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A Series of Reflections on Forgiveness

In honor of the Easter holidays, we take a look at the different facets of “forgiveness.”

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What could you forgive? Try to imagine the worst possible incident and imagine if you could find a way to forgive.  

Take for instance this excerpt from an essay titled “Forgiveness saves your bacon” in “Searching for SanViejo: Notes to my Younger Self,” a book of essays and observations by Larry Moffitt.

“A man steals $10,000 from the loose change basket on his father’s dresser. He flees his home and spends most of it on blackjack, vodka shooters, and fast women.

The rest he squanders.

Too ashamed to go home, he becomes a drifter. After sinking to the depths of degradation, and weary of his job tuning the piano in a whorehouse, he returns to his family home, and to his father, with a remorseful heart. He hands his father everything he has left, which is two $5 poker chips.

The father tearfully embraces the son, and orders that the fatted calf be killed for a feast. This your basic repentance and forgiveness. Forgiveness is something that was invented, simply because it had to be.” 

The concept of forgiveness wasn’t invented by Jesus, but he certainly stressed the concept of forgiving others, even your enemy, with his final words on the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

Forgiveness might seem like a religious concept, a task that only the most pious undertake, because it is a practice and teaching of many religious traditions. But in reality everyone stands to benefit from forgiveness, especially if you are the one doing the forgiving.

In this discussion around forgiveness in honor of the Easter holiday, we’ll introduce an aspect of forgiveness from which CARP students especially can benefit. By looking at the process of forgiveness not only from an individual level but from a group perspective, students and others can begin to embody part of CARP’s vision to become global citizens.

Benefits of Forgiveness  

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To forgive is to stop feeling angry or resentful towards (someone) for an offence, flaw, or mistake according to the Oxford Dictionary.

This process of changing one’s emotion and attitude towards an offender is actually an intentional and voluntary act that does not even require the offender to say “I’m sorry” (though it couldn’t hurt).

Here are just a few benefits of forgiveness:

  • Empowers you to keep moving forward
  • Improves your mental and physical health
  • Creates hope in your life and in the greater community

A couple of CARP students illustrate a time they have forgiven and its effect on them.

“I failed a college course many years ago and it ended up snowballing enough to lose my desired degree.  I felt like a failure and spent years barely getting by.  Thanks to my supportive parents and doing multiple reading conditions with them, I took the first steps to forgiving myself and attempting to do more.  It has taken years of recovery to get to where I am now, but I am proud of where I am and look forward to what the future brings.” – Kenei, CARP student

“The last time I forgave someone else was today, when I held the door open for this girl behind me, and she just walked right through without any acknowledgment whatsoever. In my head I was like, “Girl, please! You don’t even say thank you, or even give a simple head nod? Sheesh.” Smh (shaking my head). But then I told the story to a friend, and they said, “Maybe she was just really caught up in her own thoughts to realize you were intentionally doing something nice for her.” And then I realized the importance of not judging too quickly, considering other possible realities beyond my own, and acting with care without the expectation of receiving anything in return. So, I forgave that girl. And I forgave myself for the mistake I made of judging her.” – Kristin, CARP student

Forgiving as an Individual

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It isn’t easy to forgive. Mahatma Gandhi said “the weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”

Just like we can train our muscles to become stronger, we can train our hearts and minds to develop a forgiving attitude. Don’t wait for someone else to say “I’m sorry.”

The process of forgiving someone else or even yourself can start with you and it’s a smart decision to develop a forgiving attitude since the benefits seriously outweigh the costs.

START training your heart and mind to regularly forgive and let go of your annoyance, anger, or resentment. Here are a few steps to try out, but an even stronger result will come from you putting in the effort to develop your own strategy for forgiving.

  • Relax your mind and heart. This might seem an impossible task when someone or even yourself has just hurt you, but you will make wiser decisions when you are calm.
  • Examine the situation deeply. Instead of ignoring the wrong that was done to you, look deeper and try to understand the situation and accept that it happened.
  • Accept your feelings. It’s crucial to not condemn yourself or even reward yourself for the feelings that follow an offense – analyze your feelings about a situation and accept them, but don’t necessarily act on them.
  • Say “I forgive you.” Try not to brush off a situation and instead communicate your feelings towards the someone that hurt you in some way. An “I forgive you” as opposed to an “It’s okay” has a much more powerful effect on both parties, too.

