Sunday, April 30, 2017, 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Witnesses to the Covenant: Abraham & Sarah · Joseph & Mary
Of all the couples in Scripture, Abraham & Sarah, Joseph & Mary embody faith and trust in God's promises. They challenge us to witness to the mystery and wonder of God's designs, and God's action in our own marriages in a world in need of redemptive Love.
Our presenters will provide some biblical reflections on these two witnesses to God's enduring love. This will be followed by private couple conversation time for couples to share their perceptions of covenant love and God's action in their own marital story.
Charlie Balsam, M.A., M.R.E. – and - Elizabeth Balsam, M.Th.
Charlie and Beth have been married for 40 years.They have served in various capacities in religious education, adult faith formation, and marriage & family ministry at both the parish and diocesan level in Beaumont and Austin. Charlie has masters degrees in Religious Education (U of St. Thomas) and Adult Learning & Human Resource Development (UT Austin). Beth has a master’s degree in Theology (St. Mary U, San Antonio). Charlie served as lay advisor to Cardinal Bernardin and USCCB Committee on Marriage & Family (1991-93). Together, they co-authored Liguori Publications’ Family Planning: A Guide for Exploring the Issues (1985-2009); Charlie authored What Do You Ask of God’s Church? on infant baptism (2001-2013).
Currently, Beth is a 3rd grade teacher assistant in the Woodlands and has over 25 years teaching experience in Catholic schools. Charlie is directing the development of a Leadership Institute for Jason’s Deli, Inc., a Catholic-owned company, whose founder wishes to foster the dignity of work and the human person throughout the company. Together, Charlie and Beth have offered over 20 Marriage Matters weekends for Jason’s Deli married couples.They team up regularly to answer the call from parishes or dioceses for marriage and family presentations.They reside in the Woodlands, and are active in St. Anthony’s Marriage Building Church ministry. They have two children: Luke, 27 and Sarah, 31 married to Nate.
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