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Blessing Workshop for First Generation Matching Candidates

Jim and Hiromi Stephens,
December 11, 2006

Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
United States of America Headquarters
3224 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010
Tel: (202) 319-3200 / Fax: (202) 319-3201 / E-mail:

TO: District Directors, State Leaders, all members
FROM: Jim and Hiromi Stephens, Co-Directors, Blessed Family Department
DATE: December 11, 2006
RE: Blessing Workshop for First Generation Matching Candidates

Greetings brothers and sisters:

May the blessings and love of God and the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind be with you.

This memo is to announce the January, 2007, Blessing Workshop for First Generation members. We expect there will be an International Blessing to be held together with the World Culture and Sports Festival in Korea in the summer of 2007. Preparations for matchings are beginning at this time.


This Blessing Workshop will fulfill the requirement for all First Generation that want to be eligible for the next Blessing. Those who have attended past Blessings but did not participate in a Blessing Workshop should attend this one. The main lecturer will be Jim Stephens. There will be Divine Principle and internal guidance regarding the meaning and value of the Blessing. There will be Blessing preparation material to help men and women understand each other better. There will be practical guidance in finding a mate in the Unification tradition.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, January 12-14, 2007.

Saturday morning, January 13, 2007. 7:30am (breakfast) through Sunday dinner, January 14, 7:00pm. Please arrive early so we can start on time. We suggest you arrive on Friday evening. Rooms are available starting Friday evening. Let us know your arrival time.


Unification Theological Seminary,
30 Seminary Drive,
Barrytown, NY 12507
Phone: 845-752-3000
Fax: 845-752-3016


All First Generation members who have completed study and accepted the Divine Principle, understand and accept True Parents, and are interested in the possibility of being matched and Blessed.

All First Generation who have already been matched or Blessed but have not attended a previous Blessing Workshop.

All First Generation whose Blessing has broken and wish to be re-Blessed.

All First Generation Blessed members who wish to renew their understanding of the meaning and value of the Blessing and experience the heavenly environment of Barrytown. Blessed Couples are encouraged to attend for a second honeymoon. Private double rooms are available for an additional $10 per night.


Directions to U.T.S. (by car and from airports) can be found on their webpage.

Please arrange your own transportation. Due to shortage of staff, we cannot guarantee that rides from public transportation can be available. Please call if you need help.

For those flying to New York, we encourage you to fly into Albany Airport instead of one of the airports near New York City. Transportation is much more convenient although you need to rent a car or carpool. Albany Airport is just 1 hour from UTS.


$120.00. Includes accommodations for two nights and 6 meals from breakfast on Saturday through dinner on Sunday. Also includes coffee breaks and snacks. Meal tickets will be provided at registration.

No discounts for partial attendance.

Two nights is either Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday. Additional nights are $20 each.

You will be staying in the UTS dormitory. Private guest rooms are available for an extra $10 per night. Pillows, sheets, and blankets are provided.

Meals outside of the above schedule may be purchased on an a la carte basis.


The workshop fee can be paid anytime in advance, but upon arrival at the latest. Forms of payment are cash, credit card, debit card, or personal check. Cash is preferred in order to help us pay for expenses during the workshop. For your convenience there is a Payment Form on the Internet: Payment Form

Bring this form in order to save time at registration when you arrive at the workshop.


All participants must register IN ADVANCE. (We need to know who is coming.)

Register on-line by filling out the on-line registration form

Or print a Registration Form from the Internet (Reg. Form) and fax it.

To receive a registration form by fax, call Hiromi Stephens.


Hiromi Stephens

We appreciate your support for this workshop. Please share this memo with anyone that might be eligible but has not received it.

We request that all churches that have a Sunday Service Bulletin include the following announcement.

Blessing Workshop for First Generation. There will be a Blessing Workshop for all First Generation members on Martin Luther King Day weekend in Barrytown, January 12-14, 2007. You are invited if you are a candidate for future matching, a Blessed member who has not yet attended, or a Blessed Couple wishing to renew your understanding and Blessing. For information go to: or call Hiromi Stephens.

God bless you,

Jim and Hiromi Stephens
Co-Directors, BFD

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