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"Special Category" East Coast Workshop for Second Generation who have Fallen Washington DC, October 20-22, 2006
Chang Shik Yang
September 21, 2006
Memo #BFD 2006-09-21
TO: Regional, State and Church Leaders, Blessed Family Department Representatives; for all Blessed Central Families and Second Generation
FROM: Dr. Chang Shik Yang, Rev. Michael Jenkins and Rev. Phillip Schanker
DATE: September 21, 2006
RE: "Special Category" East Coast Workshop for Second Generation who have Fallen Washington DC, October 20-22, 2006
The fourth east coast special workshop for members of the Second Generation who have fallen, and/or their parents will be held on the weekend of October 20-22, 2006. With the theme "The Path, Hope and Ministry for "Special Category" Second Generation," the 2-day program will be held in a beautiful and private site nestled in the mountains of Virginia, south of Washington, DC. Youth in this category are welcome to attend, and may invite their parents as well.
As always, participation in this program is private, and reserved for those Blessed Children who have fallen, but are reconsidering the value of the Principle or seeking a path to the Blessing in their lives. Parents may attend with their children, if their son or daughter approves. Parents seeking to love their child who has embraced a relationship or lifestyle outside of the Blessing, while standing for their faith may also attend by themselves, and will meet as a separate group.
Participants are required to respect the privacy and confidentiality of all participants, and will be asked to sign an agreement promising not to discuss who attends or what takes place during the weekend to anyone outside of the seminar or the "SCBC" ministry. Those who wish to attend should contact the ministry privately by Email at SCBC@familyfed.org to learn the location, schedule and registration details, and receive a registration form. The form may also be downloaded from a hidden site.
The Blessing is given by the authority of True Parents on a 6000-year foundation of indemnity, including the sacrifice of Jesus, a history of circumcision, celibacy, and martyrdom, True Parents’ victorious course and your own physical parents’ sacrifices. Children born from the God-centered union of a Blessed Couple are eternally precious to God. Although one of these young people may have tragically fallen, the eternal value of a Blessed Child cannot simply be erased. Therefore the course and responsibility of youth in this category is unique, and needs to be understood and supported.
Following the crowning of the King and Queen of Peace, Father opened a gate to embrace Second Generation who have fallen. In successful workshops in the USA and Europe, as well as at Chung Pyung Training Center, a number of youth and parents have experienced the unchanging love of God and found hope in a clear process of restoration, as well as a path to the Blessing. Many couples have already been matched and Blessed as a result of this process.
Why do we call this group the "Special Category?" True Father has made clear that BCs who have fallen are not simply "First Generation," and all the historical investment in their lineage and their parents’ Blessing is not simply erased. It is a serious mistake for these children to just marry any outside "1st generation" spouse, even though they may feel love or commitment horizontally. It is similarly tragic for a fallen BC to pursue or marry a pure Second Generation, undermining the foundation for that unfallen BC to restore the original standard of love purely through their Blessing. By those who have fallen connecting with the same category for their matching and Blessing, True Parents intend to provide a course to restore their lineage and value through their children.
To support this process, an "SCBC" (Special Category Blessed Children) ministry has been established in the US, with a secure private website and discussion group for youth, matching support and networking with candidates in the same category worldwide, and ongoing education.
The October workshop will be led by Rev. Phillip Schanker, Vice-President for Education of the Family Federation and Mrs. Hiromi Stephens, Co-Director of the Blessed Family Department, as well as single and Blessed Second Generation from the Special Category Ministry.
The spiritual circumstance and path to the Blessing for this category will be discussed, and we will do our best to answer any and all questions. Special meetings will be organized for youth who have attended previously, as well as for parents. Participants in past workshops have experienced both relief and encouragement through encountering others who can truly understand their situation and feelings. Some need to simply focus on healing and renewing their spiritual life and family relationships.
We look forward to hearing from those young people who wish to find a clear path toward the Blessing, or simply to reconcile the past and search for their purpose and destiny.
Dr. Chang Shik Yang
FFWPU of North America
Rev. Michael Jenkins
Rev. Phillip Schanker
Vice President for Education
Friday, October 20th, 3:00 PM through Sunday, October 22nd, 3:00 PM
The workshop retreat site is within 120 minutes of Dulles International Airport. Some other airports may be more convenient. For air travel, plan on early Friday afternoon arrivals and Sunday evening departures. Contact the SCBC Ministry for details.
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