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Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

Marriage is one of the hottest social issues right now. And there is good reason: it's a social institution that touches nearly every aspect of our lives.
We realized that we had a mountain of superb information about this subject, but that it wasn't organized very well. So we sat down to organize it. We took colored post-it notes and brainstormed on all of the different topics related to it, and then we brainstormed about which articles we had that would fit under these topics.
After we finished this paper creation, the more we looked at it, the more we realized that marriage is like an ecosystem. An ecosystem is a functional unit consisting of living things in a given area, linked together in a particular way. One of the wonderful things about an ecosystem is how it can be perceived as a unit, with each creature contributing to the welfare of the entire system. If one of the species dies in an ecosystem, the entire ecosystem is affected.
This critical social institution is more than the sum of many parts. When one part is removed or altered, the entire ecosystem begins to wobble and threatens to collapse. It plays a stabilizing role in society, both in people's day to day lives and also in our society as a unit. We hope by reading our site, you will understand why we call it an ecosystem. We also hope you'll understand why it's important to treat it as we might treat any other ecosystem: with respect, care, and appreciation.

Sponsored by the Ruth Institute, this site has a wealth of helpful resources.

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