USA and TAI allege fraud and various other types of misconduct.

Feb. 5, 2010
Removal for cause from HSA-UWC USA board

Hyun Jin Nim is removed for cause from the board of HSA-UWC USA. Prior to removal, he is given advance notice, an opportunity to see the basis for removal for cause and an opportunity to object.

Causes include not adhering to the directives of and defying the directives of the leadership of the Unification Church, and the unauthorized removal of Mr. Joo and Mr. Kim from the UCI board in Aug. 2009.

Feb. 12, 2010
Times Foundation told to cease and desist

Hyun Jin Nim, who is a director of The Washington Times Foundation, sends an extensive information request to TWT Foundation via counsel at Jones Day. Later, TWT Foundation receives a cease and desist letter from Mr. Gray.

Mar. 5, 2010
Chiaia alleges defamation

Nicholas Chiaia sends a letter to In Jin Nim, Rev. Kihoon Kim and Rev. Joshua Cotter, for settlement purposes, alleging defamation, putting Mr. Chiaia in a false light, intentional interference in business relations, regarding statements recipients made about Mr. Chiaia and The Washington Times, and demanding recipients cease and desist.

Early Mar. 2010
Sun Jin Nim removed from CC board

Sun Jin Nim is notified she is no longer a board member of UCI-controlled Central City, a major shopping and transportation hub in Seoul.

April 14, 2010
UCI drops "Unification Church" from name

On April 14, the UCI board approves amendments to UCI's articles. The company's name is changed from "Unification Church International" to "UCI." It revises its 1980 purposes so as to remove all references to supporting for Unification Churches worldwide and all references to advancing Divine Principle.

The only reference to Unification in the newly amended UCI purposes is with regard to advancing the teachings of the Unification Movement. But UCI purposes do not include advancing or supporting the Unification Movement itself.

Also, upon dissolution, UCI can now donate its assets to foreign corporations having similar purposes.

April 27, 2010
New UCI board is revealed

The certificate amending UCI's name and purposes is signed April 27, 2010, by Hyun Jin Nim as UCI president and by Daniel Gray as UCI secretary.

The board members of UCI are listed as follows:

Hyun Jin Moon
Michael Sommer
Jinman Kwak
Richard Perea
Youngjun Kim

April 30, 2010
Post confirms Times is for sale

Washington Post quotes Mr. Chiaia in an article as stating that The Washington Times is for sale, and that legacy of Founder is to be continued by potential buyers. Mr. Chiaia's statement confirms the rumors that the paper had been for sale.

May 30 and 31, 2010
Turmoil in São Paulo

On Sunday, May 30, 2010, Hyun Jin Nim proceeded with a group of followers into a worship service in progress at the Brazil Headquarters Church, went up onto the stage and took over the pulpit. Video recorded at the scene shows some of his followers pumping their fists as if some great victory had been achieved.

True Parents' appointed representatives to the continent and the nation, who had been leading the service at the pulpit, were forcibly removed from the stage so that Hyun Jin Nim could speak.

At a Hoon Dok Hoe the following morning, True Parents' appointed representatives were subjected to violence and ridicule in front of the Brazilian members.

Meanwhile, Hyun Jin Nim purported to have placed one of his own supporters in the position of president of the Brazil Church. 

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