Contributed by Alicia Kuhlmann
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.
On Sunday morning, the Vice President of HARP Utah, You-won Hwang, led the participants in a morning reading from CARP Founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s autobiography about choosing and leading a principled life as a young adult.
Participants then received a lecture given by Eun-young Hwang, the local HARP president, on the topic: Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life. Many felt inspired to challenge themselves to deepen their relationship with God.
Following this, Yeon-su Hwang, a current Generation Peace Academy (GPA) missionary, gave a testimony conveying the message “The more it hurts, the more you should love”.
Finally, participants received a lecture from Alicia Kuhlmann, local CARP President, discussing Life Long Goals Worth Living For. Her talk included the activity Touch Someone Who, leaving many deeply emotionally touched and helped build stronger brother/sister relationships.
Several activities, including an extreme scavenger hunt and creating a gratitude message for the participant's fathers for Father’s Day, were included in the workshop.