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inspired by the Unification teaching that God-centered individuals must enter into every area of human existence to work for the Kingdom, the members of the Unification Church have initiated many activities and institutions which go far beyond the boundaries of traditional church work. These activities have included the following:
1. The International Cultural Foundation (ICF)
The ICF is dedicated to promoting academic, scientific, cultural and religious interchange among the peoples of the world. Among its many activities are:
a. The International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS): This year the twelfth annual meeting of ICUS will be held in America's capital city. Since the first ICUS in 1972, these conferences have annually brought together hundreds of scientists and scholars, including an uncommonly large number of Nobel Laureates, from every area of study and research, to discuss the mutual interactions of their research and to seek ways to apply their findings to the solution of the problems confronting the contemporary world. Of special importance to the work of ICUS are the discussions concerning the relationship of science and morality. Although the scholars and scientists invited to ICUS represent every responsible point of view, it is my belief that science cannot be indifferent to values and that it is God's will that science be dedicated to human betterment. The goal of ICUS is the clarification of absolute values and the redirection of contemporary technology for the good of humanity. Many of the papers presented at ICUS have been published as scholarly and scientific papers and books and have been very favorably received by the scholarly community.
The convening of a conference such as ICUS with invited participants from every part of the globe is, of necessity, an exceedingly expensive enterprise. It has been made even more expensive recently by our decision to bring together those invited to write papers for two preliminary sessions to review each other's draft presentations and to sharpen their own work through the dialogue that takes place at these meetings. We have willingly spent over $2,000,000 a year on this project. It is my conviction that the Kingdom of God requires the wholehearted cooperation of men and women of faith, science and scholarship.
b. Paragon House Publishers: As ICUS accumulated a wealth of valuable scholarly research that merited presentation to a larger scholarly and scientific audience, we began to publish proceedings, papers and larger works under the ICUS imprint. Several years ago, we realized that the task. required an independent institution which would not only publish the papers and books presented at ICUS and other scholarly and scientific gatherings sponsored by organizations supported by the Unification Movement, but would publish other books of enduring worth as well. Consequently, I have founded Paragon House Publishers with a fully professional staff and offices in New York.
Paragon House will publish annually at least one hundred scholarly, scientific and theological books written by the finest minds from every corner of the earth. In addition, Paragon House will also republish classics of enduring worth in the humanities and pure science. To assure that we maintain our high standards, we have invited academicians
from Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, the University of Chicago and many distinguished European and Asian universities to serve as an international board of editorial advisors. Although this is our first full year of operation, we expect to publish thirty books this year and one hundred next year. We have set aside an initial budget of $1,000,000 for the operation of Paragon House.
Here again, the work of Paragon House must be seen in its relation to my ministry. It has been said, "of the making of books, there is no end." There would be no reason for me to establish yet another publishing house as a profit-making venture. Paragon House exists specifically to encourage and promote God-centered scholarly work.
c. The Washington Institute for Values in Public Policy: Building the Kingdom of God requires the solution of the real problems confronting us in this age of international interdependence and high technology. These can only he solved by disciplined research undertaken by the finest experts in each field relevant to public-policy decision-making. To that end, I have established a public-policy research institution, a "think-tank," in the city of Washington. The Institute is an independent corporation with a board of trustees consisting of distinguished Americans. Although the Institute is only two years old, it has commissioned research into such areas as the peaceful use of nuclear energy, disarmament, America's relations with the nations of the Orient, Federal fiscal and budgetary policy, the crisis in Central America, the future of America's relations with its NATO allies and the Soviet Union, and the problems of constitutional law.
A number of the findings of the Institute's experts have already been published and have had an excellent reception among the decision-makers who constitute the Institute's target audience. It is expected that the book-length monographs of scholars and other experts commissioned by the Institute will be published jointly by Paragon House and the Washington Institute Press.
