Writings of former members

Many recount their experiences in the organization or their journeys out of it

Updated September 11, 2018

These are all from former Family Federation for World Peace / Unification Church members:



KOREAN former members

‘Ashamed to be Korean’
The Moon Family Scam

Papasan Choi aka Nishikawa Masaru aka Choi Sang-ik
January 15, 1987 testimony given in Japan (Japanese)
統一教会問題と私、及びその未来 – 西川 勝氏

Syn-duk Choi  崔信德 1921-2016
Choi Syn-duk (Ch’oe Sin-dok) was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul. She received her undergraduate education in Korea at Ewha and did graduate work in social science at the University of Chicago where she received an M.A. degree in 1957. After her return she served as Advisor in the Education Division of USOM, and in 1961 accepted an assistant professorship at Tanguk University. In 1963 she joined the faculty of Ewha University. Professor Choi has written books and reports on Korean-American subjects and on the dating attitudes of Korean college students. She is now engaged in an anthropological study of Korean village life. She was once an active member of the Tong-il church [Unification Church] and was closely associated with Moon Sun-myung. She had a son named Yoo who held, or holds, a senior position in the UC / FFWPU.
Choi Syn-duk: Korea’s Tong-il Movement. XLIII: pages 101-113.
in the magazine Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society No. 43 (1967). This issue has other well researched articles about religions in Korea.
A PDF file of Volume XLIII (No. 43) can be downloaded here:
http://www.raskb.com/transactions/VOL43/KORS0749D_VOL43.pdf

Kenneth Suhr
I am Kenneth Suhr and a Korean 2nd gen of the UC
Forming a Local 2nd Generation Group
An Open Question about the UC Second Generation – Kenneth Suhr
Blame v. Responsibility in the Fall-out from the FFWPU and Sun Myung Moon

Sam Park  朴進慶 (Park Jin-kyung)
Sam Park testimony 2014
Sam Park 2015 response to feedback

Annie Soon-wha Choi  催淳華
Interview with Mother Jones magazine:
Meet the Love Child Rev. Sun Myung Moon Desperately Tried to Hide
“The entire movement was built on a lie” Annie Choi
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/reverend-moon-unification-church-washington-times-secret-son
PDF of Mother Jones article
The New Republic – The Fall of The House of Moon

Chong-hwa Kim  金鍾和 / 金鐘華
Sun Myung Moon lived with her during 1946 – February 22, 1948 when they were both arrested and jailed. Both were married to others at the time. Moon had one son, Sung Jin Moon, and she had three children.
1946 Moon’s ‘second wife’, Chong-hwa Kim in North Korea
1948 The tears and anger of Mrs. Chong-hwa Kim
Sun Myung Moon was a repeat bigamist, in 1948 and again in 1964

Kyong-rae Kim  金景来
Was a member in the 1950s
Book: 社會悪과邪教運動  Social wickedness and the cults movement (1957)

Myung-hui Kim (male)  김명희  (金明熙)
Book: 문선명의 정체 (1987, 1989)
The Identity of Sun Myung Moon (1) by Myung-hui Kim

Chong-hwa Pak  朴正華 1913-1997
Book: 「六マリアの悲劇 真のサタンは、文鮮明だ!!」(November 1993)
Tragedy of the Six Marys – the real Satan is Sun Myung Moon!!
Book: 野錄 統一敎會史  (세계기독교 통일신령협희사)  (March 1996)
An Unofficial History of the Unification Church
(A History of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity)
The Tragedy of the Six Marys book
The Tragedy of the Six Marys Japanese video
The Tragedy of the Six Marys Japanese video transcript
Interview with Japanese member of parliament
Did Chong-hwa Pak write the I Am A Traitor a book?

創立同志が告発する統一教会文鮮明の正体

Hyo-min Eu, his sister Shin-hee Eu, Chong-hwa Pak and Deok-jin Kim on Japanese TV

Hyo-min Eu  劉孝敏
“Moon’s ‘Gigantic white lie’”
「血分け問題」に重大証言
Hyo-min Eu, one of the 36 couples, gives his testimony: exploited by Moon, then shunned by Moon.

