Before the Rings one-day retreat Oct. 23

Staff Reports | The Republic

Many dating and engaged couples have heard plenty of times that marriage can’t always be hearts and flowers.

But Christian leaders believe successful marriages flower and blossom via strong communication skills and much more. One Pew Research Center study from a few years ago featured a majority of married couples saying evenly shared chores was more significant to keeping their marriage strong than even sex.

Pre-engaged and engaged couples seeking to keep their connection as fresh and beautiful as their planned wedding day bouquet have an upcoming day retreat to help them do precisely that. Organizers call it “preparing for marriage … not a wedding.”

Before the Rings’ one-day retreat will unfold from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Breeden Building, 700 Washington St. in downtown Columbus and is intended for any couple that is engaged to be married, or contemplating marriage. The retreat will include break-out sessions, a panel of married couples to answer questions, lunch, and quality time for couples to discuss the topic of marriage.

Payment is due upon registration to hold a registration spot, and space is limited. Cost is $20/couple and includes lunch.

Scott Hundley of Community Church of Columbus’ Community Downtown outreach will lead the gathering.

Topics include practical themes such as “Love and Respect in Marriage,” “Deeper Connections Through Communication and Conflict,” and “How We Love.”

Information or to register: 812-348-6257 or [email protected] or