Hak Ja Han
Wife of Sun Myung Moon and co-leader of the Unification Church
Hak Ja Han
Hak Ja Han or Hakja Han Moon is an influential member of the Unification Church and the widow of the church's founder, Sun Myung Moon. They married in April 1960 and have 13 children and over 40 grandchildren, as well as a growing number of great-grandchildren. They are viewed by Unification Church members as the "new messiahs," and are referred to as the "True Parents"; she is called the "True Mother" and regarded as the "perfect woman".
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Sun Myung Moon
The Economist - over 4 years
THRUSTING his small strong arm into the firewood piles where they nested, Sun Myung Moon as a boy would flush out sparrows into a net. Usually they were cooked for his siblings; peasant families in North Pyongan province ate what they could get. But he once put two birds in a cage to hear them sing and to watch them mate. It pleased him, he said, to see them express their love for each other.Critics suspected he got much the same pleasure, many years later, when he presided over the famous mass weddings of his Unification church. Dozens, even hundreds, of couples, in off-the-peg white dresses and dark suits, would parade before him, across lurid carpets and through banks of gladioli, to be soberly scattered with confetti by their high-crowned True Father and their equally unsmiling True Mother, Hak Ja Han. Mr Moon arranged these marriages himself, by pairing photographs. Like the sparrows, many of the candidates had never met before.Yet this was no whim, he said. It was the m ...
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Moon and wife 'True Parents' but children suffered estrangement, tragedy - and reality TV
Yahoo News - over 4 years
SEOUL, South Korea - The late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the Unification Church founder who died this week at 92, had 14 children with his second wife, Hak Ja Han Moon, according to his autobiography. He also had one child with his first wife, officials say, and at least one illegitimate child, according to one of his daughters.
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Rev. Moon oversaw large, often bickering brood
Yahoo News - over 4 years
The late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the Unification Church founder who died this week at 92, had 13 children with his wife, Hak Ja Han Moon. He and his wife are revered by followers as the "True Parents," but their children have suffered estrangements, deaths, suicide, lawsuits, public bickering, the airing of intimate secrets — and one reality TV show appearance. Here's a look at some of the more prominent Moon children:
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Feuds a concern as children inherit Rev. Moon's empire
Fox News - over 4 years
Unification Church patriarch Sun Myung Moon leaves behind children who have been groomed to lead a religious movement famous for its mass weddings and business interests -- if family feuds don't bring down the empire. Moon, the charismatic and controversial founder of the church, died Monday at age 92 at a church-owned hospital near his home in Gapyeong County, northeast of Seoul, two weeks after being hospitalized with pneumonia, church officials said. Flags flew at half-staff at a Unification Church in Seoul as followers trickled in, some wiping away tears as they wondered what would happen to a movement defined for decades by the man who founded it in 1954. The Rev. Moon and wife Hak Ja Han have 10 surviving children and in recent years, the aging Moon had been handing power on the church's religious, charitable and business entities to them. But there have been reports of family rifts. One son sued his mother's missionary group in 2011, demanding the return of more than ...
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Rev. Moon, Unification Church founder known for mass weddings, dies at 92
Fox News - over 4 years
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a worldwide religious movement and befriended North Korean leaders as well as U.S. presidents, has died, church officials said Monday. He was 92. Moon died Monday at a church-owned hospital near his home in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul, two weeks after being hospitalized with pneumonia, Unification Church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeul told The Associated Press. Moon's wife and children were at his side, Ahn said. Moon, born in a town that is now in North Korea, founded his religious movement in Seoul in 1954 after surviving the Korean War. He preached new interpretations of lessons from the Bible. The church gained fame -- and notoriety -- in the 1970s and 1980s for holding mass weddings of thousands of followers, often from different countries, whom Moon matched up in a bid to build a multicultural religious world. The church was accused of using devious recruitment tactics and duping follo ...
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Bettman, Fehr resume NHL talks, then take break
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and its players resumed Tuesday morning at the league offices, then took a slight break.
