WCSF 2007 – Grand Opening Ceremony

WCSF 2007 – Grand Opening Ceremony
July 4, 2007
Cheonan, Korea

 

Michael Jenkins’s Report

On July 4 at 10 a.m., True Parents opened the World Culture and Sports Festival (WCSF). Our Continental Director, Dr. Chang Shik Yang, and Mrs. Lynne Kim were the co-masters of ceremonies. Rev. Kwak gave the opening prayer. As chair of the World Culture and Sports Festival, Dr. Hyun Jin Moon gave the welcoming address. Dr. Moon emphasized that the World Culture and Sports Festival began in 1992 and is designed to bring all races and nations together for peace. This festival brings all faith traditions and nationalities together to give young people an experience of competition, cooperation, and victory by overcoming barriers and realizing one family under God.

Dr. Moon emphasized also that the centerpiece of this weeklong series of intercultural exchanges is the holy blessing ceremony, in which couples from all over the world are married by True Parents in cross-cultural blessings that join families beyond race and religious boundaries. Along with Dr. Walsh and Mr. Taj Hamad, key members of the presiding council of the Universal Peace Federation were in attendance. Former heads of state and key religious leaders joined in the ceremony.

Dr. Yang announced the procession of the athletes. First, the marching band entered in their bright red uniforms, followed by youth leaders carrying the banners of all the world’s major religions. These were followed by 1,200 athletes from over 120 countries, carrying the flags of their nations and proudly representing their faith traditions. Beginning in 1992, the WCSF has been now become mainstream and is supported by all the major nations of the world. KBS-TV covered the event live. It was moving to see the athletes in their blue and white track suits, marching in representing all faiths, all races, and all religions.

It should be noted that a team from Iraq also came, underscoring the importance of these games in giving youth hope that there are ways to resolve conflicts and offering a vision of all humanity living in peace without war. That is the purpose of the World Culture and Sports Festival.

Sir James Mancham, former president of the Seychelles, gave welcoming remarks, as did the former deputy prime minister of Korea. Then the crowd rose to welcome True Parents. Father gave the main address, which was titled “The Three Great Subjects Principle from the Viewpoint of God’s Providence.” He emphasized that a central requirement for turning the world around is to restore the human Fall and that True Parents, who were called by God to establish the ideal family, have now completed this course and extending it to all families. Central to creating an ideal family is establishing the three subjects principle of God, which is that each and every one of us should become a true parent, a true teacher and a true owner in God’s kingdom. Fundamentally this is to be achieved by living a life of absolute faith, love, and obedience to God’s principle of purity in the family and fidelity in marriage.

The address was followed by a beautiful performance by martial artists, who offered a very dramatic martial arts play — ballet that portrayed the struggle of good and evil in history, with good ultimately overcoming.

The celebration ended with three cheers of mansei, and the glorious sports games began. How wonderful it is to see True Parents continuing to gain deeper and deeper acceptance and understanding by all the world. Certainly Korea is turning its heart and hope to Father and Mother Moon to bring ideal families and world peace. Today is a glorious day.

MWJ

Chung Hwan Kwak’s Report

The 12th World Culture and Sports Festival opened on July 4th, 2007 in Cheonan, Korea, with the 1200 participants of the Inter-religious Peace Sports Festival joining more than 6,000 applauding guests at the Cheonan Sports Stadium.

Congratulatory speakers included Sir James Mancham, chair of the UPF Global Peace Council and founding President of the Seychelles and former Korean Prime Minister Sang Joo Lee. WCSF chair Hyun Jin Moon congratulated the athletes of the IPSF, representing more than 60 nations. True Parents delivered the keynote peace address, and an exciting martial arts dramatic presentation finished the official ceremony.

True Father said in his speech:

