CARP has a brand new vision and mission! If you haven’t heard, or are interested in finding out more, below are some frequently asked questions.
- What is CARP?
CARP is an acronym for the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles
It is network of students across America who study and apply life and leadership principles.
Our mission is to help every student gain life skills essential for personal fulfillment and leadership skills with which to make a positive difference in society.
- What are CARP’s Core Principles?
5 Life Principles, which include Spiritual Health, Healthy Relationships, Inherent Value, Integrity, and a Purpose Driven Life.
5 Leadership Skills, which include, Teamwork, Organizing, Public Speaking, Goal Setting, and Mentoring.
- Who is CARP for?
CARP’s target audience is any student who wishes to gain the skills necessary for personal development (practical and spiritual), and/ or those who want to make an impact on society.
- What does CARP do?
On a weekly basis, CARP members will meet in mastermind groups to study, discuss and apply one of the 10 Core Principles, starting with a brief 15 min lesson, followed by discussion, and then action steps to be practiced between meetings. CARP will have a merit based educational track allowing every member to track the lessons they took and the leadership skills they practiced. Awards and recognition will be provided accordingly.
On a monthly basis, CARP will organize a social event for members and their friends to develop lasting relationships.
And, once a semester/year, CARP will do a Campus Impact Project to provide an opportunity for the student body to experience one or more of CARP’s Core Principles.
- What’s in it for me?
Developing friendship with great people
Personal development in relevant life and leadership skills
Resume worthy experience
- What is the time commitment to be a member of CARP?
Members typically meet once a week for 1-2hrs for their mastermind group, and help with the monthly socials and once a semester campus impact events.
Officers meet as needed to coordinate activities for the members.
- How is CARP associated with the Unification Church?
The founder of CARP is Dr. Sun Myung Moon. He is the thought leader behind the core principles that we study and practice.
- Is this a religious group?
No. We do not promote the Unification Church or any other particular religious group. However, we do encourage members to seek support on their own spiritual development. Students from any faith background are welcome, as well as those who have no religious affiliation.
-How can I get involved?
If CARP is not on your campus, then you can start it up! Join an Officer’s Training workshop! You can stay tuned to this website for announcements one when and where those workshops will be.
Save the date for our 1st CARP Officers Training at the University of Bridgeport January 3-10 2014.
For eons OHIO has been making the trek all the way out the NY to participate in galas, sports festivals, etc, and who hasn’t been drawn into their enthusiastic state pride? I know I was rooting for all the Ohio teams during last summer’s blessed culture and sports festival even though I am from NY, and for that I am not even the slightest bit ashamed. Did you know that 7 US presidents were born in the state of Ohio?
It may sound impossible, folks, but it is amazing what a little passion, directing of energies, and connecting of the right people to the right cause can do. This was certainly a busy semester for Hyun Moraes, student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, but that did not stop him from pairing with Jennifer Jean (mom, teacher, poet, and activist extraordinaire) to host the “Night of Freedom” benefit concert to raise funds and awareness for the recently opened Amirah House. According to it’s website, Amirah is a non-profit organization located in the Boston area dedicated to providing effective, whole person aftercare for survivors of modern day slavery.
In Memory of Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Nothing had changed. I was at the foot of a mountain in New Hampshire, and the faithful trees still answered the wind; the clouds against the blue sky held their place in the world. After I heard the news, I went into the woods in search of a metaphor for my feelings, a grand narrative to tie everything together. Once on the hiking path, I ran up the mountain to avoid human contact and soon got to a place where I was alone by a brook in the woods. The sunlight shone through the crease in the trees over the brook, but did not trespass the other side of the water. No metaphor here; I moved on.
Soon, I passed one hiker who said, “isn’t it beautiful?” I answered, “it’s just perfect,” which was either something to say or a gut reaction reflecting my unconscious state of mind. Who knew; if my unconscious thoughts were more obvious then they wouldn’t be un-conscious.
I arrived at a deeper point in the woods, twenty minutes after my last human sighting. Trees in every direction blocked the sunlight and the sun might as well have been going down at that point. I started to run; I hoped I wouldn’t step on a beehive, or sprain an ankle on a slippery rock, or become lost in the woods when night falls. For a moment I felt the urge to veer off the path and make my fears come true, but the moment quickly passed and the forest stayed the same.
There was a slight incline upwards to my left and I followed the yellow rectangles on the trees, marking the path, which started to veer right (towards my intended destination or away from it, I couldn’t tell) down the mountain. The trees and bushes seemed to respect each others’ space on this mountain, but still colluded to keep the sunlight off of the mountain’s back, trapping in moisture on the hiking trail littered with rocks. I thought, today is no different; if a wild animal, wired to maul humans, appeared on the trail I would still get mauled, even today.
