Enriching Relationships for a Lifetime    

Dr. Gary Oliver
Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D.
Executive Director

Graduate Fellowship:

  A relationship is like a pebble—when it hits the water it creates a ripple that has an impact way beyond where it entered. Research tells us that the greatest source of joy in life is healthy relationships and that the greatest source of frustration and pain is unhealthy relationships. Like the little pebble dropped in the water, the quality of our relationships ripple across our lives, the lives of those around and even impact future generations.

CHR exists to educate, encourage and equip individuals, couples, families, churches, colleges and corporations to experience healthy relationships. Liferelationships.com is a collection of unique resources to encourage healthy relationships ranging from articles to questions and answers, to seminars and workshops, to books to links to other excellent relational web sites.

Regardless of where you are in your important relationships know that you can enjoy stronger, healthier, more vital, vibrant and effective relationships—and we're here to help.

Question of the Day

My husband was told recently he may have MS. The symptoms have really taken a toll on him.. Lately, it seems as if all we do is argue. I love him and hate what's happening to him. How can I help?
Whenever there is a crisis or a trauma that enters into a marriage the potential for distance and conflict is high. When men experience an illness or a disease that threatens their ability to be a man it takes a powerful mental, emotional and spiritual. Much of a man’s identity is based on his able to do “manly” things. Provide, procreate and protect. When a man is less able to function as a man it can lead to a flood of emotions he doesn’t fully understand and doesn’t know how to express. Our culture says that if a man isn’t strong he isn’t really a man. Although we know that’s a myth it roots run deep in the minds of men and women. It’s normal for your husband to experience a wide ranger of painful emotions including fear, hurt and frustration and these are the core emotions that lead to anger.
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