Forgiving as Part of a Group

Wall_of_Forgiveness_HBC_Building_after_2011_Stanley_Cup_Riot“Wall of Forgiveness” at HBC building after the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot in Vancouver, CA.

On an individual level, the forgiveness process isn’t easy but it’s very achievable and even somewhat commonplace since people understand the benefits of forgiveness to some extent.

Now imagine specific groups forgiving one another – a community forgiving a company that destroyed their livelihood, one race forgiving another race for the racist behavior, one nation forgiving another nation for atrocities committed.

It’s not so easy to imagine, is it?

Yet, large-scale forgiveness processes have occurred and continue to be researched. You can check out this brochure on forgiveness research findings put out by the United Nations (UN) and the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2006.

As part of CARP’s mission to inspire and empower students to become global citizens, we encourage you to think globally when considering when, where, and how to forgive.

Considering the state of the world today – terrorist activity across the globe, ideological conflicts within our countries, racial conflicts within our communities – an attitude of forgiveness could be the healing power we need.  

The benefits to forgiveness as part of group are the same to those on an individual level. As a global citizen, think of areas in which you need to change a negative attitude into a positive one towards another group and try to rectify that through the process of forgiveness.

A habit of forgiving is a tool not only for personal peace, but also for world peace.

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More than a Club, It’s a Lifetsyle

Here’s a student highlight story on Jinil Fleischman from CARP Las Vegas.

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Meet Jinil, a dedicated young student who thrives on helping other people realize their potential in meeting God. This 23-year-old junior attending University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a founding member of CARP Las Vegas and a recent winner of the Wonmo Pyeongae Scholarship from CARP’s cofounder, Mother Moon.

Jinil was drawn to CARP Las Vegas from its inception as Akira and Makiko Watanabe pioneered the vision in the fall of 2014. Instead of enrolling in a local university in his home state of California, Jinil decided to join CARP Las Vegas in the role of President and helped shape the chapter into what it is today.

A Worthwhile Mission

Towards the end of high school, Jinil had a dwindling life of faith. Then, three years on Generation Peace Academy (GPA) gave him the opportunity to build up a relationship with God and to tap into his creativity in providing a space for other people to have a similar experience.

“GPA was a turnaround experience for me. I had one finger in the movement and then I discovered a deep relationship with God and True Parents.”

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Jinil felt a sense of calling to do something for the world after his training on GPA. In his third year of GPA especially, Jinil experienced the freedom to create and collaborate on projects and then essentially witness to the 2nd generation GPA participants.

“It was such an enjoyable and uplifting experience.”

CARP Las Vegas offered the opportunity for Jinil to continue to grow in this freedom to create and share his faith with others. Witnessing and sharing to other young college students seemed to be the next natural progression from his mission on GPA. 

A Day in the Life as President

As a first-year university student, Jinil started his career studies in Human Services and his duties as CARP President at the same time. This dynamic between his personal pursuits and his public responsibilities continues to be emotionally demanding but also extremely rewarding.

“I couldn’t think of anything more worthwhile as a student than to be part of the process of helping someone discover God.”

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There are four core team members supporting the co-directors, Akira and Makiko, in CARP LV’s activities. As president, Jinil works alongside the core team and the co-directors on every level of preparing and executing activities and taking care of the membership.

“CARP is more than a club to me. It’s a lifestyle.”

Jinil and his team will reach out to other 2nd generation as well as newer 1st generation to take on more responsibility in CARP and through the experience, grow their own life of faith. 

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Currently, CARP LV has six Core-in-Training (CIT) staff, six new members, and a similar number of intermediate and beginner members, and then 20-30 students who regularly attend CARP LV events.

With varying levels of membership in CARP LV, the core team is trained to take care of each level of membership. Jinil is constantly working on maintaining relationships within the CARP community by having personal interactions with CARP members, talking about latest challenges in life.

CARP LV has two components through which it strives to help young people – an education component and a training component.

Learning with CARP Las Vegas

Jinil has helped to shape CARP LV’s vision to raise young people to embody a selfless culture through numerous education programs. 

The education component consists of Divine Principle (DP) lectures on fundamental teachings, spiritual life hacks, and education around the purity movement (which stems from the ‘Pure Love Alliance’ tradition of CARP in the past). 

Every month, CARP LV will hold a weekend DP workshop to regularly teach new and existing CARP members how to live a life for the sake of others. Then, at the end of each semester, there will always be a 7-day workshop for a more in-depth look into the teachings of the Unification Movement.

