Friday, February 26, 2010

Journey Toward Intimacy Offers Couples An Opportunity for Growth

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By J.B. McMillen

Over 50 couples participated in the Journey Toward Intimacy marriage retreat held Jan. 22-23 in the Garber Auditorium of Chan Shun Hall. Presented by Willie Oliver, director of NAD Family Ministries, and his wife Elaine, the marriage retreat was specifically designed and focused on the nurturing and strengthening of marriages, both well-established and just “starting out.”

“I was impressed by how many important topics and interactive sessions the Olivers could fit into one weekend! I had a fun time with my wife at every meeting, and we got to talk about some things we have needed to discuss but hadn't found the time or motivation to do so,” lauded seminarian David Hamstra. “My wife and I have made several improvements to our marriage as a result of what we experienced, and I consider the Journey Toward Intimacy time well spent.”

Journey Toward Intimacy is one of several community-wide events hosted by the Department of Religious Education at the Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. This summer, July 16-17, 2010, is Family Celebration Sabbath. It’s a weekend of affirming family life and values. For more information on Journey Toward Intimacy, Family Celebration Sabbath, and/or the variety of academic offerings through the Department of Religious Education, call 269-471-6186 or visit



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