Staff Sgt. Henry W. Marris III
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Fifteen married couples from across 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gathered at the Glen Eyrie Conference Center Oct. 4, as part of a marriage enrichment seminar hosted by the brigade unit ministry team.
During the morning session, the team mixed lecture and classroom discussion with practical exercises.
Chap. (Maj.) John Jensen, brigade chaplain, 3rd ABCT, said the purpose of the seminar was to help strengthen each couple’s marriage.
“These marriage seminars encourage married couples to examine how they communicate with each other, and how they view their roles in the marriage,” Jensen said. “The couples enjoyed talking about marriage, and marriage issues, in a relaxed environment, while being afforded the time to spend with their spouses and other couples in the brigade who share the same struggles and challenges of Army life.”
As part of the afternoon session, many of the couples participated in a team-building “ropes” course. Each couple had the opportunity to climb a wall while tethered together and carrying a cup of water or cross a high wire together.
Jensen said the purpose of the ropes course was to challenge each couple, and to teach them to encourage one another.
Family member Sarah Furman said she was happy to have had the opportunity to attend the seminar.
“The seminar taught me a lot, and it was interesting to see the different type of communication skills come into play,” she said. “I really enjoyed it and learned some valuable skills.”
Furman encourages couples to attend a seminar in the future.
“There is nothing to lose in attending, but there is so much more to gain,” she said. “It makes you really think about the relationship you are in, and how you can make it better.”