LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20, 2017 -- In collaboration with the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), the Los Angeles chapter of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP), an organization of chapters on college campuses created for students by students to promote principles and raise leaders, hosted a Revival Starts With Me rally on December 16, 2017 for the peaceful reunification of North and South Korea.
This rally was inspired by the message of Peace Starts With Me and the successful Peace Starts With Me rallies in Thailand, Japan, United States, and Korea, where Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, the Mother of Peace, gave the keynote addresses.
CARP LA was inspired by Dr. Moon and her late husband's, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, vision during CARP's international exchange trip to South Korea in July 2017. During that trip, three American student representatives had the opportunity to speak about the peaceful reunification at the South Korean Congress building. Following that, CARP LA decided to host one rally at the end of the year and two more the following year.
The organizing group for the rally connected to Christian churches with the understanding that true love and peace comes from God, the Creator. Knowing that God is the Heavenly Parent gives a basis to treat other humans like brothers and sisters. Based on this understanding, the organizing group connected to many pastors and congregations and invited them to the rally and participate in the joint choir.
The City of Refuge, the host of the event, was inspired to let CARP use their venue because of CARP's youthful spirit. Bishop Noel Jones, the Senior Pastor at the City of Refuge, went to South Korea a month prior to attend Dr. Moon’s 80,000 person rally for Korean peace and was even more inspired to support this initiative.