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Marraige conference scheduled for Jan. 12

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  • By Chaplain (Capt.) Paul Castillo
  • 36th Wing Chapel
Given the unique challenges military marriages face, educational opportunities are essential in creating successful relationships. The Love and Respect conference, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 2008, offers a way to demonstrate commitment to one's relationship. 

Love and Respect is a faith-based marriage conference taught by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. He teaches why couples often have conflict in their relationships, how to meet the deepest needs of a spouse and why it all matters. 

Approximately 100 people took advantage of an opportunity to enrich their relationships during the Love and Respect conference in July 2007. While many marriage conferences cater to women's needs of communication and emotional intimacy, the strengths of men are often overlooked. This conference was described as "a marriage conference men want to attend." 

Some view attendance of a marriage conference as a sign the relationship is in crisis. They may believe they don't have to go because their relationship is okay. But in order to keep a car running well, one would not neglect performing routine maintenance.

Commitment in marriage must occur every day; it is not just a one-time decision declared on the day of the wedding. A commitment to a relationship is found in daily decisions, as well as in crisis moments. 

The Love and Respect conference will be presented via a video format in a relaxed atmosphere. A workbook will be provided to help guide participants through the information. Each person will be able to keep the workbook for future reference. 

For more information, or to sign up for the Love and Respect conference, call 366-6139. Registration fee is $5 per person.

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