The Future of Marriage: NCC Lecture on November 15

Join us at New Covenant Church in Naperville on Sunday, November 15 from  3-5pm for this free lecture and discussion on marriage.

It is widely recognized that culture has reduced marriage to a superficial form. Today the secondary aspects such as the financial benefits of marriage have become the pillars upon which the institution rests. Tragically, however, the current view of marriage has flattened its depth and texture, and has eviscerated its religious heart, leading us to ask, “What is the future of marriage?”

In response to this question, RR Reno, editor of First Things, will offer a lecture that explores the immortality, presence, and peaceful character of marriage, qualities that reflect its divine author. Following Dr. Reno’s address will be a discussion featuring three additional voices, Dr. Dan Olsen of Loyola University, Mrs. Paige Cunningham of Trinity International University, and Dr. Mike McDuffee of Moody Bible Institute. This second hour will seek to connect the dots from a Godward vision to the homes in which marriages either fail or flourish.


  R. R. Reno is Editor and Executive Director of First Things institute. He has been published in    numerous academic journals; his essays and opinion pieces on religion, public life, contemporary  culture, and current events have appeared in Commentary and the Washington Post, among other  popular outlets. Reno has appeared as a guest on CNN’s Crossfire, EWTN’s Faith & Culture, and numerous radio shows.

Paige  Paige Cunningham J.D., is Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity at  Trinity International University. She graduated from Taylor University and earned her JD from  Northwestern University Law School. She is a doctoral student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity  School. She lectures on bioethics, public policy, reproductive ethics, and global women’s health.  Paige has also published numerous articles, editorials, and book chapters, and has testified before Congress and state committees. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

  Daniel J. Olsen, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the  Archdiocese of Chicago. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Constructive Theology from Loyola  University Chicago in 2008, with his research focusing on the pastoral gifts exhibited in the  experiences of Christian interchurch families.  Daniel also serves as an adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at St. Xavier University and teaches within the Lay Leadership and Diaconate Formation Programs of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  He lives in Evergreen Park, IL, with his wife, Tracy, and two children, Abigail and Matthew.

McDuffee 2 Mike McDuffee, Ph.D., Fulbright from Brandeis University is Professor of Theology at  Moody Bible  Institute. Mike a peripatetic theologian, philosopher, and poet who  enjoys engaging students over espresso. Mike and Anna  Marie live in Lombard,  Illinois.



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