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How To Become Positive Marriage Role Models

We all have that one couple that we look up to - the one we try to emulate our relationships after. How do the role models in our lives step into that leadership role? Check out this article by Prepare & Enrich for a few tips on becoming a positive example for others.

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How To Cope With Squabbling Siblings

The pandemic has been hard on children. Sibling screaming matches seem louder, now that they have no where to go and nothing to do. Provide the parents in your congregation with the resources they need to mediate arguments with this helpful article from Irish Times.

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The Type of Love That Makes People Happiest

Falling in love is exhilarating, but that feeling isn’t the key to a happy relationship or compassionate love. Check out this article by the Atlantic, for a rundown of how to find contentment in your relationships during any season of life.

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Why Millennials Refuse To Get Married

Marriage has been on a downhill trajectory for generations, but with millennials, it's a free fall. Why is this? Check out some of the latest research by Bentley University and Pew Research Center for a comprehensive analysis of this detached generation and where we go from here.

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Stop Saying You’re Happily Married

"If we were more honest about the so called challenges of wedded bliss, we'd all be better off." American culture demands for more transparency in marriage. Elle suggests that couples should embrace each moment without the pressure of labeling. “There are moments of both joy and suffering in any relationship, but the sacredness of marriage is weathering the storm.”

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Caring Dads Probably Came First, Before Providing Dads

The instinct to nurture was embedded in male biology from the beginning of creation. Though, nowadays, men have stepped into a more providing role, research shows that our early fathers were caretakers. Read more from this counter-cultural article at the link below.

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Communio Launches Church Network in Pittsburgh

Different from our City Platforms, this catalytic two-year project will recruit and equip an ecumenical network of five of the largest Protestant and Catholic churches in the county with Communio’s proven change model, digital outreach services, and consultative support to pivot toward marriage and relationship-focused and engagement in 2021.

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Fostering Children’s Questions During COVID-19

The question, "why" is no stranger to parents. However in a year that's left everyone wondering why, parents are finding themselves stumbling over how to answer this difficult and pressing question - "why are we still at home?" Check out this article by the Child and Family blog for tips on how to guide parents through this difficult season of transparency with their children.

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Is Marriage Becoming Irrelevant?

American's attitudes about marriage are changing and these trends are consistent with attitudes surrounding morality, which has moved in a less traditional direction. For some of the latest news on these kinds of discoveries, check out this article by Gallup.

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Get Married for the Sake of the Children

The Marriage Foundation released an interesting research paper on the effects of childhood stability in non-married families. For a breakdown of this research, check out the link below.

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Number 7 in 2020: Black Dads Matter

The affects of a father's presence in the household are psychologically exponential for a child's development. That is why promoting responsible fatherhood should be at the forefront of every organizations priorities list. Check out this article by IFS as they share the lengths being taken to promote this kind of environment in black communities.

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Majority of Americans Now Believe in Cohabitation

Cohabitation is the new norm. Shifting gender roles and expectations, the delay of marriage, and a secularizing culture are leading more American adults to believe that moving in together before tying the knot is a good idea. A recent Barna study asked Americans their views on cohabitation: the pros, cons, motivations, and effects of living together prior to marriage. Gain insight into this cultural shift with the article at the link below.

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8 Must Read Marriage Blogs

Save yourself the time it would take you to navigate to your google search bar and check out this list of must read marriage blogs by marriage experts, Love Thinks!

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Is It Possible to Balance Work, Family and Love?

Nearly all US couples believe that it is possible to have a career, raise a healthy family, and stay in love, but does data support this ideolody? Check out this article by Barna for a breakdown of statistics and helpful insight for making it work.

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The U.S. Divorce Rate Has Hit A 50-Year Low But It’s Not All Good News

We live in a tumultuous time. Like all living organisms, love in a marriage needs to be nourished to thrive. What works for one may not work for another, and what worked once may not work now. Therefore, we frequently need to focus on and tend to the health of one’s marriage and not take its existence or our spouse for granted. Check out this article with some simple and practical tips for keeping love strong in today's marriages.

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What’s Love Got to Do With a Lasting Marriage?

We live in a tumultuous time. Like all living organisms, love in a marriage needs to be nourished to thrive. What works for one may not work for another, and what worked once may not work now. Therefore, we frequently need to focus on and tend to the health of one’s marriage and not take its existence or our spouse for granted. Check out this article with some simple and practical tips for keeping love strong in today's marriages.

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What Holiday Stress Means For Couples

Statistics following this years pandemic are predicting a decrease in the number of divorces, since spouses are able to spend more time together working on issues. To read more, check out the link below.

