Established in Seoul in 1954 by Reverend Sun Myung Moon (文鮮明), the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity is more popularly known as The Unification Church (統一教). Not only does the church work assiduously to spread its religious message, it has also embraced the mass media in the name of reorganizing culture, academic study and morality. It actively promotes the unity of politics, society and culture, while enthusiastically dispatching evangelists overseas to spread the word. By 2008, the Unification Church had organized evangelical and social work in more than 180 countries.
The core faith of the Unification Church is the “Divine Principle,” a theory based on talks given by Reverend Moon on the revelations bestowed upon him. The Christian New Testament Bible is just one of the reference points for this idea, as the doctrine also embraces many Asian religious and cultural traditions. The objective behind the principle of unification is the establishment of Heaven on Earth, the arrival of which is intimately connected to the formation of families of true love. Members of the Unification Church believe that Reverend Moon is the parent of Mankind’s family of true love. The church promotes mass weddings or “blessing ceremonies” where couples are blessed by Moon, as an important step in gaining entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
In 1967, the Unification Church sent Jung In Sook (鄭仁淑) to evangelize in Taiwan and in 1971 the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity was officially registered as a non-profit organization in Taipei City. Today, the church has 13 meeting places in its three diocese of north, central and south Taiwan. Initially, meeting places were established close to university campuses where evangelical work was focused in an attempt to appeal to university students and intellectuals. In later years, the Unification Church established the International Cultural Education Foundation and other cultural and academic organizations to further promote the unification movement in Taiwan.
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