On October 22nd, 2016, 86 university students gathered at the Main Headquarters in São Paulo to plan for new upcoming projects together.
The main focus of the meeting was to develop a clear and effective strategy to motivate university students to reach out and expand ongoing projects that promote good family values. The hope is that through promoting these good values, we can create a healthier and more prosperous society and nation.
The meeting’s agenda was very engaging and insightful. Various lectures presented on their experience with the Pure Love Movement that seeks to promote purity before marriage and on other diverse programs and activities that encourage good family values in schools. They shared what has worked and what can be improved.
Through these sessions, participants gained new inspiration and motivation to carry on the programs and projects in an effort to transform their schools and society at large.
Continental Leader for FFWPU in South America, Rev. Shin Dong Mo and the Youth and CARP Emissary for Brazil, Rev. Kwun In-Soung also gave encouraging remarks to the students, applauding them for their work so far and showing support for the work ahead.
Rev. Shin Dong Mo giving encouraging remarks to the participants
The day’s events ended with a ‘question and answer’ session where any lingering doubts and concerns were addressed. The participants appreciated all the advise from the more experienced lecturers about the various issues they face in their daily activities.
At the end, the participants committed to going back to their schools and engaging in activities such as giving lectures on family values in order to start a national movement towards building healthier societies and eventually, a stronger, God-centered nation.
Here’s a student highlight story on Kenei Menning from the Iowa CARP chapter.
Meet Kenei, a young and motivated student learning to re-engage with the direction his life is going in. Kenei is finishing up his final credits for his teaching degree while already holding a degree in Mathematics. In addition to his studies, Kenei works at a drugstore and plays the piano for several churches (Catholic and United Methodist) in his area as well as at weddings and funerals.
Before his engagement to the beautiful Katie Howe and becoming involved with CARP in the past few months, Kenei was happy with his life and its direction, but felt he could do more.
Kenei with his fiancé, Katie Howe, on the streets of Seattle in mid-Sepetember.
“I graduated college, got a job and didn’t use my degree, which is not uncommon among recent graduates. It was a few years of drifting and going with the flow. But I realized I am not engaging myself to be active in my life’s direction.”
A combination of getting engaged and undertaking coaching with CARP helped Kenei realize he wanted to be better and more effective in his life and with his community.
Establishing a New Community
Instead of starting a campus CARP chapter, Kenei committed to creating an Iowa CARP chapter with fellow young 2nd generation Unificationists in Iowa’s small and spread out community. He has a vision for this chapter to provide community and a feeling of closeness to these college-aged students.
“When I was growing up, we never got to see each other except during summer camps. The demographic is older now and we need something to bring us together. The motivation is that a lot of people didn’t get to know a lot of other young Unificationists growing up. This memory of isolation is something I don’t want for the future.”
Camp Agape in Boone, IO with Kenei right above “Camp” in the banner.
One challenge to gathering people together is the distance as many community members live far away from one another. In an effort to bring together as many CARP members as possible, Kenei is aligning CARP chapter meetings with the statewide monthly potluck service the Unificationist community holds.
Reaching out and getting participants excited to come to the event has been the major obstacle, however, having anyone there is a goaland an accomplishment in itself.
The most recent Iowa Carp chapter gathering was held in the Cedar Falls Learning Center on the afternoon of December 4th after Sunday Service. There were five total participants although more were expected, but due to slick snow-covered road conditions from the ongoing weather, several expected participants were unable to attend.
However small they were, they were excited to be there. By the end of the meeting, the goals of feeling more connected with each other and being willing to open up had improved slightly.
As quoted by a participant: “The highlight of my week is to be here with you guys.” He’s already looking forward to the next gathering.
Finding Support in Unexpected Places
There are many resources out there for support if one is open to the opportunities. Kenei attended a young adult workshop in Minneapolis, MN last October hosted by David Young, one of CARP’s coaches. There, he was immersed in an energetic and motivated environment but he knew the feeling wouldn’t last. Signing up for the CARP coaching program would help him to keep on track with acting on his goals.
Minneapolis Young Adult event with Kenei in the middle behind his future coach, Neil Rischl.
“Coaching helped me get a lot of things in order. I always had a lot of ideas but never really implemented them. Having the weekly coaching sessions and knowing I could always ask my coach for help pushed me to the things I always wanted to.”
One of Kenei’s passions is to establish greater communication and connection between young members of his community. So, he established a reason for young college-aged members to meet up and hold authentic discussions with the Iowa CARP chapter.
“Starting the chapter opened up resources I wasn’t even aware of.”
