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Ban Ki Moon and UBF 
14th-Oct-2006 01:29 pm
Here is an interesting posting mentioning both Ban Ki Moon and UBF.
14th-Oct-2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
The blogger Shaphan that is mentioned by "prisonplanet.com" did speculate on Oct. 7 about a possible connection to Mr. Kang who was trotted out onto the stage at UBF's recent "world mission report" to say a "blessing." But Shaphan withdrew the speculation later, and one of his most recent posts states that he is "reassured" that Ban-Ki Moon is nothing more than a member of the Mukyokai "Non-church" movement which originated in Japan.

Unfortunately, Mr. Moon's claim that "I am a man of integrity" while going around the world throwing around Korean money in support of his candidacy doesn't quite reassure me.
14th-Oct-2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
It seems that according to Shaphan's blog, UBF style of one to one Bible study and shepherding may have modeled those of Mukyokai founded by Uchimura Kanzo. Here is excerpt from Shaphan's blog:

The Mukyokai, or non-Church Christians, constitute one of the best known Christian movements in Japan... Founded by Uchimura Kanzo (1861-1930) in reaction to Western denominationalism, this small (about 35,000 adherents) movement is considered to be the most genuine form of Japanese Christianity. The Mukyokai reject all formal Christian institutions, having no sacraments, liturgy, professional clergy, church buildings, national headquarters, or membership rolls. Instead, this non-churchism is based on independent Bible study groups centered on the traditional teacher-disciple (sensei-deshi) relationship. The teachers have no formal training in the Bible, setting up group when inspired to do so; the group thus disintegrates when its teacher dies or retires. Most of these teachers are regularly employed in outside occupations, often as high school teachers or university professors. The Mukyokai movement has attracted members from all social strata in Japan, but it is particularly appealing to the Japanese intelligentsia - scholars, university professors, graduate students, and professionals. (..)
14th-Oct-2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, there are striking parallels. On the other hand, the Mukyokai movements sounds more like a genuine movement, i.e. they do not form a group or organization and a teacher-disciple paradigm must not necessarily be so authoritarian and connected with ("absolute") obedience as in UBF. Sounds more like a housechurch or cell group movement. Also, it does not seem to be so separated and elitist, but open and embedded in society. Particularly note that Mukyokai also rejects national headquarters and membership rolls which are considered important in UBF. Also it sounds as if they meet in their own homes, and do not have "center" buildings as UBF.

I think UBF has taken the bad of both institutional and cell group Christianity and mixed it together, instead of taking the good points.
14th-Oct-2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Anyway, Mr. Ban's appointment could become a very good marketing tool both for Sun Myung Moon's organization and John Jun's organization. Here are some possible ideas they will use:

* John Jun: Why has a Korean man become the next UN chief? It is because UBF sent out so many missionaries all over the world. So God has blessed Korea because UBF serves world mission.

Sun Myung Moon: Why has a Korean man become the next UN chief? It is because I am God and I am a Korean.

John Jun: We have been praying for many years to send out 100,000 missionaries. Mr. Ban's appointment is God's sign that he will answer our prayer to make Korea a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

Sun Myung Moon: For many years my enemies persecuted me because I claim that I am a savior who came from Korea. But Mr. Ban's appointment proves that a savior really comes from Korea.

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