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WATCH: An Inside Look At Mass Weddings Of The Unification "Moonies" Church
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Every bride wants her wedding to be perfect, but what if she has to share the spotlight with 2,000 other brides in one of the most bizarre weddings on the planet?" That's the question producers of TLC propose in a new one-hour special airing 10 p.m. Eastern time Sunday about the Unification Church, whose members are best known for their mass weddings. According to a press release, the network's "Mass Moon Wedding" documentary "follows three young couples as they travel thousands of miles to South Korea to be blessed by their messiah, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, at one of the movement's controversial mass weddings. The three undertake a condensed courtship -- meeting and making plans for the future with a person they hardly know." The couples include 21-year-old youth pastor Toby, who met 20-year-old Sunny of Ohio two years ago, and decided to get married three months before the blessing. There's also 21-year-old Réamonn from England, who has been matched with a woman fr ...
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Detenidos dos jóvenes con 3 kilos de hachís en el coche cuando circulaban por ... - Qué.es
Google News - over 5 years
Una mujer de 20 años y un joven de 19 cuyas identidades responden a las iniciales NEHK y HAK han sido detenidos cuando circulaban por la A-66 en Salamanca con un coche en el que llevaban 3125 kilogramos de hachís. Una mujer de 20 años y un joven de 19
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hak Ja Han
  • 2010
    Age 67
    In 2010 National Public Radio reported that Unification Church services in the United States invoked the name of Han along with Moon in their opening greetings to congregants.
    More Details Hide Details In that same year, Forbes reported that Han was living in South Korea with her husband while their children took more responsibility for the day-to-day leadership of the church and its affiliated organizations.
  • 2009
    Age 66
    In 2009 author Jacob Neusner reported that church members believed that Han would continue to lead them after Moon's death since she is considered to jointly be the Messiah, with him.
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  • 2003
    Age 60
    In 2003, over 8,000 Unification Church members attended a ceremony in South Korea in which Han and Moon were remarried.
    More Details Hide Details This was said to be the fulfillment of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb written about in the Apocalypse of John. Authors James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen write in Controversial New Religions (2005) that she "has exercised increasing influence in the Unification Church.
  • 1997
    Age 54
    In 1997, Han presided with her husband over a marriage affirmation ceremony for 28,000 couples, some married and some newly engaged, in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details During the ceremony Han and Moon sprinkled holy water on the couples.
    Han and Moon together preside over the mass wedding ceremonies for which the Unification Church is noted. (See: Blessing ceremony of the Unification Church.) In 1997, they donned crowns and gold-trimmed robes to lead a mass wedding and marriage rededication ceremony in Washington, D.C. for 20,000 couples, 2,500 of them Unification Church members whose marriages had been arranged by Moon.
    More Details Hide Details According to one news report Han joined with Moon in pairing up couples who had never met each other, based merely upon looking at their photos.
  • 1996
    Age 53
    In July 1996 she spoke at the Family Federation for World Peace's Inaugural World Convention at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Han's closing address was the climax of the proceedings; it was called the "Founder's Address."
    More Details Hide Details On March 23, 2004, Moon and Han were honored at an Ambassadors for Peace awards banquet held by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (which is sponsored by the Unification Church) in a United States federal office building in Washington, D.C. It was called a "Crown of Peace" ceremony. At the event, Sun Myung Moon stated he was the Messiah. Over 12 United States lawmakers were in attendance. The event was criticized by some as a possible violation of the principle of separation of church and state in the United States. In 2006, Han spoke in New Zealand on behalf of the Unification Church-sponsored Universal Peace Federation and called for traditional families, religious and cross-cultural tolerance, and a $315 billion "peace tunnel" across the Bering Strait connecting Russia and the United States. In 1992, Moon increased Han's position of authority within the Unification Church and announced "True Mother was elevated to True Father's level horizontally." Hak Ja Han has been Moon's successor designate as leader of the Unification Church since 1993. Massimo Introvigne of the Center for Studies on New Religions writes in The Unification Church (2000):
    In 1996, Han went on a world tour, speaking on behalf of the Unification Church under its alternative name: the Family Federation for World Peace.
    More Details Hide Details Her speeches were given in cities across the United States, as well as countries including Korea, Japan, Italy, and 16 other countries in South America and Central America.