He was arrested, along with Sun Myung Moon, in 1955 and both were jailed

Shin-hee Eu  劉信姫
Interview
Video

Deok-jin Kim  金徳振
Someone who actually practised Moon’s sex relay
Video

文鮮明教祖の「血分け儀式」内容全告白 – 元側近・金徳振牧師

Park Jun-Cheol  박준철
Was a member for 30 years and wrote a book:
빼앗긴 30년 잃어버린 30년 (문선명 통일교 집단의 정체를 폭로한다)  (2002)

Nansook Hong  洪蘭淑   홍난숙
Book: In The Shadow Of The Moons: My Life In The Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family. (1998)
In the Shadow of the Moons book, part 1

In the Shadow of the Moons book, part 2

In the Shadow of the Moons book, part 3

In the Shadow of the Moons book, part 4

A review of Nansook Hong’s revealing book

Nansook Hong ‘60 minutes’ and radio interview with Rachael Kohn
Nansook Hong – [C-Span] Book Discussion
Robert Parry reviews Nansook Hong’s book ‘In the Shadow of the Moons’
Smurfing in the Unification Church

Video for Korean viewers (Korean subtitles). This is the ’60 minutes’ interview with Nansook Hong (as well as Un Jin Moon and Donna Orme Collins).

« L’ombre de Moon » par Nansook Hong, partie 1 (French)

« L’ombre de Moon » par Nansook Hong, partie 4 (French)

Nansook Hong – Ich schaue nicht zurück, Teil 1 (German)

Nansook Hong – Ich schaue nicht zurück, Teil 4 (German)

Nansook Hong’s interview on ‘60 minutes’ translated into Japanese

わが父文鮮明の正体 – 洪蘭淑

文鮮明「聖家族」の仮面を剥ぐ – 洪蘭淑


JAPANESE former members

Miyuki Park   ボクミユキ
Why did a Japanese UC member kill her Korean husband?
日本人妻はなぜ韓国人夫を殺したのか?

Yoshikazu Soejima   副島嘉和
The case of the assault on Mr Soejima
副島さん襲撃事件

Yoshikazu Soejima   副島嘉和 and Hiroaki Inoue   井上弘明
『文藝春秋』 1984年7月号に
「これが『統一教会』の秘部だ
― 世界日報事件で『追放』された側の告発」
In the July 1984 issue of ‘Bungei Shunjū’
“This is the secret part of the ‘Unification Church’ – Accusation by the side ‘expelled’ in the Sekai Nippo ‘World Daily News’ incident”

Hiroaki Inoue   井上弘明 and Yoshikazu Soejima   副島嘉和
Moon’s Japanese Profits Bolster Efforts in U.S.

Hiroko Yamasaki  山崎 浩子
Book: 愛が偽りに終わるとき
When love turns out to be not true
Hiroko Yamasaki, an Olympic gymnast, joined and left the UC
山崎浩子 vs 林真理子 独占対談

Taguchi Tamiya   田口 民地
Book: 原理からの回復 (1989)
Recovering from the Divine Principle

Namiko Motomura   本村波子
統一教会女性信者が自殺した 「四千人」南米大移働の謎

Kiyoharu Takahashi
The Ungodly Gains Of The World’s Greediest Church


Ray and Sonya Pearson video

“May”

On the outside, looking in

Lydia Catina-Amaya
Human trafficking in the FFWPU / Unification Church is despicable. Here is one Filipina’s story of her slavery in the US at the hands of Korean leaders.

