The WEA and Marriage Week International collaborate in promoting marriage

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News Release

June 13, 2011

The World Evangelical Alliance and Marriage Week International are pleased to announce a new partnership to promote marriage around the world.

Marriage Week is an annual focus week which was founded by Richard and Maria Kane in 1997 to celebrate everything that is good about marriage, promoting the simple message which is “if you are fortunate enough to be in a marriage - you should look after it”.   The focus week has now spread around the world, attracting broad support from Church, politicians and media.  Countries across Europe from Ukraine to Ireland, Australia and the US all host their own Marriage Weeks, and are part of Marriage Week International.  

The WEA and Marriage Week International have designated Sunday, February 12, 2012, as a day for the global church to come together in celebrating and encouraging marriage.  

As such, the WEA is encouraging its global membership to mark the day together by holding events such as marriage recommitment ceremonies in their churches or using their Sunday church sermons to highlight marriage.

The WEA and Marriage Week International will also work together in the production of a global broadcast on marriage on February 12, 2012.  

Mr Kane, President of Marriage Week International said: “Marriage is an area where the church can make a profound difference in the lives of people and in the life of the communities so that they can flourish and thrive.”

Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, Chief Executive Officer of the World Evangelical Alliance, said: “World Evangelical Alliance is pleased to work with Marriage Week International, to help to promote the emergence of Marriage Week’s throughout the Globe. We believe it is critical that the churches do all then can to celebrate, support and strengthen marriages”.

“We also, believe that having an annual day to focus on marriage in churches across the globe with be a powerful model of demonstrating Christian unity. We are urging all local churches, church networks, Christian agencies and institutions to enthusiastically engage in this strategic initiative.”

Mr Kane and his team stand ready to consult with any leaders who want to launch a national marriage week in their nation.

Contact: Richard Kane, Marriage Week International, and the World Evangelical Alliance


The World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations and global networks. The WEA is the world's largest association of evangelical Christians serving a constituency of 600 million people. The WEA is a voice to governments, media, and other faith communities and holds consultative status at the United Nations.