About the Book
Pyeong Hwa Gyeong is a collection of public speeches given by the Reverend
Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Hak Ja Han Moon, on themes related to peace
(pyeonghwa). They are a testimony to God’s plan for humankind. Reverend
and Mrs. Moon teach that the strongest human desire is for love. When we
pursue love selflessly, peace emerges. When we pursue it selfishly, conflict
erupts. Both selfish and selfless motives war within each person, and so too
has our history been one of war. The mission of religion is to inculcate selfless
love and bring an end to such conflict. Yet we oen turn even religion into a
new arena of the same conflicted behavior.
Rev. and Mrs. Moon were called by God to become the True Parents of all
humankind. As do all good parents, they teach how to overcome selfish
desires and serve a higher purpose. THeir model of a true family is one in
which husband, wife and children are in love with God and with each other;
a family that is a school of love and a foundation for a peaceful way of life.
Such families unleash a quiet revolution from selfishness to unselfishness
that reaches to the neighborhood and the community. Yet the blessing of
peace within families must expand to the society, nation and world. Leading
by example, Rev. and Mrs. Moon have expanded the gospel of selfless love,
of living for the sake of others, into all fields of human endeavor.
To give testimony to this, a team guided by Rev. Young Whi Kim was
commissioned to select speeches that together represent the depth, breadth
and scale of True Parents’ work under God’s providence. Some of these were
given at assemblies for religious leaders, or at conferences for scholars, scientists,
diplomats, politicians or media professionals. Some were addressed
to the leaders of women’s organizations, or to young people at sporting
events. Some, such as the public rallies of the 1970s or the marriage Blessings
for thousands of couples in later years, were delivered in front of huge
crowds in plazas or in stadiums; others were given in more intimate settings
including Rev. and Mrs. Moon’s own home. The selection also reflects Rev.
and Mrs. Moon’s willingness to travel on exhausting schedules to personally
bring their message to people of every land and culture.
In presenting principles for the resolution of conflict on all levels, whether
within ourselves or between nations, True Parents’ words challenge leaders
to look beyond their disciplinary, religious and national boxes, and to view
the world as one family under God. They clarify for all of us God’s original
ideal for creating, the tragedy of the human Fall, the suffering but victorious
path of Jesus, and the advent of True Parents. Thus, they illuminate the path
ahead and provide a roadmap for the building of God’s kingdom on earth.
While the majority of the 178 speeches in Pyeong Hwa Gyeongwere given
by True Father, a significant number were given by True Mother. Some were
given on their behalf by their children or grandchildren. Many appear in
English for the first time, or have been retranslated from the original Korean
text, or have had missing parts restored.
Sincere appreciation is due to the translators and editors who worked to
prepare this English edition. Their work included verifying titles, venues and
organizations, and comparing the English and Korean texts, which often
diverged. Thanks go to those who discovered missing English texts of
speeches in a computer, in a forgotten archive or tucked away in a drawer at
home. Although all who were involved felt inadequately qualified for the task,
the team’s spirit to take ownership of the process bodes well for the future of
the work to render scriptural works into the world’s languages.
We are grateful to God and True Parents for taking the burden of the historical
providence on their own shoulders, and pray that this book may ignite
many a heart to follow their path. May the blessings of God be abundantly
with all readers of Pyeong Hwa Gyeong.
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
Table of contents
Book 1. The Principles of True Peace
Book 2. God’s Homeland and the Peace Kingdom
Book 3. The Mission of Religion in Achieving God’s Ideal
Book 4. The True Family Movement
Book 5. Absolute Values and a New World Order
Book 6. The Role of Women in Creating the Ideal World
Book 7. The World of the Culture of Heart
Book 8. The Reunification of Korea and World Peace
Book 9. The Role of Nations in Realizing World Peace
Book 10. True Parents, the Hope of
God and Humankind Guide to the Speeches