Although the Institute is an independent institution with the same tradition of academic freedom to be found at most of the academic and research centers established by America's religious institutions, we have committed ourselves to support its program in the amount of $ 2,000,000 for the current year.
d. The Professors World Peace Academy (PWPA): PWPA is an interdisciplinary fellowship of scholars who are concerned with the crisis of modern civilization and who meet regularly to formulate new ideas and to suggest new methods of realizing the ideal of world peace. PWPA had its beginnings in a friendship meeting between professors in Korea and Japan in 1972. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a basis for scholarly and intellectual cooperation between the scholars of these two neighboring nations which have had so bitter a history of national hostility but whose cooperation is indispensible to world peace. As a result of this highly successful meeting, PWPA-Korea was founded in May, 1973 and PWPA-Japan in September 1974. PWPA-USA was founded in 1978. Today thousands of academics throughout the world are active in PWPA. PWPA has grown into an international organization with chapters in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania, Latin America and the Middle East.
in December 1983, representatives of PWPA chapters in seventy-two nations met in Seoul. PWPA is truly an international network of scholars dedicated to world peace.
As with ICUS and the Washington Institute, members of PWPA have addressed the problems confronting the international order in their full complexity and in complete academic freedom. The findings of these scholars have already resulted in the publication of many highly-praised volumes in English, German, JapaneseKorean, French and other languages.
e. Financial support for research institutions: In addition to providing for the financial support of the above institutions, our movement has provided the funds to support research undertaken at such institutions as Stanford University, the University of Connecticut, the Institute for Energy Analysis at Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the Rutgers University Law School.
f. Serinars for professionals: The International Cultural Foundation has also promoted seminars for attorneys and other professionals for the promotion of human values and human rights, domestic and worldwide, as well as sponsoring seminars for leaders in the world of business and finance in order to promote a humane. moral and God-centered economic order. To date, there have been three seminars for lawyers and three for business leaders respectively.
II. The International Religious Foundation (IRP)
It has been an important part of my mission to foster world peace through religious dialogue among leaders of the world's religions. It is God's will that unity of purpose and spirit replace discord in the relations of the religions of the world. To that end I have established the International Religious Foundation. Among its projects are the following:
a. New Ecunenical Research Association: New ERA was founded in New York City in March 1980. It had its origins in a series of conferences on special themes related to interdisciplinary research in the field of religion. These have included international conferences attended by sociologists of religion, historians of religion and theologians of every major religious tradition -- Eastern Western and African.
Perhaps the most important series of conferences sponsored by New ERA are the annual international conferences on "God: The Contemporary Discussion" which were initiated in 1981. Each year several hundred scholars representing all of the major religious traditions of the world are invited to present papers on every aspect of the meaning and consequences of the belief in God. It is doubtful that anywhere else in the world do scholars representing all of the major religions come together on a regular basis for the purpose of religious scholarship and mutual understanding. A number of books have already been published as a result of the conference. Since every participant is required to submit an original paper and the scholars are of preeminent international standing, it is expected that a large number of highly significant scholarly works in the field of religion will be published for New ERA by Paragon House Publishers in the future.
The policies of New ERA are governed by an international board of consultants drawn from distinguished scholars in the field of religion in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. As with all projects sponsored by the Unification Church, the composition of the board of consultants does full justice to the diversity of religious and ethnic backgrounds to be found among the major religions. Also, as with our other projects, the activities have resulted in the publication of many volumes and scholarly monographs. With the establishment of Paragon House Publishers, New ERA has entered upon a large-scale program of joint publication of quality books representing the full spectrum of religious and theological opinion.
b. Youth Seninar on World Religions, World Youth for God: In July 1982, 150 university students and professors from thirty countries, representing the major religious traditions of the world, embarked on a "spiritual pilgrimage." The idea for what has now become an annual event came from the first international conference on "God: the Contemporary Discussion" held in 1981. Now in its third year, the Youth Seminar's participants make a seven-week, round-the-world tour of nine countries in order to study Buddhism, Christianty, Confucianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Unificationism. They learn about the major doctrines and institutions of the world's great religions from the traditions' leaders and thinkers at each tradition's religious center. For example, in Istanbul the group was privileged to meet the Greek Orthodox Patriarch who commented that he believed this kind of project ought to be funded by every religious group, but that, regrettably, he had been unable to do it on his own.
