The purpose of the Heart-to-Heart weekend is to offer
all committed couples the opportunity to examine their
relationship together -- their strengths and weaknesses, their
attitudes, their hurts, desires, ambitions, disappointments,
joys and frustrations -- and to do so openly and honestly in a
private/safe face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter.
there are other religiously affiliated marriage and couples
weekend experiences, Heart To Heart is firmly rooted in a
liberal religious perspective; non-denominational, respectful
and inclusive of all faith traditions.
By the early 1990's, there were many
secular and religious retreats
offered for couples, but few that included same-sex partners,
and none in the Upper Midwest. In 1994, a team of four
couples in Minnesota decided to go out on their own and adapt
a model to include same-sex and unmarried committed couples.
As of 2012, these inclusive retreats have reached over 350
Thus began the
original concept of the "Heart-to-Heart" Weekend, rooted in the belief that:
the heart of the family mirrors and shapes the future
transformation of the world; and
people connect as people, not labels, they can meet
face-to-face to overcome differences in how to define the
words "marriage" and "family."
Heart to Heart is
sustained by and continues to grow because of its volunteer
leaders and diverse participants who are committed to bringing
about change in their own relationships and the wider