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Applied Unificationism

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God as Heavenly Parent in Rev. Moon’s Early Teachings
The record of Rev. Moon’s usage of the term Heavenly Parent to refer to God is well attested in his words and in his theology. In particular, Wolli Wonbon, which he wrote at the very beginning of his ministry, provides a comprehensive explanation of his core theology of God as both Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2016/02/22/god-as-heavenly-parent-in-rev-moons-early-teachings/
12:35
May 12, 2021
Passing on Our Religious Tradition to the Next Generation
When we think about passing on our religious tradition to the next generation, we can assess how successful our parents were in passing on their religious tradition to us, their children. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/12/23/passing-on-our-religious-tradition-to-the-next-generation/
11:08
May 7, 2021
A Unificationist’s Reflection on the Legacy of Rep. John Lewis
Now is the time to put Rev. Moon’s plans for a “loving world community” into practice. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/08/17/a-unificationists-reflection-on-the-legacy-of-rep-john-lewis/
15:40
May 7, 2021
Fulfilling the Four Freedoms Eighty Years Later
With the pandemic rampant and lockdowns imposed worldwide, an economic crisis destroying jobs, political turmoil in much of the West, and religious fanaticism elsewhere, we ought to shout, like President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, “Freedom of worship, freedom of expression, freedom from fear, freedom from want — everywhere in the world.” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/05/03/fulfilling-the-four-freedoms-eighty-years-later/
14:45
May 3, 2021
A Street Filled With Spirits of the Long-Term Dead
At the end of that day, just before dinnertime in the early evening, I was still out on the busy streets of Seoul. I had one of those ongoing prayer conversations as I walked around, bending God’s ear. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/06/10/a-street-filled-with-spirits-of-the-long-term-dead/
13:23
April 23, 2021
Emerging Women’s Ministry
While God’s providence is proceeding — the harvest is ripe and vast, the workers are in demand — those who are qualified men and women leaders in the Unification Church need to be identified, enhanced, acknowledged, recognized, and ideally even ordained. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/05/20/emerging-womens-ministry/
12:54
April 23, 2021
The Power of Listening
Listening to someone in pain is the most valuable gift we can offer to heal a broken relationship. We may know that forgiving is a valuable thing to do, but most people do not know how to forgive someone who hurt them. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/08/26/the-power-of-listening/
12:57
April 23, 2021
The Lost Lambs: One Mother’s Reflection on the Alienation of Unification Youth
Here are some of the issues I see in our movement which appear to be contributing to the alienation of our young, followed by my suggestions for their remedy. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/11/25/the-lost-lambs-one-mothers-reflection-on-the-alienation-of-unification-youth/
11:18
April 23, 2021
The Legacy of Unification Political Theology
Rev. Moon said of head-wing thought: “Now is the era marking the end of left and right… Thus, unless we, with the God-centered way of the Parent and head-wing thought, discuss the realm of unity at a place that is free from the accusations of the left or the right… God’s kingdom cannot be established. Such is the time now.” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2017/08/28/the-legacy-of-unification-political-theology/
13:13
April 22, 2021
The Korean Wave Matters: K-Pop Band BTS and the Providence
BTS has shown from their success story of starting at the bottom, much as the Unification movement began from a very humble church, that the message is the key attraction. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/09/09/the-korean-wave-matters-k-pop-band-bts-and-the-providence/
11:55
April 21, 2021
Toward a Headwing Idea for America
Many Unificationists have found themselves very troubled by the extreme divide we find ourselves in culturally and politically in the United States.  It can be easily understood that the political spheres are driven by the cultural spheres. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2018/03/26/toward-a-headwing-idea-for-america/
09:44
April 21, 2021
Leading America Back to the Center
After the recent election cycle, America has become more and more polarized. This is destructive to national and social harmony and, at its worst, a prelude to national collapse. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/04/19/leading-america-back-to-the-center/
15:12
April 19, 2021
Harnessing the Potential of Divine Principle
An important thread to my spiritual life and time in the Unification Church has been the idea that science and spirituality should come together and work in concert — that there should be one unified worldview, not a worldview splintered and fractured into different parts. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/04/12/harnessing-the-potential-of-divine-principle/
15:23
April 12, 2021
The Unification Community 100 Years After the Founder’s Birth: Are We There Yet?
