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Better Marriages North Carolina Council is a group of couples who believe in marriage, know that a good marriage takes some work, and that communication with other married couples really helps improve our own relationships. We are affiliated with Better Marriages, a nonsectarian nonprofit which is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We are not affiliated with any religious denomination. The North Carolina Council invites you to consider making your marriage the best it can be. Help yourself while helping others!
Registration is open for the April 4-6 2014 Better Marriages North Carolina Conference at Lake Lure, North Carolina! Space is limited to 50 couples, so act now to reserve your spot. Look at the event web page or check out the print brochure for more details and to register!
Please look through our website and see how you can participate with other North Carolina couples.

Educating Couples for Vibrant, Lifelong Relationships

We all want the same thing, whether our relationship has just begun or we've been married for years: We want a
healthy, mutually-satisfying relationship with the one we love. Check us out. We're confident you'll find something that serves your interests well. Better Marriages North Carolina exists to serve you as a couple, whatever the stage of your life and relationship.
  • We have resources you can use to strengthen the connection between you and your partner.
  • We sponsor statewide events, to stimulate your ongoing growth together.
  • We sponsor marriage enrichment groups where couples gather for mutual support and encouragement.
  • We even offer training for couples who want to have an impact on the lives of (or, 'lead and influence') other couples.

You don't have to be a member of Better Marriages to attend meetings, though we do encourage you to join. Better Marriages NC seeks to promote and provide enrichment opportunities and resources that strengthen couple relationships and enhance personal growth, mutual fulfillment, and family wellness. Its programs are educational in nature and are not intended as therapy or counseling.

Mission and Vision

Mission

To promote better marriages by providing enrichment opportunities and resources to strengthen couple relationships, increase intimacy, and enhance personal growth, mutual fulfillment, and family wellness.

Vision

To create a network of couples building healthy marriages by providing marriage education and enrichment opportunities in partnership with other public, private, and faith-based organizations.

History

In September of 1967, and at the age of 60, David Mace moved to Winston-Salem, NC to become a Professor of Sociology with the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Previously David and his spouse Vera had jointly served as executive directors of the American Association of Marriage Counselors from 1960-1967, and even earlier during the 1940’s as joint directors of the Marriage Guidance Council in England. They would both move to the United States in 1949 when David would begin his first decade of professorship at Drew University in New Jersey, before finally making their last move to North Carolina.

Following a lifetime of “working for better marriages”, David and Vera would establish the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (ACME) on their fortieth wedding anniversary in July of 1973. Following their slogan for ACME, “to work for better marriages, beginning with our own”, David and Vera would create an organization that married couples could join to express their support of marriage and grow in their marriage relationship. This emphasis would significantly differ from their earlier focus on counseling and intervention, and instead focus on enrichment and education. According to David Mace:


“Our hope was that it might be quite natural (with no direct religious, political or professional connections of any kind) and might, therefore, become a coordinating agency for other organizations that were developing programs in this new field; that it might undertake the task of setting standards for leadership; that it might encourage the development of local chapters which could promote in their communities the cause of better marriage.” (Mace, Close Companions, 1982).

Following the lead of David and Vera, a small group of North Carolina couples, many from the Winston-Salem area, soon joined to establish the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment North Carolina Council. With a focus on marriage support groups and education, the North Carolina Council has grown to include local chapters and marriage enrichment groups from Asheville to Wilmington.

Additionally, the North Carolina Council has presented an annual marriage enrichment conference for three decades, historically during the month of February. Most recently, following the lead of the national organization (Better Marriages), our state council has undergone a name change, becoming known as Better Marriages NC, and has continued to operate with one of the largest state memberships nationally. Additionally, North Carolina is the home of the Better Marriages national office, located in Winston-Salem, NC. 

Upcoming Event: 2014 "Let Love Lure You In" Marriage Enrichment Event

Escape with your spouse to a romantic mountain inn for a weekend filled with education, connections and experiences focused on enriching your marriage! If you have never attended a Better Marriages NC event, this is the perfect way to discover a wonderful way to take care of the most important relationship in your life: the one with your spouse.

