WHAT IS LUTHERAN ENGAGED ENCOUNTER?
WHAT IS AN ENGAGED ENCOUNTER?
The Engaged Encounter weekend is a positive and personal experience
for an engaged couple, a weekend away with other engaged couples,
with plenty of time alone together to build a closer relationship.
It is designed to give couples planning marriage the opportunity
to talk honestly and intensively in a face-to-face way about their
future life together, their strengths and weaknesses, desires,
ambitions, goals, and their role in church and society.
IS IT A SENSITIVITY COURSE?
Definitely not! The Encounter is specifically designed for quiet
reflection and discussion between the couple. It is a positive,
simple, common-sense experience between an engaged couple. The
presentations are given to the group as a whole. After each presentation
the couple has time in private for their own personal sharing.
There is no group discussion on the presentations.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ENCOUNTER?
The weekend is led by three married couples; all are Lutheran,
one is clergy. Through a series of ideas presented by this team,
the engaged couple is stimulated to discuss privately with each
other all aspects of married life, always from the viewpoint of
their own relationship. Personal reflection and dialogue are the
main thrust of the weekend. Meals and Sunday worship provide for
WHO IS IT FOR?
Although the Encounter is Lutheran in orientation, it is open
to all couples of any faith or age, any couple serious about making
and keeping their marriage the best that it can be. This includes
those entering a second marriage.
WHY SHOULD WE ATTEND?
The weekend experience offers every couple the insights, the tools,
and the confidence to enrich their relationship and to strengthen
their love for one another. They learn that good marriages don't
just happen; they must be developed. For many couples this weekend
is one of the most significant experiences of their courtship.
WHEN AND WHERE?
Encounter weekends are held several times during the year, at
various locations throughout the country. The program begins on
Friday evening at 8 p.m. and ends Sunday afternoon at about 4
p.m. Of course the total weekend stay is essential to experience
the full benefit. It is advisable to register as soon as the wedding
date is set; contact the persons listed for dates of local weekends.
WHAT IS THE COST?
A $25 non-refundable registration fee sent with the form secures
a reservation. (This fee is refundable only if we do not have
space for you on a weekend before your wedding date.) Please make
checks payable to Lutheran Engaged Encounter. The balance, which
covers rooms for two nights and meals, is due on arrival at the
retreat center; however, no one is turned away for lack of funds.
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Lutheran Engaged Encounter.... Marriage Preparation