We offer you a menu of readings so that you can build your own reading group. CanaVox reading groups meet once a month and are made up of like-minded friends. Together, we read and discuss one short intellectual essay, as well as a personal story or two that bring the first essay to life. If you have trouble accessing any essays or videos, please contact our Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Magnificence of Marriage
Humanum, The Destiny of Humanity: On the Meaning of Marriage (16-min video; please email your group leader for access.)
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, The love that brings new life into the world (The former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom traces seven key moments in the world’s history of marriage) (31-min video)
**New** Session 2
On the Meaning of Marriage
Friendship and Marriage
Angela McKay Knobel, "Aristotle, True Friendship, and the 'Soulmate' View of Marriage"
New York Times, A Marriage to Remember (8-min video about Alzheimer's in marriage.)
Kate Lee, “I didn’t Marry My Soul Mate.” (A personal story of the joys of having married a good person– even when there were no fireworks in the beginning)
Mandy Len Catron, “To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This.” (How friendship arises from conversational intimacy and can give rise to love)
Understanding Same-Sex Attraction
Katrina Tufaro and Ana Samuel, “Noteworthy Notes on the Causes of SSA"
Family Watch International, Understanding Same-Sex Attraction (Research about the causes that contribute to feelings of same-sex attraction with personal interviews.) (30-min video)
D.C. McAllister, "How to Stop Sexualizing Everything"
David Benkoff, “Nobody is Born that Way—Gay Historians Say”
Loving Those with Same-Sex Attractions
Richard G. Evans, “Befriending those with Same-Sex Attraction: One Celibate Man’s view.”
Jordan Bunch, My Friendship with Brent Baily (8-min video)
Dear Katy, Loving Family Despite Lifestyle Differences (3-min video)
Katherine Adams, Voices of Hope (Story from a woman with a gay brother and gay husband in the LDS community) (video)
Blackstone Films, The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church (Personal stories of individuals with same-sex attraction who are Catholic)(38-min video)
Humanum, A Hidden Sweetness: The Power of Marriage Amid Hardship (12-min video; please email your group leader for access.)
W. Bradford Wilcox, "The Evolution of Divorce"
Dear Katy, Breaking the Divorce Cycle (3-min video)
Ryan at The Marriage Ecosystem, "Divorce Never Ends For Children."
Huffington Post/BuzzFeed, When My Parents Got Divorced (3-min video)
Pía Orellana G, "Back Together After a Breakup" (A Chilean couple tells the story of why they divorced and then got back together again)
The Hook-Up Culture
The Austin Institute, The Economics of Sex (10-min video)
Jennifer Joyner, "I thought Casual Sex Would be Empowering, but it was the Opposite." (Heads Up: Some of this material is sexually graphic.)
Dear Katy, Know Your Worth (3-min video)
D.C. McAllister, “Stop Pretending Sex Never Hurts”
Anonymous, “Pregnant at Harvard?”
PrepMedia, Relationship DUI: Are you Sure You’re in Love? (4-min video)
W. Bradford Wilcox, “A Shaky Foundation for Families”
Katrina Fernandez, "Cohabitation is a Smack in the Face."
Dear Katy, Sister's Boyfriend Wants to Move In (3-min video)
C. S. Lewis, “Sexual Morality” and “Christian Marriage.” From Mere Christianity, Book III, chapters 5 and 6.
Judith, S: "Mexican Marriage Heroes" (Story about fidelity in marriage amid bipolar depression)
C.S. Lewis Doodle, On 'Sexual' Morality (10-min video)
Dear Katy, Too Tired (3-min video)
Communication in Marriage
Matthew Fray, "She Divorced Me Because I Left Dishes by the Sink."
MissFranJanSan via Jason W. Stevens, "Woman Realizes that She's Been Accidentally Abusing her Husband this Whole Time."
Emily Esfahani Smith, “Science Says Lasting Relationships Come Down to 2 Basic Traits.”
Resource for finding a marriage counselor:
The Importance of Fatherhood
Alyssa Elhage, "How Marriage Makes Men Better Fathers"
Brett and Kate McKay, "The Importance of Fathers"
WeKnowMemes, A Kid in the Air as the Father Sees It (Photo)
Dear Katy, Dad Hates My Boyfriend (3-min video)
Jonathan Last, "A Dad's Life"
Correctional Officer Calvin Williams, The Importance of Fathers (5-min video)
Humanum, Marriage, Culture and Civil Society (17-min video; please email your group leader for access.)
Ryan Anderson, “Marriage Matters, and Redefining It has Social Costs.”
Dear Katy, Invited to a Same-Sex Wedding (3-min video)
Janna Darnelle, “Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me.” (A woman's husband comes out as gay and leaves her.)
Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers, Marriage and the Black Family (On the importance of one-man-one-woman marriage for the Black American community and its children; 14-min video.)
Humanum, The Cradle of Life and Love: A Mother and Father for the World's Children (The unique gifts of mothers and fathers) (14-min video; please email your group leader for access.)
Mark Regnerus, “Queers as Folk”
Alana Newman, “What are the Rights of Donor-Conceived People?”
California Cryobank, Kids of Donor 5114 (9-min video)
Dear Katy, Sperm Bank Daddy (3-min video)