  • 1993
    Age 50
    Her 1993 speeches in the United States focused on increasing violence in the U.S., and the degradation of the family unit. In 1995, Han spoke at a Women's Federation for World Peace event in Japan with former United States president George H. W. Bush.
    More Details Hide Details Han spoke after Bush's speech and praised Moon, crediting him for the decline of communism and saying that he must save America from "the destruction of the family and moral decay."
    According to the Unification News, Han organized a Unification Church conference held in Tokyo in 1993, which was the first anniversary of the Women's Federation for World Peace.
    More Details Hide Details The keynote speaker was former Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle's wife Marilyn Tucker Quayle, and in a speech at the event Han spoke positively of Mrs. Quayle's humanitarian work. In 1993, Han traveled to 20 cities in the United States promoting Women's Federation for World Peace, as well as to 12 countries. At a stop in Salt Lake City, Utah she told attendants: "If a family is not centered on God's ideal of love, there will be conflict among the members of that family. Without God's love as an absolute center, such a family will ultimately break down. A nation of such families will also decline."
  • 1992
    Age 49
    In 1992, Han established the Women's Federation for World Peace with the support of the Unification Church, and traveled the world speaking at conventions on its behalf.
    More Details Hide Details The Women's Federation's purpose is to encourage women to work more actively in promoting peace in their communities and greater society, and it includes 143 member countries.
  • 1984
    Age 41
    In 1984, Han spoke at a Unification Church sponsored academic conference in Washington, D.C. to a crowd of 240 which included professors from Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan and the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1993, U.S. Senator Trent Lott supported the bill True Parents Day in the U.S. Senate and in 1995 U.S. President Bill Clinton signed a bill into law called Parents Day; children are to honor their parents on this day.
    More Details Hide Details This showed the relationship of the Unification Church to the Republican Party in the United States, according to news media. In 1993, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch introduced Han to a crowd at Capitol Hill; she stated at the event that she and Moon are the first True Parents. Moon was in the audience watching her speech, along with members of the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives.
  • 1960
    Age 17
    In April 1960, at the age of 17, Han, by then a member of the Unification Church (which was officially founded in 1954), married Moon who was then 40 years old.
    More Details Hide Details Han has 13 children, and as of 1993 had 20 grandchildren. On July 19, 2008, Han along with her husband and 14 others, including several of their children and grandchildren, were slightly injured when a church owned Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed during an emergency landing and burst into flames in Gapyeong. Han and all 15 others were treated at the nearby church-affiliated Cheongshim Hospital. Unification Church members believe that Han and Moon's wedding established a "holy marriage" which Jesus had failed to establish. They also consider it established a holiday called True Parents Day," as well as what Unification Church members refer to as the "True Family." It is believed by them to be the beginning of a new Completed Testament Age and to have fulfilled the prophesied Marriage of the Lamb in the Revelation of John. Han and Moon are together believed to be the new messiahs by Unification Church members. Within Unification Church theology, the Moons are regarded as the "True Parents" of humanity and are addressed by its followers as the True Father and True Mother. Church members have also referred to Han as "the Bride of Christ" and the perfect woman. She is seen within the movement as the Mother of humankind, the final chosen of God. Han and Moon are also seen as the exemplars of the God-centered existence by Unification Church members. In Unification Church services members bow down to Han and Moon when they are present and to pictures of them when they are not.
    They married in April 1960 and have 13 children and over 40 grandchildren, as well as a growing number of great-grandchildren.
    More Details Hide Details She is called the True Mother and regarded as the perfect woman by church members. In 1992, she established the Unification Church affiliated-organization Women's Federation for World Peace, and traveled the world speaking on its behalf. Han's influence within the Unification Church has steadily increased. She is Moon's designated successor as the leader of the Unification Movement. In the American media Han is sometimes referred to as Mrs. Moon; although in Korean culture as well as other East Asian cultures a married woman keeps her original family name, with the children taking their father's. Han, whose mother later became a follower of Sun Myung Moon, was born on January 6, 1943 (lunar calendar). Han attended an all-girls high school in Korea but did not go on to college. She speaks Japanese and English as well as Korean, although she speaks English with a Korean accent.
  • 1943
    Age 0
    Born in 1943.
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