Many recount their experiences in the organization or their journeys out of it
Updated June 28, 2020
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:
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
Sam Park testimony 2014 (French)
Sam Park testimony 2014 (Spanish)
Sam Park testimony 2014 (German)
Sam Park i jego historia 2014 (Polish)
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
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)
Book: 《原理運動》の実態を解剖する!! (1967)
Myung-hui Kim (male) 김명희 (金明熙)
Book: 문선명의 정체 (1987, 1989)
The Identity of Sun Myung Moon (1) by Myung-hui Kim (Korean)
The Identity of Sun Myung Moon (1) by Myung-hui Kim (English)
Chung-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
Chung-hwa Pak did not write I Am A Traitor (The UC of Japan published it)
Hyo-min Eu 劉孝敏
“Moon’s ‘Gigantic white lie’” – the reality of pikareum in the UC
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
Park Jun-Cheol 박준철
Was a member for 30 years and wrote a book:
빼앗긴 30년 잃어버린 30년 (문선명 통일교 집단의 정체를 폭로한다) (2002)
“30 Years That Were Stolen – The Lost 30 years”
(Exposing the true character of Moon Sun Myung’s Unificationism group)
Nansook Hong 洪蘭淑 홍난숙
Book: In The Shadow Of The Moons: My Life In The Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family. (1998)
Book: In the Shadow of the Moons
Nansook Hong ‘60 minutes’ and two other interviews
Nansook Hong interviewed by Herbert Rosedale
Nansook Hong – The Dark Side of the Moons
Nansook Hong – [C-Span] Book Discussion
Robert Parry reviews Nansook Hong’s book ‘In the Shadow of the Moons’
Smurfing in the Unification Church
Book: わが父文鮮明の正体 – 洪蘭淑
JAPANESE former members
Miyuki Park ボクミユキ
Why did a Japanese UC member kill her Korean husband?
Yoshikazu Soejima 副島嘉和 and Hiroaki Inoue 井上弘明
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”
Some content is available in English HERE
Hiroaki Inoue 井上弘明 and Yoshikazu Soejima 副島嘉和
Moon’s Japanese Profits Bolster Efforts in U.S. – Washington Post
Hiroko Yamasaki 山崎 浩子
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
Booklet: 原理からの回復 (1989)
Recovering from the Divine Principle
The Ungodly Gains Of The World’s Greediest Church
Ford Greene (Attorney)
On the Death of Rev. Sun Myung Moon – Podcast
Ford Greene – the former Moonie became an attorney
Ford Greene is featured in the book Moonwebs
The book was made into the movie, Ticket to Heaven
Billet pour le ciel (français)
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>”
Why I stayed in the Unification Church for so long
Vivid dreams, spiritual experiences, bizarre coincidences… all of these things played a big role in convincing me to join. I perceived them as a form of personal validation from God that I was doing the right thing. After a few of those, I would not have listened to anyone trying to tell me I had made a mistake. The Divine Principle appealed to me on an intellectual level. It made sense of all the bible stories I learned in Sunday School. The DP built on what was already familiar to me, so it did not seem exotic or strange, like Scientology or Hare Krishna or other groups at the time.
Over time, my ego and identity fused with the Unification Church. Without the UC/True Parents/Divine Principle, I had no identity. Therefore, it was absolutely necessary that I never quit or leave. Otherwise, I wouldn’t exist.
Fear was also a factor. I believed bad things happened to members who lose faith and leave. Satan would invade. I felt responsible to keep going, even when I felt nothing and was plagued by doubts, because my family and my ancestors depended on me to “get the victory.” If I left, they would accuse me of failing them. So I wasn’t just in it for myself.
By the time the Blessing finally rolled around, I was bored with the UC/DP. I would have quit, but I had nowhere to go. It was easier to simply keep going rather than start over. Besides, I didn’t want to face my family and friends and hear them say, “I told you so.” So my UC ego kept be in check.
