Catherine Bernard Family: Heart of Humanity

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Family: Heart of Humanity

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This volume is a compilation of key papers presented at the Global Conference titled In Defence of the Family: Family, Children and Culture held at Bangkok in June 2011. The event marked the 25th anniversary of SERFAC - Service and Research Foundation of Asia on Family and Culture - head quartered in Chennai, India. SERFAC was established by Dr. Catherine Bernard, MBBS, MS, and collaborators from diverse backgrounds from India and the world, committed to ensuring the well-being of families so as to address the contemporary moral, spiritual, institutional and technological crises affecting families, children, communities, nations and the global society. An international registered non-governmental organization, SERFAC, which enjoys Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) of the UN, works towards creating awareness and sensitizing society to the fact that a healthy family life and its allied institution of marriage constitute the most important resource base and natural environment for the well-being of its members, particularly children. Families and children across the world face a multitude of ever-changing challenges in an increasing international culture called globalization. Humanity in the 21st century is at the crossroads of civilization and needs to work towards a recovery, or face the peril of decay and disintegration. The choice is with humanity itself. It must be recognized that we must defend the Family because fissures and fractures have developed into frank ruptures, breakdowns and collapses - not only of individuals, families and societies but also of nations. It must be recognized that it is vital for society to respect the autonomy, integrity, solemnity and sacredness of every unborn child, of every person, every individual and family, and for every nation to work towards a meeting at different levels. A dialogue must occur to enrich the diversity and celebration of this diversity of family, children and cultures to make the world a more humane and civilized place in which to live. In this way, we can ensure a promising future for humanity. Small and insignificant though it is, the Service and Research Institute on Family and Children (SERFAC) has made a start in this reversal process by identifying and working with the smallest, at the same time, most potent social unit - the Family.

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Catherine Bernard, MBBS, MS, India: Founder-President-Director of Service and Research Institute on Family and Children (SERFAC), Chennai, India. Dr. Catherine Bernard belongs to the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, France. She is a Medical Doctor by profession and holds a post graduate degree in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University, New York. Dr. John Shea, Ph.D., MSW, USA: Professor of The Practice of Pastoral Care and Counselling, in The School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College, Massachusetts, USA. He has over 30 years' experience in the field of counselling. He is an international lecturer and speaker, and has authored several books and numerous articles that focus on Spirituality, Experiencing and Adulthood.

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