In Memory of Lawrence Criner(1950 - 2018)

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Name
Lawrence Criner
Spouse
Lynn Criner
Children
Jacob
Birth Date
January 13, 1950
Blessing Date
July 1, 1982
Ascension Date
October 17, 2018  

Lawrence David Criner joined the Unification Movement in Oakland, California in 1975 after having walked across America in search of God and a better understanding of the underlying moral character of America.

His first mission was on MFT after which he was called to study at Unification Theological Seminary in 1977. While he was at the seminary, he worked at a crisis center in nearby Woodstock, New York, where he saved one woman’s life by talking her out of suicide. He also traveled down to Harlem to deliver donated bread and other food to old-age homes and nursery schools.
After he graduated from the seminary, he continued to work in Harlem, hoping to connect the charity work he was doing with community service programs at colleges and universities in New York City. He stayed in Harlem until True Father assigned him to be one of the thirteen original Ocean Church leaders. He pioneered Savannah, and then went to Boston, where he led the Ocean Church. He fished for tuna and striped bass in the summers in Gloucester and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

He wanted to join the Washington Times when it was first founded but was persuaded to stay in Ocean Church with the promise that he could work on our newspaper in New York after a year or so. He did join the New York paper and published several commentaries.

When the World & I magazine was founded in 1985, Larry became an editor in the Modern Thought section where he continued to work until the magazine closed in 2004. As an editor, he won two Silver Gavel Awards from the American Bar Association for his coverage of legal issues. While he was at the World & I, he also wrote commentaries for the Washington Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Larry became interested in nature photography while he was still at the World & I, and his photographs were published in the magazine.

He was Blessed in marriage with Lynn Musgrave in Madison Square Garden in 1982. They have one son, Jacob Criner.

Lawrence David Criner ascended to the spirit world after a sudden heart attack on October 17, 2018. His Seonghwa will be held on November 3, and 1:30 PM at the New Hope Family Church (4801 Tesla Dr., Bowie, MD 20715).

Seonghwa Ceremony

Time
1:30 PM
Date
Saturday, November 3
Location
New Hope Family Church: 4801 Tesla Dr., Bowie, MD 20715

Comments (14)

  • Randy & Kumiko Francis

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    May he have Peaceful Transition into the eternal world as a exclusively spiritual being. Catch the big one Larry!!
    Love to Lynn and Jacob & Yoko.

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  • Pamela S Moore

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    Have a peaceful transition and may you meet TF and continue your good work. To his wife Lynn and son be be strong. May HPs and TPs guide and bless you

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  • Tyler and Hyeyong Hendricks

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    God bless you in your next adventure. Send back some commentaries! Our best wishes to Lynn.

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  • Jose M O Ferrete

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    Dear Larry
    Our true love for you. Very fond of you, your friendship and amazing support. That you may continue freely expanding and accomplishing your dreams. You will always be remembered.
    Our love to Lynn and Jacob.
    José Ferrete and family.

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  • Greg

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    God Bless this brother and his family. I don’t believe I ever knew him, but he was a “brother of the heart” and worked with all of us to do what he could.

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  • Cn

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    It is always so sad when a church member dies. Our deepest condolences to
    Lynn and son and his family!
    R and C Nakai

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  • Hugh D. Spurgin

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    Nora and I remember Larry well as a student at UTS, an editor at The World & I and a fisherman with Ocean Church. We send our condolences to Lynn, Jacob and Yoko, and we pray for a peaceful transition for Larry, as he adjusts to a new life in the spirit world. May the love of God and of our True Parents be with Larry and his family forever.
    Love, Hugh and Nora

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  • Hugh and Nora Spurgin

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    We remember Larry well as a student at UTS, an editor for The World & I and a fisherman with Ocean Church. We send our condolences to Lynn and Jacob, and we pray for a peaceful transition for Larry as he adjusts to a new life in the spirit world. May the love of God and of our True Parents be with Larry and his family forever.
    Love, Hugh and Nora

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  • Gunnard Z. Johnston

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    Happy smooth transition to the final home. Always remember UTS, USA-CARP, and Ocean Church. Also NewsWorld. Best to your family and future lineage.

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  • Jean Gomis

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    Condolences to the Criner Family on the Ascension Of Lawrence.

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    • David & Sachiko Carlson

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      Good memories of Larry at UTS. A very sincere and good-hearted brother. Best to Lynn and Jacob.

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  • david carlson

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    Fond memories of Larry at UTS. Always a sincere brother. God bless you in your new home, and best to Lynn and Jacob.

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  • Lloyd Howell

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    Wishing Larry the best in his new life.
    Hi Lynn – condolences – he was a crusty sort of fellow but endearing.
    Lloyd H

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  • Marius Henry

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    Dear Friends of the Idea who right Time has come ,the smile from Larry on this picture is a “Adieu ” I see him now as a Prodigal Parent in the new realm of relationship where he experience now direct Revelation 22:1 , this anointing “I” had with him is precious ,please tell me Lynn ,if I be allow to attend the Original Blessed Family on on November 3/2018
    God is the right Time ,a friend forever .Marius Henry O.BCF

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