Conference Topics

Divorce & Being Single

According to the 2000 U.S. Census the average age in America for a first marriage is 26.  In 1970, the age was 22.  Childbearing is now frequently put off for 8-10 years after the marriage has begun.  Over 93 million people in the US are single, for whatever reason.  Approximately 20 million are divorced, another 13.5 million are widowed, and another 60 million have never married.  Singles make up slightly less than on half of the adult population.  By the end of the 21st century, it is projected that singles will make up the majority of the adult population.  The Census Bureau projects that every man and woman alive today can expect to live more years single than married.
How do we navigate the destructive waters of divorce?  Can we avoid the hazards of bitterness, anger, resentment?  How do we cope with singleness in a couple’s world?  What do we do with the loneliness and feelings of aloneness?  What do we do with our longings and desires?  How do we understand the sense of guilt and know if we are forgiven?  How do we reach out to a loved one or friend who is single or divorced?
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Ruth Graham