Third Annual COR “Recharge” Retreat for Young Professionals
May 5-7, 2017 - Mt. Gilead, PA
“An unplugged experience that recharged my spirit.” - Toyo Hagiwara
“An encouraging, positive experience. Everyone came with such an open mind and heart that I go away feeling tremendous hope for the future of our movement.”
May 5-7th found 45 young professionals in the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania for the third annual COR “Recharge” Retreat. Attendees came from DC, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware; their backgrounds included engineering, education, finance, media/marketing, non-profit, and the military.
The intention for the weekend was to provide an opportunity to “recharge” and nourish the spirit through:
- Connecting to God’s love
- Sharing best practices for faith/work balance
- Creating a community of support for continued growth
The weekend included insightful presentations, moving testimonies, interactive activities, rounds of gaga ball, and a time to relax and reflect. Participants discussed both challenges and best practices in navigating their careers, lives of faith, and relationships, and had a chance to share their visions for the future and connect with one another on a deeper level. Hannah Gravrand was moved by the “opportunity to experience genuine and raw relationships with other Unificationists who are all good-hearted and determined to sincerely build a better world in their daily lives.”
Talks and testimonies by Christina Lange, Joe Leonard, Danso Sawamukai, and Ten-Seng Guh left participants with meaningful takeaways.
Kyra Moyer, “really enjoyed the presentations because they were down to earth and relatable. We all have a path to walk and there is a lot we can learn from each other - we are not in it alone. I was reminded of how loving, caring, and supportive this community is. It was great having discussions and conversations that challenge me to reflect on my life and where I want to go from here.”
Components such as the Saturday evening program were a highlight for many. For Trevor Myers, “That sense of being present with others as they told of their journeys and feeling them be present for me was a truly wonderful experience.” Brian Veith was grateful to “learn more about everyone else and experience the awesome people they are - because the retreat provided the context to get to know the real depth of the person.”
The weekend concluded Sunday morning with a session facilitated by Naokimi Ushiroda and focused on defining the values we want to live by, finding balance in our areas of passion, skill, career, and contribution to the world, as well as setting simple goals for cultivating healthy habits in our lives.
For a returning participant this was a chance to reflect “That if I don't find more purpose in my work/life I will never be fulfilled. That I need to be more honest and conscious about what I value and who I want to be and create habits that lead to a lifestyle that supports them.”
For Alex Beebe, this “honest, open, thought provoking, and instrumental” weekend helped him reflect on the value of finding friends and mentors who can help “find the connection between what I am passionate about and what I have to offer.”
Emiri Tomeda was grateful for “the opportunity to reflect about our roots, to connect with other people's experiences, and to get tips to move forward.”
For Raymond Burns, one of the weekend’s staff members, this weekend was “A relaxing retreat that left me excited to go back to my daily life.” Elisa Hack walks away reminded “I have an amazing supportive community.”
A huge thank you to all the generous donors who contributed to making this a memorable weekend for all who attended!
STAFF: Christina Lange, Tasnah Moyer, Ten-Seng Guh, Raymond Burns, Jenn Perkins