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“Divorce is not the enemy; abuse is not the enemy. Dead marital relationships are the enemy,” says marriage and family therapist Terry Hargrave, recently hired by Fuller. How do we revive the relationship, the “oneness,” the “we” in marriage? How do we nurture “we” without losing “me?” What about power, mutual submission, and transformation in marriage? How do we move beyond focusing solely on our marriages and our kids and participate in missions to the larger world? We will explore the legacy of one biblical multi-generational family to address this last question. The workshop is geared not only toward those anticipating marriage, but also to those of any age ready to take a fresh look at their marriages, mentors interested in nurturing younger marriages, and anyone needing an encouraging reminder that, single or married, God has a fulfilling mission for each one of us.
Egalitarian marriage is a marriage without any hierarchy. Theoretically, everything operates on an equal plane. Tasks and responsibilities are equally shared. We believe that full partnership in marriage is the most biblical view, producing the most intimate, wholesome, and mutually fulfilling marriages. This workshop examines the practical aspects of living out the egalitarian vision. It examines how a husband and wife must work cooperatively to enjoy a healthy, holy, and happy life together. This workshop is most applicable for marriage relationships and ministry practitioners.
In 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) used the phrase “best interest(s) of the child” five times in its forty articles. Christian scholars not only question the reduction of parental guidance this phrase may inspire, but others have also pondered the difference between “best interest” and “best love” in nurturing children. Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen—a leading Christian psychologist—will examine how theological traditions have affirmed not only the autonomy, or “sovereignty,” of individuals, but also social institutions, including the family. Mary will also propose a “third way” between the extremes of cultural relativism and biological determinism in Christian families.