Nomnandi "Nandi" Bengu ascended to the Spirit World on the morning of December 18 at Bellevue Hospital after over two years of battling the dreadful autoimmune disease, Lupus.
Nandi was born in South Africa on June 8, 1975. She joined the Unification Movement there, but in 1997 she travelled to the USA to support the American UM.
On November 28, 1997, Nandi was blessed in marriage with Mr. Jonte Moton at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. The union produced two beautiful girls, Hyung Ah (14) and Haylin (11).
In 1999, Jonte and Nandi set up home in Atlanta, Georgia where they raised their two children. She involved herself in the local activities of the Atlanta Family Church, where she led the choir to new heights. In 2013, Nandi and her two children moved to New York City, set up home in Harlem, and she deeply engaged herself in local activities. Nandi loved to sing. She was a firecracker in character, fearless in her determination to get things done, and deeply devoted to God.
Paul Laurence Rosenbaum (UTS'81) was born in Manhattan, New York on February 20, 1952.
Paul spent his childhood in Flushing, Queens.
From a very young age, Paul’s passion for art was apparent. As a teen, he applied and was accepted into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts on the upper west side of Manhattan, New York.
Paul attended the Philadelphia College of Art ( University of the Arts) where he studied drawing and photography. In 1971, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts .
In 1973, Paul joined the Unification Church on December 10, 1973
He was blessed in marriage at Madison Square Garden in 1982 to Michele Griva. After UTS, Paul juggled various jobs, missions, and responsibilities.
In 1986, Paul and Michele moved to Maryland, where Paul worked for World & I magazine until late 1990, when he went to Russia on a 40-day mission.
Paul was always interested in helping out many activities of the church. Most recently, Paul was interested and excited to help initiate a community Music and Arts festival in Baltimore City for underprivileged, but highly talented children with a vision to provide hope and create peace through the arts.
Paul is the proud and loving father of four children, Joshua (b. 1986), Raïssa (b. 1992), Korey (b. 1994), and Jacob (b. 1997). Paul passed his love and talent for the arts onto his children, who are all artists themselves. He was most proud of his children for continuing his legacy of love and his passion for the arts into everything that they do. Through this, he will never be forgotten.
We have learned the sad news that Herb Mayr (UTS'79) has passed on Friday 12/29/17, from a heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, wife Shizuka and daughter Elisa.
Photo: Herb Mayr (UTS'79) with wife, Shizuka, and their daughter, Elisa.
This memoir describes the struggles and triumphs during the 15 years Ginger Nicholls (UTS '86) and her husband, John, dedicated as Unificationist missionaries to the country of Nepal, home to Mt. Everest, from the beginnings of the Maoist conflict in 1996 when Nepal was still a Hindu Kingdom through the newly established federal democratic republic until 2011.
Author, Ginger Nicholls (UTS'86) back home in England
Through stories that are at times heart-wrenching and at other times hilarious, sometimes mundane and sometimes life-threatening, her selfless dedication and sense of humor are ever present.
Throughout her narrative, Ginger identifies parallel scriptures from Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Unification teachings emphasizing the value of spiritual growth based on purity and fidelity.
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Nabiyah is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, scribe, mentor, and author of several books that expresses how anyone can find intimacy with God, grow spiritually, and develop character. She loves helping others become their authentic selves while tapping into their gifts. She has traveled around the world inspiring others for over 20 years. You can find her on social media via her weekly broadcasts of Prophetic Chatter where she hosts ordinary people that share extraordinary God encounters. Her newest book, "Sowing into Your Own Field- Investing in You" is tracking to be her best seller. By the way, she teaches Hebrew and prepares people to go to Israel, and she says that makes for a richer experience.
In her spare time she enjoys prophetic painting, creating vision boards, and calligraphy.
She is the founder of The Chamber Room Experience, and chancellor of Behnee HaNabiim- College. BHN College is an apostolic, prophetic and scribe school. The online school is designed for mentoring and equipping.
He was such a good man who really loved UTS and Father Moon for their vision of ministry as being inclusive and welcoming. He really endured a great deal, especially toward the end of his life and his time at UTS with daily dialysis treatments. The proudest moment of his life was to walk across the stage in Barrytown during graduation.
Pastor Floyd Munn, an alumnus from the Master of Divinity program, passed to his eternal home this past week. Rev. Munn was admitted to UTS in Fall 2007 and marched in May 2016. Those who knew him are sure to remember his ready smile, his gentle spirit and his determination to learn. Rev. Munn stands as a great model of courage and strength for all students because of his commitment to complete his degree even with his severe health challenges. It was not unusual to see Pastor Munn rush to campus after his dialysis treatments because he did not want to miss a single minute of class. Or he would call from the hospital to say that he was trying to get to class. Each time he was on campus, Rev. Munn always took time to stop by my office to say 'hello' and to offer an encouraging word or to share a recent experience with God or the Holy Spirit - even if he was running late for class.
Rev. Munn loved the Seminary because it reflected his heartfelt attitude toward ministry - that ministry was about being a servant leader and about welcoming others into God's loving family. During the last two years, he never complained about how he was feeling. Rather, he was more concerned about reaching out to other students to support or encourage them to engage their studies. In his time at UTS and in his ministry, Pastor Munn epitomized the UTS value of living for the sake of others and bridging religious and cultural divides.
UTS sends its heartfelt prayers of love and comfort to his wife and family. Rev. Munn's going home service will be on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 11:00 am at the United House of Prayer for All People in Charlotte, North Carolina.
It is with a heavy heart that UTS announces the passing of UTS alumnus, Hitoshi Onishi (UTS'06), who died on September 1, 2017, from a heart attack. He is an MDiv graduate and was pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree at UTS.
The Unification Theological Seminary community calls for racial and religious tolerance in the wake of another outbreak of hatred and violence in Charlottesville. We repudiate racism, white supremacy and all hate groups.
Our hope is that America will always seek love, unity and the higher ground. Let us pray for healing rather than condemnation, peaceful activity rather than violence, and love for all people rather than racial and religious conflict.
Dr. Kathy Winings, who has served as UTS Vice-President for Academic Affairs, has accepted a new position as Director of the UTS Instructional Site in Clinton Maryland. She will continue as Director of the UTS D.Min. Program and as faculty in Religious Education and Ministry.
Dr. Winings pioneered establishment of the NY Extension Center at 4 West 43rd Street in Manhattan beginning in 2000. Now Dr. Winings will be responsible to oversee developments for UTS at the Maryland campus, reporting directly to President Hugh Spurgin.