Over 1,200 youth are returning home and starting a new school year after the successful conclusion of the 21-day “Global Top Gun Youth” (GTGY) workshop. Mother Moon created this opportunity so young people could develop their own faith, identity, and appreciation of where they come from. The workshop theme was “Become the Light of the World Through a Filial Heart Towards True Parents.”
The 1,200 youth (from middle school, high school, and college/CARP) from 63 nations gathered in South Korea for 21 hot summer days together filled with laughter and tears, breakdowns and breakthroughs, international friendships, and most of all, an unforgettable experience.
We happily introduce Mrs. Marjorie Buessing, one of CARP’s Board members responsible for the organizational transformations in the past year. Marjorie brought plenty of experience and knowledge to the team.
A historic family picture from Marjorie’s campaigning days.
Since joining the Unification movement in Berkeley, California in 1974, Marjorie has been a business owner (1987-2016), a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives for two terms (1992-1996), a co-author of the 2013 “Family Matching Handbook”, and a support to her husband during his tenure as District Pastor of New England (2006-2013).
Marjorie continues to serve in the Blessed Family Ministry (2004-present), the Board of Trustees for the University of Bridgeport (2011-present), and Camp Aurora (which she founded) held each summer in Moltonborough, New Hampshire.
Two teams (red and blue) unite for a group hug, showing their support for each other beyond team alliances. What a beautiful culture!
Over the last few days from August 10-14, over 500 young adults, families, and friends gathered for the Blessed Culture and Sports Festival (BCSF) in Barrytown, New York. In its 12th year, BCSF has become much more than just a ‘sports festival.’ It has incorporated a myriad of culture events such as a fashion show, dance social, game nights, open mic, discussions, spiritual practices, and more.
CARP has become a major proponent of creating certain kind of culture: a principled culture.
Several CARP staff members have been involved with Project Phoenix, an initiative to create intergenerational partnerships. Even though CARP is a student organization, it has become apparent that its success is dependent on the support of young professionals, graduates, parents, and advisors. Thus, it makes sense that CARP would support the aims of Project Phoenix.
Over the summer, the Phoenix Summit gathered 55 participants from younger and older generations to experience the power of partnership, communication, and innovation. They shared their experiences, prayed with each other, and interacted in activities over the weekend to foster understanding and appreciation of each other.
There is always a piece of home with you. Gabby von euw, a GPA graduate, celebrated her brother's graduation from STF.
The Special Task Force (STF) program in Europe hosted its Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, August 7th, 2016 for young adults who completed a year of service, missionary work, and international experiences. Family, friends, and supporters gathered in Gaflenz, Austria at their retreat center for the celebration.
This year’s graduation was special because it signifies a new relationship between CARP America and European STF. Since there were about 7 American participants on the program, the STF Director, Deborah Cali, reached out to CARP America to attend the ceremony and connect to participants to help with the transition post-program. Teresa Rischl attended the ceremony and also shared a presentation about CARP America, including its recent tribute video to CARP from the past 50 years. Everyone in the audience was roused by the courage and determination of CARP youngsters. CARP alumni in the audience were particularly heartened to be reminded of their own youth and activism.