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A Remedial Shift to the Esau-Jacob Model: An Internal Monologue
As a second-generation Unificationist, I’ve suffered for a long time from the Cain-Abel model, a prototype relationship that has been applied to almost all kinds of personal as well as official relationships in the Unification movement. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2022/05/16/a-remedial-shift-to-the-esau-jacob-model-an-internal-monologue/
10:04
May 16, 2022
A Proposal for a New Way of Worship
T he theological presupposition, based on movement teachings, is that the family is God’s eternal purpose of creation and eternal dwelling place of God on earth. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2022/04/04/a-proposal-for-a-new-way-of-worship/
11:22
April 04, 2022
Building a Platform for Peace
Let us look at platforms and the purpose of building them. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2022/03/21/building-a-platform-for-peace/
10:51
March 21, 2022
The Unity of Science and Religion: How We Can Save Ourselves and the Planet from Ourselves
Since the creation of Adam and Eve — according to the Bible, or the evolution of humans, if you prefer Darwin — it seems humankind has been hurling itself towards self-annihilation and the destruction of the planet. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2022/03/07/the-unity-of-science-and-religion-how-we-can-save-ourselves-and-the-planet-from-ourselves%ef%bf%bc/
18:55
March 07, 2022
Learning from Therese Stewart, True Pioneer of Faith
A memoir is a treasure trove filled with precious nuggets of information about a person’s life. No matter how well you may think you know someone, reading their memoir illuminates parts of their life that you knew little to nothing about. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2022/02/21/learning-from-therese-stewart-true-pioneer-of-faith/
10:57
February 21, 2022
The End of Accusation: Unificationist Lessons from the Dreyfus Affair
A Unificationist heart cherishes reconciliation and abhors accusation. If we connect with God’s heart, practice true love and attend our Heavenly Parent, we include others. Working to extinguish controversies, antagonism and accusation, we think and work together. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2022/01/31/the-end-of-accusation-unificationist-lessons-from-the-dreyfus-affair/
20:16
January 31, 2022
Chaplaincy: A Gift from Heaven
I have been thinking about chaplaincy and its value as well as about my own personal experience with a specific chaplain. As a result of this reflection, I had a powerful “ah-ha” moment: Chaplaincy training is one of the most profound experiences for a seminary student and for those in ministry. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/12/20/chaplaincy-a-gift-from-heaven/
13:25
December 20, 2021
Let Your Light Shine Before Others: Spiritual Formation in the Age of COVID-19
When the test result came back positive a few weeks before Thanksgiving, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I’d followed all the recommendations — two vaccine shots, physical distancing, mask-wearing, hand-washing — yet still, I was infected with the COVID-19 virus... This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/12/06/let-your-light-shine-before-others-spiritual-formation-in-the-age-of-covid-19/
09:49
December 07, 2021
Constant Germany: Lessons of Steadiness in an Uncertain World
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stepped down in early December after 16 years of political leadership. This unassuming person won international recognition as a model of leadership and was considered the most influential woman of the world for the past ten years. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/11/29/constant-germany-lessons-of-steadiness-in-an-uncertain-world/
18:24
November 29, 2021
Balancing Elites and Masses in Two Legislative Bodies
Headwing society is one in which elites and the general population have a symbiotic and trusting relationship in all social institutions. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/11/15/balancing-elites-and-masses-in-two-legislative-bodies/
13:51
November 15, 2021
Excuse My Religion While It Slips into Something More Comfortable
Religions pick up a lot of baggage in the course of a couple thousand years.  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/04/29/excuse-my-religion-while-it-slips-into-something-more-comfortable/
17:20
October 29, 2021
Lessons of Illness and Death
My faith as a Unificationist accepts death as normal and part of God’s plan. I know that if God is in our life, then He must also be in our death, and this gives me a sense of comfort and the strength to offer spiritual support to the patient, family and staff. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2015/12/21/lessons-of-illness-and-death/
08:38
October 17, 2021
The Only-Begotten Daughter
These days some question, “How can True Mother call herself God’s only begotten Daughter? Was she born sinless? How could she be, when only the Messiah is born sinless?” Nevertheless, True Mother confidently stated at the second anniversary of True Father’s Holy Ascension (Seong Hwa), “I am God’s only-begotten Daughter.” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2015/04/13/the-only-begotten-daughter/
18:16
October 17, 2021
How American Christians from North Korea Could Have Altered Korea’s Future in 1945
Few Americans realize that the hasty 1945 division of Korea and ensuing communist eradication of Christianity in the north occurred despite the efforts of a handful of uniquely qualified American officials.  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2017/07/03/how-american-christians-from-north-korea-could-have-altered-koreas-future-in-1945/
11:37
October 17, 2021
Fish Follow the Fisherman
In the early 1960s, in the little-known land of Korea, a man with a great vision had begun the work of developing the ocean’s resources by tending fish traps on the coastal mud flats. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2018/10/15/fish-follow-the-fisherman/
11:38
October 17, 2021
The Five Pillars of Religion