Teddy Hose

VIDEO: Over the Moon – Escaping Sun Myung Moon, Hak Ja Han and their family

Teddy Hose traveled from San Francisco to protest at Sean Moon’s Sanctuary Church blessing ceremony with AR-15 rifles

Joletta
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The Way I left the Unification Church – Girl leaves cult and arranged marriage and explores her new life

Jen Kiaba
The Purity Knife
Jen Kiaba photos
Life Without Reverend Moon
http://summerofcheesecake.blogspot.com

Miss Mayhem and I decided to start this blog as a bit of a therapy project. We are sisters who grew up together, then grew apart when Miss Mayhem left the Unification Church that we had grown up in. After I left as well, we began to retrace our steps to begin our relationship as sisters and friends again. This blog is a part of that healing process.
“I’m not sure where this misconception came from that a Moon-sanctioned union will be free of heart-ache, gut wrenching fights (either internal or with a spouse), and potential breakup. That should be Lesson #1 in any relationship, in any religion: there are no guarantees that it will work or be immediately fulfilling. A breakup can be a learning tool. But at least at the end of the day, outside of the Unification Church there is proper support for a struggling couple and less threat of “fire and brimstone” if things don’t work out. In fact, the breakups I’ve seen in the UC tend to be much nastier because of the religious ramifications.</rant>”


Anon

Church member never allowed herself to enjoy sex because “sex was evil”

John
Coming out as a Moon cult survivor after 40 years

Diane Benscoter

Book: Shoes of a Servant – my unconditional devotion to a lie (2013)
It’s been a long time in the making… but here it is!
Deprogrammed the web-doc.
Now take a 15 minute break from whatever you are doing and put on some earphones and enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diane-Benscoter/114855778543949
Own Your Brain website
Diane Benscoter’s videos
Meeting Robin Williams

MLP

What I Really Learned in the UC:
“Never ever ever under any circumstances ever ever listen to or believe a single word any person, particularly a religious person, ever says ever. Watch only their actions.”
My advice on leaving the UC
The Incident at the New Yorker Hotel
Fun with numbers

Ron Cox
22 minute video about his experiences. UTS graduate

Sloe Gin
A Letter to Rev. Moon
Letter from a disenchanted student of the Divine Principle.

Lisa Kohn
To the Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence

Yolande Elise Brener

All that Heaven Allows – My sexual re-education in the UC
Beyond Belief Interviews Yolande Brener
Book: Holy Candy: Why I Joined A Cult And Married A Stranger (2014)
What is the purpose of life? Is there a spiritual world? Does true love exist?
If there is a God, why does he allow innocents to suffer?
The desire to find answers to these questions – passed to her on a business card – led Yolande Brener to enter a bizarre, 15-year odyssey in a cult that would climax in her participation in one of the largest mass marriages in history. In HOLY CANDY, Yolande Brener pulls back the curtain on the church’s doings – but this is far from a simple black and white exposé. It is spooky, riveting, and utterly believable…

Michael Warder

Reasons for leaving

Tim Folzenlogen
Hyun Jin Moon’s assault on him

Kirsti L. Nevalainen
Book: Change of Blood Lineage through Ritual Sex in the Unification Church (2011)
The Fall story in Genesis 3 was an attack against Sex Rites
CARP members were paid by FBI for spying on Americans
CIA and Unification Church cooperated in Sandinista War
Sun Myung Moon Exchanged Weapons for Drugs

Karen Alleyne Taylor

“Moon looked over to Steve, [my husband] who sat only a short distance away and said to him in English, “She belongs to me first”. He looked pointedly at him while Bo Hi Pak translated, “If you don’t like it you can leave the room”. Steve shook his head and said, “it’s ok, Father” or words to that effect. Over the years I wondered what that was all about, I wanted to understand the significance. Now I do understand, the reality has been unlocked for me, thanks to courageous women like Nansook Hong and Annie Choi.”
Adultery and Sam Park
The East Sun Building was my prison for nearly 2 years
Master Marine Gel Coat
The European Machine Tool Industry of the UC

