Getting Back On Track
One of the core tenets of the Unification Church is abstinence before marriage and fidelity within it. Occasionally, the children who have been raised in the Unification tradition reach out for love in ways that fall outside of the confines of these values. Having a sexual relationship before the Marriage Blessing can lead to feelings of alienation, hopelessness, anxiety, and even depression.
Getting Back on Track is a retreat ministry run by volunteers who have walked this painful course. This ministry was created as a healing and renewing experience for both participants and their parents. Having parent and child attend together sparks deep and meaningful conversations, and is strongly encouraged. However, sometimes as a participant you may not be ready to have your parents attend. It is an important thing to note that although we encourage parent participation, we also require that this be at the request of your child.
The Getting Back on Track retreat is an opportunity to discover within yourself where you are, where you’ve been, and where you want to go. We are a ministry dedicated to providing an environment of safety and total acceptance. Our goal is to create a place where we can experience God and each other in an authentic way.
The retreat itself is intentionally laid out for there to be a lot of opportunity to ask difficult questions, and offers hope and honest answers. Participants are expected to respect the privacy of all attendees, and will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement concerning all that is shared during the retreat. As volunteers we offer our courage, and share our stories of our path to renewal. This level of discretion opens an atmosphere of acceptance and healing that everyone can be a part of.
Please check back for updates on the next Back on Track retreat.
If you, or someone you love, are in this situation and would like more information or would just like to talk to someone, you can send an email to Loretta Schauffler, the Director of the Getting Back on Track Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read testimonies from participants and parents, click here.