HOUSTON – Clergy, counselors, pastoral care workers and lay persons from across the United States gathered here Jan. 22-25, to share insights, tools and resources for strengthening marriages and ministering to married couples in times of challenge and crisis. Keynote speakers set the tone for daily workshops, which focused on a variety of marital challenges set in the context of Kairos and Chronos time. Keynote speakers included Dn. Michael and Gail Hyatt, Dn. Stephen Muse, PhD, and Carrie Frederick Frost, PhD.
A spirit of mutual respect, love, and sharing, anchored in morning and evening worship, permeated the workshops, group activities and spirited fellowship amongst the participants. In a spirit of self- and pastoral- reflection, participants both gave and received from one another tools for effectively ministering to married couples as they navigate the various stages and challenges of marriage.
Fr. Alexander Goussetis, Director of the Center for Family Care notes, “Healthy marriages are threatened by unique struggles in our culture today. The conference was designed to integrate the treasured resources of our Orthodox tradition with the people who serve on the front lines of ministry.”
We are very grateful to Leadership 100 for the grant to fund this conference and to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Houston for their support in making this conference a welcoming and blessed experience for all who participated.
For more information on the Center for Family Care, please visit www.family.goarch.org