On Marriage with Dr. Andy + Kara Root

The idea of marriage is bright and shiny. But the reality of marriage is a more complex cocktail of possibility and disappointment, fear and hope, brokenness and beauty. In this half-day workshop we will take a realistic look at marriage, both theologically and practically. Together we’ll move past seeing marriage as an idealistic fantasy, and explore it as a relationship that creates space for sharing deeply in each other’s personhood.

Kara and Andrew Root are not marriage experts. They are co-learners on the path of loving and supporting each other through petty disagreements, busy schedules, parenting challenges, vocational journeys, and fundamental personality differences. Married for 16 years, this pastor and professor bring theological and ministerial insights on the shape and impact of relationships with honesty and humanity.

This experience is designed for those who are married or in a committed relationship. We highly recommend couples participate together, however, individuals are welcome to participate as well.

If you were unable to attend or would like to review what was presented, click the links below to watch the sessions online.

Watch Session One on Vimeo >

Watch Session Two on Vimeo >

Watch Session Three on Vimeo >

Watch Closing Remarks on Vimeo >


Andrew Root

Andrew Root PhD [Princeton Theological Seminary] is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, and is the author of multiple books. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.

Kara Root

Kara Root is the Pastor of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, a trained spiritual director, and certified Christian Educator. She is the mom of two imaginative kids and two unruly dogs, and the wife and proofreader of a wily theologian. Kara leads retreats on Sabbath-keeping and blogs about ministry and motherhood at “in the hereandnow.”

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