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Boston Celebrates Students, Young and Old

Contributed by Teresa Rischl

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“This was a very special night for me. It was amazing to see CARP members from the last 50 years come together to celebrate not just past accomplishments, but to also inspire future CARP members.” – Tamara Starr-Perry, CARP alumnus and host of the local CARP 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, November 19th

Boston is a college student hub, especially considering it has over 100 colleges within a 25-mile radius. Nestled in the heart of the city, this evening was special because the student celebration called on more than people’s academic pursuits; it called on our yearning for connection, meaning, and the beautifully-balanced integration of science and faith.

Perhaps much of the younger crowd wasn’t so sure what the evening would entail or even what CARP was really about. For many, their parents had been involved with CARP and they grew up hearing stories about rallies and the fight against communism.

15156943_10155201002364879_4423847648968927568_oAlumnus Tamara Starr-Perry sharing her experience with CARP. Read her testimony here.

Coming Together to Celebrate 50 Years

Upon arrival, guests were welcomed with a beautiful reception of photos and literature, displaying CARP memories, testimonies, and history. With a number of photo books since 1973 (when CARP was founded in America), people looked through and ‘tagged’ friends they recognized. A number of Boston residents recognized themselves from 20-30 years ago, which made for a fun bonding opportunity.

“My favorite moment was to see all of the pictures from past CARP activities. It brought back the joy and excitement I felt while I was a college student.” – Tamara Starr

15123138_10155201005484879_7051893302553407721_oReception of photos and literature celebrating CARP’s rich 50 years. 

We then gathered for dinner in the beautiful chapel of the Boston Family Church where Dan Perry, a resident and CARP alumnus, gave a welcome address and prayer. Special thanks was given to our host, the Boston Family Church, for offering the space and for sponsoring student meals (all students love free food!), to Kodan for helping prepare the food, and to Ginseng-Up for donating refreshments.

As National Program Director for CARP I facilitated a few round-table discussions. With this comment, “Even if you weren’t in CARP, you were all students; share about your student experience,” discussions flourished. I also emphasized that one aspect of CARP culture is family and that this was a chance to really get to know each other. People started moving around from table to table to hear experiences from CARP alumni, creating a beautiful harmony among the guests.

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The CARP 50th Anniversary Tribute video, created by CARP alumnus, Toshi Tagawa, was featured to give context and re-ignite memories. Again, participants shared in their groups how the video and the legacy of CARP touched them.

This was a perfect shift into acknowledging and honoring the alumni present. We were grateful to have Mr. Karr (a Boston CARP alumnus) and Dr. Hiroi (a Japan CARP alumnus) share their testimony of their CARP experience and hopes for the future. 

15138517_10155201003294879_3970162264963249517_oAlumnus and Board of Directors member Markus Karr sharing his experience with CARP. Read his testimony here.

Creating a New Generation of Student Leaders

As a special treat, the event planning team put together a slideshow of New England CARP photos, with an emphasis on local students who were involved in CARP programs within the last ten years. It was great for the crowd to see so many familiar faces and to see how many have been touched by CARP. Whether students were involved as regular members, there have been many opportunities for students to join CARP galas, workshops, seminars, hikes, discussions, and more.

We were grateful to hear from Kimi Kim, the President of a local CARP chapter at Northeastern University. She shared some of her struggles in getting a chapter started but also her determination to share the founders’ vision and heart.

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The local host of the event and CARP alumnus, Tamara Starr-Perry, closed off the evening by sharing her gratitude toward CARP. 

We gathered in a circle around the room to recognize our potential to make an impact and to honor each person for making CARP history that night. Finally, we honored our Heavenly Parent and Father and Mother Moon for their vision and hope for CARP.

