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Healthy Relationships Week emphasizes "The Lord Before the Ring"

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January 31, 2005

Abilene Christian University's Healthy Relationships Week, Jan. 31 – Feb. 4 will focus on making wise choices in relationships. This year's theme is "The Lord Before the Ring" and emphasizes on putting Christ before all relationships.

Randy Harris, instructor of Bible, will kick off the week with a Chapel speech on the theme topic.  A panel of single adults from the ACU community will be part of a panel discussion on "Sex and the Single Christian" on Monday at 7 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.

Chris Seidman, minister at Farmers Branch Church of Christ, will speak on "The Two Powers" on Tuesday in Chapel.  Gary Green and Wimon Walker will be speaking on "Sharing Your Faith" at a Chapel forum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night in Moody Coliseum.

Information booths about relationships will be set up on Wednesday in the Campus Center.

On Thursday four break-out chapel groups will focus on various aspects of relationships:

  • "Love My Neighbor as Myself" with Dr. Sally Gary, assistant professor of communication, in Moody Coliseum

  • "Song of Solomon Series" with Steve Rowlands, director of the ACU Counseling Center, and Dr. Steve Wages, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, in the Hilton Room

  • "The Dynamics of Dynamite Dating" with ACU counselors Heidi Morris and Kurt Boyland in the library atrium

  • "Waiting on the Lord’s Best—Versus Working on My MRS" with ACU alumnus Becky Jeffrey-Brooks in Gardner Hall West Lobby .

Jeanene Reese, assistant professor of Bible, will speak at a chapel forum on "The Gift of Forgiveness: What It Means to Give and Receive It" Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.

"The Magnificent Marriage," an evening retreat for married students, will take place on Friday at 5 p.m. at Oakwood Trails with Rowlands and Boyland.

ACU students, faculty and staff can participate in this week's activities and are encouraged to attend for spiritual growth and self-reflection.

"We wanted to emphasize the idea that we need to have our relationship right with God before all other relationships and to challenge ourselves to have godly relationships with each other," Rowlands said.

Healthy Relationships Week 2005 is sponsored by the ACU Counseling Center.

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