Staying in the UC creates its own inertia. The longer someone is in it, the greater the inertia. I call it the “leathery bonds of convenience.” Very tough and hard to break. Simply easier to stay together with a blessed spouse, especially after having a child, even when there’s no deep emotional connection.
I believe people stay in the UC simply because they no longer see any other alternative. They’re too old to start over. They’ve invested too much personal capital to walk away. Even if they no longer believe, they continue to cling to vague hope it will all work out somehow, someday. Peer pressure from the larger group cannot be overestimated either. Leaving the group is an act of betrayal, violation of a sacred trust. Even when it all goes to hell, the group ethos is to stick together, no matter what. It takes a lot of courage to overcome that.
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
Growing Up Moonie podcast:
Review: Growing Up Moonie Details Life Inside the Unification Church
What comes next podcast
Yolande Elise Brener
All that Heaven Allows – My sexual re-education in the UC
Beyond Belief Interviews Yolande Brener
Down Is The Only Way Out: An Interview With Ben Lorentzen
I lost 15 years of my life after joining a cult and marrying a stranger
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…
Reasons for leaving
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
author, lecturer and consultant on the cult phenomenon…. former political leader of the Moonies in the U.S.
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
Allen Tate Wood with Walter Evans on the Unification Church (23 minutes)
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.
“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 – by Jane E.M. Williams & Allen Tate Wood
Inside the head of a new cult member – New Statesman June 2008
Saving your family from the Manson Family – New Statesman July 2008
The social impact of cult groups – New Statesman July 2008
author, lecturer and consultant on the cult phenomenon
Steven Hassan interviewed by Chris Shelton – VIDEO
Steven Hassan’s BITE Model
Book: Freedom of Mind LINK
Book: Releasing the Bonds LINK
Book: Combating Cult Mind Control (30th Anniversary Edition) LINK
Steven Hassan interviewed by VICE
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
Cognitive biases – are UC members more prone to them?
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!
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
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
Dear Mr Moon
Kevin J. Ribble
Testimony on http://www.summerofcheesecake.com/
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)?
Statement submitted to the Fraser Committee
Statement to the Fraser Committee
My Life in the Unification Church
My Thoughts after being in the Moonies
(He is a journalist who went to Boonville for a weekend and researched the UC for one year. He was never a member, but did think about joining – for 10 minutes – but resisted. He helped to extract two friends from the UC.)
Book: Moonwebs (1980) – inspired the movie Ticket to Heaven (1981)
Ticket to Heaven video
Ticket to Heaven – on wikipedia (it won 4 Genie awards in 1982)
Ticket to Heaven – New York Times movie review
Book: Billet pour le Ciel (1981) Moonwebs translated to French
Barabara and Betty Underwood
Book: Hostage to Heaven (1979)
Onni Durst (Lim/Im Yeon-soo) Speaks
Lonely, Barbara Underwood was easy prey for the ‘Moonies’
Disciples Fill Sun Myung Moon’s Pockets
Moonie Court Battle: Fighting For ‘Rights’
For Moonies ‘Deprogram’ Meant Torture
Hostage to Heaven: Who is the Captive?
Hostage to Heaven: One Family meeting with Onni Durst scarred my soul
Hostage to Heaven: Glossary
Peter from New Zealand
My Time with the Oakland Family – the Moonies
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.
Book: Lord of the Second Advent (1981)
Book: The Locust Years (1987)
Book: Crazy for God: The nightmare of cult life (1979)
Book: Dark Side of the Moonies (1982)
Faced with the acutely disturbing reality of the Unification Movement…
The Dream Is Over
Liberation of ancestors by a third party?
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
Interview with Gary Scharff in May 1978
Moon’s Human Trafficking
Hyung Jin Moon’s revelation about his parents in Las Vegas
God made a very big mistake when he failed to create the angels in pairs????
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.
Esquire magazine feature by Warren Adler:
Rescuing David (my son) from the Moonies
The Low Information Moonie
“95 Considerations” about the UC / FFWPU organizations