Peeter Saarna Oral History

Title

Peeter Saarna Oral History

Subject

Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Unification Church, Reverend Sun Myung Moon

Description

Oral history interview with Pastor Peeter Saarna conducted by Aspen Grender in Kansas City, Kansas, on December 8, 2016. This interview features Peeter Saarna, a member of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification and pastor of the Kansas City Family Church in Kansas City. Pastor Saarna discusses his personal background and experiences as a self-described rebellious youth, his religious development and eventual exposure to the Unification Church and the teachings of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, his experience being matched with his wife Mieko, and the importance of interracial marriage in challenging racism. He also speaks about his time as a pastor in Topeka and the Church’s reception there, changes in public perception of Unificationism, the significance of ecumenical and interfaith discussion, and his plans and hopes for the future of the Church.

Source

Religion in Kansas Project

Publisher

Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas

Date

12/8/2016

Contributor

Oral histories created by University of Kansas students, staff and faculty as part of the Religion in Kansas Project are archived in KU ScholarWorks, the digital repository of the University of Kansas.

Rights

All oral histories in the Religion in Kansas Project are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

Format

.mp3

Language

en_US

Type

Recording, oral

Coverage

Kansas City, KS

Interviewer

Grender, Aspen

Interviewee

Peeter Saarna

Files

Citation

“Peeter Saarna Oral History,” Religion in Kansas Project, accessed December 13, 2017, http://ksreligion.omeka.net/items/show/4381.