In this article, I draw comparisons between the early Christian movement and where it stood after the birth of Jesus in the year 100 A.D. and the Unification Community in 2020. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/01/13/the-unification-community-100-years-after-the-founders-birth-are-we-there-yet/
12:39
April 10, 2021
Unification Faith Parenting: Thirteen Best Practices
In order to cultivate and perfect the best practices in the spiritual formation of their children, parents recognized that their faith parenting skills were always a work in progress. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/03/23/unification-faith-parenting-thirteen-best-practices/
12:31
April 10, 2021
Unconscious First Principles
Many people are discouraged about the current human condition since they see no way to reconcile polarizing points of view. Unification Thought brings some hope to the discussion through the structural ontology of dual dualities. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/07/13/unconscious-first-principles/
14:40
April 10, 2021
‘Parasite’ and Viewing a Film in One’s Imagination to Overcome Cultural Barriers
You may be curious about the Korean movie “Parasite.” The film and its director, Bong Joon Ho, won Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards in February. Bong and “Parasite” also won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/03/09/parasite-and-viewing-a-film-in-ones-imagination-to-overcome-cultural-barriers/
12:01
March 26, 2021
An Economic System That Honors Our True Purpose
We Unificationists, because of our high ideals, are challenged to reassess who we are, what values we are expressing in how we live, and how can we choose the best path to a future that manifests our vision for one united world. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/04/13/an-economic-system-that-honors-our-true-purpose/
09:59
March 26, 2021
Filial Piety and Resemblance: Challenges from a Historical and Contemporary View
Here, I discuss three challenges to filial piety and resemblance: 1) Ideal and reality; 2) From neglecting to negotiating and arranging with this world; and, 3) The theological confusion surrounding Romans 8:30. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/07/06/filial-piety-and-resemblance-challenges-from-a-historical-and-contemporary-view/
11:52
March 26, 2021
Sun Myung Moon, Spiritual Virtuoso
Versatility and velocity made Rev. Sun Myung Moon a model of a spiritual virtuoso, a concept first coined by German sociologist Max Weber. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/04/27/sun-myung-moon-spiritual-virtuoso/
15:14
March 16, 2021
The Marriage Has Come: Holy Wedding and Holy Community
“Heavenly Parent’s Holy Community” is a name that reflects the centrality of Heavenly Parent, our Creator and sustainer. It also focuses on the holiness of the worldwide community that has the Holy Wedding as its starting point. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/06/01/the-marriage-has-come-holy-wedding-and-holy-community/
12:17
March 16, 2021
Heavenly Parent and the God of Dual Characteristics
My purpose here is to show that the doctrine of God’s dual characteristics in Exposition of the Divine Principle supports Mother Moon’s appellation of God as Heavenly Parent. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/06/29/heavenly-parent-and-the-god-of-dual-characteristics/
10:04
March 16, 2021
Are UTS Graduates Able to Engage Theologically With Christian Ministers?
Our principal issue as Unificationists with regard to our Christian friends is that we don’t know how to adequately respond to the centrally-held tenets of Christianity. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/06/08/are-uts-graduates-able-to-engage-theologically-with-christian-ministers/
09:39
March 5, 2021
My God Has Morphed: My Journey to Heavenly Mother
A testimony of the unfolding of my relationship with God, our Heavenly Parent. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2015/06/01/my-god-has-morphed-my-journey-to-heavenly-mother/
09:48
March 3, 2021
Why Does True Mother Call Herself the Only Begotten Daughter?
Since August 2014, Hak Ja Han Moon, the widowed spouse of Rev. Sun Myung Moon whom FFWPU members call True Mother, has been proclaiming herself “the only begotten Daughter.” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/12/16/why-does-true-mother-call-herself-the-only-begotten-daughter/
13:36
March 3, 2021
A New Way of Thinking About “Church”
Have you ever wondered how long it would take before you uttered the words, “I’m perfect?” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/10/12/a-new-way-of-thinking-about-church/
13:55
February 24, 2021
Unification Thought Principles of Education in the Coronavirus Era
Unificationists should seize this time to be part of the conversation on education and at the same time reorient education toward a model that rewards the development of heart as a first priority and achieves efficient and effective 21st century education. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/09/07/unification-thought-principles-of-education-in-the-coronavirus-era/
11:18
February 24, 2021
Identity Politics, the Post-Truth World and Constructivism
The bitter partisan divisions in American politics have several roots: political, economic and cultural. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/08/24/identity-politics-the-post-truth-world-and-constructivism/
12:29
February 24, 2021
“The Life Ahead”: A Modern Love Story
The film, "The Life Ahead," is a love story — but not the kind of love story we are used to. It is a love story for the 21st century. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/12/14/the-life-ahead-a-modern-love-story/
09:45
February 24, 2021
Re-imagining Social Justice from a Headwing Perspective
Whatever the concerns of social justice activists may be, there needs to be an educational mode by which we, as disciples of True Parents, can edify the public about the necessity of Godism being in the socio-cultural equation. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/11/30/re-imagining-social-justice-from-a-headwing-perspective/
09:15
February 24, 2021
Reflections on Dr. Hak Jan Han Moon’s Memoir, “Mother of Peace”
Reading the memoir, Mother of Peace by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, became for me a contemplative personal reflection of the labyrinth-like journey of the Unification Church and its metamorphosis into Heavenly Parent’s Holy Community. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/11/09/reflections-on-dr-hak-jan-han-moons-memoir-mother-of-peace/
14:11
February 24, 2021
Science, Unification Thought and a Post-Materialist Era
This is a time of general recognition we are in a paradigm change. And it seems to be finally going towards a science that can recognize the value and role of the human, and for many people, the existence of some kind of afterlife realm. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/12/28/science-unification-thought-and-a-post-materialist-era/
12:36
February 24, 2021
Belief and the Power of Narrative
We have entered a new age of social media where anyone with an opinion or product to promote, good communication skills, a modicum of charisma, and sufficient time and inclination can become an “influencer” of others. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/02/01/belief-and-the-power-of-narrative/
10:44
February 24, 2021
What Is Love? Here’s What to Know
Can passionate love, reciprocal and non-exploitative between a real man and a real woman, make the world go ‘round? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/02/22/what-is-love-heres-what-to-know/
16:16
February 23, 2021