I believe the five pillars of Islam can be accepted from the standpoint of any other religion and that Islam—in the sense that Islam is “submission to the will of God” and in the sense that Abraham, Moses, and Jesus were Muslims — can be regarded as universal and an institution of God. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/10/04/the-five-pillars-of-religion/
12:25
October 04, 2021
Reflections on True Mother’s City of Refuge Speech
In her April 6, 2019 speech at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, CA, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon made significant statements on environmentalism, the ethics of nations, the use of force, and her course as the True Mother. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/05/06/reflections-on-true-mothers-city-of-refuge-speech/
14:03
September 11, 2021
Approaching the Muslim World with True Parents’ Thought
There were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world as of 2015 — 24% of the global population — according to a Pew Research Center estimate. Islam is currently the world’s second-largest religion (after Christianity), but it is the fastest-growing major religion. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2018/09/17/approaching-the-muslim-world-with-true-parents-thought/
12:46
September 07, 2021
How America Can Help Reunite the Korean Peninsula
A look six years ago at America's role in Korean reunification. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2015/08/10/how-america-can-help-reunite-the-korean-peninsula/
12:43
August 24, 2021
“Steve Jobs”: A Film Really About Heroines
2021 is the tenth anniversary of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' passing. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2016/02/01/steve-jobs-a-film-really-about-heroines/
08:60
August 24, 2021
The Unification Movement’s Next 100 Years
The 100th birthday of Rev. Sun Myung Moon in 2020 seems a fitting time for reflection, assessment and a reorientation to our shared providential course. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/10/28/the-unification-movements-next-100-years/
12:17
August 19, 2021
Right Sequencing: Wisdom for Life from the Game of Go
People of faith are accustomed to patience. They know how to wait and persevere. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/07/22/right-sequencing-wisdom-for-life-from-the-game-of-go/
08:56
August 19, 2021
East Meets West Via the Arts
Beauty has a transcendent aspect and whether we experience beauty through nature, or art, or through human relationships, we can be uplifted by beauty and attain a deeper relationship with our Heavenly Parent and with each other as brothers and sisters. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/07/26/east-meets-west-via-the-arts/
11:42
July 26, 2021
The Principled Solution to the Tangled Skein of History Begins in Korea
This is a selection of From the One to All Beings, commonly known in the Unification Church as Wolli Wonbon, which Sun Myung Moon wrote in 1951 while living as a refugee in Pusan. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/07/12/the-principled-solution-to-the-tangled-skein-of-history-begins-in-korea/
25:18
July 12, 2021
Music’s Moral Power: From Christianity to 2020 and Beyond
Mother Moon is emphasizing mentoring the next generations of musicians with regard to having a principled view of their creative gifts. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/07/29/musics-moral-power-from-christianity-to-2020-and-beyond/
10:33
July 05, 2021
Preparing for Our Seonghwa: Life as an Exclusively Spiritual Being
Here is my general sense of how Unificationism compares to other major faiths on the subject of death and dying. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2015/02/02/preparing-for-our-seonghwa-life-as-an-exclusively-spiritual-being/
08:45
June 19, 2021
Why True Mother Uses Only One Chair: A Theological Reflection
The important thing to know is that the inner and outer Trinity, even if discrete from one other, can be perfectly united according to the Divine Principle. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2018/03/12/why-true-mother-uses-only-one-chair-a-theological-reflection/
07:34
June 19, 2021
Films Shining Light on Three Lives that Mattered
These three films challenge us to reflect on the larger issues concerning God’s role in our lives, who we are as human beings, and learning to love and living for the greater good. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2020/02/03/films-shining-light-on-three-lives-that-mattered/
16:34
June 19, 2021
Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
To move forward, the first gen, in particular, need to develop what is popularly known today in education pedagogy as a “growth mindset.” This is in contrast to a “fixed mindset.” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/06/03/fixed-vs-growth-mindset/
07:37
June 16, 2021
Revelation and Theology
The new publication, Reflections on Unification Theology: Revealing the World of Heart, which I co-authored with the late Dr. Dietrich Seidel, offers reflections and insights into Unification Theology. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2021/06/07/revelation-and-theology/
12:28
June 07, 2021
Moving to More Widely Distributed Leadership and Decision-making
We are entering a time when the planets are aligned as they were a few years before the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World War II. It’s hard to miss the chaos we are in, or the parallels with Britain, embroiled as it is in Brexit. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/09/23/moving-to-more-widely-distributed-leadership-and-decision-making/
11:22
May 28, 2021
The Interdependence Ideology Meets the Sharing Economy in Our Community
The ideal of “One Family under God,” for we Unificationists, can be quickly realized, at least technically, through adopting principles of the “Sharing Economy.” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://appliedunificationism.com/2019/11/04/the-interdependence-ideology-meets-the-sharing-economy-in-our-community/
12:16
May 28, 2021
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 07, 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 07, 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 03, 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 05, 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 03, 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 03, 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