The 4th Annual It Takes a Family conference was a great success!
Our four day conference was held at beautiful Skyline Church in Rancho San Diego. The opening event was held at Marina Village, where our students, faculty and staff gathered for a hosted dinner and the opening talk by Dr. Morse. The setting was beautiful and several of our students were able to see the Pacific Ocean for the very first time. We hosted them in a nearby hotel for three nights.
As with previous ITAF events, our students came from all across the US, Canada and this year, South America. They also come from a variety of disciplines. Our participants included graduate students as well as young professionals, and even a family with a young child!
The lectures over Friday and Saturday were of the highest caliber. These were substantive presentations, which is a hallmark of the Ruth Institute.
- Bill Duncan, JD, explained how the law of marriage and parenthood interact with each other, so that redefining marriage will necessarily redefine parenthood.
- Jenet Erickson, PhD., talked about why marriage is an indispensable social institution, and also about why having a mother and a father really matters.
- Doug Allen, PhD., talked about the impact of divorce on society, and he also talked about LGBT parenting studies.
- Angela Franks, PhD., talked about Margaret Sanger and the origins of the sexual revolution.
- Don Welch, PhD., gave presentations on how to strengthen your marriage as well as prevent divorce.
- Freda Bush, M.D., illustrated just how much success in marriage turns out to depend on behaviors and habits developed prior to marriage.
- Paul Diamond, L.L.M., provided insight to religious liberty issues in the United Kingdom, which serve as a warning to us here in the United States.
- Thomas Peters, M.A., gave presentations on activism for social conservatives
- Rob Gagnon, PhD., did his usual stellar job of showing what Jesus and the apostle Paul really had to say about marriage, divorce and homosexual practice. He also was one of the participants in the Sunday evening event, “A Conversation on the Definition of Marriage.”
- and of course our very own Jennifer Roback Morse, PhD., talked about smart sex vs. dumb sex, the importance of marriage, and was a participant in Sunday evening’s “A Conversation on the Definition of Marriage,” ITAF 2012's capstone event.
Among our goals at ITAF is that the participants might form friendships and to network with each other. The Friday evening panel discussion allowed them to share ideas about what is happening on their campuses, and best of all, what they can do to make things better on their campuses. The friendships they formed will surely be among the most lasting benefits of the “It Takes a Family to Raise a Village” conference. We encouraged them to take what they learned into the public square - to talk to their family and friends, get involved with socially conservative campus clubs, and start blogging and participating on internet comment threads. They departed with renewed appreciation for what they always knew was true.
Watch our newsletter, Facebook page, and Twitter feed for the announcement for ITAF 2013.