… Calling ourselves lords of creation and acting according to our own desires, we human beings have been creating a disastrous history. We have perpetrated terrible massacres and suffered incredible natural disasters. Despite this, we have survived and have continued to multiply until this day. We still seek a bright and happy world, although with only a vague concept of what that might be. Why is it that the human race is still unable to escape from this mire of sin and disease? …
… The first of these roles is to become a true parent. God created us as His children. We were to become true children by perfecting our character as individuals. We do this by first going through a period of growth and responsibility, living according to the moral laws and principles established by God. Upon reaching spiritual maturity, we were then to become true couples, have children, and thus attain the position of true parents. In short, we were to perfect ourselves in love and life by practicing and embodying the true love that was bestowed on us by God with the act of our creation.
However, in reality moral values in our world today are deteriorating uncontrollably. The moral laws governing the relationship between parents and children have been thrown to the ground; fidelity between couples is being discarded as an old-fashioned concept of the older generation, and brotherly love between siblings has become a rare commodity, buried in the swamp of self-centered individualism.
This is why in order to establish peace, we must first and foremost establish true families based on true love. These will be families in which three generations can live together in true love, centered on the true parents.
The second of the three roles we must each fulfill is to become a true teacher. One way or another, during our lifetime all people enter relationships where one is a teacher and the other a student. Our first teachers are our parents and our first school is in the family. Indeed, our parents should be the first and greatest teachers among all teachers. Parents have the primary responsibility, in the position of true teachers, in raising true children.
Children who are raised well by true parents through a true and good family education will easily progress into their school education. Although at school we receive an institutionalized level of education, even within that framework teachers have the responsibility not only to impart knowledge but also to raise and educate their students to become true children, with the heart of a parent. By this I mean that horizontal academic education must be carried out on the foundation of vertical character education. Thus, a true teacher must first become one who possesses the heart of a true parent.
The third of the three roles is to become a true owner and a true citizen of God’s kingdom of peace. God, who created the universe, is of course the original and true owner and lord of all the things of creation. God’s creation is the fruit of His complete investment, carried out on the standard of his own absolute faith, absolute love, and absolute obedience to the heavenly law of living for others. God wants all of us to gain the wisdom that will allow each one of us to inherit everything he has and to become a true owner. I am referring to the secret wisdom of being able to live for others by investing true love on the basis of God’s absolute standard. The prerequisite to becoming a true owner is to first possess the heart of a true parent.
The “Three Great Subjects” principle is an organic relationship that is mutual, absolute, and indivisible. In other words, each of the three primary roles of parent, teacher and owner is related to each of the others. Once you attain the position of a true parent, the positions of a true teacher and true owner emerge from there. Once you reach the position of a true teacher, the positions of true parent and true owner are included. Once you attain the position of the true owner, you will immediately become a true parent and true teacher…
After the opening, the rest of the day was taken up with practices of the various sports teams, in diverse locations around Asan and Cheonan cities. The soccer field, located directly across from the Sun Moon University dining hall, has become a natural place for people to relax and watch the various teams play, and for impromptu matches to take place as well. Various delegations have still been arriving, some held up by visa and other regulatory problems.

The cultural programs were once again a time of fun and inspiration. An impromptu dance between the Thailand Phrae dance troupe and the participants took place during the evening celebrations, with a delightful team in a Llama costume, elegant Thai dancers, and the joy-filled participants. Later, the Sri Lankan dancers seemed to bring to life some beautiful tableau in a rare book, with their beautiful poses and graceful movements accentuated by colorful costumes.

In a moving example of the unifying nature of faith, the final prayer was chanted in unison by a trio of Muslim participants from Afghanistan and Indonesia. The sports competitions for the 12th World Culture and Sports Festival began on July 4th 2007.

Michael Balcomb’s Report

The 12th World Culture and Sports Festival opened today in Cheonan, Korea, with the 1200 participants of the Inter-religious Peace Sports Festival joining more than 6,000 applauding guests at the Cheonan Sports Stadium.

Congratulatory speakers included Sir James Mancham, chair of the UPF Global Peace Council and founding President of the Seychelles and former Korean Prime Minister Sang Joo Lee.

WCSF chair Hyun Jin Moon congratulated the athletes of the IPSF, representing more than 60 nations.

UPF founder Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon delivered the keynote peace address (see below), and an exciting martial arts dramatic presentation finished the official ceremony.

After several days of rain and drizzle, the skies cleared in the afternoon and the rest of the day was taken up with practices of the various sports teams, in diverse locations around Asan and Cheonan.

The soccer field, located directly across from the Sun Moon University dining hall, has become a natural place for people to relax and watch the various teams play, and for impromptu matches to take place as well. Various delegations have still been arriving, some held up by visa and other regulatory problems.

The cultural programs were once again a time of fun and inspiration. An impromptu dance between the Thailand Phrae dance troupe and the participants took place during the evening celebrations, with a delightful team in a Llama costume, elegant Thai dancers, and the joy-filled participants weaving and flowing through the vast Sun Moon gymnasium. Later, the Sri Lankan dancers seemed to bring to life some beautiful tableau in a rare book, with their beautiful poses and graceful movements accentuated by colorful costumes.

UPF Presiding Council member Bishop Abel Muzorewa encouraged the young people, telling them clearly that they were the ones who could ‘put the brake’ on society’s spiral to violence and conflict.

In a moving example of the unifying nature of faith, the final prayer was chanted in unison by a trio of Muslim participants from Afghanistan and Indonesia.

The sports competitions now begin in earnest, with the men’s soccer tournament the most closely watched. The host team and six-time Korean college champions Sun Moon University are hot favorites, but the emotional wave is running with the Iraqi team, which includes both Sunni and Shia players and is coached by former Iraqi National Soccer team star Ali Shahan. Also favored are the Taiwan team and the US entry from Miami, previous finalists.