Feb 9, 2023


6:30 - 7:30pm






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A relationship series designed to foster communication and closeness for a healthier partnership under God

The Family Wellness Ministry and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco are offering the much-anticipated relationship series, Eight Dates, based on the book Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by John Gottman, PhD, and Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD.

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The topic for Thursday, February 2, 2023 is A Lifetime of Love and will be led by Rev. Father Timothy Pavlatos, M.Div., M.F.T., and Presvytera Victoria Pavlatos. Discussion will focus around Dreams. When dreams are honored, everything else in the relationship gets easier. Honoring each other’s dreams is the secret ingredient to creating love for a lifetime.


This will be held bi-monthly on Thursday evenings from October 13, 2022 – February 2, 2023 via Zoom and is offered free of charge to all interested couples. The series is separated into biweekly Zoom gatherings where the members of the Family Wellness Ministry team cover a specific relationship topic through prayer, reflection, interactive questions, video presentations, break-out groups, and closing remarks. Homework for each attending couple is to read the corresponding chapter from Eight Dates, and to plan a date night to discuss and put into practice the advice from both the session and the book.

Eight Dates draws on rigorous scientific and psychological research about how we fall in love, using case studies of real-life couples whose relationships have improved after committing time to each other and following the dates. Drs. John and Julie Gottman have spent over three decades studying the habits of 3,000 couples and are bestselling authors and the founders of The Gottman Institute, which uses an extensive research-based approach to improving family relationships.

For more information and to register for this free program, please visit the Family Wellness website.