'Dearly Beloved' marriage seminars begin Sept. 14
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church created a task force in 2012 to study marriage, and members of the task force encouraged church congregations to have their own discussions on marriage. The topics were to cover historical, biblical and theological dimensions of marriage, as well as the changing norms and current trends.
This has resulted in plans being set by the Adult Education Committee at Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville to plan a series of discussions on marriage, entitled “Dearly Beloved,” using materials from the task force, to be held on five consecutive Sundays, beginning Sept. 14 through Oct. 12.
The topics are:
— Sept. 14: “What Makes a Marriage Christian? What Makes a Christian Marriage?”
— Sept. 21: “Marriage and Culture”
— Sept. 28: “Marriage and the Bible: A Study of Ephesians 5”
— Oct. 5: Panel discussion on marriage and relationships
— Oct. 12: “Should the Episcopal Church Change its Marriage Liturgy?”
The discussions will be facilitated by clerical and lay leaders, all committed to creating a safe space for the sharing of different views, wherever participants may fall on the continuum of attitudes toward marriage — from believing that traditional concepts of marriage must be preserved at all costs, to believing that they must be dismantled at all costs — all are welcome to participate in the series.
The sessions will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the parish hall at Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains, located at 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville.