CBE’s Houston Chapter to Host Conference

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CBE’s Houston chapter will be hosting a conference on April 25-26, 2014.

CBE’s Houston chapter will be hosting a conference titled “Collaborative People/Collaborative Marriages” at the Houston Graduate School of Theology on April 25-26, 2014.

Sessions will consider how to engage egalitarian practices and attitudes in the home, workplace, social settings, and other public settings. Sessions will also work to address tactics that married couples, and those interested in marriage, can use in order to help balance and share the many daily tasks that married couples faces on in an equal manner. In addition to their own expertise and experience, speakers have drawn materials from The Collaborative Marriage Skills Workshops and Sound Marital House by John Gottman.

Florkime Paye, CBE’s chapter coordinator, said, “we hope that this conference will attract married couples, single individuals who are interested in marriage, ministry leaders, and licensed professionals. The conference is meant to show how important building a lifestyle of mutuality, respect, and shared authority is in successful and healthy marriages.”

“Despite a plethora of sociological research supporting the importance of egalitarian relationships, there are very few comprehensive Christian egalitarian resources available,” noted Paye. “This is why ‘Collaborative People/Collaborative Marriages’ is such a vital event.”

Speakers include experts such as Gerald Ford, Kelsey and Spencer Siefert, Dr. James Furr, Dr. Jerry L. Terrill, Dr. Ria E. Baker, and Sarah Garay.

CBE’s Houston chapter grew out of a 2011 CBE conference that was held in Houston, TX. Chapter leaders include Ann Bayliss, Wiley Clarkson, Celina Sisk, Kathy Straker, Shirley Taylor, and Mabel Yin. In addition to conferences, CBE Houston holds regular chapter meetings and has an active social media community.

In its effort to advance a biblical foundation for gift-based rather than gender-based service, CBE sponsors annual conferences, facilitates local chapters, hosts an online book service, and publishes two award-winning journals. For more information, visit http://www.cbeinternational.org.

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