Our Founder

Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon was born in North Pyeongan Province, now part of North Korea, February 25, 1920 (lunar: January 6, 1920).He founded the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (HSA-UWC) or Unification Church in 1954, the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) in 1994, and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in 2005.

rev moon at the nets 1977 smlRev. Moon teaches early Unification Church members/Seminary students how to make fishing nets. He was called to religious ministry as a result of a direct experience with Jesus Christ in 1935. His original teachings are published in English as Exposition of the Divine Principle (1996). He was a prolific speaker whose collected sermons fill over 400 volumes. His full autobiography can be accessed here

Rev. Moon founded the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in 1975 as an institution of higher learning dedicated to “interreligious, interracial and international unity.” This was consistent with his belief that theological studies can only be adequately pursued in relationship to the full range of religious traditions. Barrytown College of UTS is a continuation of Rev. Moon's original desire for this campus.

rev and mrs moonRev. and Mrs. MoonRev. Moon continued his support of UTS as well as a number of ecumenical and interreligious organizations begun at the Seminary. In 1985, 1990, and 1992, Rev. Moon hosted well-attended Assemblies of the World’s Religions. In 1998, he proposed establishment of an inter-religious council at the United Nations, an idea that was taken up by a number of national delegations and is currently under discussion in the General Assembly. In 2003, he launched the Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI) which in over 35 pilgrimages has brought thousands of peace-makers from diverse religions and nationalities to the region.

I have also endeavored for this campus to be a place where students can develop deep personal faith and authentic spiritual communication with the spirit of God."

Rev. Sun Myung Moon

In addition to Unification Theological Seminary, Rev. Moon founded Sun Moon University (1989- ); the Little Angels Performing Arts Center (1981-); and Cheong-shim Graduate School of Theology (2003-) in Korea; and the Kirov Academy of Ballet (1990-) in Washington, D.C. He also played an instrumental role in reviving the University of Bridgeport . Rev. Moon is the founder of The Washington Times (1982-); the Segye Times (1989-), a Korean daily newspaper; Sekai Nippo (1975-), a Japanese daily newspaper;Tiempos Del Mundo (1996-), an international Spanish daily newspaper distributed in Latin America; and the Middle East Times (1983-), a weekly newspaper published in the Middle East. He is renowned for his “International Marriage Blessings” which, since 1960, have brought together ever-increasing numbers of couples dedicated to world peace.

Rev. Moon passed away on September 2nd, 2012 at the age of 92.  His wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, continues his work.