Unification News for February 1999
Hoping To Be A Bridge Between University of Bridgeport And UTS
I am very thankful that God and True Parents gave me an opportunity to study at the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS). I entered UTS last September and I am now in my second semester and having a tremendous experience here in Barrytown, NY. Even one year ago, I never imagined myself enrolling at UTS. I am only here because God and True Parents guided me to be here.
I first began thinking about coming to UTS at the four day workshop for University of Bridgeport (UB) graduates in 1998, at which I heard True Fathers direction for the graduates. I had attended the 97 workshop with thirteen other brothers and sisters who graduated with me, but at that workshop there were no specific directions given by Father for UB graduates. However, the 40 brothers and sisters who attended the 98 graduates workshop received True Fathers direction for UB graduates loud and clear: "All UB graduates have to go to UTS!"
At first I struggled to digest this direction because I thought that it only applied to the members of the class 98. I also thought UTS was only a place to train future ministers. I did not consider myself to be the "minister-type". So I didnt give UTS much attention, rather I was trying to find another course after graduation. Also I had other things to think about, as I was responsible to organize the 98 workshop and I was concerned about the graduates of 98.
However Fathers request for UB graduates to attend UTS continued to be emphasized. I remember UB graduates having many serious discussions about this matter centered on the UB campus minister. Finally things became clearer for all of the UB community members when Hyun Jin Nim visited on July 16th, 1998. Hyun Jin Nim said, "I bring True Fathers message today. You have to come to UTS as soon as possible". Hyun Jin Nim explained clearly why UB graduates should attend UTS, the mission of UTS and future vision of our movement.
Then finally I realized that God and True Parents were talking to me, not just the UB graduates of 98, since I attended Hyun Jin Nims speech, (I was there video-taping it). I was motivated by his words that "You dont have a root of your faith. At UTS you have to build the root of your faith, and you can inherit the vertical tradition which True Parents have established. Before you go to your professional field you have to be connected with God vertically. UTS is a place to make those things happen!" Hyun Jin Nims visit and words opened the door to UTS for me. I realized that UTS was the very answer for which I had been praying about my course after graduation.
I had reached a turning point in my life. It was seven years that month since I joined the Church. I was feeling limits in many aspects of my life of faith. I realized that this was the right time for me to go to UTSto seek Gods heart, to learn more about True Parents and inherit their traditions from the zero point. True Father is now very old so I realized I have to quickly inherit the tradition and make my strong determination while True Father is alive and well.
Life at UTS is for me like solving a puzzle, seeking the reason True Father directed UB graduates to come to UTS. UTS is located in the midst of beautiful scenery, and this setting combined with True Fathers prayer and design provide both a wonderful natural environment and academic program. If I attend classes with a lot of preparation, I receive a lot of inspirations. UTS is a place to generate heavenly tradition and culture and here we can communicate with brothers and sisters from all over the world. Not only is UTS a place to inherit the tradition of True Parents but also to be here requires a more challenging, pioneer spirit, and open mind my horizons are being broadened.
I have also been impressed by President Shimmyos faith. On many occasions we have opportunities to hear about the mission and vision of UTS from the President. He always emphasizes and prays that "I will take the most difficult burden of the cross." I could understand what UTS is through the Presidents attitude toward God and True Parents. I can clearly know the standard of faith I am striving for by graduation: to obtain absolute faith.
This is only my second semester but I am learning many things from UTS and its community members. This is a place to pass the tradition from 1st generation to 2nd generation, to inherit the vertical tradition which True Parents have established, and prepare for the future of our movement. Of course, I believe it is possible to inherit True Parents tradition everywhere if our motivation is correct, however UTS is the educational institution True Father really invested his heart in the most. Therefore it is possible for us to inherit in a short time and in the most appropriate environment.
It is my goal to build a strong root of faith, absolute faith, and to take the most difficult burden. I want to seek and meet Gods and True Parents heart and prepare for my future.
The things I learned at UB were very useful. I received my Bachelors in Mass Communications. Now I am figuring out how to best use this knowledge in connection with Gods Will. I would like to be a bridge between UB and UTS, and build a good foundation for future UB graduates to study at UTS by being a good role model. Again I am very thankful for the wonderful education and guidance I received at UB and continue to receive at UTS.
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