Some of the 1st generation Unificationist members could align themselves with Kenei’s vision and now he has support from his larger community as well. Kenei is supported by the local Pastor Swearson and district Pastor Ha who also met with CARP’s coaches at one time and is able to support Kenei with whatever he needs.
Reverend Swearson, pastor of the state of Iowa, at the God’s Hope for America tour 2015.
Do More than Selling Drugs
With the support of his community and coaching, Kenei was empowered to establish an avenue for community engagement while also finishing his teaching degree and preparing more for a new kind of life with Katie.
“I am aspiring to do better and get a job doing more than selling drugs (pharmaceutical products).”
Kenei and Katie at the Windemere House, Seattle.
By engaging with the community, Kenei is growing his capabilities to serve and truly apply the Unification Principles from establishing genuine relationships to facilitating meaningful discussions around values. Starting with his community engagement, Kenei hopes to contribute on a larger scale by connecting young adults in the district and ultimately in shaping the larger society.
We are proud of Kenei’s victories thus far and encourage him to continue to ENGAGE in his life and with his (future) wife!
On October 15th, CARP Kenya held its monthly weekend discussion at the Peace House in Nairobi. There were 37 participants including university students from SkyLink and University of Nairobi. This weekend’s discussion focused on the “Awareness of Resistance”.
Mr. Juneyoung Juma, a local CARP member, started off by introducing the organization CARP and its founders, Rev. and Mrs. Moon. He then explained CARP’s mission statement, purpose, goals, and activities. A short video showing past and current activities was also played to allow participants to get a better idea of what CARP has been doing.
Mr. Inyoung David gave a brief lecture explaining that ‘resistance’ refers to the conflict within the self that was brought about by our first human ancestors. Ever since, history has been filled with conflict resulting from this battle between our good and evil selves. This has led to a resistance to do good in all a human beings.
This was followed by a group discussion on the main points from the lecture. There was a lot of interaction and participants openly shared their thoughts and opinions.
Participants also had a chance to answer and discuss the following questions: 1) Why should our youth be aware of such a resistance?
2) How are you affected by your resistance?
3) Am I satisfied with the way I am?
This allowed them to see how the lecture content could be applied to their daily lives.
Then there was some entertainment; a song from Miss Irene and a short speech on beliefs by a spoken word artist, Roy Boy.
The day’s events came to an end with a group photo. We want to strive to win over the hearts of our brothers and sisters every day!
On October 16, 2016 CARP Costa Rica held its 5th HEROES workshop at the Family Federation Headquarters with 30 participants. ‘HEROES’ is a group consisting of university students who are committed to caring and helping middle and high school students to develop with principled values. It also seeks to reach out to other university students and encourage them to join various projects such as mentoring.
The HEROES workshop has been held regularly over the past few months. It is a one day seminar focused on educating students about leadership especially regarding environmental and social issues. The workshop aims to raise up current mentors into capable leaders that can contribute to society and secondly, to raise up current mentees into mentors.
Participants enjoying ice breakers
This workshop began with ice breakers and fun games to get participants to socialize and get to know each other better. The focus of the workshop was the application of Unification Principles in solving environmental issues affecting the society at large.
Lecturers on environmental issues were presented by volunteers of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Other topics also covered during the workshop were: human value, love, peace and taking action. The most important objective is to inspire students to serve the community and practice principled values.
Students were challenged to think in the other person’s shoes; to think about the other person who is in a worse situation. For example, there was an exercise that allowed students to experience how it feels to be blind or illiterate.
There were also discussions on pressing environmental matters such as climate change. Students engaged in brainstorming sessions to figure out what action they can do and what principles they can use to help solve the problems of society and the world at large.
All the participants had a positive experience and are eager to participate in the next workshop. The workshop helped students to broaden their perspectives and create new mindsets around issues affecting their society.
On November 22-26, 2016, CARP Nepal organized a 5-day seminar in Hetauda, Cambodia with 35 high school and college students.
The purpose of seminar was to create a clear vision and goal for our lives.
There were lectures presented by the national lecturer of FFWPU Nepal, Mr. Kashinath Khanal. Mr. Ramesh Ratna Sthapit, an Ambassador for Peace also took the time to share with the young people about the important role of the youth in building up the nation.
One of the participants expressed determination after having participated in the seminar, “First of all, I am so grateful to to those who organized the 5-day, transformative Divine Principle Seminar. I have learned about my life’s goal, responsibility and also it gave me courage to change myself. Before I attend the seminar I always thought that everybody has his or her own goals in life. But I was wrong. I decide to volunteer myself as my contribution to make this world a better place and to realize the vision of Father and Mother Moon.”
Check out their video showing the various activities they engaged in!