|‘To actually see young lives changing is the ultimate reward for an
educator,” said Robert Kittel (UTS ‘93) during a recent interview. As the
Academic Dean of the World CARP Academy in Boulder, Colorado, Robert is
actively involved in the educational program and frequently draws on his
15-year experience as a missionary to South Asia and his three years in
the Divinity program at UTS.
These days, teams of World CARP members frequently visit UTS for seminars in the Unification Principle. A visit by World CARP MFT in early September saw the return to UTS of Anne Nilson (class of ‘81), John Williams (‘90), Fred Lacroix (‘94) and Robert as staff members for this three-day seminar. On Monday, September 9, Jin Hun Park Moon (‘93), the President of World CARP, visited the campus to report on the organization’s progress.
Anne Nilson was assigned to CARP after graduating in 1981 and, apart from the three years she served as a state leader, she has been in CARP ever since. She modestly attributes her dedication to an inability to stay at home. “I just like being with our members on the front line. I’d die if I had to stay home all day!” So Anne just brings her home with her; while serving as a counselor for the fifty young CARP members, she also cared for Hanna (10), Christopher (8) and Kimberly (two months), giving the broadest meaning to the title of “mother figure.”
“I feel that I can really help these people just by giving them someone
they can call and talk to,” she said.
This summer, John Williams discovered that he too has something to give. He spent three months at the CARP Academy as a pastoral counselor. “After being away from younger brothers and sisters for so long, it was a joy to find that I could be helpful to them,” he said. For John, this was a chance to share all that he has learned in recent years on the subject of inner healing and restoration and he was delighted by the response. “This validated all the things I’ve been researching and thinking about - all the stuff I started learning while I was here at UTS.” As a result of his studies, John has realized that much of the content of Divine Principle is now part of the general discussion in American society. “Much of what I’m reading argues our positions very well - it’s as if there’s one revelation which pervades much of what’s written now about love and inner healing,” he said. He feels that it is his job to make the teachings of Divine Principle as accessible as possible to young people.
Robert Kittel is obviously appreciative of the contribution which John and other alumni have made to the success of the World CARP Academy. During the past summer, guest lecturers included Reverend Ken Sudo (‘95), Dr. Kathy Winings (‘87), Beatrice Steeghs (‘79), Pat Detlefson (‘83) and Dr. Tyler Hendricks (‘78). The main lecturers were Mike Balcomb (‘93) and Howard Self (‘78) who is the President of the World CARP Academy. The academic program is interspersed with the kind of activities for which Colorado is ideally suited - white water rafting, climbing, hiking, horseback riding and skiing. “That’s one of the main reasons Boulder was chosen,” said Robert.
According to Robert, the main impetus behind the establishment of the World CARP Academy was the determination and will of Jin Hun Park Moon. Those qualities were on display when Jin Hun Nim visited UTS on September 9 to talk about the activities and goals of World CARP. He was particularly passionate about the pure love campaign which CARP has conducted during the past year. He related how, as a result of hearing one of Reverend Moon’s recent speeches, he recognized the significance of the theme of “absolute sex” in conveying the importance of chastity to young people. “Our campaign shouldn’t sound negative or suggest that we are against sex. Instead, by upholding “absolute sex” we are proclaiming something exciting and precious,” he said. He urged the students of UTS to support World CARP in this campaign.