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Strengthening family life

In November 1999 the General Synod debated a private member's motion on training courses for strengthening family life. The following motion was passed unanimously:

'That this Synod, following the lead given by the House of Bishops at its meeting in June 1997, affirm the value of courses in marriage preparation, marriage care, baptism preparation and parenting in strengthening family life and furthering the mission of the Church and therefore recommend that every diocese should:

a) develop appropriate resources and training strategies for such courses; and

b) encourage its parishes to run such courses.'

The General Synod Board for Social Responsibility produced a background paper Strengthening Family Life and Marriage (GS Misc 584) to support this debate.

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