During the summer of 2003, Paula Dressel and Carole Thompson, of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, initiated conversations with Robert M. Franklin about the status of marriage promotion in African-American Christian congregations. Franklin is a scholar on the African-American church and a professor at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. They invited Franklin to initiate research on the subject. In June 2003, he submitted the concept paper Marriage in African-American Communities: A Conversation with Faith Leaders. In the paper, Franklin proposed that the Casey Foundation convene two discrete consultative sessions. The first session would determine the nature and extent of marriage promotion and education activities currently available in many African-American congregations, with special emphasis on those serving low-income communities. The second session would provide African-American faith leaders with the opportunity to share their experiences and background with the marriage promotion field regarding what would be most effective and helpful in strengthening low-income African-American families. This report summarizes highlights of both the October and December consultative sessions, including recommendations generated by the participants. There is one appendix that appears at the end of the report providing a list of participants for both sessions.
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Healthy Marriages in Low-Income African American Communities : Part 1 : Exploring Partnerships Between Faith Communities and the Marriage Movement.