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Unificationists come from all walks of life. You won’t find anything unusual about their appearance or dress to distinguish them from others, and as the majority are working people they could be businessmen, lawyers, doctors, students, social workers, counsellors, politicians, entrepreneurs, bankers, nurses, bus drivers, musicians – almost any job you could think of. Some have chosen to be missionaries or to work full-time with the Family Federation or other parts of the Unification Movement. The majority volunteer to do something for their community in their free time.

In the pioneering days of the Movement in this country, especially the 1970s and 80s, many idealistic young adults felt called to work as full-time missionaries and as a result it could expand very rapidly. The Movement called itself the Unification Church during this first forty years of its worldwide development. As those same people established families and took up regular jobs, the Movement also moved into a new phase. The Family Federation was founded in 1996 to develop the next stage of the founder’s plan to promote the family as the key to establishing world peace and to embrace people of all faiths so that we can work together. You’ll notice that from the time the word ‘church’ no longer appears in the title.

So what else do Unificationists do? Many get involved in their local community in some way, supporting existing charities and initiatives or developing their own projects. They are particularly involved in inter-faith work. Some run organisations that were initiated by Dr Moon such as the Universal Peace Federation, or they may work as local pastors or run youth programmes.

Whatever they are doing, Unificationists try to live a spiritual life, praying and studying the scriptures together in their families. They meet together for worship and fellowship once a week and also see great value in attending other people’s worship services too. They may also talk to others about their faith and teach the Divine Principle but do not think in terms of ‘converting’ people. They try to live a ‘principled’ life and find meaning in whatever career or profession they follow. Whatever they find themselves doing, they try to be of service to others and to bring God’s heart into what they do.

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