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Copyright 2004 Lee Williams

Communication

Problem-Solving

Religious Differences

Meaning of Marriage

 

Introduction
Discovery
Education
Application
Supplemental
Resources

Spiritual Bond

Religious Affiliation

Children

Acceptance

The Meaning of Marriage


Through a variety of experiences, individuals develop a personal definition of what marriage is, as well as accompanying values regarding marriage. Some individuals, for example, see marriage as primarily a legal or social institution. Others, however, emphasize the spiritual nature of marriage. Some Protestant denominations label marriage as a covenant, while Catholics speak of marriage as a sacrament. Clearly, our religious backgrounds can strongly influence our views and values around marriage. It is important, therefore, that interchurch couples take time to explore the meaning that each gives to marriage, particularly in relationship to their spiritual or religious beliefs. The goal of this unit is to help you explore the meaning that you and your partner give to marriage, and hopefully help you arrive at a shared meaning.