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International conference 29-30 May 2017

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Antwerp, Belgium

Faculty of Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG)

Bist 164. 2610 Wilrijk (Antwerpen)

Tel : + 32 3 830 51 58     Mail :

May 29, 2017

9 a.m.:  Registration

10 a.m.: Session 1    Greetings and Introduction

Chris VONCK (FVG)  &


Keynote Speech – The Unification Church: A Kaleidoscopic History

Eileen BARKER (London School of Economics)

11.15 a.m.: Session 2    Reverend Moon’s Theology and Its Precedents

Chair: Donald WESTBROOK

The New God of Unificationism: Precedents and Parallels

Alexa BLONNER (University of Sydney)

The Welsh Connection – Pastor Joshua McCabe’s Role in the Unification Church’s Early History

George CHRYSSIDES (University of Birmingham)

12.15 p.m.:  Lunch

2 p.m.: Session 3    The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification Since the Death of Reverend Moon

Chair: Bernadette RIGAL-CELLARD

Theological Developments in the Unification Movement since the Death of Rev. Moon

Andrew WILSON (Unification Theological Seminary, Barrytown, New York)

Gender Politics in the Post-Sun Myung Moon Unification Movement 

Michael MICKLER (Unification Theological Seminary)

Unification Political Theology: Past, Present and Future

Dan FEFFERMAN (Board of Trustees of the Unification Theological Seminary)

May 30, 2017

9.30 a.m.: Session 4    Hyung Jin Moon and the Sanctuary Church

Chair: George CHRYSSIDES

A Not So Divine Conflict: Tensions between True Mother and Hyung Jin Moon

James A. BEVERLEY (Tyndale Seminary, Toronto)

Reverend Moon’s Theology of the 3 Generations Kingship

Richard PANZER (Unification Sanctuary)

Only One God: The Debate on God as “Heavenly Father” vs. God as “Heavenly Parents” in the Contemporary Unification Movement

Kerry WILLIAMS (Unification Sanctuary)

11 a.m. Coffee break

11.15 a.m.: Session 5   Reverend Moon’s Prophetism and Its Post-Charismatic Fate

Chair: Massimo INTROVIGNE

Post-Charismatic Outcomes of New Religions: Themes from Unificationism, Mormonism, and Scientology

Donald WESTBROOK (University of California, Los Angeles)


The Prophetism of Sun Myung Moon and the Means-End Rationality

Régis DERICQUEBOURG (FVG and Group of Sociology of Religion and Secularism, CNRS, Paris)

12.30 p.m.:  Lunch

2 p.m.: Session 6   Schisms in the Unification Church and the Case of the Family Peace Association (FPA)

Chair: Chris VONCK

The Dynamics of the Schisms and the Birth of the Family Peace Association

Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR, Torino, Italy)

FPA and the Controversy on the Unification Movement Scriptures

Jongsuk KIM (Institute of Korean Messianic Movement)

The Family Pledge and the Family Peace Association

Mark BRAMWELL (Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences)

Respondent: Youngjun KIM (Family Peace Association)

4 p.m.: Coffee break

4.15 p.m.: Session 7     The Globalization of the Unification Movement


The Unification Church in Germany

Gerhard BESIER (Sigmund Neumann Institute, Berlin)

Kidnapping and Deprivation of Freedom for the Purpose of Deconversion in Japan

Willy FAUTRÉ (Human Rights Without Frontiers, Brussels)

5 p.m.: Conclusion