Adults aspiring to educate themselves on marriage communication, building great friendships,and how to handle situations in a blended family have been invited to attend a relationship seminar at the Hilton Philadelphia Airport on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Presenters at the seminar will be the Rev. Brian Williams, Minister Kenneth Brown, and the Rev. Larry Patterson. The seminar is the brainchild of Williams.
“I saw a need in society where families were crumbling and friendships weren’t being born because of social media,” Williams said. “I felt that we needed to do something to help people understand how important relationships are and how to ultimately enhance those relationships. I reached out to Reverend Patterson and later Minister Brown and we thought having a relationship seminar would really enhance people lives in a positive way.”
Williams, who is an author, entrepreneur, and pastor of Life Changers Fellowship Church, will be leading a workshop on friendships.
“The value of friendships is something that is lacking in society,” he said. “I spent the majority of my life being a good friend to people. I found out that some of the things that I used to make those relationships strong, I needed to share with other people. I’m going to be talking Building Friendships Forever [BFF]. People need to get out of their comfort zone and get into the lives of other people.”
Brown, a certified marital counselor and assistant minister at Sharon Baptist Church, will be talking about marriage.
“The main thing I will be talking about at the seminar is communication within marriage,” Brown said. “Giving, listening, and understanding are all quality traits that each marriage should have. I will be teaching people how to have effective communication by understanding each other’s thoughts, feelings, concerns and desires, especially when conflict is involved.”
For Patterson, pastor of Freedom Bible Fellowship Church, picking a topic to talk about at the seminar was personal. His workshop will be on blended families. Patterson has been married to his wife for almost 30 years. When he met her, she already had a three-year old daughter.
“I always had a strong connection with my daughter,” Patterson said. “I’ve known her since she was three years old and I really love her like she is my own. No one can tell me I’m not her father and she’s not my child. When we had to decided on what topics to speak on, I decided to pick something that was not only personal, but something that a lot of other people can relate to. So many people are living today with a blended family. I just wanted to tell my story, but also help those who may be going through something similar to myself.”
Registration for the seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. For more information or to register, call (267) 237-2039.
Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.