The Family Wellness Ministry with The Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
The Eight Dates Marriage Series
Our 2022 FALL program dates
Mark your calendars for our Thursday evening meetings via zoom
FALL 2022 – Winter 2023 Oct. 13 •. Oct. 27 • Nov. 3 • Nov. 17 • Dec. 1 • Dec. 15 • Jan 5 • Jan. 19 • Feb. 2
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Oct 13, 2022 – Eight Dates Introduction ~ Essential Conversations for a lifetime of love Presenters: George Papageorge, M.F.T., & Fr. Timothy Pavlatos, M.Div., M.F.T. • Conversations That Matter • Your Date Night • The 4 Skills of intimate Conversation • The Art of Listening
October 27, 2022 – Date 1 – LEAN ON ME Trust and Commitment, Presenters: Fr. Tom, M.F.T, M.Div., and Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis Trust is cherishing each other and showing your partner that you can be counted on. Choosing commitment means accepting your partner exactly as he or she is, despite their flaws.
November 3, 2022 – Date 2 – AGREE TO DISAGREE Addressing Conflict. Presenter: George Papageorge, M.F.T. Conflict happens in every relationship, and it’s a myth to believe that in a happy relationship you’ll get along all the time. Relationship conflict serves a purpose. It’s an opportunity to get to know your partner better and to develop deeper intimacy as you talk about and work through your differences.
November 17, 2022 – Date 3 – LET’S GET IT ON Sex and Intimacy. Presenters: Fr. James M.Div., and Pres. Donna Pappas Romantic, intimate rituals of connection keep a relationship happy and passionate. Couples who talk about sex have more sex, but talking about sex is difficult for the majority of couples—it gets easier and more comfortable the more you do it.
December 1, 2022 – Date 4 – THE COST OF LOVE Work and Money. Presenter: Joe Borgonia, M.F.T. Money issues aren’t about money. They’re about what money means to each partner in a relationship. Discovering what money means to both of you will go a long way in resolving the conflicts you may have around money.
December 15, 2022 – Date 5 – ROOM TO GROW Family. Presenters: Fr. Daniel, M.Div., and Presvytera Michelle Triant Approximately two-thirds of couples have a sharp drop in relationship satisfaction shortly after a child is born, and this drop gets deeper with each subsequent child. To avoid this drop in relationship happiness, conflict needs to be low and you need to maintain your sexual relationship.
January 5, 2023 – Date 6 – PLAY WITH ME Fun and Adventure. Presenters: Fr. Tom, M.F.T., M.Div., and Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis Play and adventure are vital components to a successful and joyful relationship. It’s okay if you and your partner have different ideas about what constitutes play and adventure. The key is for you to respect each other’s sense of adventure and what it means to that partner.
January 19, 2023 – Date 7 – SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN ~ Growth and Spirituality. Presenter: Fr. Vasili Hillhouse, M.Div. The only constant in a relationship is change. The key is how each person in the relationship accommodates the growth of the other partner. Relationships can be more than just two individuals coming together—they can be stories of transformation and great contribution and meaning to the world.
February 2, 2023 – Date 8, A LIFETIME OF LOVE Dreams. Presenters: Fr. Timothy, M.Div., M.F.T., and Presvytera Victoria Pavlatos When dreams are honored, everything else in the relationship gets easier. Honoring each other’s dreams is the secret ingredient to creating love for a lifetime.
For Questions: Please contact Johanna Duterte Carter: JDuterte@sanfran.goarch.org or Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis: firstname.lastname@example.org Promo Video Link: https://youtu.be/eVsiOUkQBwY Our Family Wellness Ministry partnered with the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco hosted the “EIGHT DATES”experience for over 400 couples. We received overwhelming positive comments by countless couples who participated in growing closer in their relationship with one another.
It’s time now to launch the Eight Dates PARISH EDITION at your church!
Our program focuses on the topics from the popular lifestyle book Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (Workman, 2019) by award-winning authors and psychologists Drs. John and Julie Gottman, and bestselling authors Doug Abrams and Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD.
“The authors of this book have distilled 40+ years of marriage research into 8 essential conversations that are the hallmark of thriving relationships. They give us the tools to structure these conversations and to enjoy a lifetime of discovery about the person we married to. We cannot wait to share this with the couples throughout the country once again – especially after such phenomenal feedback from our experience last year!” ~ Presvytera Donna Pappas
The Eight Dates Marriage series promises to be a balance of vibrant content, integration of our Orthodox faith, and opportunity for small group discussion catered specifically to the various needs that couples face on a daily basis. Participating couples will be given weekly exercises and questions to complete together for additional value outside the scheduled meetings. Ultimately, each couple should come away with the resources necessary for healthy commitment to one another, as well as an expanded Metropolis community of supportive peers in the process.
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