Young people in the Mennonite church—especially the girls—don’t want to commit to marriage, either because they are too selfish or too idealistic for their own good. Esther, I really don’t think marriage (by which we mean sexual and emotional intimacy) is an idol, but a basic human desire. (Okay, so maybe food can be an idol, too.) But I would hate to say that all the people who so blithely wish marriage on me are idolators. That being said, I appreciated your thoughts, especially the last section, which highlights how greatly singles are needed in the Christian church.
And not choosing commitment will cost our faith and our future. I really just think they want me to experience the happiness in marriage they have found. I had never thought before about those issues which a single Christian can more relevantly address than a married person.
“Without open lines of communication, it can be difficult for parents to know what their sons or daughters are experiencing in their relationships,” PCADV Deputy Director Ellen Kramer said.
“This app will not only prepare parents to discuss sensitive subjects such as physical violence and sexual abuse, but it can help build the foundation for enjoying a lifetime of healthy relationships.”Learn more at
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence has launched a new mobile app designed to give parents of teens and preteens advice on how to best discuss topics around communication and relationships.
The Raising Respect app, available on both Apple and Android devices, navigates topics such as: Healthy Relationships, Mindful Parenting, Sex and Pregnancy, Drugs, Alcohol, and Relationships, Relationships in Media, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Communication, Social Media and Cellphones, Self-care for Parents, Self-care for Adolescents.
You can also send questions to PCADV staff, and record your thoughts, impressions, reactions, successes, and failures within the app.
The app is designed to encourage parents to begin conversations with their children before they start dating and forming relationships outside the home and help parents navigate what can be delicate topics.
Several of my non-Mennonite friends, concerned about my lack of a husband, have actually suggested I start a dating service such as that . The guy—his name is Joel—was all like: In this individualistic day and age, marriage has become an inconvenience.No catch, no gimmicks, find a single girl here for free right now.We have lots more single women in Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania, join now and start chatting with one of our single girls now! Marriage is really only a metaphor of Christ and his union with the church. Marriage is an idol that leads to an ineffective Christian witness. Last year, two Mennonite singles—one a man and one a woman—posted their thoughts on marriage and its relation to the church. The girl, Esther, was all like: Marriage is w-a-a-y too important in the church.