Weekly family seminar attracts Vietnamese

Church-run program on problem management is helpful for parents

Weekly family seminar attracts Vietnamese
Cake marking the 100th weekly discussion
ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

January 11, 2011

Church-run weekly discussions on family values and problem management have brought together tens of thousands of people in Vietnam.

“Some 20,000 people, especially young people have attended our discussions on Saturdays during the past two years,” said Dominican Sister Maria Nguyen Thi Hong Que on Jan. 8 during a special program marking the 100th discussion at the Pastoral Center in Ho Chi Minh City.

Sister Que, who started the discussion in November 2008, told ucanews.com that 130-200 participants including followers of other faiths attend the Saturday sessions.

They “aim to provide people with human and religious values and dignity so as to build communities for love, peace and promotion of tolerance,” she said.

She added that key speakers including priests, Religious, pastors, Buddhist monks, psychologists, educators and doctors, advise participants on the management of family problems and conflicts between parents and children and of homosexual relationship.

They are also informed about parenting skills, life’s skills and values, impacts from abortion and child rearing, the nun said.

“I apply parenting skills to educating my children and deepening our marriage,” Cecilia Nguyen Thi Dao, a participant, told ucanews.com, saying that such discussion is helpful for parents.

A 24-year-old participant said the sessions helped her respect her body and avoid premarital sex.

Sister Que said the summary of the sessions are mailed to 130,000 readers and uploaded on website.

The weekly discussion is part of a series of programs launched by the Committee for Family of Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese.

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