FACULTY: Susanne Alexander
“Careful preparation for marriage is an essential first step in the preservation of Baha’i marriage” (World Centre Research Department, Introduction, “Preserving Baha’i Marriages” No. 3). As you and your intended spouse go through courtship and begin to discuss marriage, you can benefit from delving deeply into many topics, increasing your knowledge, insights, and skills as you prepare for a unified marriage. Your thoroughness in preparing for marriage will help you determine your compatibility, help you decide whether you have a shared vision of your future life together, establish good relationships with your parents, and make sure you include service to each other and to others a part of your plans. In Are We Ready for Marriage? we will study the Baha’i teachings on courtship and marriage, consider the input of marriage experts, and discuss your experiences and learning. We will cover such topics as marriage as a divine institution and the foundation for world unity; uniting a couples’ families and securing parental consent to marriage; creating a harmonious spiritually based marriage that includes children; intercultural marriages in the context of a global human family; and practicing gender equality in a marriage. The course is intended primarily for single individuals and couples involved in a courtship and preparing for marriage, but others are welcome.
You may join our online learning community either as an individual or as part of a study group (3 to 20 people). In either case, you can do all your work at home at any time of the day or night. We assign mentors to individuals and to groups to advise, encourage, assist, and answer questions. Groups are expected to meet every week or two for group discussions. Web-based forums connect all learners--individuals and members of a group--to the insights and perspectives of fellow students from all over the world.
To form a group, ask some friends whether they'd like to take the course with you. If at least one other agrees, go into the registration system, establish a group, and pay for it. Then email the confirmation number and its web link to the others, so they can click through and add themselves to the group. One person (or a Spiritual Assembly) pays for the group; the group members reimburse the payee based on whatever arrangement the group devises.
Note: All our courses are "asynchronous," which means there is no work that has to be done at a particular time. You can do everything at any time. For more information, go to http://wilmetteinstitute.org/ourcourses/frequently-asked-questions/.
Discounts are available for early registration and for senior citizens (age 65+), students, and pioneers. If you need a financial aid discount, write us at email@example.com. Plenty are available. Registration is limited to 40 people, so sign up today.
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