These images and symbols were like a dream in my in-between state; like many of my dreams, I was uncertain of the meaning of these images and feelings. Sometimes, I wonder whether explaining my dreams would rob them of their significance. So, even as I went searching for a metaphor, I resisted the urge to reduce this dream, the reality of these woods, to meaning. I hoped more for a revelation of sorts, like the one that inspired Rev. Moon on a mountaintop to carry on an ancient dream; a dream that was an unbending will, not just a dream that was a pastiche of images arranged without a conscious framework. These two types of dreams were different, it seemed, but perhaps his dream and my dream come from the same stork in the night, or a conjugal miracle of the past and the future; being born of my parents, meeting my wife, participating in a faith community, and committing to a life lived for love and the greater good; this seemingly random series of events were tied together by an unconscious stream flowing from an inexplicable center, an unbending will: the dream and heart of one man that I will never fully comprehend.
I thought of death. The consciousness of death changes everything about me being in this world; the death of this one man changes everything about the world I know. Maybe I would get lost in these dark woods; maybe I will discover that my life was built around lies, that there was no god, no extra-reality to this one; worse, maybe I will never live up to the ideals and principles that are indeed, true. I’ve been through these woods before, but the surroundings seemed even darker; yet, the darkness and mystery seemed more beautiful and sacred. Before I could fully rationalize my thoughts, I started to run down the mountain, knowing full well that I am destined to return to these parts and venture deeper into the mountain someday soon.
I arrived at a paved road, the end of my hiking path. I looked back and saw that the mountain had not moved an inch. This mountain has more faith than me, I thought, with its unbending will to carry on in this corner of New Hampshire. I didn’t find a metaphor to box my emotions: fear, sadness, death. The seasons will still change, the days will grow shorter, and night still falls; and everything is as it should be in that place where dreams begin, on the mountain buried deep within the woods.
Followers had been offering prayers and conditions for his health, ever since he entered the hospital almost two weeks ago. Many prayed for a miracle, but it is God’s will be done, not ours.
When I first got the news, I lit a candle and said a short prayer for a safe journey. The whole day my facebook page was full of pictures and stories, statements of gratitude and love [...]
Hey there, students! We hope the new semester has started off well, and you are enjoying your classes. We just wanted to let you know that in an effort to provide additional support throughout the semester here from HQ, we created a carp skype account. We don’t have a webcam set up to it just yet, but whenever we are online, feel free to chat with us to let us know how you are doing at school, give us updates on awesome happenings in your area, or let us know if there is any way we can help you. Our skype name is HQfishies, add us!
Whew! We, just like I’m sure most of you students out there are asking yourselves, are wondering “Where did summer go??” What did we do for three months? And maybe for a lot of you, how do I switch from focusing on my summer tan into making a class schedule that allow for atleast 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep?
Well, as we reflected on these questions, we realized that our summer has been nothing less than eventful.
Let’s start with …JUNE
Which kicked off with a commencement ceremony and gala at Manhattan Center where we congratulated all of our finterns and college grads of 2012! Here is our slideshow of some of the grads:
Then, we headed out to L.A. for CARP’s very first Refresh Retreat, bringing young Unificationists from campuses all across the nation to the beautiful Angeles Mountains for a week of relaxation, reflection, chillin and exploring our faith and the Unification Perspective. 80+ students from over 20 states + swimming + paintballing + volleyball + archery + music + hiking + late night game nights + amazing speakers = incredible unforgettable experience . (Check out our soundcloud for some of our favorite talks: http://soundcloud.com/carp-america with Rev. Schanker and Dave and Kendra Stein)
and onto JULY:
Where we picked up these two Leadership College interns, Sheng Ping and Robert.
…and Wendy went to Cheong Pyeong to represent CARP/ HQ at a 10-Day Original Substance Divine Principle Lecture
Later in the month, we also kicked off a campaign to end Unificationist Bullying on campuses across Japan, and were lucky to have a special guest, Hanayo ( a student at Chiba University) come and share heart to heart about realities of campus discrimination in Japan. She went with CARP America President Victoria and SAFE (Survivors Against Forced Exit) President, Luke Higuchi, to Washington D.C. to present on Capitol Hill. If you’re interested in keeping updated about this cause, join our Stand in Solidarity Campaign – (http://www.facebook.com/groups/464800456877638/)
We headed up to UTS to participate in BCSF (Blessed Culture and Sports Fest) with our CARP Game night. We hosted a poker tourney, super smash tourney, board game night and last but not least, The First CARP Games. The odds were apparently ever in Anthony Hagen’s (tribute of district 11) favor, as he won 120 cups of ramen for his district.
We also sold custom made CARP Shirts as a fundraiser for our “Stand in Solidarity” Campaign.
So that was our crazy summer, and now here we are, back at good ole CARP HQ. We are refreshed and ready for this new semester to start and all the adventures that will come along with it.
Keep posted on all of our exciting plans for the new semester, including but not limited to:
- Winter Refresh Retreat
- 4th Annual CARP Winter Ball
- CARP Scholarships
- Stand in Solidarity Campaign
- Care Packages
- 4.0 Club
- UC Mag Articles
- and CARP Mobile Roadtrip Adventures.
And don’t forget to keep us updated on how that Anthro class is going, what kind of ideas you have for campus activities, or just to say hey, “what’s up?” We can’t wait!