Allen Tate Wood

Book: Moonstruck – A Memoir of My Life in A Cult (1979) (with John Vitek)
“A Modern day Pilgrim’s Progress with an extended stay among the Moonies, Wood’s self-examination charts a way through a dark night of the soul in which many are still stranded.” — Henry Marshall Ph.D. Dept. of Psychology, Texas Southern University
Website: http://www.atwood7.com/
https://www.facebook.com/allen.t.wood
Moon’s strategies for grabbing power clearly explained
Allen Tate Wood answers Walter Evans’ questions about the Unification Church (now rebranded as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification). He talks about Moon’s plans to penetrate the religious, political and economic worlds to further his own aims to grab power. Strategies for gaining the allegiance of leaders were / are very concrete.
Allen Tate Wood with Walter Evans on the Unification Church (23 minutes)

Video interview with Allen Wood: author, lecturer and consultant on the cult phenomenon…. former political leader of the Moonies in the U.S.
North Texas State part 1
North Texas State part 2
North Texas State part 3
North Texas State part 4
North Texas State part 5
“Park Chung-hee [President of South Korea 1963-1979], gave orders to create a new Christian influence that would weaken progressive Christians who fought against his dictatorship.*” Moon’s Unification Church was one of the groups – from that time politics was key to the existence of the UC and the survival of Moon himself, in both Korea and the US.   * Korea Herald, November 2, 2016 by Ku Yae-rin  LINK

My Four and a Half Years with The Lord of the Flies
Young-oon Kim said Sun Myung Moon was “a pure virgin until the age of 40”
Moon’s Ignorance – he “spoke to Buddha,” but thought he was Chinese!
A brief critical examination of the Divine Principle theory of history

DP History – A Pilot Study – by Jane E.M. Williams & Allen Tate Wood
Inside the head of a new cult memberNew Statesman June 2008
Saving your family from the Manson Family
New Statesman July 2008
The social impact of cult groups
New Statesman July 2008

Steve Hassan
Book: Combating Cult Mind Control  (25th Anniversary Edition) LINK
website: https://freedomofmind.com

Frank Frivilous
How do I evaluate my experience with Moon and the Unification Church? “It’s similar to the sensation of having built an elaborate sand sculpture and having to witness it washed away by the tide.”
Moon, WACL, CAUSA, the CIA, the Contras, South America, etc. part 1
Moon, WACL, CAUSA, the CIA, the Contras, South America, etc. part 2
Moon, WACL, CAUSA, the CIA, the Contras, South America, etc. part 3
Fear and Loathing at Cheongpyeong Lake

Benjamin Douglas
Cognitive biases – are UC members more prone to them?

Mark Palmer
I got married in a Moonie mass wedding
Mark was an English public schoolboy from a wealthy family. So what made Mark Palmer spend seven years as a disciple of the cult?

K. Gordon Neufeld
Book: Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon, A Cult Survivor’s Memoir
Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon
Thought Reform and the Psychology of Choo Choo Pow
Peddler of Paradise
Waning Moon
Where have all the Moonies gone?
K. Gordon Neufeld is also the author of Cult Fiction: One Writer’s Creative Journey Through an Extreme Religion.
His website is www.neufeldbooks.com.

Joseph Nikolas Erobha / Sansu the Cat
The Lunacy of Rev Moon or Why I Am Not A Unificationist
An Odyssey Through the Shadow of the Moons (Part I)
An Odyssey Through the Shadow of the Moons (Part 2)
An Odyssey Through the Shadow of the Moons (Part 3)
An Odyssey Through the Shadow of the Moons (Part 4)
An Odyssey Through the Shadow of the Moons (Part 5)
An Odyssey Through the Shadow of the Moons (Part 6)
An Odyssey Through the Shadow of the Moons (Part 7)
An Odyssey Through the Shadow of the Moons (Part 8)
An Open Letter to a Skeptical Unificationist

Craig Maxim

website: My life and experiences
website: Rev. Moon’s African Son?

