The Prophetic Task of the Churches on Behalf of the Children of Divorce.

Citation: 
Marquardt, Elizabeth M. The Prophetic Task of the Churches on Behalf of the Children of Divorce. <i>Criterion</i> Volume 40, 1, 16-19, 24.
Abstract: 

The children of divorce have unique experiences requiring particular attention from the various facets of the churches’ ministry to them, argues Elizabeth M. Marquardt. Not only is it unwarranted to assume that children have the normal experiences of family in cases where children continue to see both the parents, it is also imperative to analyze the children’s experience in terms of biblical metaphors of being travelers and exile. Children who see both parents are like travelers between two lands wherein they are both aliens and citizens needing to follow different rules and customs. Second, children of divorce experience exile in terms of having to leave behind what they once considered home with its larger network of extended family, schools, friends, family traditions, and neighborhood.
The churches have a special role in ministering to children of divorce as they are uniquely situated to articulate hope within the metaphors of exile and sojourners. The church can do this through providing families of faith for children of divorce and seek to strengthen marriages so that fewer divorces happen in the first place.

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