Divorces in the United States continue to take a devastating toll on the health of society. While much focus is given to the results of failed marriages such as poverty, lower educational outcomes, and increased delinquency in children, little attention is paid to the role divorce plays in many of these problems. Families are torn in two, children grow up without a stable home or with a missing mother or father, and the legal system strongly encourages dissolution of marriage through policies such as no-fault divorce. FRC has assembled a panel of experts that have diligently worked to stop this societal epidemic and to encourage couples to remain faithful to the sacred vow "til death do us part." Come join us as they share ways we can help stem the tide of divorce in America.
Dr. Hilary Towers is a developmental psychologist and mother of five children. Her scholarly background is in behavioral genetic research on individual adjustment behaviors and in the area of marriage and parenting relationships.
Dr. Towers conducted her doctoral research at George Washington University's Center for Family Research in Washington DC. She has published widely in academic journals and books.
She currently writes on the subjects of marriage and spousal abandonment, especially as those issues are treated within the Catholic Church. Among her recent publications are: "A Guide to Saving Marriage" (National Review Online), and "Newt Gingrich, the Catholic Church, and Spousal Abandonment" (Catholic Vote).
Beverly Willett is a non-fiction writer, attorney, and co-founder and Co-Chair of the Coalition for Divorce Reform, a volunteer, non-partisan organization that supports efforts to reduce unnecessary divorce, promote healthy marriages, and pass model legislation known as the Parental Divorce Reduction Act. She served as a member of the Kansas Marriage Consultation Working Group, providing advice to Gov. Brownback for strengthening marriage and family life in Kansas, and also provided advice on the Second Chances Act, authored by William Doherty and Justice Leah Ward Sears. Her articles and op eds have appeared in many newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Salon, National Review Online, Family Circle and Woman's Day. Education includes a B.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University and law degree from Catholic University in Washington D.C. She is divorced and a mother of two children.
Mike McManus is a Co-Chair of Marriage Savers, a ministry whose goal is to help churches and communities cut their divorce rate and raise their marriage rate. Marriage Savers has helped the clergy of more than 200 cities adopt a Community Marriage Policy, an agreement across denominational lines, to make marriage such a priority in their churches that divorce rates fall. A Duke graduate, McManus was TIME magazine's youngest correspondent in 1963. He worked in Latin America initially and then in Washington. Since 1981, he has written a weekly syndicated column, "Ethics & Religion." McManus wrote a book, "Marriage Savers: Helping Your Friends and Family Avoid Divorce," published in 1995. He has been married for 43 years to Harriet and in the spring of 2008 he and Harriet co-authored Living Together: Myths, Risks and Answers.