Join us for a special time in one of the top destination hotels in western North Carolina. We are gathering on April 4-6, 2014, at the Lake Lure Inn, where scenes from the iconic movie Dirty Dancing was filmed.

This elegant setting is sure to be the perfect background for meaningful conversations. Our weekend will be facilitated by expert leaders Clay and Jane Turner, who will guide couples through a program designed to help us all discover the potential in our marriages.

Of course, the weekend will feature some great opportunities to share special moments between couples, as well as to connect with others who are equally committed to their relationships. With an opening night bonfire on Friday, Saturday lunch and dinner followed by dancing, and the full program lasting through noon on Sunday, you know this is a special treat for your marriage.

Let love lure you in to an experience you'll be remembering for years to come! Learn more and register on the event web page. Or check out the print brochure here.

Past Event: 2013 North Carolina Organization's Marriage Enrichment Event

Couples had a wonderful time at the Better Marriages NC's annual conference on February 8-9, 2013, in Clemmons, NC. Using the theme of "Keep It Simple Sweetie," we offered quality sessions designed to help couples look at their relevant issues.  Presenters were local experienced favorites who present marriage enrichment in very entertaining and meaningful ways, and married couples had the opportunity to hear and dance to your favorite love songs during the conference! This was a great time to connect with other couples committed to their marriages and it was definitely a weekend to remember. Check out the brochure here.

Past Event: 2012 North Carolina Retreat and Conference

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a fantastic marriage enrichment experience in western North Carolina on Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2012. From quality sessions designed to help couples look at their relevant issues, to fantastic local mountain music, dancing and dining where couples connected with others committed to their marriages, to exclusive time to enjoy the area's beautiful offerings, this was certainly a weekend to remember. To see more about the program, take a look at the brochure here.


Past Event: 2011 North Carolina Retreat & Conference



We had a wonderful time in 2011 at our annual retreat and conference. Using the theme of "Stop in the Name of Love: Relax, Reconnect, Renew," more than 40 couples gathered in Raleigh to focus on enriching their marriages. To see more about the program, take a look at this brochure.




Visit these links to view a variety of materials for a wide range of couple interests, available from the Better Marriages national website:

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning about marriage enrichment groups or education opportunities in your area, please contact us by email.

North Carolina Board Members

NC COUNCIL PRESIDENT COUPLE
Jim and Kathy Weidner
Charlotte, NC

 
NC COUNCIL SECRETARY/TREASURER COUPLE
Chris and Ron Musgrave
Winston-Salem, NC
 
 
NC COUNCIL PAST PRESIDENT COUPLE
Carl and Nancy Terry
Raleigh, NC
919-845-4825
nmterry@nc.rr.com
 
 
NC COUNCIL DIRECTOR COUPLES  
Jim and Leslie Rhodes
Burlington, NC
336-229-6335
JRLLRHODES@aol.com

 
Joel and Joyce Goodwin
Salisbury, NC
 
 

 
 
Cranford and Othella Johnson
Winston-Salem, NC
 
 
Elaine and William Matthews
Garner, NC
919-229-4456
pastorwmwm@gmail.com
 
 
Doug Burns and Janet Doughty
Raleigh, NC
 
 

Marriage Enrichment Group Contact Couples

Nathan and Anne Johnson
Asheville, NC
 
Ann and Dennis Wooten
Burlington, NC
 

Jim and Kathy Weidner
Charlotte, NC
 
 
Karen and Mike Moorman
Durham, NC
 

LaTricia and Anthony Smith
Fayetteville, NC
 

Elaine and William Matthews
Garner, NC
 

Nancy and Carl Terry
Raleigh and Durham area, NC
 
 

 
 
Doug and Candy Murray
Wilson, NC
 
 
Jean and Ray Brewer
Skip and Jean Larson
Winston-Salem, NC
 

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