This past semester, CARP USA took on five interns as a way to expand the CARP Curriculum as well as provide hands-on experience for our students and alumni. We had three Curriculum development interns and two graphic design interns working with our staff and our educators to create new content and update the previous presentations. We asked them to share a bit about their experience.
On June 15th and 16th, the CARP and HARP chapters in Salt Lake City, Utah hosted a two-day retreat focusing on the theme, One Family Under God.
The retreat included college, high school and middle school-aged participants with the local Utah Family Church at Deer Creek Reservoir. They enjoyed activities like boating, fishing and an evening devotional that helped them to reconnect with Heavenly Parent.
From May 17th to 19th, the Midwest CARP chapters held a retreat in Benton Harbor, Michigan, with the theme, “Leaving a Legacy of Love”. Nineteen participants came to join the retreat.
Our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Beebe, flew in from New Jersey to give three presentations from the CARP Curriculum: Education, Love and Sexuality, and Marriage and Family. From the presentations, participants deepened their understanding about the value and importance of families.
On Friday, May 3rd, CARP Bay Area held an on-campus event titled Peace Starts With Me gathering an audience of over 80 participants consisting of students, faculty, and community members from the Bay Area. The event was held at Chabot Community College, and the keynote was given by Dr. Sandra Lowen, LCSW, on “Reconciliation and Healing Our Communities.”
On Thursday, March 28th, CARP Grand Rapids held their second Campus Talk on Campus with the theme, Healing the Heart of America, with guest speaker, Dr. Frank Kaufmann.
He emphasized that in order to start healing the divisions in our country, we need to have conversations with a foundation of respect and love because “as soon as you shut down conversation, you stop learning.”
Last month, CARP Las Vegas held their final two day Divine Principle retreat of the semester. Students took time out of their busy lives to rejuvenate their spirits and get back on their feet to finish the semester strong. In attendance were five guests (two new, three returning), ten community members, and eleven CARP members - a total of 26 people. Out of the 26, three participants drove a total of 18 hours from Oregon to attend the workshop.
This past March, we focused on the ‘Marriage and Family’ presentation from the National CARP Curriculum both in our weekly club meetings and our bi-weekly Ignite evening events.
“It [kind of] made me think of old times with my family, like how we [used] to do family trips and how happy I was as a child.” — Jonathan Jiang
On March 9, CARP Grand Rapids, CARP Chicago, and CARP Indianapolis came together to host a Youth and Students for Peace (YSP) seminar for youth and CARP members at the Chicago Family Church.
Naria Gaarder, the Program Coordinator YSP, and also the main speaker of the event, started the event off by explaining YSP as an organization and its goals towards creating a world of peace. She explained the importance of creating peace on three different levels; starting from within the individual, peace could be spread to the community and to the environment. The participants were able to take the time to reflect on their own lives and develop action plans towards generate peace in their own lives. Naria informed the audience that peace could only be developed when we were able to envision it in our own lives.
I had always been very ambitious growing up. My greatest desire in life was to change the world and contribute to world peace. I never really knew how I would do it, but I knew it was something I deeply valued. Being surrounded by the CARP members in Las Vegas sparked a desire in me to come back and continue to support the work that CARP was doing.
To do so meant leaving behind my family, my community, and the college I was looking forward to attending in Maryland. I had no idea what exactly being a part of CARP would entail, but there was an undeniable gut feeling that led me to go against many of the desires of those around me to stay in Maryland. There was no doubt that I could do the work of God while I was home, but I could not deny that there was something uniquely precious about the work that was being done in Las Vegas.