Denmark: A Tribute to Visionaries
Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, UPF Secretary General
July 11, 2006
Mother Moon and Kook Jin Moon flew to Copenhagen, Denmark on July 11.
The main event in Copenhagen went very well. Prof. Bertil Persson from Stockholm, Sweden, who was born in Denmark, delivered the opening address. He spoke about Father Moon’s vision of a spiritual UN, a vision close to the heart of Dag Hammarskjold, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. He mentioned two of Denmark’s most famous citizens: author Hans Christian Anderson and philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. [A third is navigator Vitus Bering, after whom a strait is named.] He said he had looked at all Nobel Peace Prize winners and concluded none had gotten to the root causes of conflict or charted the way of restoration as effectively as Father Moon, who surely deserved to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Several members of our local Danish community--Mrs. Liz Bramsen, Ms. Annalise Bramsen, Mrs. Sibael Hill, and Mr. James Houston--performed beautifully a series of songs from the musical Les Miserables.
The well-organized event was attended by 600 guests, and the messages of Mother Moon and Kook Jin were very well received.