The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s marriage study will be the focus of two separate workshops at the denomination’s Big Tent conference Aug. 1-3.

A general workshop for conference-goers will explore the study that is now available for use in congregational or presbytery settings.

A second, interactive gathering — hosted by the Office of Theology and Worship — will provide an opportunity for open discussion with contributors to the marriage study.

The marriage study was developed by the Office of Theology and Worship in response to a referral by the 220th General Assembly (2012). Using Reformed, confessional documents and the Book of Order, these resources provide the theological and historical views of the church's understanding of Christian marriage.

Two versions of the marriage study — a six-session course and a two-hour abbreviated format—are available for download here. Congregations and mid-councils are encouraged to use the six-session version. The two-hour format is designed for use during meetings where time does not allow for the longer study.

Participants attending the latter workshop will learn appropriate ways to implement the marriage study in local contexts and hear from those who have used it.

Register for the marriage study workshops on the Big Tent website.

Learn more about the Theology, Worship and Education partner conference at Big Tent ― Thinking, Praying, and Living the Faith ― here. Keynote speakers are Ron Peters, Claudio Carvalhaes, and Cynthia Campbell.