About Applied Unificationism

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Applied Unificationism (the AU Blog) explores the application of Unificationism to the wider world. Begun on May 1, 2013, it is hosted by Unification Theological Seminary in Barrytown, NY.

Original written contributions are encouraged to be submitted by Unificationists and interested others. We are looking for quality commentary or op-ed pieces, written in a lively manner, on a wide range of subjects in which the writer exhibits a strong degree of familiarity with the subject matter. Broad topics include politics and economics, religion and spirituality, sexuality and the family, and culture and the arts.

Each commentary should have a strong lead paragraph indicating what you will talk about and where you are headed in your conclusion. Journalistic ledes emphasize grabbing the attention of the reader; ledes in essays summarize the outline of the argument and conclusion that follows in the main body of the essay. A submission ideally should 1) contain a clear point of view; 2) provide a prescription for how a problem affecting society can be solved or improved; and, 3) explain how your recommendation is an application of Unificationism.  Reading level should aim for the freshman college student.


Contributions to the AU Blog should be a minimum of 1,200 words and a maximum of about 1,800 words in English in a Microsoft Word document (please no footnotes, but embedded hyperlinks welcome). All submissions are subject to editing for accuracy, clarity and brevity, and our editorial committee will indicate recommended changes in advance for your approval. Please submit a hi-res headshot photo of yourself as a .JPG or .PNG file to accompany your byline, as well as a very brief biography. Where appropriate, prospective articles may also include photos, charts and graphics (please attach separately but indicate where they go in your text).

The AU Blog also accepts movie, television and book reviews on subjects of relevance to Unificationism and its application. Unlike our weekly commentary articles, these reviews, which would run mid-week, can be shorter: 1,100 to 1,300 words. Films reviewed should be currently in theaters or newly-released on DVD/Blu-ray and/or streaming services like iTunes, Google Play and On Demand cable. Books reviewed, whether non-fiction or fiction, are preferred if published in the past five years. Reviews from second generation Unificationists are especially welcome. We also run excerpts of self-published books.

We also publish poetry (preferably a collection of three or more poems with accompanying textual introduction or background), editorial cartoons and drawings, photos, and audio and video files (including posted on Flickr, SoundCloud, YouTube and Vimeo). Again, we prefer a small collection accompanied by introductory text.

Applied Unificationism is a place where the future of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) may be thoughtfully discussed, but is not a site for criticism of its leadership.

UTS, as a school for original thinkers, aims to maintain a site with some authority and wisdom where worthy ideas related to building the heavenly kingdom can be discussed among members and friends of the FFWPU and its sister organizations.

Opinions expressed on this blog solely represent those of the individual writers. Tweets from the @UTS_AU_Blog Twitter account do not imply endorsement. All posts are shared on the Applied Unificationism Facebook page with links to the full article on our web site; the UTS Alumni Association and its weekly email newsletter, The Cornerstone, often excerpt from and link to new posts on the AU Blog. All articles posted on this site are © Unification Theological Seminary. See our policy at the bottom of any page on re-blogging, with its emphasis on giving the AU Blog full credit and providing the source link.

To submit an article or review for consideration by the AU Blog, email the Managing Editor, Dr. Mark Barry.

Applied Unificationism header designed by Nina Yujiri.

What some Unificationists are saying: “The Applied Unificationism Blog is the best thing out there.”  🙂

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