In an age when traditional marriage is under assault from all sides, Aquinas College is preparing to equip area youth and young adults with the knowledge to defend what they know to be true.
In partnership with the acclaimed Ruth Institute, Aquinas College will host "Love and Life in the Divine Plan (and in Real Life): A Marriage and Family Conference" on Friday and Saturday, February 25-26, 2011, at its campus located at 4210 Harding Road, Nashville.
The founder of the Ruth Institute, Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is an economist who studies love and marriage. Dr. Morse has spent much of her career speaking against a declining understanding of lifelong, committed marriages in America.
"Americans are confused about the true nature of marriage because we live in an era of big government," said Dr. Morse. "Government did not create marriage. Marriage is a natural reality that pre-exists the state."
The "Love and Life" conference takes its name from a 2009 pastoral letter of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops entitled "Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan," in which the bishops identified four threats to marriage. Along with addressing each of these threats, conference topics also include Christian anthropology and the real gift of God's love, covered in presentations by Dr. Janet Smith of Sacred Heart Seminary, Dr. Sam Gregg of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Dr. Brad Wilcox of the University of Virginia, Sister Jane Dominic, O.P., of Aquinas College, and other noted scholars.
A modest fee of $25 includes continental breakfast, lunch, and conference materials. Scholarships are available for students, clergy, and members of religious orders. Everyone -- especially students, clergy and pastoral workers of all religious traditions -- is welcome. Register online at www.ruthinstitute.org/loveandlife. For more information, please call (615) 297-7545 or visitwww.aquinascollege.edu.