The Words of the Lorenzana Family
The 6th International Education Conference In Manila
Joshua Lorenzana and Nancy Calimpong
September 7, 2006
Expanding the Realm of Cheon Il-Guk by Owning the Culture of Heart: Completing the Witnessing Overhaul through Owning the Leadership Standard
The sixth International Education Conference, a gathering for education and communication to share best practices from each chapter of CARP worldwide, was held at the Philippine International Convention Center last August 13, 2006. More than 250 international leaders from World CARP, Service For Peace, Youth Federation for World Peace and 350 local leaders and core members gathered. This year saw for the first time the inclusion of SFP and YFWP leaders and situated in Manila.
The Opening Program was highlighted by the speech of VP Kyoung Hyo Kim representing EVP Jin Man Kwak. He explained the significance of this year's conference theme based on Hyun Jin Nim's reason. The theme, which is the same as this year's motto, means that leaders should be the first people to change and be the forerunners to substantiate the dream connecting to the Vertical Axial Line establishing the one God-centered human family. Hyun Jin Nim wants to raise leaders who expand the realm of Cheon Il Guk through World CARP and in order to do so, he has been empowering us to own the Culture of Heart through embodying the Core Values. Under this theme, the strategic goal of "Complete Witnessing Overhaul" from the perspective of World CARP's Leadership Standard became the major strand of the conference.
In the Opening Plenary, World CARP Nepal's President presented "Raising Core Membership, Quality Leadership and Mass Foundation." As such an overview of the organization in Nepal was presented as well as their fundraising, witnessing and training programs. The presentation amazed the audience on the tremendous foundation of World CARP Nepal.
Afterwards, the first half of the breakout sessions started. The participants moved to the Secretariat Building where the sessions were housed. There were four topics that were presented in this part of the conference.
The first was "World CARP's Unification Movement towards the Establishment of Cheon Il Guk." It served as a simple introduction to the activities of World CARP Korea. The activities such as education on the unification of the peninsula, exchange programs with the North, and core businesses were aimed at building the organization as a leading organization for peace and unification for establishing the short-term vision of one global family centered on God by establishing his sovereignty on the united Korean peninsula centering on True Parents and the True Family.
The second was the "Review for Implementation of Leadership Development." Mr. Shiue-Jr Liu, the President of WCARP Taiwan, shared how they built the right culture by starting through self-transformation of their leaders. It was discussed how they improved their vertical tradition and leadership pipeline.
The third was a panel discussion about the topic "Service for Peace Grassroots Initiative: Integrating the Community". Moderated by the International VP of Service For Peace Mr. Massimo Trombin, the discussion had given the attendees the opportunity to discuss and open their chapter's concern about the implementation of SFP. Among the panelists were Mr. Jin Kyu Kim of Korea, Atsushi Yamada of Japan, Sangkom Netsopa of Thailand, and Graznya Jensen of Taiwan.
And the fourth session was the "Educator's Workshop: Age of Cheon Il Guk and Our Paradigm Shift". This session's priority attendees were those who were working on their chapter's Human Resource Development. Mr. Takayuki Matsunami, the International I.W. for Youth Movement Sector, presented why education regarding the Age of Cheon Il Guk and the paradigm shift is very important in raising leaders.
It took at least one and a half hour before all the presentation in the first part of the breakout session ended. The second part followed shortly after a thirty-minute break. In this part, four more topics were presented. The first was the presentation of Dr. Ann Marlita Montejo-Arevalo, the Dean of Student Affairs of Unification Theological Seminary - Asia, about the "CARP- TARP (Teachers' Association for the Research of Principles) Partnership: A Key to Growing Leaders." She discussed how CARP and Philippine TARP worked together in shaking the college campus.
The second was "Development of Leadership Standard in World CARP Japan". Mr. Morio Obata, the Director of Organization Department in World CARP Japan talked about how they developed their leadership and set the leadership standard for their student leaders, based on Hyun Jin Nim's direction.
In another venue, Mr. Kamol Thananopavarn, the President of World CARP Thailand, was presenting the session about the "Opportunities and Possibilities of Mr. & Ms. University," a case study of MMU in their chapter. He gave the attendees ideas about what is more than the usual in organizing MMU in their respective countries. He shared the victorious points MMU acquired for the betterment of CARP' s image and witnessing result.
The part two of the Educator's Workshop was on how to set and apply Leadership Standard into the field mission. This was also presented by Mr. Takayuki Matsunami and moderated by Mr. Hiroyuki Tosaka, the VP for Leadership Development, W-CARP.
After the breakout sessions, the participants gathered in the Forum 3 of PICC for the Closing Plenary. A lecture by Dr. Thomas Ward, international lecturer and University of Bridgeport professor, on changing public policy gave the leaders an idea of about how they can substantially create change in their societies. A change in public policy is a step towards establishing a common standard of culture. This is a measure of how we as movement have created the change we desire.
The final plenary for the 6th IEC was a report of Dr. Christopher B.H. Kim on the providence in Asia in the past year. Nation by nation he enumerated the victories made by the movement set against their goals of restoring a nation. He also showed the tremendous foundation built in the region. The audience was no doubt inspired at the leadership and unity of the movement in the region.
Thus came the end of the IEC but actually the start of a renewed spirit and fresh mind for the 600 chosen persons who will move the providence to greater heights.
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