Family Federation Letter re. UC Symbol Action
A letter from Family Federation
Regarding UC Symbol Action
July 30, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings from New York! We’ve just completed a very successful special event with the Hyojeong Cheongpyeong team in Belvedere this past weekend. The spirits were high and everyone who attended had a profound and uplifting experience.
As you know, here at the Family Federation USA HQ, we are constantly seeking new ways to advance our True Parents’ message throughout this wonderful nation. We take every opportunity to share it, whether through our daily e-newsletter, weekly video update, articles on our website, posts on social media like Facebook or Instagram, or press releases to journalists. Most recently, we hired a new Communications Director. Our aim is to create a cohesive strategy for all communications so that we consistently articulate with clarity the mission of Family Federation and our True Parents.
However, some recent events impacting our public image are of particular importance at this
time. The activities of Sanctuary Church have mislead the public into believing that they are the newest iteration of the Unification Church. Therefore, Family Federation has made the difficult decision to pursue litigation to protect the legacy of our True Parents. This lawsuit states that Family Federation’s proprietary logo, the Twelve Gates Symbol, is being unlawfully used to identify and brand Sanctuary Church causing public confusion. We have sent numerous cease and desist letters to Sanctuary Church in an effort to resolve this matter outside of legal action, but Sanctuary Church has continuously disregarded these demands.
This decision was not made lightly. We hold much love in our hearts for the True Family and for our brothers and sisters, who have chosen a different path, but we cannot allow the true legacy of peace and restoration that our True Father and True Mother worked so hard to establish to be eroded by false doctrines and the promotion of guns in religious ceremonies and beliefs.
We all have been moved countless times by True Parents’ deep heart towards God and the way they demonstrated true love on the course of restoration - embracing Kim Il-Sung, meeting Mikhail Gorbachev - always modeling the path of loving their enemies with forgiveness and reconciliation. This is the true legacy of True Parents - to bring humanity together centering on our Heavenly Parent. And so we must take a stand to ensure that their legacy isn’t tarnished or the narrative re-written.
Let us continue to pray together for the fulfillment of God’s Providence, for our True Parents’ safety and complete victory, and for the True Family and all our Blessed families to fulfill our responsibility in front of Heavenly Parent and True Parents.
Rev. Richard Buessing, President