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Childbirth and Fathers: A Winning Combination

Childbirth and Fathers: A Winning Combination By Lakisa Muhammad A recent study proved that the involvement of fathers in the pregnancy and birth process improved birth outcomes. The birth of a child is the birth of an answer. A solution to the social problems we face as a community. We must begin to welcome our…

Fathering in America: What’s a Dad Supposed to Do?

Fathering in America: What’s a Dad Supposed to Do? By Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. Americans seem more confused than ever about the role of fathers in children’s lives. On the one hand, more and more fathers are absent for all or significant periods of time. According to the 2006 Census, 23 percent of children under 18…

Fathers Are Not Just For Playtime

Fathers Are Not Just For Playtime Too Small to Fail The role and meaning of fathers has changed over time. Fathers are taking care of children now more than ever before. In fact, the time that fathers spend weekly on child care has more than tripled since 1965. And the traditional term “father” more broadly…

Reading and Success in Reading

Reading and Success in Reading Mary G. Warren Here’s an easy way for you to make a big difference in how quickly your child learns to read, and in the long term, how well they understand what they read.  How?–point out words, capital letters, how we read from the top of the page to the…

Humility in the Marriage Relationship

Humility in the Marriage Relationship Chris & Carmen Garner Every couple we’ve counseled in the past twenty plus years have been quick to point out the wrongs their spouse have perpetrated against them. Carmen and I were this way for too many years and still work to maintain a healthy, realistic view when issues arise….

Financial Matters – Stuart Burns

Financial Matters – Stuart Burns Let me start by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Every January we hear the President give a speech in which they try to summarize the current “State of the Union” and set goals for our country in the coming year.  It’s important that we do the…

Poverty and Thanksgiving: A Call to Righteous Love

Poverty and Thanksgiving: A Call to Righteous Love Rev. Peter Morales Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It calls forth the essential spiritual value of gratitude. I have precious memories of feasts shared with family and with good friends at congregational dinners. I eagerly anticipate this year’s gathering. Imagine inviting family and friends over…

Communicating to be Heard

Communicating to be Heard Chris and Carmen Garner
   Everyone wants to be heard. We feel respected, validated and understood when another person actually hears what we say. But why does this seem so difficult? Why is communication one of the most difficult aspects of any relationship and especially the marriage relationship? Often, it is because…

November Financial Matters – Stuart Burns

November Financial Matters – Stuart Burns First I would like to wish you and your families a wonderful thanksgiving and holiday season.  Through this year we have discussed topics like budgeting, rebuilding credit and other areas of finances so that you can be equipped to make better financial decisions.  We all do need some level…

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. By Paul Denial                         With so many issues plaguing our society, it’s nearly impossible for each issue to get the attention that it needs and deserves. We are facing giants: hunger, homelessness, human trafficking, child abuse, cancer and diseases like ALS, which has gained incredible awareness with the help…