But Carl added that she doesn’t “rule out finding friends at events outside the church, because there are no guarantees.”
Brian Crutcher, 30, is local coordinator of the National Christian Singles Seminar, to be held in the District in August. He also works to connect singles at his church, the 60-member Georgia Avenue Church of Christ, with other Church of Christ churches in the area. As for himself, he is preparing with a more Biblical approach.
“The Bible says in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you,” including marriage, Crutcher said.
Others have put the pursuit of a partner on the back burner.
Renette Dallas, a lay minister, naturopathic doctor and fitness trainer, said she is often asked why she isn’t married.
“When I was 20, I wanted to be a millionaire; I fell in love,” said Dallas, who ministers weekly to residents at the Washington Home. “Now, I don’t look for a husband. I look for friends. My number one qualification for any man is that he fear God.”
The Rev. Grainger Browning, who leads Ebenezer with his wife, the Rev. JoAnn Browning, said times have changed since he met her at a Cambridge, Mass., pancake house in 1979.
“The reality is, persons are not interacting face to face anymore,” he said.
JoAnn Browning praised time-honored methods. “Nothing can replace eye-to-eye contact and sitting across the table and having a conversation with someone,” she said.
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