To see more photos from the event, please visit our CARP Life Facebook page

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What the World Needs Now Is…

Contributed by two young, powerful, women leaders, Teresa Rischl & Katya Beebe

15123206_1502333329794134_9130779821160140415_oCARP National Program Director, Teresa Rischl (right) and member of the CARP BoD, Tasnah Moyer (left), at the WFWP event

Two weekends ago, Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) held their 24th annual event in Fairfield, NJ where they discussed women making an impact through compassionate, sustainable leadership. As a sister organization to CARP, there is a wonderful partnership between WFWP and CARP, given that (unsurprisingly) half of CARP students are women. Our founders, Father and Mother Moon, have also emphasized the importance of women’s leadership as a mechanism for sustaining peace.

A feminine approach to leadership is traditionally a compassionate one, an empathetic one, a soft one – all of which reflect CARP’s Unification Principles which seek to bring about unity in every circumstance. Soft skills such as communication, empathy, creativity, and intuition are essential in developing the emotional intelligence quotient (EQ).    

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“Investing in women is not only the right thing to do. It is the smart thing to do. I am deeply convinced that, in women, the world has at its disposal, the most significant and yet largely untapped potential for development and peace.” – Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General on International Women’s Day (2008)

We are all surrounded by wonderful women: mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, and so on. Investing in women has two important effects on society – the advancement of women in the professional world and the promotion of a feminine logic of power (logic to influencing others) as a valuable asset in all corners of society.

By honoring and applying the God-given feminine attributes imbued in men and women, we can create a culture and society that truly reflects God’s heart. We can only do it when men and women work together and honor each other’s unique characteristics.

Advancing Women to Leadership Roles   

Women are part of the fabric of our societies, families, schools, and workplaces. Research shows that 60% of college graduates are women, who then go on to join virtually every industry. Although there is still work to do to have representation in the top tiers of leadership, there has been some progress.

Ban Ki Moon’s statement talks about women as a “largely untapped potential for development and peace,” referring to the untapped potential of women in the developing world especially. It is true in the developed world as well. Women bring the soft skills that can be an effective solution to the historically conflict-ridden circumstances in this world.  

merkelGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel is the world’s #1 most powerful woman in 2016

In recent decades, powerful women have risen to take on leadership roles in various trades: business, non-profit, politics, finance, media, and tech. Having women in leadership positions encourages other women to follow and build on the foundation laid by those before us.

A huge benefit to women’s leadership is the contribution to culture. Father and Mother Moon have emphasized a culture of heart which creates an atmosphere of communication, collaboration, compassion, sustainability, and love. This culture contributes to creating and maintaining peace in our relationships, organizations, societies, nations, and world. To really impact and heal the world today, we need this kind of heart .

Promoting Feminine Logic of Power in Society

Women’s advancement into leadership roles in every sector of society is a celebration and recognition of the feminine logic of power, and an added representation of God. Our institutions, organizations, and governments need a new kind of leadership – leadership of the heart.

“Because most of human history was filled with war, revolution, fighting, oppression, domination, conflict and violence, the masculine logic of power made sense and masculine ideologies dominated.” (World Peace and the Role of Women I)

Father and Mother Moon established WFWP as a platform to balance the masculine logic of power (which unfortunately often has led to conflict) and introduce a new kind of leadership.

“The world today is calling for peace, reconciliation, compassion, love, service and sacrifice. It is an age in which our current problems cannot be solved by the masculine logic of power.” (World Peace and the Role of Women I)

Women in leadership roles help legitimize the feminine logic of power that in turn aids in the advancement of our societies toward peaceful and sustainable ends. Emotional intelligence is key to great leadership.

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Harvard Business Review’s The Explainer: Emotional Intelligence talks about the five components of EQ coined by American psychologist, Daniel Goleman, and their relevance to strong leadership. These soft skills, traditionally perceived as feminine qualities, are now becoming more desirable in the workplace as a reflection of a more holistic leadership coupled with high intelligence and technical abilities. Women AND men need to invest in emotional intelligence, a representation of feminine logic of power, to succeed in compassionate, sustainable leadership. 

Balancing Masculine and Feminine Logic of Power

Women, of course, are not all carbon copies embodying a feminine logic of power just as not all men embody a hard power stance in their leadership style. People are more complex than that.

