‘Marriage Saver’ coming to town
By Juanita Russell
Times-Mail, Bedford, Indiana
November 9, 2007
Circle Nov. 13 on your calendar to attend an important educational
meeting focusing on marriage and family.
The Marriage and Family Alliance of Lawrence County is hosting Mike
McManus, the co-founder of Marriage Savers. McManus has been a
correspondent for Time magazine and is the syndicated author of “Ethics
and Religion.” He will present the strategy and details of this
successful model as well as answer questions and concerns of how to
adapt his plan of action for Lawrence County.
His presentation will include the importance of training mentor
couples who help provide support in 1) premarital preparation, 2)
enrichment opportunities 3) marriage reconstruction 4) marriage
reconciliation 5) step-families. He will also address the nuts and bolts
of developing a community marriage policy. (For more information on
McManus and Marriage Savers go to www.marriagesavers.com.)
Currently there are 220 communities in the United States
participating as Marriage Saver communities. Several of those
communities have seen a significant reduction in the divorce rate and
strengthening of marriages and families as a result of this effort. They
have developed extensive planning and implementation processes that help
people prepare for lifelong marriages, strengthen existing marriages and
restore troubled marriages.
In most communities, faith congregations assume a leadership role in
major aspects of preparation and mentoring opportunities. But these
congregations act in concert with many other community leaders
representing the whole community. As part of this community, we look
forward to you being part of this discussion.
Recently someone indicated that this ‘marriage project’ belongs only
in the field of religion. What a terrible misconception!
Data from a wide variety of studies, including data collected from
the National Fatherhood Institute and The Future of Children, indicate
the numerous challenges that face our nation as a whole, community after
community, and the troubles and challenges of many people, both children
and adults, are the result of the disintegration of the family. The
family is the basic unit of society.
Looking within our own families and communities, most of us are aware
of numerous challenges, but the data presents the scope and consequences
of these challenges. If still in doubt about all these facts, just talk
to teachers and principals who see the result day after day. It is most
difficult to challenge and equip young minds and hearts, when too many
of those hearts are torn and broken.
Please join us for this important meeting to be held at the First
Christian Church from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Tuesday the 13th is a wonderful
opportunity to be part of an effort that is working on developing
solutions that affect us all. Hope to see you there!
Juanita Russell is a member of the Marriage and Family Alliance
and PeopleWork Associates.