“The most informed, perceptive, and effective defender of authentic family values in the United States.” — Dr. James Hitchcock, St. Louis University
“Has a huge impact around the world.” — Ellen Sauerbrey, former head of U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
Our flagship project, the World Congress of Families, has gathered and inspired pro-family leaders from around the globe for two decades.
Join us for the tenth World Congress of Families in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 15-18th, 2016.
“The West is attacking our Christian culture with atheism, new forms of socialism and sexual radicalism—worse than what we saw during the last 25 years when we were part of the Soviet empire. This is why we need you to come to Tbilisi and work with us.”
“This Congress fielded some of the world’s leading pro-life and pro-family advocates during four days of strategic networking and inspirational presentations that re-energized the global pro-family movement. It was the best Congress so far and signals a resurgence in the global battle for the defense of the natural family.” Errol Naidoo, South Africa
See entire program or highlights below:
Family Lights the World
Brian Brown: A Time to Move Forward
Cathy Ruse: Defending Marriage and Freedom
Wendy Ulrich: Stages of Marriage
Everett Piper: Remarks at Closing Ceremony
World Congress of Families X, Tbilisi, May 15-18 - Information and Registration
What We Stand For.
“You have enemies? Good,” wrote Winston Churchill. “That means you’ve stood up for something.” The World Congress of Families (dba of the Howard Center) continues to be assailed for unapologetically standing up for something — something important, something indispensable, something under increasing attack by those who mislabel our work. But all the misleading labels in the world cannot change the reality of who we are. “Facts are stubborn things,” observed John Adams, “and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Here are the stubborn facts about the World Congress of Families.
International Day of Families: Mayday!
By proclamation of the UN General Assembly, May 15th is designated as the annual International Day of Families. The UN background note on this year’s observance rightly emphasizes the critical role of the family in achieving the newly enacted Sustainable Development Goals of, among other things, ending poverty, increasing prosperity, and furthering social development. But in light of the incessant attacks on the natural family, it would be appropriate to herald this coming day in May using the word for the international distress call: Mayday!
World Congress of Families: Making a Difference! If the only thing you knew about Winston Churchill is that the very mention of his name infuriated Hitler, you could thereby deduce that Churchill somehow stood between the Nazi tyrant and his megalomaniac ambition. Likewise, if the only thing you knew about the World Congress of Families is that our most recent Congress was listed by Planned Parenthood as its third worst moment of 2015, you would thereby know that we are making a huge difference.
A Time to Act. Mississippi Just Did. On April 5, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act… Among the predictable rants was the response by the Human Rights Campaign, which vowed that Mississippi “will suffer because of his ignorance and failure of leadership.” Failure of leadership? Au contraire, as the French say. The Governor’s action is leadership at its finest and boldest, manifesting, in the words of the bill’s sponsor, “courage and foresight.”
Marriage Better than Therapy. A study at Ohio State shows that marriage offers even greater psychological advantages to depressed men and women than it does to their mentally healthy peers. The researchers conjecture that marriage may give a depressed person the sense that he or she matters to a spouse and to new social ties.
The Terrible Cost of Divorce in Cyprus—and Elsewhere. Alarmed by the rising divorce rate and its negative impact on children, Cyprus legislators are considering the creation of a mediation service to deter divorce. Meanwhile, a study by scholars from Virginia and Tokyo reveals that divorce is a stronger predictor of mental illness than is parental death.
Marriage and Children in the Land of the Vikings. What would a society look like without marriage? With 67% of all babies born to unwed mothers, Iceland may be showing the world the answer to that question.
Strong Families, Prosperous States, by W. Bradford Wilcox. From Hollywood to the halls of academia, we often hear the message that marriage doesn’t matter. Kids and families, we are told, need not enjoy the shelter and security of a married home to thrive. The only problem with this new conventional wisdom about marriage and family life is that it’s not true.
New Research on Mother-Infant Bonding, by Miriam Grossman. One place it is easy to see evidence of a Divine Creator is in the science of procreation and the bond between mother and infant. The biology is awesome.
Father Gone, Social Capital Scarce. Family disintegration depletes the social capital available to young people.
Effects of Marriage on Society. Marriage is the foundational relationship of strong societies. Within a family formed from an intact marriage, the child better learns to value and perform the fundamental tasks every competent adult must master— the tasks of the fundamental institutions needed in every functional society.
You Won’t Read This in the Mainstream Media. Women deserve to know the science that affects them: Marriage provides important benefits to women, whereas abortion poses significant risks to mothers and their children. We invite you to dig deeper.
Effects of Religious Practice on Society. Social science research indicates that permitting and accommodating free religious practice is necessary for societies to continue moving in positive directions.
Same-Sex Marriage? Answering the Toughest Questions, by National Organization for Marriage
Parental Vigilance, Not Political Activism, by Erin Weist on United Families International
Kindred Spirits: How one family is relying on faith and each other in the face of government persecution, by Alliance Defending Freedom
Secretary General Backdoors Abortion, LGBT Rights into UN Humanitarian Goals, by Susan Yoshihara of C-Fam
The War on Children: Exposing the Comprehensive Sexuality Education Agenda, Video by Family Watch International
"It seems clear that the family system of the whole of what we once called Christian Civilization is in crisis. Historically low birth rates, the rapid spread of cohabitation, the legal dismantling of the institution of marriage, the early sexualization of children, and climbing divorce are signs of a fundamental challenge to the life of the home.” Read more
“When dysfunctional behavior and breakdowns in the fabric of society commonly occur because of a deficit of moral guidance, secularist thinkers cling to the false hope that they can fix the absence of personal responsibility and self-control through more and more government intervention and federal control.” Read more
“A few generations ago the idea that religious organizations and religious persons would be unwelcome in the public square would have been unthinkable. Now, such arguments are prominent enough to cause serious concern. It is not difficult to see a conscious strategy to neutralize the influence of religion and churches and religious motivations on any issues that could be characterized as public policy. As noted by John A. Howard of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, the proponents of banishment 'have developed great skills in demonizing those who disagree with them, turning their opponents into objects of fear, hatred and scorn.'" Read more
“Many centuries ago, St. Columbanus said that there is no fight without a rival, and no crown without a fight. Today as in the past, we carry on this fight with the same simplicity—not only in Europe, but all around the world. We can rejoice in the invitation to join it.” Read more
“A brilliant history and analysis of the most important building blocks of civilization: marriage and the family.”
J. R. Edwards, Choice
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“A must-read, fact-driven contribution to our understanding of the importance of marriage for the individual, the family, and society. It’s all here, laid out clearly and convincingly.” —Barrett Duke, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
“The family, as the only group unit recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as having rights, ‘is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.’ The family thus exists prior to the State, which is obligated to protect the family as the keystone of human rights and the irreplaceable foundation of civilization. Accordingly, international commitments repeatedly address the nature and role of the family…”
"The most incisive guide to issues facing the American family today . . . An invaluable resource for anyone wishing to stay on the cutting edge of research on family trends."
-W. Bradford Wilcox, University of Virginia
“We declare that the family, a universal community based on the marital union of a man and a woman, is the bedrock of society, the strength of our nations, and the hope of humanity…” Read more
“Demands the attention of all those who would defend civilization’s most basic institution.”
Albert Mohler, Jr. Read more...
Powerful online social science encyclopedia on all matters related to family, marriage, religion, and sexuality. A joint project of MARRI and the World Congress of Families.
“A phenomenal store of needed documentation, indexing and cross-referencing of U.N. documents relating to the family…. Invaluable…. a godsend.” Read more...
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Our groundbreaking work on the indispensable role of family in sustainable development, introduced by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar.