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Parents’ Matching Convocation #9 in Barrytown, NY, May 29-31, 2009

Jim Stephens and Hiromi Stephens
March 31, 2009


TO: All FFWPU District, State and Church leaders, all Blessed Families
FROM: Blessed Family Department
DATE: March 31, 2009
RE: Parents’ Matching Convocation #9 in Barrytown, NY, May 29-31, 2009

May the blessings of God and True Parents be fully present with you during this busy season.

We are pleased to announce the next Parents’ Matching Convocation #9. It will be held in Barrytown, NY, at the Unification Theological Seminary, during the last weekend of May (29th to 31st). Details and registration information are available on the Blessed Family Department website <>. Parents seeking opportunities to meet other parents, view more than 450 profiles of candidates, or simply to learn more about the matching process will want to register as soon as possible on the website. BCs age 23 and over may also attend.

These gatherings are invaluable for learning about the matching tradition and process, for networking with other families, and for renewing old friendships. All parents are invited to attend even if your BCs are younger than matching age. It’s valuable preparation to listen to the lectures and learn about the process.

All parents with eligible candidates are encouraged to submit photos and profiles to put on display even if you cannot attend. Visit the BFD website for all details ( ). If profiles are over one year old, it’s best to update all the information in advance of the Convocation. We suggest you subscribe to the BFD email news to get all the latest information:

Please announce this in your Sunday Church bulletins and on all your mailing lists. (See sample announcement below.)

To read reports of the previous eight Convocations, go to the BFD website and click on Reports <>. On that webpage you can see pictures, download PowerPoints, read participant reflections, and hear recordings.

Convocations are also being held in Japan and Korea, as well as in Europe. American parents may wish to participate in these or make their candidate profiles available. For more information contact your local or district BFD Representative.

We wish you tremendous success in your mission. God bless you and your family.


Rev. Jim Stephens
Co-Director, BFD

Mrs. Hiromi Stephens
Co-Director, BFD

Sample Announcement:

Parents Matching Convocation #9. Barrytown, NY, May 29-31. All parents with Second Generation eligible for matching now or in the future are encouraged to attend this event. Details are available on the BFD website ( or through your local BFD Representative. 

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