Naokimi Ushiroda, CARP America President, and myself recently attended a portion of the National Ocean Challenge Program (NOCP) in Kodiak, Alaska. NOCP teaches young adults deeply-rooted principles through fishing and ocean education. This year, the program hosted 36 participants from America, Russia, Japan, and Korea (the biggest and most diverse group so far!) for 21 days starting July 10.
Having grown up on an island, I love the ocean! By fishing, I can also connect to the heart and vision of Father Moon.
Having grown up on an island (St. Lucia), the ocean holds a very special place in my heart. So, it was a great opportunity for me when CARP and Ocean Challenge decided to collaborate together to uphold Father Moon’s vision of training young people in a culture of heart.
This ‘Student Perspective’ article is contributed by Yeol-Shim Bell, CARP’s summer intern.
God needs you to pursue your purpose.
Many people in the modern world live only for themselves and their own happiness. While some people may wish to only take or receive, true joy cannot come from self-centered pursuits. I often catch myself only wanting to read books, watch Netflix, or browse the internet. But, the world God has longed for will result when each person does what they are meant to do, not just what they want to do.
Naokimi Ushiroda, the President of CARP America, recently visited the Seattle community from July 13-17. Here are a few insights from his trip.
On Wednesday, July 13th, I had dinner with the Seattle Family Church Assistant Pastor, Teddy Sylte. He invited me to meet other young adults that night at a weekly young adult gathering. Seattle, like many other large communities, has many young adults but hasn’t had consistent leadership to build a strong and engaged community. There are many bright young people in Seattle and Teddy has lots of hope for the future.
In honor of CARP’s 50th Anniversary, we bring you the story of one of CARP America’s earliest members, Chad Hoover, who also currently serves on CARP’s National Board of Directors.
As a college student, the then-young Chad Hoover was searching for how to develop his spirituality. As a faithful Christian, he prayed for an opportunity to develop his heart for God and others. He took a sabbatical from his studies to pursue this calling and when he returned to school in 1975, he joined CARP in New York. There was a CARP Center at Columbia University which served as a place for students, like Chad, to pursue their studies and be part of a student movement.
“I was seeking a Christian community while in New York. I wanted to pursue my spiritual growth.”
Through CARP, Chad participated in weekend events and trainings that nourished not only his mind but also his heart. The day after he graduated, he also participated in the historic Yankee Stadium Rally where Father Moon gave the “America is God’s Hope” speech.
Why attend Global Momentum 2016 in Las Vegas from July 27-31?? Well here are 10 reasons why (in no particular order):
Meet and befriend amazing people from all around the world. Not only is CARP an awesome national community of students, but it is also international. We are expecting students from over 20 countries to attend. Since Momentum workshops began in 2014, the biggest highlight has been making friends with people from all over the world.
Experience the world-class education center in Las Vegas. The International Peace Education Center (IPEC) is one of the most recent (and most note-worthy in our opinion) additions to Las Vegas. While Las Vegas is known for hosting conventions and conferences, IPEC blows other facilities out of the water with its radiance, elegance, and sophistication. It is the best space for the best education to take place. Father Moon initiated this building for that exact reason – for global education to take place.
It’s the simplest way to plug into CARP. Get the full experience and learn what CARP is all about. (Spoiler alert: CARP is about developing global citizens!) You’ll receive the education, training, and support network to be a global citizen and you won’t leave the workshop the same person.
Empower yourself. You will get immersed in CARP culture and will be surrounded by other like-minded young people who want to develop themselves. You may be looking for a great experience this summer or you may want to get connected to something inspiring. If so, this is the place for you.
Empower others. It’s a known axiom that when you invest in others, you naturally also invest in yourself. They can easily go hand-in-hand. CARP’s mission is to develop global citizens, meaning people who are concerned about the well-being of the world and who are called to take action and make a difference.
Experience the Principle in a brand new way. You’ll experience STEP UP (STudent EmPowerment through Unification Principles), CARP’s 2-day signature program. It’s interactive, engaging, and relevant to your life. You’ll discover how principles can change your life and even if you’ve heard these principles before, you haven’t seen them like this.
COOL MERCH!!! Go back to campus rocking the awesome CARP look. It’s distinguished, refined, and cool. These aren’t your usual run-of-the-mill hoodies or cheap materials you’ll throw away later. CARP swag is seriously the coolest.
Experience the hidden wonders of Las Vegas. Join an optional 2-day sightseeing tour to the natural beauties surrounding Las Vegas like the Grand Canyon, Lake Meade, Red Rocks, Hoover Dam, etc. Take time to reflect and connect with nature.
Celebrate like it’s 2016. We’re celebrating CARP’s 50th Anniversary with an awesome banquet celebration on Saturday, July 30th. We will walk through CARP’s history in the last 50 years, acknowledge what we have accomplished, and create another 50+ years of incredible accomplishments. Join the celebration with us. Go to carplife.org/50years to learn more.
Develop a personal relationship with God. Wherever you are at in your life of faith, this workshop will give you the space to discover God in a powerful and meaningful way. Through morning spiritual practices and interactive sessions, you can give yourself the gift of focusing your time and attention on your relationship with God.
There are plenty of other reasons to attend: 1-on-1 coaching sessions, panels and breakout sessions on “Principles at Work,” skills training, public speaking training, event planning sessions, and more.
Did we mention it’s going to be super fun? We don’t want to spoil the surprises so do yourself a favor and register. 😉 Go to carplife.org/summer2016