It is my belief, however, that God desires religious harmony and that this harmony must begin with the younger generation. It was amazing to see how the walls of suspicion and mistrust disappeared as the pilgrimages progressed, how many friendships were made across religious lines, and how sorry the members of the group were to take their leave of each other when the pilgrimage was over. This year we have the problem of selecting from a very large number of highly qualified applicants. Regrettably, we cannot take them all. Many will be turned down who deserve to participate.
c. The Interdenoninational Conferences for clergy (ICC): The purpose of ICC is to promote the sharing of insights, knowledge and experience among the clergy of all American religious groups. It is hoped that these conferences will provide a basis for cooperative social action and reconstruction as well as improved pastoral care. Hundreds of clergymen of all denominations have attended regional seminars throughout America which featured topics of ecumenical concern.
III. Social Service Activities
a. The National Council for the Church and Social Action (NCCSA): The NCCSA was founded in 1977 by a coalition of members of the Unification Church and Christian ministers. It is primarily concerned with the problems of America's inner cities. The NCCSA seeks to involve the religious community in positive social change and sponsors many programs serving the needs of the inner city areas of the nation. Among the programs of the NCCSA are its food bank, housing counseling, and elderly assistance programs.
One branch of the NCCSA, the Washington Council for Social Action, has been responsible for the distribution of millions of dollars of food, clothing, building materials and other items useful to a significant proportion of the 250,000 people in the Washington area living below the poverty line. The WCSA is also involved in a program of active cooperation with more than 100 Washington-area service agencies, primarily sponsored by religious organizations. These include soup kitchens, homes for destitute women, day-care centers, senior citizens' programs, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. WCSA acts as a distributor and clearing house for major companies and government agencies which have surplus food and other products to offer but find
distribute their offerings on an individual basis. The WCSA takes the responsibility of seeing to it that the surplus reaches those inner-city organizations who in turn are responsible for its distribution to the needy.
Similar programs are now under way in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, St. Louis, Jackson, Mississippi and other cities. Recently, the NCCSA contracted with the Chevrolet Division of the General Motors Corporation for the purchase of 200 trucks to be used in this work. I am happy to be able to support NCCSA in making this contribution to America's needy.
b. The International Relief friendship Foundation (IRPF): In 1980 I founded the IRFF as a public, non-profit agency working to eliminate poverty, malnutrition, and disease from the face of the earth. IRFF supports projects designed for long-term development assistance, especially in the lesser developed nations of the Third World. Initial research, planning, and implementation of these projects is carried out by IRFF representatives in Asia, Latin America and Africa. IRFF programs include: (a) Rapid Deployment Medical Teams of doctors and nurses who work in refugee camps, local villages, and areas where extreme famine, poverty and disease have disrupted normal life. Travelling in rural villages, the teams have established clinics in which they teach hygiene and preventive medicine and provide invaluable health care. (b) Emergency Relief Programs: When sudden disasters create situations of desperate need, IRFF quickly seeks distribution networks to send medicines, blankets and necessary food. Among the countries to which relief Supplies have been sent are Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Upper Volta, Haiti, Ghana, Zaire, Peru, Thailand, Paraguay and Honduras. (c) Agricultural and Technical Training: Recognizing that emergency relief does not improve the conditions of lesser developed countries, IRFF has embarked on long term development programs involving training in modern agriculture and technology.
The focus of these programs is the implementation of a basic understanding of irrigation, crop rotation, farm management, animal husbandry, and fish farming through actual field work. Proper vocational training also develops skills in manufacturing appropriate tools, welding, repair and maintenance of vehicles, pumps, and small motors, all of which are exceedingly important for improving the conditions of 11fe in lesser developed countries. These training programs lead to the creation of village cooperatives, a sharing of financial aid and technical ability, and the creation of hope for the future where there was none.