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Title Moon Organization - Rev. Moon turning over Unification Church to sons

moon - Rev. Moon turning over Unification Church to sons October 19th, 2009 - The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, now approaching 90 and still one of the world s most controversial religious figures, is handing over day-to-day control of his Unification Church to three U.S.-educated sons. There are some changes afoot in fundraising and boosting membership, the sons say. But Moon who will preside over another series of his trademark mass weddings on Wednesday remains in charge as the church s self-proclaimed Messiah. Still, the sons are quietly assuming more responsibility in managing a church that has steadily expanded its business and charitable activities while trying to avoid the criticism that dogged it during the 1970s and 80s. The youngest, 30-year-old Rev. Moon Hyung-jin, was tapped last year to take over as the church s religious leader. Moon Kook-jin, 39, is in charge of business ventures in South Korea, while 40-year-old Moon Hyun-jin oversees international operations. The church said all the brothers have Harvard degrees. Since founding the church in Seoul in 1954, the elder Moon has built a business empire with hundreds of ventures in more than a half-dozen countries, from hospitals and universities to newspapers and even a professional soccer team and ballet troupe. These include the Washington Times newspaper and the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, as well as an ad agency and ski resort in South Korea, and a seafood distribution firm that supplies sushi to Japanese restaurants across the U.S. Full Article