Does religious participation strengthen or weaken families? That’s the question posed by the American Families of Faith Project. Its purpose is “to explore the processes at work at the nexus between religiosity and family relationships that lead to positive outcomes.” FHSS professor David Dollahite and his colleagues interviewed 200 families of different faiths to learn how and why religion strengthens their relationships. After years of research and analysis, they have discovered what really works, no matter a family’s religion.
Dollahite is an expert in the field of family and religion studies and is co-director and founder of the project that began 13 years ago. But his interest in that nexus began 35 years ago when he chose to enter the family life program at BYU. “I was a new member of the [LDS} church,” he said, “and I wanted learn how to become the best husband and father I could possibly be.”
He will share the gems of his research–the “best practices” of religious families–at this year’s Virginia Cutler Lecture, held in 250 SWKT, on October 22nd at 7pm. Dr. Loren Marks, co-director of the project, says of the study that they had: “an embarrassment of riches [in data] – more than we’ll be able to touch in our lifetime.”
Come find out more about:
Avoiding and resolving marital conflict.
It’s all about how you live your faith – and how you perceive God.
Learn about how “anchors of religious commitment” and a strong religious identity can help children live meaningful religious lives.
Having meaningful conversations about religion.
It can be hard to talk to children and spouses about faith and religion, you’ll learn how to make it happen (and how to make it effective).
Learning from (and emulating) other faiths.
It is one thing to respect or tolerate other religions. It is another to admire and learn from them.
Balancing faith and family life.
The combination can either build or break down your family. It’s all about doing it the right way.