The Words of the Schanker Family
Further Details Regarding the Divine Principle Workshop for Clergy
October 4, 2002
The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) will host a workshop on the Divine Principle for key ACLC clergy from Monday, Oct. 21 through Saturday, Oct. 26 in beautiful Ocean City, Maryland, on the Atlantic coast near Washington, D.C.
This workshop is designed for committed ACLC clergy and leadership to gain a foundation to understand the spiritual world’s proclamation of True Parents as Messiah. It is not an introductory session for those who simply wish to learn more about our movement. The role of clergy to support and testify to the Messiah will be openly discussed, and the testimonies of various clergy who have reached that level of commitment will be shared. As Rev. Jenkins says, "This is not for the faint at heart. The attendees from your region will form the core of your ACLC chapters and determine their growth and development."
Please consider the following guidelines:
1. Theme and Content – The workshop theme is "Who is Rev. Moon?" The entire Divine Principle will be covered, as well as discussions of the Clouds of Witnesses, the meaning of the Blessing, the change of blood lineage, Father’s life course, and the fruits of True Parents’ ministry. Testimonies and guidance from ACLC leaders such as Archbishop Stallings, Rev. C. Phillip Johnson, Rev. Daugherty, and others will be included. There will be ample time for questions and answers and discussion. Participants will gain deeper understanding of their own providential role as "John the Baptist" figures, supporting the Lord of the Second Advent in the "second Israel" of America. They will inherit important sermon content and Bible quotes to help prepare them for this mission and ministry.
2. Who should attend – Regional directors are welcome to participate. Regional vice directors are needed to attend and support the program as staff. Clergy participants should be those who basically understand and accept Rev. Moon’s mission. It is not for those who are seriously struggling with this issue. Spouses will not be accepted unless they are executive committee members or core ACLC clergy in their own right. The national executive committee will have final approval over who will be invited to come. Attached please find an invitation letter for clergy and an application, which can be distributed once approval is received for your invitees. (see below)
3. Approval process – Send regional recommendations as soon as possible directly to Rev. Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org AND copy to Jorg Heller at email@example.com. Do not invite clergy to attend until approval is received from the executive committee. Since the cost of transportation to and from Washington will be borne by each region, you should submit recommendations as quickly as possible to take advantage of low cost advance purchase fares. Headquarters will do our best to respond promptly to all recommendations.
By October 16th regions should fax to headquarters a completed application form for each approved participant. [202-319-3201]
4. Regional scholarships -- FFWPU headquarters will provide scholarships for up to five clergy per region, as well as for regional directors and vice regional directors. Scholarships cover all accommodations and food and any travel during the workshop. Transportation for all participants to and from Washington, D.C. is the responsibility of each region. Regions are welcome to send additional participants (based upon approval), but must assume the cost of accommodation for those participants (approximately $75 per day double occupancy).
5. Schedule – All attendees should arrive by Sunday evening, or Monday morning, 10:00 a.m. at the latest. Those arriving Sunday should proceed directly to the Sheraton National hotel, where their rooms will be covered by FFWPU. Participants arriving Monday morning should be at the UFC headquarters building well before noon.
Attendees will be expected to fully participate in lectures and all activities.
The seminar will conclude Friday night, Oct. 25. Departing flights should be scheduled for Saturday afternoon after 1:00 p.m. (Ocean City is a minimum 3-hour drive from all area airports.) Early departures, or any form of partial attendance, are not acceptable. We cannot pick up participants upon arrival, but we will provide transportation to airports for departures.
6. What to bring – Each participant should bring a color-coded DP book and a Bible (KJV or RSV). [Color-coded DP books will be available for purchase at the workshop.] Attire should be "worship" and casual. Recreational activities may include swimming and fishing.
7. Accommodations – Accommodation will be provided at the Holiday Inn in Ocean City for the nights of Oct. 21-25 (check-out Oct. 26th, a.m.). Guests who desire single occupancy may request a single and pay the hotel the additional cost upon arrival ($35 a day based upon availability). The sponsors will provide meals and regularly scheduled refreshments during the course of the conference. Guests are responsible to pay for food and drink outside of scheduled meals and refreshments. Guests are also responsible for incidentals such as room service, telephone charges, etc. Special meal requirements should be noted on the application form.
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