Recently, CARP LV implemented a new education program called Tribe Talk where members meet once a week for small group discussions around a specific spiritual topic based on excerpts from Father Moon’s speeches.

Taking Action with CARP Las Vegas

The training component of CARP LV, or what they call “actionizing training,’ provides members, who have received the education portion of the program, the opportunity to put their faith to the test. This includes activities such as fundraising once a week, DP lecture contests, summer and winter break 7-day workshops, and other fun outings. 

CARP LV also often partners with other campus clubs to engage in service projects. In this way, CARP LV can grow its network and build up a reputation around the UNLV campus where they mainly operate.

With members at various stages of involvement, CARP LV tries to provide opportunities for every level of engagement from somewhat connected members to beginner and intermediate members. 

An Excerpt from Witnessing

Once a week, Jinil or another staff member will give a DP lecture and facilitate discussions around the topic. 

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As Jinil was giving a lecture on the difference between the spiritual and physical body, one attendee in the audience at least was substantially impacted.

“I was just giving a lecture on something I heard all my life.”

This one audience member took away a new notion about life after death. As someone who always had a fearful concept about the afterlife, this lecture opened up this participant’s eyes to the idea that our existence in the spiritual world is not up to God’s judgement.

“I gained a deeper appreciation for the teachings I grew up with, the depth of truth that we have, and especially the hope it could bring to others. Witnessing is just about being very interested in another person’s life with an unconditional heart and attitude. It’s caring more about a person than they care about themselves. ”

Winning the Wonmo Prize

“I feel really supported by True Mother. She cares about the young people and raising young leaders in our movement. I’m very grateful to have received this scholarship.”

This Scholarship was awarded exclusively to students in accredited educational programs and only for educational purposes. Scholarship winners are encouraged to maintain a public lifestyle while also excelling in their studies. 

CARP America is managing the follow-up program for scholarship recipients like Jinil in the following five areas:

  1. Practice a daily hoon dok hae tradition
  2. Work with a CARP staff to develop an individual plan for public service
  3. Submit 1-page written reports at the end of each semester (Spring and Fall 2017)
  4. Maintain and show proof of satisfactory academic progress
  5. Attend a life of faith workshop at least once during the next year (by Dec. 31, 2017)

With some scholarship money for tuition, Jinil feels grateful to be able to pay for his studies this semester as well as excited to focus on these five areas. 

To see more photos and activities or to get in touch with CARP Las Vegas, please visit their Facebook page.

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21 Days with CARP Los Angeles

Carina Mendez from CARP Uruguay spent 21 days with CARP Los Angeles as an international student sponsored by FFWPU USA. Read our first interview with her before her stay and now the following interview after completing her work with CARP LA.

What are three takeaways from your 21-day stay with CARP LA?

The most important takeaway from this experience was realizing the importance of witnessing. I learned that witnessing is not just an activity to push people to become a member. In our daily lives, we are always trying to share God’s heart with others. Through actually doing outreach, we learn and experience deeply God’s heart. So we’re feeling in practice something that we knew by theory. By doing that, we can find real happiness.

The second takeaway was learning that the kind of heart with which I do outreach is the most important. It’s not the amount of time or how I do the outreach that matters but the attitude with which I go out to reach out to people. Some days, I would go out for just one hour but if during that one hour, I could make the right condition with the proper heart, then God could work through me.

The last takeaway was that I needed to work on myself and overcome some challenges. For example, for the first two weeks that I went out to do outreach, I could not create any substantial results. I would invite people and they would agree to come but eventually they never showed up. But during my last three days, I was able to talk to one student who came to study Divine Principle with us and became very interested.

God always prepares some challenges for me that turn into opportunities to learn and become stronger. In the end, he gave me an amazing experience like this. Thank you, God!  

How was the experience of doing outreach on campus? Was it different from outreach back on your country’s campuses?

The experience of doing outreach on campus was so good. People here are so kind and friendly. I also learned a lot of things from working together with the Japanese mothers on the Pasadena Community College campus. They have a lot of experience!

Witnessing in Uruguay is done in a similar way; with a survey and one-on-one Divine Principle study.

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What are some ideas you are excited to take back and implement in CARP Uruguay?

I would like to start doing outreach with CARP in Uruguay just like I did in Los Angeles. It would be nice if we can inspire our older members to go out with us as well.

