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2019 HJ Academy International Symposium in Berlin

2019 International Symposium in Berlin

Hosted by HyoJeong Academy of Arts & Sciences and UPF Europe
The 2019 International Symposium in Berlin was held on June 22, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The symposium was hosted by the HyoJeong Academy of Arts and Sciences and UPF Europe and sponsored by PWPA International, the Unification Thought Institute and the Cheon Il Guk Academy.

There were about one hundred fifty attendees from all over Europe and thirty attendees from Korea.

The overall theme of the symposium was “Social Integration, God Science and Cheon Il Guk in light of the Ideals of GongSaeng, GongYeong, GongEui.” These ideals, as taught by our True Parents, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, are often translated as Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universally Shared Values or more recently sometimes as Co-Existence, Co-Prosperity, and Co-Righteousness.

Since a fuller and deeper exploration of these concepts is essential for the realization of Heavenly Parent’s originally intended ideal world of one family of humankind under God, this symposium held great significance.
The Opening Ceremony of the symposium was moderated by Dr. Thomas Selover, president of PWPA International and president of Sunhak UP Graduate University, who warmly welcomed all of the attendees. Dr. Sung-Bae Jin, chairman of the HyoJeong Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Unification Thought Institute International, and Dr. Katsumi Otsuka, chairman of HyoJeong Academy of Arts & Sciences of Europe and UPF-Europe, gave inspiring opening remarks that prepared the attendees for the deep and thought provoking presentations that were given throughout the day.

PWPA International sponsored the first session with the theme of “Social Integration and GongEui (co-righteousness)” and the session was moderated by Dr. Thomas Selover, president of PWPA International. Dr. Jae-Young Lee, vice president of Sun Moon University in Korea presented his paper entitled the “Study on the Establishment of Global Ethics Through an Integration of Religious Rules.” This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Jung-Jo Park, tenured professor at Free University in Berlin, entitled “The Lesson German Unification gives to Social Integration on the Korean Peninsula.” There was a lively question and answer session following both presentations moderated by Dr. Selover. PWPA International also hosted a discussion session between about 30 second generation scholars in Europe with their elder counterparts from Korea.

The next session about “God Science” was sponsored by the Cheon Il Guk Academy and was moderated by Robert Schairer, Esq., the secretary general of the Western Department of the HyoJeong Academy of & Sciences. First Dr. Jin-Choon Kim, the co-chairman of the Cheon ll Guk Academy in Korea presented a paper on “Scientific Revolution and God Science” in which he explained that the 3rd scientific revolution is “God Science.” Next Dr. Gennady Shipov, a former professor at Moscow State University and one of the originators of torsion field theory, gave a presentation entitled “Vision of New Science” in which he presented his theories regarding torsion field and vacuum theory.

Next Dr. Chul-Hee Han, professor at Sun Moon University gave a presentation entitled “An Insight into the Give-and-Receive Action gained from Chemical Bonding.” The final presentation of the God Science Session was “The Role of Unification Thought to Reduce the Side Effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” given by Dr. Kyung-Oh Lee, professor at Sun Moon University. Following the conclusion of the presentations, the presenters and the attendees once again engaged in a stimulating question and answer session.

The next session was the 29th International Symposium on Unification Thought sponsored by Unification Thought Institute International and moderated by Dr. Jin-Choon Kim, co-chairman of the Cheon Il Guk Academy. The presentations in this session were as follows: “What are Universal Ethics? Two Presuppositions to Grasp the Concept of GongEui (co-righteousness) and Ethics” by Dr. Jin-Su Hwang, professor at Sunhak UP Graduate University; “An Introduction to Raghuram Rajan’s the Third Pillar Community in Light of the Principle of GongSaeng (co-existence), GongYeong (co-prosperity), and GongEui (co-righteousness)” by Dr. Victor Insoo Kim, professor at Sunhak UP Graduate University; “Cheonilguk Education applying Hoondokgyosi” by Dr. Eung-Tae Jo, professor at Sun Moon University; “Realizing a CIG Society based on the Universal Values of Ta-ah-jui” by Dr. Taeg-Young Oh, professor at Sun Moon University; “Is it sufficient to explain that human beings were created through the Two-Stage Developmental Four Position Foundation” by Dr. Young-Sik Pyun, professor at Sun Moon University; “A Comparative Study of the Metaphysics of Unification Thought and Neo-Confucianism” by Dr. Jae-Wan Joo, professor at Sun Moon University; “A Study on ‘Homo amans’ for the Realization of GongEui (co-righteousness): Focusing on the Succession of HyoJeong” by Dr. Jin-Ji Kim, professor at Sun Moon University; “A Study on Love and Justice for the Realization of the Society of GongSaeng (co-existence), GongYeong (co-prosperity) and GongEui (co-righteousness)” by Dr. Hwa-Myung Kang, professor at Sun Moon University; “A Study on the System of a Clean Society in light of the Principle of GongEui (co-righteousness)” by Dr. Hyun-Jin Lim, professor at Sunhak UP Graduate University; and finally “Cosmopolitanism in Global Society and GongEui (co-righteousness) of Unification Thought.” Once again, the presentations were followed by a lively question and answer session.

The program concluded with a delicious dinner and attendees enjoyed touring Berlin, the site of so much pioneering intellectual activities in Western history, the following day before departing back to their homelands. As one can surmise from their titles, the contents of the presentations are important contributions to developing the contents of the symposium’s theme of “Social Integration, God Science, and Cheon Il Guk in light of the Ideals of GongSaeng, GongYeong, GongEui” and can be obtained from the HyoJeong Academy of Arts & Sciences. We are deeply grateful to our True Parents for the opportunity to hold this important symposium.