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not seen for probably about twenty years. As I greeted him, thinking about all the unique challenges and difficulties he must have faced and overcome, and feeling very proud of all his accomplishments, despite the difficulties he had faced, I was moved to greet him with a big hug. I felt sincere joy as we reconnected, especially after such a long time. Cranes Club, from an external point of view, can provide a great profes- sional network among those in the second generation. In this way, we can mentor younger brothers and sisters, engage in voluntarism and philanthropy, and support on anoth- er professionally. From an internal point of view, Cranes Club provides a great oppor- Young, activist members from a number of countries attended the Global Cranes Club Assembly. tunity for us to rekindle, reconnect with and maintain lost connections with all those in our extended and ing me as a young person by spon- because priorities have changed. international family?that world- soring many of these workshops and Under such circumstances, it is easy wide family that True Parents�� and camps. to lose our connections to one anoth- our first generation elders have built The deep friendships that I formed er. I do not think this situation is with their vision, and their blood, and our youthful camaraderie as we unique to our movement. It is a part sweat, and tears. Cranes Club can grew up together as an extended of the natural life cycle, and natural- help all of us find strength through family left an indelible mark in my ly happens in many organizations or knowing that we share a precious heart. Also, in many respects, it was groups; for example, among univer- common history and that we have only others in the second generation sity students after they graduate. each other, no matter what difficul- who could really understand the This is why universities form alumni ties we may face. Cranes Club can numerous challenges, difficulties and associations. help us continue to nurture and issues that we in the second genera- I know that the church is very develop our precious community, as tion had to deal with. This time spent much focused on investing in our we?those in the second genera- together, learning that we all shared youth. Still, in the back of my mind, tion?grow older and wiser. I sin- a precious common background and I am very concerned that if we do cerely applaud each and every one history, was a great source of inspira- not provide a forum for meaningful who has come here today. I deeply tion that both strengthened our interaction and a way to reconnect? respect your accomplishments in life, relationships to God and to one especially among the older sec- for I know that these accomplish- another. As we grew to know and ond-generation members after they ments were not won easily. I admire understand one another, we could have received the blessing?like a you all the more, knowing of the also support each other. But, over the cup with a hole in the bottom, water many difficulties and challenges you last twenty years, I began to notice will leak out, even as we keep trying must have had to deal with in your that for many of us, especially after to fill it. lives. In conclusion, and with a spirit receiving the blessing, and for very Like HARP, CARP or the Youth of family, with a spirit of reunion, understandable reasons, priorities Federation, which try to connect high and a spirit of reconnecting with joy, began to change gradually. school or college students, I hope that love, care and support, I encourage The practical and very necessary the Cranes Club can inspire us to you to be actively involved in Cranes responsibilities of trying to raise and build stronger connections with one Club. Let us work together to devel- support a family became the number another. We can strengthen our op and expand Cranes Club, for the one priority for many of my peers. bonds of friendship, supporting each sake of our movement, for the sake Also, given that the movement was other, and building a community, of the world, which needs what we still developing and growing in especially among the older sec- have to offer, especially when we terms of human resources, many in ond-generation members of the come together in harmony and the second generation even had to movement, many of whom are work- cooperation. take on the added responsibility of ing professionals. Thank you very much for all your trying to provide for and support About a month ago, I was in New support and investment in Cranes their parents as well. York City and had an opportunity to Club. May Heavenly Parent and True So, again, very understandably, it meet an older second-generation Parents bless each one of you and is easy for people to drift apart Unificationist ��hyung,�� whom I had your precious families always. 14 True Peace
FOUNDATION DAY PICTORIAL Major Events to celebrate the third anniversary of the Cheon Il Guk Foundation Day and Cosmic Blessing Ceremony March 2016 15
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