Skeptical Pete

Dear Mr Moon

Kevin J. Ribble
Testimony on http://www.summerofcheesecake.com/

Graham Lester
Here is a brief essay in which I have attempted to demonstrate how the positive ideals of the Unification movement can be effectively realized without resorting to the dogma and superstitions of the Divine Principle.
A workable plan for an ideal world
Ten reasons why the atom is not a good role model for human couples
Five of the Many Ways in Which the Principle View of the Fall Is Nonsensical
Imagination Theology: The problem and the solution
Arthur Ford was a con man too
Song-do Kim, the woman who created the Divine Principle
The Failure of Prayer
Which is Worse, the orthodox FFWPU / UC or the Sanctuary Cult?
The Unification Church should follow the Anglican model
The Divine Principle is the core problem of the movement and the core problem of the Moon family.
It is indeed official FFWPU / UC teaching that Jesus had sex with Mary Magdalene
Father’s plans to impregnate Mrs. Jesus back in 1978.
Ethics without Religion
Onni Durst is a supporter of the Woo group – led by another illegitimate son of Moon
Ten things Sun Myung Moon didn’t do
Does everything have a sung sang (internal character)?

Todd Harvey
website: http://www.conversationswithtodd.org
My Experience in the Unification Church
Eight Reasons I Got Out of the Unification Church
Church and state: A personal and public tug of war

Richard Barlow
Backbiting and Rumour Mongering
Breaking Silence on In Jin, Ben, Alistair Farrant
How “God’s Day” was established on January 1st 1968

Danny Harth

My Life in the Unification Church

Natalija Velikorodina

My Thoughts After Moonies

Isshi

Honesty In The Unification Church

Josh Freed

Book: Moonwebs (1980)  – inspired the movie Ticket to Heaven (1981)
Ticket to Heaven – on wikipedia (it won 4 Genie awards in 1982)
Ticket to Heaven – New York Times movie review

Barabara and Betty Underwood

Book: Hostage to Heaven (1979)
A story from Bay Area Unification Church of the 1970s – part 1
A story from Bay Area Unification Church of the 1970s – part 2
A story from Bay Area Unification Church of the 1970s – part 3

Deanna Durham

Book: Life among the Moonies: three years in the Unification Church (1981)
Boonville – “It was a very complex set of manipulations”
Childcare in the Unification Church of Oakland

David Sunfellow

http://nhne-pulse.org/the-life-death-of-sun-myung-moon/

Susan and Anne Swatland
Book: Escape from the Moonies (1982)
When you holy salt a room, it is important to first open the doors and the windows so the foolish spirits can get out.

Steve Kemperman

Book: Lord of the Second Advent (1981)

Chris Elkins

Book: Heavenly Deception (1980)

Jacqui Williams
Book: The Locust Years (1987)

Christopher Edwards

Book: Crazy for God (1979)

Erica Heftman

Book: Dark Side of the Moonies (1982)

YR
Faced with the acutely disturbing reality of the Unification Movement…
The Dream Is Over
Liberation of ancestors by a third party?
Re: Bully
Reflections on the significance of lineage and of Jesus
If Adam and Eve didn’t exist, then there was no fall and therefore no need for a savior.
Reflections on a very Korean “messiah”
Hooked on the “true lineage” rhetoric

Garry Scharff
Interview with Gary Scharff in May 1978

Linda Feher

Moon’s Human Trafficking
Hyung Jin Moon’s revelation about his parents in Las Vegas
The Garden of Eden story reconsidered
The problem with the Fefferman-Panzer debate
The heart of Dr. Rev. Hak Ja Han
Dear Kate Tsubata
Collective Grief: The Five Stages of Grief in the CIG Symposium
The CIG Constitution: Isolationist Dogma
Bo Hi Pak and the Hiding of Sam Park
Hyung Jin said, “True Mother must return to her sons, the True Cain and Abel.”     What does the DP say?
Why I never attended anything by Black Heung Jin Nim, even though I
was threatened with eternal damnation if I didn’t.

Thomas W. Case

Book: Moonie Buddhist Catholic: A Spiritual Odyssey (1996)