Group Readings

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 katyd@canavox.com.

 

Kickoff Meeting

 

Session 1

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

 

Marriage Equals.org, Making Sense of Marriage (9-min video)

Ryan Anderson for Focus, What is Marriage? (21-min video)

Ryan Anderson, "Men, Women, and Children: The Truth About Marriage" (Ch. 1 of Truth Overruled) (For access to this reading, email us. To purchase the book on Amazon, click here.)

 

Session 3

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.)

 

Pick One:

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) 

 

Session 4

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"

 

Optional:

David Benkoff, “Nobody is Born that Way—Gay Historians Say”

Yousef, "From a Same-Sex Attracted Muslim: Between Denial of Reality and Distortion of Religion"

 

Session 5

Loving Those with Same-Sex Attractions

 

Richard G. Evans, “Befriending those with Same-Sex Attraction: One Celibate Man’s view.” 

NPR Staff, “Attracted To Men, Pastor Feels Called To Marriage With A Woman.”

Jordan Bunch, My Friendship with Brent Baily (8-min video)

Dear Katy, Loving Family Despite Lifestyle Differences (3-min video) 

 

Pick One:

Katherine Adams, Voices of Hope (Story from a woman with a gay brother and gay husband in the LDS community) (video)

Blackstone FilmsThe Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church (Personal stories of individuals with same-sex attraction who are Catholic)(38-min video)

 

Session 6

Divorce

 

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)

 

Pick One: 

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)

 

Session 7

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.)

John Prather, “Waiting for Sex: An Honest Look at the Price of Patience”

Dear Katy, Know Your Worth (3-min video)

 

Pick One:

D.C. McAllister, “Stop Pretending Sex Never Hurts”

Anonymous, “Pregnant at Harvard?”

 

Session 8

 

Session 9

Marital Love

 

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)

 

Optional: 

C.S. Lewis Doodle, On 'Sexual' Morality (10-min video)

Dear Katy, Too Tired (3-min video)

 

Session 10

 

Session 11

The Importance of Fatherhood

 

Alyssa Elhage, "How Marriage Makes Men Better Fathers"

Brett and Kate McKay, "The Importance of Fathers"

Meg Meeker, "What Dads Can Learn from Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Acceptance Speech"

WeKnowMemes, A Kid in the Air as the Father Sees It (Photo)

Dear Katy, Dad Hates My Boyfriend (3-min video) 

 

Optional:

Jonathan Last, "A Dad's Life"

Correctional Officer Calvin Williams, The Importance of Fathers (5-min video) 

 

Session 12

Same-Sex Marriage

 

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) 

 

Pick One: 

Katy Faust, "Dear Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent"

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.)

 

Session 13

Same-Sex Parenting

 

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.)

Bobby Lopez, “Growing Up with Two Moms, The Untold Children’s View”

Pick One:

Mark Regnerus, “Queers as Folk”

Ana Samuel, "The Kid's Aren't All Right: New Family Structures and the 'No Differences' Claim."

 

Session 14

Donor-Conceived Children

 

Alana Newman,  “What are the Rights of Donor-Conceived People?”

California Cryobank, Kids of Donor 5114 (9-min video)

Natasha Pyper, “What I Want My Father To Know About The Daughter He Left Behind”

Dear Katy, Sperm Bank Daddy (3-min video)

 

Optional:

Institute for American Values, "My Daddy's Name is Donor: 15 conclusions from the Social Sciences” Pp. 7-14.  

Anonymous Us (Personal testimonies of donor-conceived kids) 

 

Session 15

Sex Ed in the Family

 

Miriam Grossman, M.D., You're Teaching My Child What? (Ch. 3) (For access to this reading, email us or click here to purchase on Amazon.)

CanaVox Moms, “Tips for Talking to Your Child about Sex”

Dear Katy, Tough Conversations with Kids (3-min video) 

 

Session 16

Sex Ed in the Schools

 

Valerie Huber, “Sex Ed in America: How Yesterday’s Extremists Shaped Today’s Sex-Ed.”

Sex Ed Approaches (A website created by parents to catalogue what they object to in one New Jersey comprehensive sex-ed program)

Dear Katy, Evaluating Sex Ed Curricula (3-min video)

Family Watch International, The War on Children: Comprehensive Sexuality Education (10 min video)


Optional: 

Reggie Osborne II, "She Only Said 'Yes' Once"

Christine C. Kim and Robert Rector, “Evidence of the Effectiveness of Abstinence Education”

 

Session 17

Pornography

 

Morgan Bennett, “The New Narcotic”  (Documents the addictive effects of pornography on the brain)

Ran Gavrieli, Why I Stopped Watching Porn (15 min TED talk video) (Heads up: some of the material from min 2:50-4:30 is explicit.)

Fight The New Drug, “Get Help: Don’t Fight this Alone.” (General resource)

 

Optional for Husbands/Wives:

Anonymous, "If You Don't Believe that Porn hurts Relationships, You Need to Read My Story"

 

Optional For Parents/Children:

Dear Katy, My Son Found Porn (3-min video)

Abby Moore, “The Day My Kid Found Hardcore Porn on His Phone”

Mormon Channel, What Should I Do When I see Pornography?  (5 min video for children audiences; to help teach them to be on the lookout for bad pictures and know how to protect themselves)

 

Session 18

Transgender Identity 

 

Paul McHugh, "Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme" (A Johns Hopkins psychiatrist explains why it was a mistake to allow sex reassignment surgery at his hospital.)

Lindsay Leigh Bentley, "I am Ryland: The Story of a Male-Identifying little Girl who Didn't Transition."

American College of Pediatricians, "Gender Ideology Harms Children"

Walt Heyer, “Here’s What Parents of Transgender Kids Need to Know.”

Dear Katy, Shattering Stereotypes (3-min video)

 

Session 19

 

Session 20

Marital Intimacy

 

Michele Weiner-Davis, The Sex-Starved Marriage (17-min video)

Ashley Crouch, "Dr. Gary Chapman Explains the 5 Love Languages."

 

Optional:

Dear Katy, Too Tired (3-min video)

 

Session 21

The Moral Case for Religious Liberty

 

The Witherspoon Institute Task Force on International Religious Freedom, Religious Freedom: Why Now? Defending an Embattled Human Right (Ch. 1)

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs: "Religious Freedom: A Conversation with Rick Warren, Robert P. George and John DiIulio." (excerpts)