The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Parents know best?

How arranged marriages fare in our church

Like many American teens, James Salman looks forward to going away to college and someday falling in love, getting married and having a family.

The difference is James, 17, was raised by Arab parents who, like their family and friends, married through their parents' arrangement, not because they were in love. And arranged marriage is one of the many customs they hope to pass along to James.

Though most weddings in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are traditionally decided by the couples, several nationalities increasingly represented in the church have parents who choose their child's mate.


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