Marriage Encounter

Deep Cove Crier October, 1991
Benjamin Franklin once said: "Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards". It has also been said that marriages are made in heaven, but we are responsible for the maintenance work. The "Marriage Encounter" movement is dedicated to keeping marriages alive and exciting. Over 65,000 couples every year go a Marriage Encounter weekend designed to "make good marriages better". Nowadays with double career marriages and endless busyness consuming our free time, marriages need more encouragement than ever.

Every couple who gets married wants their relationship to be lifelong and filled with great warmth and closeness. "Marriage Encounter" offers a way to rediscover that original specialness and intimacy. In Marriage Encounter they teach a new method of communication that reconnects us to our marriage partner in a brand new way. A special "love letter" model is used that cuts through years of defensiveness and distance.

Marriage Encounter was developed in the Roman Catholic church, and has since spread to many other denominations. As Fr. Chuck Gallagher, a founder, puts it, "Though we may think we know each other well, when we neglect feelings in a relationship, we neglect the deepest and most intimate part of ourselves ... sharing feelings leads us to great closeness because feelings are very personal, the most intimate part of us. The sharing of a deep feeling is the greatest gift a human being can give to another".

As husband and wife, we are often hesitant to share our feelings because it seems to threaten our independence and leave us vulnerable. But sharing feelings with our marriage partner also gives an incredible lightness and freedom.

Inside the heart of each and every one of us there is a longing to be understood by someone who really cares. When a person is understood, he or she can put up with almost anything in the world. Marriage Encounter offers a key to being truly understood by our spouse.
If you wish to learn more about Marriage Encounter, please call Reverend Ed Hird at 929-5350 or Joe and Bernice at 943-1862. You deserve the best

Rev Ed Hird,
Rector, St. Simonís Anglican Church

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