During my stay in Los Angeles, we also had a big Karaoke party with all the guests and CARP members. I really liked it! I would love to organize a party like that back in my country, too.

What was your greatest challenge during these 21 days in LA? How did you overcome it?

My greatest challenge was getting adjusted during my first week and overcoming a culture shock. America is very big so there are always people coming and going. So it’s natural that if you are new, you have to introduce yourself and try to find your place. But because of this, at first I thought, “Nobody cares that I’m here.”

However, things became a lot better when I stopped thinking about myself and started to take care for people. I started to feel less like a guest and more like an owner.  

I learned that I have to give love first, and that I shouldn’t wait for love. Through this, I have come to value this experience a lot more.

Have you had any change in perspective after completing these 21 days?

Yes, first of all, I came to see that God can work through everyone, everywhere. So it doesn’t matter if God sends me to another place in the future. Wherever I go, I can work for God.

Witnessing isn’t just for full-time members. Witnessing is for everyone; myself included.

I also changed my perspective about the USA. Here, I saw an active community and many young first generation members. That makes me very hopeful because the US is like an older sibling for us. So being able to see and be a part of such an active community made me feel so happy and inspired.

Do you feel like you were able to contribute to CARP LA in some way? How? (it could be a small thing)

I think so. I brought three people to study the Divine Principle and hopefully they will continue to do it. And I tried my best to create the best environment possible in every activity. But I think I was able to learn a lot more things from CARP LA and the members there.

Would you recommend international CARP students to spend some time with CARP America? If yes, why?

Yes! Of course! It’s a very good place to learn how to do outreach. There are many members who know how to take good care of everyone. They have a lot of experience and LA people are so kind, too!

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CARP’s New President: Teresa

We introduce the next President of CARP and former National Program Director, Teresa Rischl.

For the past three years, Teresa has been working alongside former president, Naokimi Ushiroda, as Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistant, Program Coordinator and, in her latest role, as National Program Director.

United with Naokimi, Teresa was instrumental in raising CARP to the place it is now. Her demonstrated commitment and dedication to CARP’s mission has led her to be appointed CARP President as of February 2017, with the blessing of Mother Moon (co-founder of CARP) and the CARP Board of Directors. 

Teresa is passionate about giving young people a support system, stemming from her own experience as a college student. Growing up she was a natural leader and was concerned about creating an inclusive environment where everyone could grow together. 

Knowing the challenges that students face on campus, she is committed to offering students the opportunity to be involved in something greater than themselves and to truly discover what is important to them.

college_realmendontbuygirlsTeresa and a college classmate joining in on a social media campaign against human trafficking in 2012.   

Teresa Goes to College

Although Teresa initially intended to participate in a faith-based gap year program after high school, she felt God was calling her to go to college and volunteer with her local youth ministry.

In 2008, she enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) as a Biology major with the hopes of going to medical school someday. As a freshman, Teresa joined a co-ed professional pre-health fraternity where she gained experience and opportunity in the health field. While this afforded her a community to study and socialize with, she was surrounded by students whose motto was, “Study hard, party harder.” 

Caught between the pressures of classes, social life, and youth ministry, Teresa found herself questioning the principles she had grown up with. This is the typical experience for an emerging young adult.

A bit later, she was approached by Miilhan Stephens (the CARP chapter President at UMD at the time) and Hero Hernandez (the National CARP President at the time) to join CARP. Teresa resisted it at first but was touched by the personal care and support they offered.

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She had also reached a point in her growth where she knew what was important to her – family, faith, and making a difference in the world. So, Teresa committed herself and stepped up as CARP President of the UMD chapter and as the Young Adult Coordinator at her local church. 

Under her leadership, CARP UMD hosted numerous events on campus including discussion forums, club fairs (where they invited ‘Mr. The Fish’ to entertain students), stress relief activities during finals week, service projects creating care packages for other students, and more.

Teresa also established a weekly ‘Divine Principle Forum’ at the local CARP center and organized trips for students to visit the CARP HQ in New York City with Victoria Roomet and others.

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Wanting to travel, Teresa finished her undergraduate degree online, after eventually deciding to change her major to Business. She spent some time in New York City (as Program Coordinator for a summer leadership program under Naokimi before he was CARP President) and then Europe before taking a job as a nanny in Connecticut to finish her last few credits. 

Progressing through the Ranks of CARP

When Naokimi was appointed as CARP President in July 2013, Teresa connected with him about his vision and wished him luck on his new mission. Naokimi would later invite her to work part-time as an administrative assistant for CARP. 

“I wanted to help Naokimi out, but I didn’t think I would stay around as long as I did. For a while it was just the two of us as staff of CARP America.”

After CARP’s first workshop at the University of Bridgeport, Teresa became a full-time staff member, taking on the role of Executive Assistant and Secretary of the CARP Board of Directors.

Carp_officertraining_UB_2014Teresa giving a talk at the CARP Officer’s Training workshop. 

With very little staff, Teresa became a jack-of-all-trades and got experience in different areas of nonprofit management including HR, operations, strategy, membership, fundraising, communications, and more. 

CARP staff members came and went, but the organization found a firm footing in 2015 after recruiting three new staff members – Taka Sugawara, Nina Urbonya, and Justin Okamoto – from an international ‘Global Top Gun workshop. These young adults had demonstrated their competency, skill, and commitment as CARP students themselves. 

14707903_10153931075137681_5939853739702155164_oTeresa posing with the growing CARP America team in 2016. 

With a larger team in place, Teresa was promoted to National Program Director. Meanwhile, Teresa also began working towards a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Marist College. She plans to finish her master’s in nonprofit management in May 2018.

Teresa is proud of several initiatives she helped establish so far such as the Mentoring Partnership, CARP’s 50th Anniversary Celebration dinner, national ‘Momentum’ workshops including a young professionals networking component, and monthly chapter rep support calls, to name a few. 

Continuing CARP’s Legacy

Teresa is hopeful and excited for the years to come. She is committed to bringing joy and incredible success to God and CARP’s founders, Father and Mother Moon.

After collecting CARP alumni testimonies from the past 50 years, she hopes to continue and honor the incredible legacy that was created before her.

teresa-naokimiTeresa with former CARP president, Naokimi Ushiroda. 

It’s been just a month since she took on this new role and she has already visited several college campuses, researched the purpose for CARP from its founders, listened to recommendations by the community, and initiated a national call with local CARP representatives.

The only way we’re going to accomplish anything great is by working together. I think one of my strengths is in bringing people together so I hope I can contribute my skills in this meaningful and significant time.”

Stay tuned for further developments from this dynamic and powerful woman leader and the national CARP team. If you’d like to be part of the magic, email teresa@carplife.org

FUN FACT:

Teresa loves rocking out and dancing in front of the mirror when no one is watching. Her favorite tunes recently are “Wild Things” by Alessia Cara and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.

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Teresa and her husband, Neil, just celebrated their 2-year anniversary. They’ve both traveled extensively and settled in Bloomfield, New Jersey a year ago. Already active in the NJ community, this dynamic duo spends their ideal evening cooking and spending quality time with friends.

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A Time of Women Leaders at CARP

We present an alumnus and woman leader, Christine Froehlich, on today’s Throwback Thursday ‘Meet the Alumni’ series.

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I first came to work with CARP after graduating UTS in 1980. At that time, Tiger Park was the leader of CARP and this was an exciting time.

You could say CARP was a very masculine organization. We were trained to be tough, to stand up to rowdy leftist student demonstrators, to march in rallies and to debate over the issues of Communism and the Cold War.

In 1982, however, CARP culture shifted to a more nurturing family atmosphere, which was crucial for our witnessing and outreach activities.

The Joy of Pioneering

That year, 1982, (right after the 2075 Blessing) I was asked to pioneer a CARP chapter at University of Alabama, Birmingham.

The assignment was to become a student, do “Campus Home Church,” establish a CARP chapter on campus, engage speakers and create campus events, connect with professors, impact the culture of campus, and witness to new members, while maintaining self-support through fundraising.

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I remember after finding a small house to rent, I had a showdown prayer under a few trees on campus – three nights for 40 minutes – asking God, “Why did you send me here?!”

I was not particularly inspired yet to be in the south. I was feeling very small, in a place that seemed insignificant and far away from the excitement in Atlanta, or New York for that matter.

On the third night, I had a profound experience of the voice of God speaking within my heart, “You are my hope! My only hope for this campus!” This was quite a surprise. I threw up my hands to God and said, “OK I am ready for whatever you have prepared for me to do here!” The next morning, I received a phone call from a professor.

“Is this Christine Moore?”

“…Yes, how do you know me?”

“I heard you are the moonie on campus, and I’d like to ask if you could speak to my class.”

