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September 3, 2012 | By Elaine Woo
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed Messiah from South Korea who led the Unification Church, one of the most controversial religious movements to sweep America in the 1970s, has died. He was 92. Moon, who had been hospitalized with pneumonia in August, died Monday at a hospital in Gapyeong, South Korea, church officials announced. Although greeted as a Korean Billy Graham when he arrived in the United States four decades ago, Moon gradually emerged as a religious figure with quite different beliefs, whose movement was labeled a cult and whose followers were mocked as "Moonies.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2012 | By Elaine Woo
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed Messiah from South Korea who led the Unification Church, one of the most controversial religious movements to sweep America in the 1970s, has died. He was 92. Moon, who had been hospitalized with pneumonia in August, died Monday at a hospital in Gapyeong, South Korea, church officials announced. Although greeted as a Korean Billy Graham when he arrived in the United States four decades ago, Moon gradually emerged as a religious figure with quite different beliefs, whose movement was labeled a cult and whose followers were mocked as "Moonies.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1989 | From Religious News Service
The Unification Church is beginning a worldwide program to send its members back to their hometowns to help transform what the church views as the evil that is pervasive in society, according to the leader of the Unification Church in America. That reflects the church's teaching that the world is in a second Pentecost, the Rev. James A. Baughman, president of the church, said in an interview. He explained that just as Jesus left his work to the apostles after he ascended, Unification founder Sun Myung Moon, 70, who claims to be "the first generation of a new tradition that comes to fulfill Christianity and Judaism," is passing responsibility to his followers.
WORLD
October 15, 2009 | John M. Glionna
The legions of followers stood in rapt attention today -- men in black tuxedos and red ties, women in white lace and veils -- for the largest mass wedding in a decade performed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the powerful and often controversial Unification Church. In all, church officials claim, some 40,000 men and women either took their vows or renewed them in a global mega-ceremony that seemed equal parts lavish spectacle, religious ritual and, for many skeptics, just plain kitsch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1985 | RUSSELL CHANDLER and JOHN DART, Times Religion Writers
About 300,000 clergy across the country are receiving gift packets from the Unification Church containing three videotaped lectures and two books written by the sect's imprisoned founder, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Unification Church officials emphasize that the unsolicited mailings were not sent for proselytizing purposes but to state their beliefs, via the videotape recorder, to priests, ministers and rabbis.
NEWS
April 15, 1987 | DAVID SHAW, Times Staff Writer
The editor of the editorial page of the Washington Times and four members of his staff quit Tuesday to protest what they saw as an abrogation of the editorial freedom they had been promised by the owners of the paper. A representative of the owner denied the charge, as did the paper's editor-in-chief. The Washington Times was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1982 by News World Communications, a company owned by members and officials of the Unification Church of the Rev.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2006 | Monica Eng, Delroy Alexander and David Jackson, Chicago Tribune
Sushi lovers probably don't think twice about dropping big bucks on a raw-fish dinner out. But as they tear into a buttery slice of tuna or munch on a morsel of eel in many restaurants, they're supporting a surprising source: the Unification Church. When five members of the church arrived in Chicago in 1980 to open a little fish shop on Elston Avenue, people of their faith were castigated as "Moonies" and cult members. They were led by the vision of the Rev.
NEWS
July 5, 1985 | Associated Press
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, was released to a halfway house program Thursday after serving 11 months of his 18-month federal prison sentence for tax evasion. Moon, 65, will fulfill his church duties by day but must report each night until mid-August to the Oxford Project halfway house in Brooklyn, officials said. The Korean industrialist and evangelist spent the day Thursday at his estate in Irvington, N.Y.
WORLD
October 15, 2009 | John M. Glionna
The legions of followers stood in rapt attention today -- men in black tuxedos and red ties, women in white lace and veils -- for the largest mass wedding in a decade performed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the powerful and often controversial Unification Church. In all, church officials claim, some 40,000 men and women either took their vows or renewed them in a global mega-ceremony that seemed equal parts lavish spectacle, religious ritual and, for many skeptics, just plain kitsch.
BUSINESS
September 26, 1989 | From Reuters
Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church is behind a $250-million car factory under construction in southern China, the South China Morning Post said. The Post, Hong Kong's largest English-language newspaper, said U.S.-based Panda Motor Corp. had financial backing from businessmen of the Unification Church, while Moon's aide Pak Bo-hi was a director of the firm. Panda is building the factory at Huizhou in southern China, about 50 miles northeast of Hong Kong.
