The Words of the Stephens Family

Blessing Workshop for First Generation Matching Candidates

Jim and Hiromi Stephens
May 15, 2007

TO: Regional Directors, Vice Regional Directors, State Leaders, all members
FROM: Jim and Hiromi Stephens, Co-Directors, Blessed Family Department
DATE: May 15, 2007
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 a Blessing Workshop for First Generation members in June, 2007. All First Generation members who will be attending the International Blessing on July 5, 2007, during the World Culture and Sports Festival in Korea, are required to attend a Blessing Workshop.

Those couples who were matched on May 5th-6th are especially invited to attend this workshop. There will be special, separate, educational sessions for these couples. This is a great opportunity for you to meet each other in a heavenly environment, pray together, and reflect seriously on your future plans.

All First Generation members need to attend a Blessing Workshop as one of the requirements to receive the Blessing.

All registrations are be taken on the Internet at the following link:

If you plan to attend, you must register on the Internet so we have a record that you are coming.


This Blessing Workshop fulfills the requirement for all First Generation that want to be eligible for the Blessing. Those who have attended past Blessings but did not participate in a Blessing Workshop should attend this one. 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 explanations of the practical details of the matching process in the Unification tradition.

Lectures will be given by Rev. Phillip Schanker, Jim and Hiromi Stephens, and other elders with experience in Blessing events, marriage enrichment, counseling, and more.


The weekend of June 8 - 10, 2007.
Begins at 7:00pm, Friday evening, June 8, 2007.
Ends on Sunday at 2:00pm after lunch.

Please arrive early so we can start on time. Dinner on Friday is on your own.

Let us know your arrival time on the online submission form.


Unification Theological Seminary, 30 Seminary Drive, Barrytown, NY 12507


This workshop is for members only.

All participants must have completed study of the whole Divine Principle and accepted the conclusion and True Parents as the Second Coming.


All single members who are candidates for matching.
All recently matched couples.

First Generation who have already been matched or Blessed but have not attended a previous Blessing Workshop are expected to attend to fulfill the requirement for Blessing.

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.


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.

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 5 meals from breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Also includes coffee breaks and snacks. Meal tickets will be provided at registration.

No discounts for partial attendance.

Additional nights are $20 each.

You will be staying in the UTS student dormitory in a bunk bed. 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.


All participants must register IN ADVANCE on the Internet. We need to know who is coming. Your advance registration also saves time when you arrive.

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.


The workshop fee can be paid anytime in advance. You can also pay upon arrival at the registration table.

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.

Contact: 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 the weekend of June 8 to 10, in Barrytown, New York. 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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