Members of ACLC, Affiliates, and Friends...
The Online Matching System
is not just for Unificationists
It is with gratitude for our ever-growing ACLC membership that OMS offers a place where one can search for a spouse of like mind, heart, and aspiration. Building bridges between religions through the Marriage Blessing is one of the many ways we can appreciate our differences and focus on the godly principles that many religions advocate.
The Marriage Blessing that began with Rev. Moon's own followers has expanded to become an interreligious affirmation of the universal importance of marriage and family, more fundamental than our various faith traditions. Since 1992, clergy and members from many faiths have participated in the International and Interreligious Marriage Blessing Ceremony. Married couples join to rededicate their love to God and each other, renewing their marriage on the foundation of true love and Blessing that True Parents have brought to the world.
A few Q & A
These questions and answers are listed in "Finding the One" a handbook about the matching and blessing published by the Blessing and Family Ministry of the USA.
If I am of another faith and interested in receiving the Blessing with a Unificationist?
Yes! The guidelines in this handbook are extremely helpful for anyone seeking to be matched and Blessed. If you are of another faith seeking to be Matched with a member of the Unificationist community, contact the local Unification Movement Pastor. They will be happy to assist you in finding and selecting a Matching Advisor. Your Advisor will guide you to qualify as a Candidate and develop your personal matching plan. They will assist you, connect you to the Online Matching System, and support you in finding your eternal spouse.
If I want to be Blessed to someone of another faith?
Yes! If you have decided to marry outside of your own faith yet you still wish to be Blessed this handbook is for you. You understand the value that the Blessing holds and you are choosing to share that with your future eternal spouse. This is a beautiful gift, and we are honored to have your future spouse as a part of our growing family.
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Receive May 15, 2017
Hello, I am sorry my response took time. I wanted to make sure I had time to sit in front of my computer and type this but seems life is not giving me this time. I write to you as I am in bed with the lights off so I can get few hours of sleep before I go to work after I send this to you.
I wanted to tell you I really really appreciated your phone call. I felt like I tried to reach out, do my 5% (as the church would say), hoping something would change and I felt like I was shut down a lot of times In the past. You making that phone call twice and the email you sent was the most anyone in the church has ever done for me in such a long time. And It really touched me.
I just wanted to let you know, I wanted to try using OMS once, seriously commit to it, and see what happens from it. I hope I can try to find time to do it sometime soon... within the month.
I just wanted to let you know.
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Received September 2017
Hi Anne- Marie,
I would like to let you know that I got blessed during the recent Blessing. It was done by means of parents' matching. My spouse is from ---. I participated in the ceremony in September.
I would like to thank you for the love and support you have given me on this long and tough journey. Thank you so much for encouraging me to fearlessly pursue True Parents' vision. Your support came at a time when I was being ridiculed and belittled by elders and those in leadership. There were even threats after you wrote a letter to International HQ.
During the difficult times it meant a lot to me that a person that I had never met was urging me on and giving me love. It is because of that support that I am where I am today. I hope God gives you the strength to carry on as well as to bless you in your personal life and whatever you do.
Received from a Pastor
This newsletter is great. I feel this is really precious. I want to share it with the young First Gen in our community, all of whom are currently going through matching education. I feel you really highlighted some concerns they have and your words were soothing. I will share this with the community as I feel that not enough people are even aware of OMS, let alone your heart and investment behind the project. Thank you, Thank you.
Received from Candidates
I truly appreciate your concern and investment in OMS. At this time I'm waiting patiently to be interviewed by a sister in my hometown. Without your support and enthusiasm, I believe working through details to become a Candidate would have overwhelmed me. Although I began this process several years ago, and just now feel close to becoming a Candidate after 4 1/2 years, I've learned quite a bit from my Heavenly Parent about patience and sincerity.
Thank you for your constancy, effort and example. I have a dog, and it touched my heart that you showed a picture of your dog and cat in the newsletter. It is amazing how much help pets, and the creation overall have been in this family, and in helping my son and I manage stress and conflicts. He is over 15 now, but I wish I'd thought of getting a dog to walk and for my son to interact with at an earlier juncture in our life. Perhaps that's why you included their picture? Our dog is the one member of our family that we can always count on to make us laugh with or at her or at one another! When I finally get all parts of the BFM application completed, I'll begin again on the OMS site. It can't hurt to be as thorough as possible. Gratefully.
Thank you. This letter really helped free me up. I felt really understood as a young first gen. It is the reason I haven't been working on my process recently. It hurt my self-esteem and was stopping me from seeing my true value to God and his plan to restore the world. I also have grown in my understanding of the heart it takes for the advisors to provide a suggestion to me and I will respect that much more moving forward.