Remembering my prayer from the night before I said, “Yes, I guess I could…and when would you like me to speak?”

He answered, “Today! To my journalism class.”

Remember these were the days when journalists were not friendly at all to our movement! But I could not refuse. I went there that afternoon, and responded to a torrent of questions, the most exciting of which were about the mass weddings so I told the story of our Matching and Blessing.

By the time I finished the interview, the students were actually asking for my phone number, and showing sincere interest in CARP, when the professor interrupted and I was summarily dismissed.

Later that semester, I made friends with the school newspaper editor who invited me to do a full interview on the front page of the school paper. This was my first taste of the joy of pioneering.

CARP Alum2_part1Christine teaching new members on Twin Peaks in California, her next destination. 

Relationships in Unlikely Places

One of my best experiences was at Stanford University. In 1984, after I requested to go to the place where there would be the most witnessing, Dr. Seuk (who became the President of CARP) sent me to N. California to establish CARP on campus as a graduate student.

I was honored to be given this opportunity to pioneer in such a stimulating environment.

During my year at Stanford, I took two classes in Moral Education with a professor called Nel Noddings. Dr. Noddings taught “A Feminine Approach to Moral Education,” and I will never forget when I went to her office to introduce myself before writing a term paper.

“Hello, have you ever heard of the Unification Church?”

“Well, as a matter of fact, I have…”

“Have you ever heard anything good about the Unification Church or Rev. Moon?”

“Well actually I have not.”

“I would like to write a paper comparing your work with the teachings of Rev. Moon, but I wanted to confirm with you first what you think about that idea.”

She answered that she would be happy to read what I had to say. And I wrote “Towards a New Ideal for Moral Education” comparing her “feminine ethic of caring” with Unification Thought’s Theory of Education.

We had a wonderful dialogue through class discussions and my papers over the months ahead, and at the end of the semester she asked students to recommend books for a future reading list. I recommended Dr. Young Oon Kim’s Unification Theology, which Dr. Noddings had read.

One student said, “Isn’t that the cult? The Moonies?”

And Nel answered, “Yes, I have come to see the Unification Church in a new light this semester, and I would like you to be aware that truth comes to us in surprising places. I will add this book to the reading list.”

20170309_000843Christine (center) with Carol Durnan and Jacinta Krefft.

A Mother’s Heart in Witnessing

I learned a lot from Dr. Noddings, who is a mother of 10, about the feminine qualities so essential in nurturing a heart of compassion, caring and moral values in the family and in our schools.

The following year, I worked with a team of 5-6 women who became the heart and soul of the witnessing and outreach work of CARP in the Bay Area. I deeply appreciated Dr. Seuk’s respect for women and trust in giving us important leadership roles.

CARP alum photosChristine and Jacinta (from earlier photo) – ‘moms’ for N. California witnessing 1980s.

I learned that when women can unite with each other, embodying the harmonizing heart of a mother, everything goes well.

As Dr. Noddings had taught in our classes at Stanford, women carry the culture of the family. The heart of a mother brings new life, literally, emotionally, and spiritually.

The family culture of CARP Centers in N. California was bursting with life in the 1980’s and early 90’s in large part due to the patient nurturing education and counsel of “mother figures” and “IW’s.” This helped form a healthy balance between feminine and masculine qualities diligently practiced by our CARP members and leaders. 

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CARP as a Foundation for Other Roles

Based on transformative experiences of overcoming conflict, and becoming best friends with women I didn’t get along with at first, gave me great strength and confidence to work with WFWP from April 1992.

WFWP of California initiated the Interracial Sisterhood Project in 1996, which was recognized as a “Promising Practice” by President Clinton’s Commission on Race, and in the early 2000’s created a Youth Forum on Racial Harmony, held on college campuses and high schools.

To this day, my experiences with CARP have given me strength and faith to pioneer new initiatives, and commit fully to constant growth and education. The spirit of CARP is to apply our faith in Divine Principle to real issues in our culture and society.

CARP Alum2Christine leading a team of new members. 

I have been working with GPA for the past 15 years to continue this education of young Unificationists in life of faith and in application of Divine Principle. I am excited to work on addressing the issues of our times, whether educating ourselves to transcend the “culture wars” of today or creating constructive dialogues on moral and character education.

I am committed to empowering young Unificationists, men and women, to shape the environment, and create the culture of heart with a healthy balance of masculine and feminine leadership. 

DSC02567Christine with her husband and daughter. 

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