For immediate release
Jan. 29, 2004
Many college students are familiar with the struggle to balance class work and dating relationships. In response to this problem, the Spiritual Life office at Abilene Christian University and the ACU Counseling Center have teamed up to bring Healthy Relationships Week to the ACU campus Feb. 2-6.
This year’s Healthy Relationships Week will explore ways to have Christ-like relationships in a world of extremes.
"We’re seeking to invite students to think seriously and spiritually about all of their relationships, beginning with their relationship with God, but also their relationships with their family and their peers," said Mark Lewis, director of Spiritual Life & Student Ministries.
This is the third annual Healthy Relationships Week, and will include various events targeted to every type of student.
"We hope to provide biblical truth that will challenge, encourage and enhance the relationships of every student, whether they are single, dating, engaged or married," Lewis said.
The week’s activities include:
·Robert Oglesby, instructor of Bible, ministry and missions, will speak in chapel on "The Wisdom of Sexual Purity."
·He will also moderate a chapel forum from 7-8:30 p.m. in Hart Auditorium on "Radical Purity in a Radically Impure World." The forum will include a panel of three faculty members and three students.
·Ron Rose, minister for the Woodland West Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas, will speak in chapel and then speak at a brown bag lunch on radical relationships from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Living Room of the campus center.
·Relationship information booths will be set up in the Campus Center.
·Various small group chapels will be held around campus. Topics include "Dating for Dummies," "Building a Strong Family Foundation after Childhood Adversity," "Helping a Friend who Struggles with Same Sex Attraction" and a series on the Song of Solomon.
·Wayne and Mimi Barnard will present dessert and a movie from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Living Room. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days will be shown, and the Barnards will stop to discuss certain relational aspects presented in the movie.
·From 5:30- 9:30 p.m., an evening retreat is planned for married students entitled "Marriage 101: Maintaining Your Marriage and Your GPA" at Oakwood Trails.