The Divine Principle talks about the dual characteristics of God, including feminine and masculine characteristics working in harmony. Women simply represent the feminine and men the masculine, however, both genders are imbued with the two types of characteristics. Each person, female or male, has her or his own unique expression of these dual characteristics.  

As we learn to honor and apply the feminine characteristics God has given us, we, together as men and women, can create a sustainable, peaceful future. To become global citizens, capable of bringing people together, we need to recognize the unique beauty of our differences and how we are perfectly complemented to work together. 

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Public Service Announcement

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Do you live near a university?

Do you know of CARP students in your area who are unable to fly home for Thanksgiving?

Find out from local CARP chapters whether there are students in need of some holiday love. If you are not aware of a CARP chapter in your area, find out from the CARP HQ team.

Consider inviting students to your home for a turkey dinner

Here are some Google-able activity ideas for this Thanksgiving holiday:

Spice up the holiday with a Thanksgiving mad-lib 

Get in touch with your creative side with some #falltastic DIY crafts

Switch from fish bowl to turkey bowl and other hilarious Thanksgiving-themed games

Put up a Thankfulness Tree this Thanksgiving and contribute notes of gratitude

Make this holiday irresistibly delicious with these side dish recipes

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Meet the Alumni: George

In preparation for the Boston Celebration of CARP’s 50th Anniversary taking place tomorrow, November 19th, here’s a testimony from CARP Boston alumnus, George.  Register and hear more stories at the event. 

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As a young child, I was very faithful but as I got into college, I got confronted by roommates who told me that God didn’t exist. I was really challenged by that. I prayed to God on the 50/50 chance God did exist.

I moved to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music. One day in 1988, as I was walking home, someone approached me asking a few rhetorical questions from a survey. At the time, I was also involved in a Christian fellowship group and I saw these people doing missions and and I wondered, what am I going to do with my life? How am I going to make a difference? That was on my mind.  
 
I Asked Many Questions
 
I was in music school but I didn’t want to marry an instrument and become totally focused on that. I wanted to marry life. I was invited to an evening program where I heard the Principle of Creation and I thought, that’s it! I feel it. I want to hear more. I was so open and pulling everything out of them. I heard everything. When it came to Parallels of History, I got confronted. I couldn’t accept or deny what I was beginning to understand.
 
So I kept asking questions. I attended workshops and studied and my conclusion was still, I don’t know. I took a break from school for a semester because it was a big decision for me. One guy told me, “George, you’re so in your head. You just got to take a risk and do something.” I was so tired of thinking.
 
I went back to school and joined CARP. The schedule was rigorous – I was a full-time student during the day and a full-time CARP member in the evenings and weekends. Even then, I wasn’t quite sure what I believed but I was there to figure it out.
 
We were lucky that Boston CARP, particularly, had world-class educators like Mr. Igarashi, Mr. Takeda, Mr. Sakai, and Mr. Fuji. We had very educational life of faith services. I wouldn’t have survived without them. It was a really big blessing. As you can imagine, the workload was intense so you had to have some serious motivation.
 
The Russian Providence
 
One memory that stands out was when the Russian providence opened up during midterms. We had people trickling into the CARP center and all of a sudden, the CARP center was full. We had just come out of the Cold War and Russia was no longer behind the Iron Curtain. People were interested in a trip to Russia, even though they only had ten days’ notice! That’s crazy! We literally had lines of people at the CARP center wanting to go to Russia. We went there and it was extraordinary. The millennial generation has no idea what a spectacle it was – it was like going to North Korea today.
 

ironcurtainThe countries in red represent Soviet controlled territories separated from non-Soviet territories by the symbolic Iron Curtain. 

It was unbelievable. We went to Moscow University (one of the top military universities), we slept in Stalin’s winter home (wow!), and the people who were taking care of us and teaching us Divine Principle were Russian students. We brought scores of people, filling up airplanes. Students got permission from their professors to skip midterms and go to Russia. Everyone was blown away.
 
