Long Beach, CA, December 08, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- National Marriage Week USA announces a new initiative for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day 2012, and is putting forth a call to mobilize hundreds of diverse organizations to plan and prepare for awareness and activities for February 7 - 14, 2012. The goal is to elevate national attention on the need to strengthen marriage and ways to do it, and initiate new efforts to reduce the divorce rate and build a stronger marriage culture which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children.
Chuck Stetson, chairman of National Marriage Week USA says, “The alarming drop in marriage rates in America combined with high divorce rates are costly to the nation—financially costly to taxpayers and individuals, and emotionally costly to children. The nation needs to pay attention.”
“Marriage works,” says NMWUSA executive director Sheila Weber. “Research shows that marriage makes people happier, live longer, and build more economic security. Children with married parents perform better in school. There are proven ways to repair and restore marriages—but most folks don’t know where to go to get the help they need.”
In Long Beach, CA, New Life Pastoral Counseling is collaborating with “No Greater Love - A National Marriage Week Celebration,” according to founder of New Life Pastoral Counseling, Rev. Dr. Angela Butts Chester. This six day seminar will cover a range of topics, including sex and intimacy, children, expectation, conflict resolution, finances and more. Registration is available via the website.
A new Marriage Index, released by the Institute for American Values in October 2009, reveals a huge decline in national marriage indicators. One indicator shows 78 percent of adults were married in 1970, while only 57 percent of adults were married in 2008.
“The No Greater Love seminar being conducted by New Life Pastoral Counseling, is an important step in getting traditional marriage numbers back to the standard they once were. Past generations had it right – marriage is vital to the moral code of the country. So many people have decided that the institution of marriage is no longer important, and we see the decline in the value system of our country,” she said. “The biblical values of marriage still stand to guide and lead us. No Greater Love, is a marriage education class. The more you know, the better prepared you are for the ups-and-downs of marriage. Life in general, but marriage in particular, can be a roller coaster ride – don’t become derailed.”