“We came as individuals, Marriage Enrichment made us a team again.”
“It was a new beginning for us.”
“We came because we thought we needed a new spark, but found we needed a complete overhaul.”
“I was relieved to find out that other couples face the same challenges.”
“We found the love we had misplaced."
”Marriage Enrichment brought us closer to Christ and to each other.”
Ecumenism and Interfaith
The Marriage Enrichment Program promotes Christian unity and inter-religious collaboration. It can be sponsored by Christian Churches and those of other faiths. The program as presently formulated is based on Christian Marriage. When sponsored by a Catholic parish the program reflects the Catholic faith principally through the liturgy (e.g., Mass) and the talk on "Marriage a Sacrament." When sponsored by other Christian Churches or those of other faiths, the teachings of the host congregation or community are expressed. This can be done by substitution of a prayer service for Mass and by changing the "Marriage A Sacrament" talk (for example, to "Marriage a Covenant" or to "Marriage a Church Ordinance") to reflect the host congregations teaching on marriage.
Incorporating the faith of the host church/congregation into the program can be done without altering the format or purpose. Couples attending in a church or congregation not of their faith should understand that the prayer services are the expression of the faith of the host parish/congregation. The program should never be used to proselytize (attempt to convert).
The program is to help enrich marriage by including God in the couple relationship. The basic process is an expression of real life experiences and develops mutual support for married couples. The program can be tailored to the needs of any community of people based on love and commitment to marriage.
Diversity is an underlying characteristic and strength of this program. The diversity experience and lessons learned include:
The program values and celebrates diversity and searches for ways to promote it.
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