Contributed by Jinil Fleischman
As a CARP graduate, I have had a lot of experience with the Unification Principle. I served as the president for CARP Las Vegas, and I got to witness many lives transform powerfully through the application of the Principle. I had many opportunities to learn from some of the greatest Unification Principle teachers in America and to teach one on one.
On October 20th, I got to take a new opportunity: to teach the Unification Principle for a full day! I have had this opportunity twice before more than two years ago, and both those times in the past told me how much farther I have to go in being an effective teacher in Principle.
Since then, I have heard many amazing Divine Principle lecturers. In CARP Las Vegas, we often invite experienced lecturers to teach our workshops. Over the years, I have been able to learn from their style of presenting, their examples, and also from receiving advice from them about lecturing. On top of that, last summer, I participated in the Divine Principle Masters lecture training workshop at the International Peace Education Center (IPEC) in Las Vegas. All of this exposure to the Principle informed my lecturing this weekend.
I took a lot of time to prepare my lectures, especially taking time to pray and read scripture and Father Moon’s words about the Principle. Then, I tried to break down my lectures to their fundamentals. The content of the Principle doesn’t change, but I wanted to be clear about what I wanted to convey to the audience. I felt meaning and inspiration behind the points that I wanted to convey.
Each lecture boiled down to a few questions and their answers. The first part primarily focused on who is God and why did He/She create us, and how do we fulfill God’s purpose for us? The later lectures went into more heavy questions, like what happened in the Fall of Man, and why did it happen? We dealt with some of the challenges that mankind has faced throughout history and still faces today.
Having a clear framework for my lectures helped me to convey the significance of the Principle to the new audience members and helped me to keep the thread of the lecture as I was speaking.
I made effort to explain each part of the Principle with examples from my personal life and connections to scientific understanding, so that the meaning of the Principle would be understandable no matter what the cultural background of the audience. I believe that the Principle is relevant and open to all faiths and denominations.
Teaching the Unification Principle was a very deep experience for me. I could feel God’s heart, how much He loves us, and how much He wanted to connect with everyone at the workshop. The Principle attempts to explain all evil. In doing so, it implies a solution. During my prayers right before going onstage, I realized how powerful that is. I also realized that Father and Mother Moon lived their lives and even founded CARP in order to pursue that solution. That is why they lived the lives they did: they did everything they could to be the son and daughter that God never had. I was so moved to realize this, and I felt that I need to do more for God.
Having experienced giving Unification Principle lectures to new guests and CARP members myself, I really believe that other CARP members can benefit from this kind of experience. I’m excited to see how we as young people can change the world by living Principled lives!