The Tradition, Book One
by Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak
The Unification Church symbol (diagram 10.1) was designed by Father at the Chungpadong Church in Seoul.
The symbol was first worn by members on identification badges in Korea. Later, it was used in books, on church signs, etc.
10.1. Unification Church Symbol
The center circle symbolizes God, truth, life, and light. Those four elements reach out or radiate from this origin to the whole cosmos in twelve directions. The number twelve indicates the twelve types of
human character. Historically, the number twelve has been important in God's dispensation; for example, Jesus had twelve disciples. The significance of the symbol, then, indicates that truth (the Principle) is able to spread out in twelve ways. According to Father, the structure of the heavenly kingdom is also patterned after this basic system; i.e., twelve tribes and twelve character types.
The outer circle represents the harmony of giving and receiving action, the principle of the cosmos.
The square represents the four position foundation.
Use of the Symbol
Since the 777 Couple Blessing, Blessing rings have borne this symbol. It may also be used on pieces of jewelry, such as necklaces and tie pins.
Each church organization (local, state, national) should use the symbol in appropriate circumstances; for example, in prayer rooms, on the front of the church center, or on signs.
On Printed Matter
The symbol can also be used on publications, programs, stationery, identification cards, and the like.
Any department representing the Unification movement wishing to use the symbol for any purpose must receive authorization for printing from the highest authority possible in that given situation.
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