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Divorce Is Down During COVID-19

Statistics following this years pandemic are predicting a decrease in the number of divorces, since spouses are able to spend more time together working on issues. To read more, check out the link below.

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Marriages Between Democrats and Republicans Are Extremely Rare

Interfaith marriages are far more common than that of marriages between two individuals of opposing political parties. Studies are showing that only 4% of people willingly marry into marriages with different political affiliations. To read more about these interesting statistics, click the link below.

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How churches can save marriage — & American religiosity

by John-Paul De Gance, October 20, 2019 12:00 AM: Marriage season is in full swing. Early autumn has become the most popular season to marry, as more and more couples choose an October wedding. In fact, October lays claim to three of America’s most popular wedding dates.

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How Baptists & Catholics Together Helped Save Thousands of Florida Marriages

A faith-based marriage enrichment program developed in Jacksonville appears to have driven divorce rates down. Can the model be replicated? In 2017, something unprecedented took place in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Baptist Association and local Catholic Diocese joined forces to co-sponsor a large marriage education and enrichment program for the Duval County area. What inspired local Catholics and evangelicals to come together was a privately funded community campaign to strengthen marriage. Over a three-year period, an organization called the Culture of Freedom Initiative (COFI) worked with about 50 Protestant and Catholic churches and over 40 local nonprofits to reach about 50,000 adults in Jacksonville…

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The Incredible Success Story Behind One County’s Plummeting Divorce Rate Should Inspire Us All

NEWSWEEK – Anyone who's experienced divorce knows the tragic consequences. It's hard on the adults, the kids and anyone else connected to it. In an age where common ground is hard to find, there's been widespread agreement in academic and political circles about the importance of family stability in the lives of children and communities across the country. Yet there's also been a real sense of fatalism about our ability to do anything about it. Changing something as important as divorce rates has seemed about as possible as changing the weather to many experts and social scientists.

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The Federal Government Has Been Trying to Strengthen Marriage, and it Hasn’t Been Helping

WASHINGTON EXAMINER – To understand the vast gap in efficacy between government work to promote healthy marriages and the work of civil society, one privately funded project, now called Communio, worked with local organizers and churches to produce a sharp decline in divorce in Jacksonville, Fla., by 24% over three years. The program cost just 0.8% of the cost per person of the federal program, which was created during the Bush administration.

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22 Percent of Millennials Say They Have “No Friends”

VOX – Today, members of the millennial generation are ages 23 to 38. These ought to be prime years of careers taking off and starting families, before joints really begin to ache. Yet as a recent poll and some corresponding research indicate, there’s something missing for many in this generation: companionship.

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The Game Plan for Divorce (Part 1)

Communio President JP De Gance joins Traci DeVette Griggs on Family Policy Matters, a weekly radio show from the North Carolina Family Policy Council, to discuss how Communio operates and what it is doing differently to strengthen marriages and limit divorces.

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The Game Plan for Divorce (Part 2)

Communio President JP De Gance continues his conversation with Traci DeVette Griggs on Family Policy Matters, a weekly radio show from the North Carolina Family Policy Council. He discusses how Communio equips churches with Big Data tools and relationship ministry best practices to strengthen marriages in a community.

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Communio President on The Hard Question

Do Millennials Believe in God? Communio’s President JP De Gance sits down with Blanquita Cullum on The Hard Question – a local Chicago-based show broadcast locally on WCGO and on Soundcloud – to share our key findings on the direct relationship between the strength of married life and active faith practice. They also discuss the launch of Communio’s first City Platform in Billings, Montana as well as our plans to scale into new cities in 2019.

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Communio President on Bill Martinez Live

Faith is Falling Because the Family is in Freefall Communio’s President JP De Gance sits down with Bill Martinez on Bill Martinez Live – a nationally syndicated conservative talk show – to share our key findings on the direct relationship between the strength of married life and active faith practice. They also discussed the launch of Communio’s first City Platform in Billings, Montana as well as our plans to scale into new cities 2019.

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The Crisis of American Loneliness

THE WEEK – According to a recent YouGov survey, some 30 percent of American millennials say that they are "lonely." More than 20 percent report that they have no friends; a quarter claim to have no close ones. Many even insist that they have no "acquaintances," which should, one hopes, be impossible. But I wonder. For even younger people, in so-called "Generation Z," the figures are even bleaker.

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Reversing Social Disintegration

NATIONAL AFFAIRS – Communio…used the latest marketing techniques to "microtarget" outreach, engaged local churches to maximize its reach and influence, and deployed skills training to better prepare individuals and couples for the challenges they might face. [Communio] highlights how employing systems thinking and leveraging the latest in technology and data sciences can lead to significant progress in addressing our urgent marriage crisis.

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