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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.

425538_348561545167803_900338599_nTeresa at a CARP stand talking with a student at the club fair at UMD. 

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.

387796_3018390983886_266487827_nTeresa posing with the CARP mascot, Mr. The Fish, with a fellow CARP member. 

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 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.

blessingTeresa and husband, Neil, attended the 2015 Marriage Blessing ceremony. 

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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Not Just a Year Older, But a Year Better


CARP’s Office Administrator, Takayoshi Sugawara is celebrating a birthday today! Here is Taka’s ten-year-long journey with CARP. This Renaissance man has fundraised, filed, and forged ahead for CARP at different times in his life.

A Calling to CARP

In 2008, Taka was studying Economics and Multimedia Arts at Tufts University in Boston. It was at that time, months away from graduation, that he suddenly quit school, unable to continue due to personal circumstances and depression.

During this dark period in his life, he recalled how CARP had been positive, supportive influence while on campus. He felt God’s call to become a full-time fundraiser for CARP America and deepen his relationship with the Heavenly Parent. The hours were long and humbling, but Taka saw the power of God within everyday human interaction.


After devoting a full year to fundraising for CARP in the New York area, he returned to care for the Worcester community as their Youth Minister in 2010. The following year, he became the co-Youth Minister for New England. Throughout this time, he wanted to serve and uplift ordinary people to make extraordinary differences in their loved ones’ lives. But, Taka needed to find his truth first.

Open Doors and Open Arms

In 2013, Taka enrolled in Barrytown College with a major in Theology and Philosophy. He spent two years seeking and studying the absolute truths within himself and others.


After graduating in the spring of 2015, Taka sought out an honest perspective of the work culture at Family Federation.

Within a few months, Taka was invited by CARP to attend the Top Gun workshop in South Korea and test his leadership abilities.

“I wanted to meet True Mother, and see who she really is with my own eyes.”

Seeing Mother Moon’s expansive heart towards the youth, Taka was energized for his work as CARP Office Administrator and his role in improving CARP America nationwide.


“I believe this is where I am meant to be.”

Since October 2015, Taka has been keeping the books updated, designing merchandise, and maintaining the CARP website. The dozens of tasks that arise during the average workday are often passed to his capable hands.

Out-of-Office Taka 


In his free time, Taka can be seen exploring nature, vibrant cities, or the worlds of music and film. Among other cool hobbies, Taka carves pumpkins and watermelons into exquisite designs and has a Facebook page displaying his beautiful craft. 

“When I was a kid, I lived in a cul-de-sac (dead-end street). It was the perfect place for a kid to grow up. Neighbors looked out for each other. This is how I would like to feel around the world, like everyone is a neighbor.”

We are indebted to Taka for his consistent presence at CARP Headquarters; we have progressed closer towards a global family thanks to him. Taka’s daily efforts, though not always glamorous, are vital to CARP America’s functions throughout the country. We wish Taka well on his continuous journey to becoming a true leader who raises up all those around him.

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What the World Needs Now Is…

Contributed by two young, powerful, women leaders, Teresa Rischl & Katya Beebe

15123206_1502333329794134_9130779821160140415_oCARP National Program Director, Teresa Rischl (right) and member of the CARP BoD, Tasnah Moyer (left), at the WFWP event

Two weekends ago, Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) held their 24th annual event in Fairfield, NJ where they discussed women making an impact through compassionate, sustainable leadership. As a sister organization to CARP, there is a wonderful partnership between WFWP and CARP, given that (unsurprisingly) half of CARP students are women. Our founders, Father and Mother Moon, have also emphasized the importance of women’s leadership as a mechanism for sustaining peace.

A feminine approach to leadership is traditionally a compassionate one, an empathetic one, a soft one – all of which reflect CARP’s Unification Principles which seek to bring about unity in every circumstance. Soft skills such as communication, empathy, creativity, and intuition are essential in developing the emotional intelligence quotient (EQ).    


“Investing in women is not only the right thing to do. It is the smart thing to do. I am deeply convinced that, in women, the world has at its disposal, the most significant and yet largely untapped potential for development and peace.” – Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General on International Women’s Day (2008)

We are all surrounded by wonderful women: mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, and so on. Investing in women has two important effects on society – the advancement of women in the professional world and the promotion of a feminine logic of power (logic to influencing others) as a valuable asset in all corners of society.

