The 2017 Marriage Conference was a success. Many people contributed to a full day of workshops and raffle items, great meals and wonderful childcare. Here are a few comments from the feedback forms:
- Always good content and conversations.
- Ray and Star are so cute! And Chuck really got me thinking.
- Kids loved the t-shirts and hip-hop.
- I appreciated and learned from the keynote and each of the sessions I attended.
- We appreciated Michael and Gwenda’s and particularly Ray and Star’s.
- All of the meals were delicious and it felt luxurious to be fed such delicious food.
- I still can’t believe we won that quilt! Thank you for making it!
- Dance at the beginning was so moving. Very well done.
- We had been wanting to see Fireproof and never got around to it. Great movie.
- It’s nice to know that others have the same issues we do and are also dedicated to having better marriages.
We are very grateful to Bryn Athyn Church, Cairnwood Estate, and the Academy for their generosity in letting us use buildings, supplies, heat and staff. May the blessings reach far and wide as we strive to build healthy relationships.
~ Lori Odhner
Support for Marriage
We are here to offer support to people both before and during the process of building a marriage. There are many ways to show up in a helpful way, as is obvious during the wedding. Many hands eagerly assist the couple in creating a meaningful ceremony. Yet sometimes when life gets more difficult a few years down the road, a couple may forget how to access that lifeline. Mentoring, daily messages called Marriage Moats, an annual conference, and small groups are wonderful ways to keep a relationship strong. The blessing is that helping another couple enriches the life of the giver as well. Consider joining us next year on Valentine’s Day for a burst of warmth in February.
- If we follow God, true married love between a man and woman can last to eternity. That love is called conjugial love. Love therefore is not just a “happily ever after” story but can be a “happily forever after” story
- Confidence, deep friendship and the mutual desire to do everything we can for our partner characterize conjugial love
- To grow into that love, partners must seek to usefully serve God, their partner, their community, and the world. Values such as fidelity, service and integrity guide such a life
Read more New Church theology about marriage.
Visit our website dedicated to marriage: Caring for Marriage at www.caringformarriage.org. Caring for Marriage provides many resources in support of marriage:
- Marriage Moats, a daily email with inspiration and encouragement to focus on marriage
- Small Groups
- An annual Marriage Conference, held around Valentine’s Day
- Marriage mentoring programs