WORLD
July 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The founder of the Unification Church, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, is recovering from injuries he suffered when a helicopter taking him to a church-linked hospital crashed into a mountain, officials said. Moon, 88, was one of 16 people on board when the helicopter crashed and burst into flames in Gapyeong, about 37 miles northeast of Seoul, the South Korean transport ministry said. None of the occupants, which included Moon's wife and other relatives, were seriously hurt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The church founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon will pay $500,000 to restore damaged habitat -- and avoid prosecution -- in the case of a pastor who poached hundreds of baby sharks from San Francisco Bay, federal prosecutors said Monday. The Unification Church's payment -- part of a "non-prosecution agreement" with the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco -- will go toward a $1.5-million fund to undo the environmental damage inflicted by the pastor's bizarre scheme.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2006 | Monica Eng, Delroy Alexander and David Jackson, Chicago Tribune
Sushi lovers probably don't think twice about dropping big bucks on a raw-fish dinner out. But as they tear into a buttery slice of tuna or munch on a morsel of eel in many restaurants, they're supporting a surprising source: the Unification Church. When five members of the church arrived in Chicago in 1980 to open a little fish shop on Elston Avenue, people of their faith were castigated as "Moonies" and cult members. They were led by the vision of the Rev.
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March 9, 1998 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was 1995. Fearing the impact of the impending Chinese takeover, Bruce Steivel stepped down as artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet. Soon thereafter, he found himself in another potentially prickly situation--signing on with the Universal Ballet, a South Korea-based dance troupe financed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's controversial Unification Church. Steivel was well aware of the questions that had been raised about the decade-old company.
NEWS
November 30, 1997 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a flourish of trumpets, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon blessed a flower-scented sea of kneeling couples at a stadium Saturday, climaxing a weeklong festival aimed at winning greater mainstream acceptance for his Unification Church. Flanked by religious men of six other faiths, the messianic leader sprinkled holy water and intoned a blessing--carried on live closed-circuit television around the world--stressing the faiths' common emphasis on traditional family values.
NEWS
September 10, 1996 | MEREDITH FERGUSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amid the grandeur of giant Corinthian columns and the soaring archways of the great hall of the National Building Museum, 1,500 smartly dressed men and women from around the world have convened to talk about family values and world peace. Seated in rows of dainty, bamboo-style chairs, the mostly middle-aged attendees await speeches from an all-star cast of religious leaders, entertainers and former heads of state, including George Bush and Gerald Ford.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Court Refuses to Block Possible Nostalgia Network Sale: A Delaware state court ruled against issuing a temporary restraining order prohibiting Nostalgia Network and Chairman Michael E. Marcovsky from negotiating a possible sale of the company. Concept Communications owns 27% of Nostalgia and petitioned the court to block a possible sale earlier this year. Concept, affiliated with the Unification Church, has been attempting to acquire control of the Los Angeles-based cable TV channel.
NEWS
February 20, 1985 | Associated Press
The U.S. Parole Commission today denied parole to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the spiritual leader of the Unification Church who is serving an 18-month sentence for income tax evasion. The 64-year-old Korean religious leader began serving his prison sentence July 20, 1984, at the medium-security prison in Danbury, Conn. His new projected release date, which takes into account good behavior, is Aug. 20, Justice Department spokesman Joe Krovisky said.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Court Refuses to Block Possible Nostalgia Network Sale: A Delaware state court ruled against issuing a temporary restraining order prohibiting Nostalgia Network and Chairman Michael E. Marcovsky from negotiating a possible sale of the company. Concept Communications owns 27% of Nostalgia and petitioned the court to block a possible sale earlier this year. Concept, affiliated with the Unification Church, has been attempting to acquire control of the Los Angeles-based cable TV channel.
BUSINESS
May 18, 1993
* CABLE: Is the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church trying to take over a cable network? Los Angeles-based Nostalgia Network is alleging in a lawsuit an "illicit and unlawful scheme" by the church to secretly gain control of Nostalgia through church-related companies that have acquired its stock. Nostalgia claims that it is part of an overall plan by the church to promote its ideology using cable television. A spokesman for the church denies that it is trying to take over the network.
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