Bring Take Back Marriage
Study and Formation Programs
To your Parish or Community
Getting the Marriage Conversation Right
Foundational to the evangelization of culture for marriage is preparation: learning new ways to express the gospel of marriage to family and friends in language they can understand and verify is true. The processes for doing this starts with a six week study program using CCG's guide for effective dialogue, Getting the Marriage Conversation Right. This can be done in existing faith sharing groups or by organizing small Faith & Action Circles among friends. Some pastors are receptive to organzing circles as part of a parish-wide project.
What does a marriage study group meeting look like?
Bishop Salvatore Cordileone,
Faith and Action Circles:
- Forge community and fellowship for learning, action, and mutual support that will alleviate the sense of isolation so many lay Catholics feel and enable positive coordinated action for evangelization and civic participation.
- Provide an opportunity for personal formation in the thought and method of John Paul II and Catholic Social Teaching. The emphasis is on learning new positive techniques for discussing issues related to marriage, family, and human sexuality with family members and friends in secular terms that they can repeat without fear of retribution or intimidation.
- Build a prepared and committed team of people conversant in positive messages and techniques who can mobilize and quickly activate others to effectively promote or oppose policies related to marriage and family with school boards and government officials at all levels.
Join the Stand with Children team committed to rebuilding a marriage culture.
Join or start a Faith & Action Circle.
Volunteer to become a leader in your area.
The circles are led by a moderator who requires no training or experience to start. They are similar to programs like Renew, self-guided Bible studies, or models used by Legion of Mary and other Catholic movements. Circles can be started within parishes, or with people in parish organizations like the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters, Cursillo, and prayer groups, or among friends across parish boundaries.
The meetings involve reading a designated text, offering personal reflections, and discussing and committing to a simple action such as sharing an insight with a friend or family member or writing a letter to the editor using an insight from the circle. This is faith in action. See materials
The readings offer insights into new ways of communicating the indisputable reality of marriage that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union.