First Advanced Divine Principle Webinar Takes Off
The first of a series of live, advanced Divine Principle webinars, led by Dr. Michael Hentrich, was completed on January 27, 2018.
The 12-day webinar covered key topics of the Principle in sometimes non-traditional ways and offered many points of internal guidance. More than 50 participants from six countries signed up for this debut webinar, but as participants shared recordings of the sessions with their friends, hundreds more viewed some classes.
Participants had a lot to say about their experience:
“It cleared up a lot of questions that I had.” … “Life-changing.” … “Out of the box.” … “I thought I knew the Principle, but there was so much more.” … “Straightforward, no barriers.” … “I liked the sharing about typical UC problems.” … “There was always something in the presentation for younger Unificationists to chew on.” … “Helped me regain a deeper vibration with True Parents.” … “Highest-quality seminar I have ever seen.” … “Resolved many doubts about the providence which no one had addressed before.” … “A deeper resonance with the heart of central figures, which helps indirectly to also understand what True Parents went through.” … “Spurred much thought and personal soul-searching.” … “It refreshed me and revived my spirit.” … “This is something that has long been waited for.” … “Masterfully compiled.”
One person wrote:
“This seminar brought great blessing to our family. From 1992 [until the start of] the webinar, my wife was not interested in studying DP. With your lectures she was reborn for the study of DP. Now she listens to the lectures and bought a new notebook for notes. Thank you, Brother. This is the best gift I could receive in 2018.”
For Dr. Hentrich, who was conducting a webinar for the first time, it was as much of a learning experience as it was for the participants. The beginning was plagued with challenging technical glitches, especially with the sound quality. “I was going crazy, pulling my hair out – what little I still have,” Dr. Hentrich said. “I knew if I didn’t get the technical problems solved, people would give up and leave.” Fortunately, with the help of outstanding Zoom tech support, the dragons were all defeated, and the rest of the sessions went smoothly.
The idea was to provide Dr. Hentrich’s unique, live, advanced Divine Principle webinar, but timed to fit a particular country or time zone. This inaugural webinar was aimed at North America, which spans multiple time zones. This made the time of the broadcast somewhat late in the evening for East Coasters. But, due to the enthusiastic response and appreciation of the participants, a repeat webinar is being planned soon, which will be broadcast a little earlier, especially for the sake of Easterners in the U.S. and Canada. Webinars for other countries and time zones are also in the works.
The advantage of the live webinar is, of course, that participants can ask questions and offer comments. An additional challenge for Dr. Hentrich was the confinement to a chair in front of the camera. He is well-known for wearing a wireless ear mic and walking around the stage and among the participants while teaching. “I am half Italian. I need to express myself and move around,” he said. But, having to sit in a chair, stationary, in front of the camera was a new experience and one he had to adjust to. “I can’t say I like webinars over live, face-to-face teaching, but this is where the people are. We have to go this way,” Dr. Hentrich said.
Anyone interested in participating can contact Dr. Hentrich at: firstname.lastname@example.org.