By honoring and applying the God-given feminine attributes imbued in men and women, we can create a culture and society that truly reflects God’s heart. We can only do it when men and women work together and honor each other’s unique characteristics.

Advancing Women to Leadership Roles   

Women are part of the fabric of our societies, families, schools, and workplaces. Research shows that 60% of college graduates are women, who then go on to join virtually every industry. Although there is still work to do to have representation in the top tiers of leadership, there has been some progress.

Ban Ki Moon’s statement talks about women as a “largely untapped potential for development and peace,” referring to the untapped potential of women in the developing world especially. It is true in the developed world as well. Women bring the soft skills that can be an effective solution to the historically conflict-ridden circumstances in this world.  

merkelGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel is the world’s #1 most powerful woman in 2016

In recent decades, powerful women have risen to take on leadership roles in various trades: business, non-profit, politics, finance, media, and tech. Having women in leadership positions encourages other women to follow and build on the foundation laid by those before us.

A huge benefit to women’s leadership is the contribution to culture. Father and Mother Moon have emphasized a culture of heart which creates an atmosphere of communication, collaboration, compassion, sustainability, and love. This culture contributes to creating and maintaining peace in our relationships, organizations, societies, nations, and world. To really impact and heal the world today, we need this kind of heart .

Promoting Feminine Logic of Power in Society

Women’s advancement into leadership roles in every sector of society is a celebration and recognition of the feminine logic of power, and an added representation of God. Our institutions, organizations, and governments need a new kind of leadership – leadership of the heart.

“Because most of human history was filled with war, revolution, fighting, oppression, domination, conflict and violence, the masculine logic of power made sense and masculine ideologies dominated.” (World Peace and the Role of Women I)

Father and Mother Moon established WFWP as a platform to balance the masculine logic of power (which unfortunately often has led to conflict) and introduce a new kind of leadership.

“The world today is calling for peace, reconciliation, compassion, love, service and sacrifice. It is an age in which our current problems cannot be solved by the masculine logic of power.” (World Peace and the Role of Women I)

Women in leadership roles help legitimize the feminine logic of power that in turn aids in the advancement of our societies toward peaceful and sustainable ends. Emotional intelligence is key to great leadership.

imagesFive components of emotional intelligence (EQ) 

Harvard Business Review’s The Explainer: Emotional Intelligence talks about the five components of EQ coined by American psychologist, Daniel Goleman, and their relevance to strong leadership. These soft skills, traditionally perceived as feminine qualities, are now becoming more desirable in the workplace as a reflection of a more holistic leadership coupled with high intelligence and technical abilities. Women AND men need to invest in emotional intelligence, a representation of feminine logic of power, to succeed in compassionate, sustainable leadership. 

Balancing Masculine and Feminine Logic of Power

Women, of course, are not all carbon copies embodying a feminine logic of power just as not all men embody a hard power stance in their leadership style. People are more complex than that.

The Divine Principle talks about the dual characteristics of God, including feminine and masculine characteristics working in harmony. Women simply represent the feminine and men the masculine, however, both genders are imbued with the two types of characteristics. Each person, female or male, has her or his own unique expression of these dual characteristics.  

As we learn to honor and apply the feminine characteristics God has given us, we, together as men and women, can create a sustainable, peaceful future. To become global citizens, capable of bringing people together, we need to recognize the unique beauty of our differences and how we are perfectly complemented to work together. 

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3 Things to Focus On Post Election

Written by Katya Beebe


Much of the world is in shock this week. The US presidential elections on Tuesday resulted in a President-elect Donald Trump on track to becoming the 45th president of the United States.

This election showed that America is deeply divided. CARP’s founders, Father and Mother Moon, often emphasized the importance of unity in a nation, particularly in times of crises. President Obama, Secretary Clinton, the media, and many others now recognize the need to move forward in unity and in support for one another.

It’s tempting to look at this election as black and white; however people, issues, and governments are more complex than that.

Here are a three things you can do to digest the election outcome in a healthy and empowering way.

1. Practice intuitive listening

This election has been an exhausting and bruising election for many. Sentiments of betrayal, hatred, and fear from both candidates were real for many. At CARP, we understand the value of listening as a powerful tool for healing.

