The Center for Pastoral Counseling of VA is offering Hold Me Tight workshops. The workshops are based on the writing of Susan Johnson who wrote a book entitled Hold Me Tight.
I especially like the workshop's "Seven Transforming Conversations."
reason I mention this is because I attended a service in a United
Methodist church in North Carolina a while ago that included quite a few
young adults, including young couples. During the pastoral prayer I
noticed many of the couples holding hands or even holding each other. (I
I was moved. Commitment is hard. Marriage is hard. These couples obviously saw prayer as a resource for their commitment.
came back to Foundry and suggested one Sunday that couples hold hands
or even put their arms around each other during the pastoral prayer. A
myself have gotten in the habit of leaving the pulpit and sitting with
Jane during Communion. Faith ought to be a resource for our marriages
and committed relationships.It is a resource if we will use it.
did hear back from one single person who said that inviting couples to
hold each other made him feel lonely during the prayer. Good point. I
don't know what to do about that. Any ideas?
it is great to be part of a congregation that believes in marriage
equality so no couples in our congregation are excluded!!!)
Check out the video here.