This is a repeating event28 february 2019 6:30 pm
Boys Must Be Taught to Be Men According to Glenn Stanton, the director of global family formation studies at
Boys Must Be Taught to Be Men
According to Glenn Stanton, the director of global family formation studies at Focus on the Family and the author of eight books on various aspects of the family,
Manhood is not natural, but it is essential. No society can endure if it does not harness male sexual energy and teach men to take care of the children they father and the women who bear them.1
It seems that, whereas womanhood develops naturally, the opposite is true of manhood. Maleness just happens, but manhood does not. Boys must be taught how to be men and men need to encourage one another in healthy masculinity. On this Stanton wrote,
The boy has no onboard GPS directing him toward his future. His transition into manhood can only come into being with significant, intentional work by other men. As a behaviour, manhood must be learned, proven, and earned. As an identity, manhood must be bestowed by a boy’s father and the community’s larger fraternity of men. His mother can only affirm it. She cannot bequeath it.
You would be hard-pressed to find many that would disagree manhood and masculinity are facing a crisis today. Men are falling behind in important measures of personal and social well-being. Some women see this as a good thing; most, however, are rightfully concerned. The weakness of males in society and families makes it increasingly difficult for them to become good husbands and fathers. If healthy masculinity is not taught, how are males to become the well-adjusted husbands, fathers, and leaders their nature and society expects of them? Where can men go to be men and learn how to be good men?
What Are We Going to Do for Men?
At Church At The Corner, we recognise the difficulties males face and the consequences of this for Australian society and culture. We want to do something about it. This need has therefore challenged us putting our time and resources into finding a solution for boys and males in our community and local neighbourhood.
Men At The Corner is a program to serve men and their families by providing safe spaces to talk through issues related to men and masculinity, faith and lifestyle. Currently, we are meeting weekly on Thursday evenings, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Belfield Bowling Club. There is no cost to attend (although buying a drink would make the club manager happy) and no obligation. If you are interested, please contact the organiser for more details.
You can download an A4 poster here.
Ian Forest-Jonesianfj [at] belfield.nswact.uca.org.au
Belfield Bowling ClubMargaret St
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