By focusing our efforts on other people, in listening to their thoughts and feelings at this time, we can build even stronger relationships in our families and communities especially since these are the most intimate and immediate places for support in times of crises. Be aware of the people around you and recognize that someone might need to be heard.

You can lend a valuable ear to others right now and choose to care for them. Instead of prolonging the debate, think of people’s hearts, emotions, and situations. Listen with the intention to understand people’s decision-making process and help people to heal and move forward with positivity and hope.

2. Read, think, challenge, and hear opposing views

We can attribute the surprising result of this election to an overwhelming underestimation of the differing worldviews in this country. This happens when we don’t interact with the people who may think differently from us. CARP facilitates and encourages conversations that matter where we can listen and understand each other.

Have a conversation with all kinds of voters (Republican, Democratic, and Third Party). Read a diverse set of news and analysis articles to understand both sides of the argument. You might find a wealth of knowledge and understanding of another perspective far more dynamic than the media or like-minded people might contend.

Equipping ourselves with a good understanding of opposing views prepares us to see the whole picture. This country is a melting pot of worldviews, perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. The world is even more diverse. To truly become a global citizen, we need to be accurately and holistically informed so we do not misunderstand or under-represent the real thoughts and experiences of various communities, societies, and nations.  

3. Look for ways to love and contribute, not blame

We are more than who we voted for. We are more than our worldview. One Unification Principle, each person is a valuable part of humanity, reminds us that our fundamental value is unchanging and eternal regardless of our choices and outlooks in life. Practice loving your enemy as set by the example of Jesus and Father and Mother Moon. Many leaders led the way by loving their enemies even in the face of verbal degradation, imprisonment, and death.

Remember that your brother, sister, father, mother, neighbor, friend, or faraway stranger is more complex than our simplified explanations and justifications. Remember that the federal government is just one facet of society; we also have local governments, private enterprises, non-profits, and charities that are working to solve problems in our communities, nation, and world.  

Here are a few ways you can exercise your rights (beyond voting) and contribute:

  • Sign up for email alerts about causes you care about so you can be informed and take action
  • Volunteer or donate to organizations, charities, or causes you care about (you can even donate with no money by taking surveys that contribute to charity)
  • Engage with your state’s congressmen and -women, Senate representatives, and other delegates by getting to know who they are (via state/county/town government websites) and attend local community events
  • Sign petitions to get causes you care about considered for legislation

Global Citizens who Lead Constructively

In his speech, The Way of God’s Will, Father Moon explains that “unity is realized when you share joy and sadness with others” and “those who are hopeful are always constructive.” These three steps provide an avenue by which we can share our joy or our sadness at this time. With hope as our prerogative, we create peace, unity, and collaboration for a better future.

CARP is all about empowering students (in college and in life) to become global citizens who lead constructively with an understanding of Unification Principles. Take some time to understand this election and this country. Be a beacon of hope for yourself and others by moving forward in pursuit of unity.

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Uganda: Understanding Leadership Towards Environmental Changes in Building World Peace

UGANDA – On March 5th, 2016 we held a CARP conference at the Peace Embassy Uganda under the theme “Understanding Leadership Towards Environmental Changes in Building World Peace”
We had representatives from the University council (Kampala university =3, Makerere university = 3, Institute of fisheries = 2, Community= 10 , Total = 18)
Our aim was to create a foundation for launching CARP chapters in those universities.
We played the documentary on the ” Sunhak peace prize winner awards”. Then Prof. A.B.T. Byaruhanga Akiiki  the Deputy vice chancellor of Kampala university ( CARP Patron) gave the keynote address based on the International president’s recent ILC address, followed by an environmental presentation (Dangers of green house gas emission) by the education director of Uganda, Mr. Gwaku David.
The students were inspired by the documentary, keynote address and the presentation on climate changes in Uganda.
After these presentations, the CARP President Mr. Mukasa Paul led a group discussion for the way forward.
The participants asked to hold subsequent seminars in their universities where they will mobilize students including those who are not in leadership positions. They plan to host them in about two weeks time.
There was also some entertainment by Anrew wasswa  who sang “Arirang”, leaving everyone captivated. 
Three projects came up from the discussion: micro-gardening, Verma culture and fish farming. Some of these projects are to be started in two weeks time. 
All the participants were happy and it was overall a successful conference. 
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