President Obama's Aunt graduates from Unification church seminary

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President Obama’s Aunt, the Rev. Margaret Obama from Kenya, graduated recently from the Unificationist Theological Seminary according to a statement on the church’s website.

Rev. Margaret Obama (right)Friends, family and fellow students enthusiastically applauded as twenty-two students received their diplomas at the 35th commencement ceremony of the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) at its New York City campus on Thursday, May 19, 2011. The 15 students receiving their Masters in Religious Education included Rev. Margaret Obama from Kaisumu, Kenya, U.S. President Barack Obama’s aunt, who wrote her thesis on “Religious Education to Support Orphaned Teen Girls in Kenya: a Curriculum.” Rev. Obama has told friends that she will spend the coming year doing pastoral care in service to her local church, the Church of the Incarnation, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

“I learned so many good things at UTS,” Rev. Obama told “Many churches concentrate on taking care of their own, but the Unification community focuses upon serving those outside their own group,” she said. “They [the Unificationists] cherish family values, making husbands, wives and children the priorities, and I believe that by promoting family values, they are building world peace, because peace in the family easily extends to the larger world,” she told in a telephone interview. Rev. Obama says that she became involved with Unificationists after attending seminars of the Women’s Federation for World Peace in Kenya in 2005.

The Church of the Incarnation is an Episcopal church. The Unification church describes itself as follows from the website:

The Unification Church is comprised of families striving to embody the ideal of true love and to establish a world of peace and unity among all peoples, races, and religions as envisioned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Members of the Unification Church accept and follow Reverend Moon’s particular religious teaching, the Divine Principle.

Unificationists believe that Rev. and Mrs. Moon are the true manifestations of the masculine and feminine elements of God.

After the election of the President, high level Unificationist touted meetings between Moon (True Father) and Obama, and even said Michelle Obama was involved in their movement. One follower claimed this on a Unificationist website:

Rev. Yang came on the second last day and explained about Father’s life, concluding with some exciting new information. The newly elected United States’ president, Barack Obama, has been attending ACLC conferences and has apparently met with Father on several occasions. Even just before the elections, he attended a prayer breakfast. His wife is involved with our movement as well. This is a new revolution, now that Obama has become president; Father wants to eradicate all barriers between races.

I should add that there is no confirmation that any of those claims are true. Unificationists are keen on political connections and once used the Dirksen Senate building as the site of the coronation of the Moons as the King and Queen of Peace. They then use these real and implied connections as means to paint a skewed narrative to the faithful. I suspect the graduation of Ms. Obama will be added to the narrative of the Obama’s as supporters of the Moon’s place as True Parents.

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  • Take a way the fact that she is the aunt of a president and how is this noteworthy? Is Obama somehow responsible for his Aunt’s spiritual choices? Any unusual religions in your family tree?

    You might want to rethink this one.

  • Well, she is the aunt of the President, so that is interesting.

    The story also touches on some earlier reporting I did which I have added to the post. As I note, there is no confirmation that the Obama’s are involved or connected to the UC. My guess is that the Unificationists will use this as a way to deepen the mythologies they create around political figures as a way of propping up the significance of the Moons.

  • David Blakeslee

    Get out your tennis rackets!

  • Interesting how the post has just changed, lol. Original here.

    The last paragraph was originally just:

    Unificationists believe that Rev. and Mrs. Moon are the true manifestations of the masculine and feminine elements of God.

    Deleting it might be a better avenue. That, or add the “I approve of this message” required of political commercials?

  • I think David’s right. The post looked all right when I saw it with the additions, but now I’ve seen the cache of the original… Oh dear. Did look like a bit of a swipe at Obama.

  • Emily K

    Guess this means Obama is a Kenyan secret Muslim who opposes all things [“T”rue version of] Christianity.

  • Deleting it might be a better avenue.


    I assume that Warren’s reason for posting this was not to encourage rumors about Obama being a secret Moonie — but rather to give sane conservative folks a heads-up that if you have family or friends (or mere “Facebook friends”) who are Birthers or Freepers or whatnot, you can expect to see this OBAMA IS A MOONIE!!! HERE IS PROOF!!! meme coming soon to an Inbox near you.

    And forewarned is forearmed, etc.

  • Clearly President Obama was born in Korea and is of the Muslim branch of the Unification Church. He believes that Sun Myung Moon is the reincarnation of Muhammad.

  • And forewarned is forearmed, etc.

    Yeah, I’m sure that was it 😉

  • Lynn David

    Is this the aunt who was in the US illegally?

    Odd the Moonies mooning over Obama. Does not Moon or his church own the Washington Times whose columnists vehemently oppose Obama?