The feeling was how on earth were we pointing bombs at each other?! How could we have ever done that? It was very emotional. We went from our parents fighting each other and we, the children of enemies that killed each other by the millions, embraced. A number of people joined at that time. That was the biggest highlight in Boston CARP.
 
For Students Today
 
You have a short time to prepare for the Marriage Blessing. Immerse yourself and be all about growing yourself right now in your spiritual life. Don’t hold back. You’ll never be able to do it again, especially after you have a family. Have those experiences – when you really work hard and you end up crying to God. When you get to that emotional place, you’ll have all the ingredients to make a successful Blessing
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Meet the Alumni: Markus

In preparation for the Boston Celebration of CARP’s 50th Anniversary taking place this Saturday, November 19th, today’s Throwback Thursday is a testimony from CARP Boston alumnus and now a member of the CARP Board of Directors, Markus Karr. 

yale-photo-1“I grew up in Kansas City and got accepted to MIT in Boston, so that was exciting for me and my parents. But it was far away from home and it was a rigorous, competitive school. It was a shock to the system, not only for me but for other freshmen, too. They didn’t even give letter grades to freshmen because students were so worried about getting B’s. It was a tough environment. Being so far away from my parents, it woke me up to the real world.

Towards the end of my freshman year, I was stopped on the street by a lady who asked me if I believed in God and what my beliefs were. She invited me to the CARP Boston center where I attended evening programs about once a week and learned about the Divine Principle from Steve Pecarsky. At some point, I was given my own copy of the Divine Principle and I remember staying up all night reading it.

The Power of the Principle

MIT is a science and tech school and I was a nerdy, computer geek. My dad was a high school teacher and my mother had a solid Christian faith that I greatly respected. I never really considered rejecting a belief in God, but I didn’t have any interest in “mysteries of faith” or inexplainable phenomenon.

One of the main things that drew me in (other than the real, genuine warmth and parental heart of the CARP community) was the Divine Principle’s attempt to unite science and religion. It got me! I liked the logic and systematic nature of explaining how the world works and God’s relationship with the world, humanity, and why bad things happen.

Coming from an engineering background, I liked that the Principle built a model I could use to see and analyze behavior in the real world. I could understand it from the point of view of human nature. I was always very much drawn to the intellectual rigor and solid foundation of the teaching. It was what kept me going.

CARP Involvement

I attended a summer CARP workshop and in my sophomore year, I registered a CARP club on my campus. This was before the fall of the Soviet Union so we did some events on campus related to that (which was a huge CARP campaign at the time). I lived in the CARP center together with about a dozen other students and we hosted evening programs each weekday night, Monday through Friday.  

1981-dc-demonstration-el-salvadoorIn the 1980s, CARP members often campaigned against the spread of communism.

Occasionally we would drive down to Belvedere in New York to hear Father Moon, who often gave Sunday Services at that time. The first time I saw him speak was in August of 1987.

Pursuit of this ‘Other Side of Life’

For me, it was sometimes difficult and challenging to try and pursue this other side of life during my academic years, especially in the middle of a very intense program. But it’s very important because it does expand your mental and intellectual capabilities. It gives you resources and tools for the rest of your life. The Principle emphasizes that we can’t just go down one narrow path and ignore the other aspects of our lives like the spiritual aspect, by way of a relationship with God and a relationship with the universe.

I think it’s important, especially in our very secular-learning culture (especially on campus) to allocate time and resources of our lives to these bigger picture components: the existence of God, good and evil, and our purpose in life beyond career and money.

Try to have holistic, well-rounded pursuits. In my opinion, that’s what the Divine Principle is all about and that’s what CARP can provide students at this time in their life – a great balance to academic, scholarly pursuits.

karr-famil-photo-jan-2014I graduated in 1989 and got blessed in 1992. I owe my whole family to that experience.

Hear more stories like Markus’ at the Boston CARP 50th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday, November 19th. Learn more and register at www.carplife.org/boston50years

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