SMART Marriages® Conference set for July 2-5

April 03, 2008

The 12th Annual SMART Marriages® Conference has been scheduled for July 2-5, 2008 in San Francisco – and the Northern California United Methodist Healthy Marriage Project wants the California-Nevada Conference to be well represented. UM pastors and other leaders are urged to participate.


More than 2,000 people will be in attendance: pastors, lay leaders, therapists, counselors, social workers, psychologists, professors, attorneys – and just a lot of "real people" interested in saving marriages and families. There will be more than 140 workshops available, with presenters such as Gary Chapman (author of The Five Love Languages), Terry Hargrave, John Van Epp (author of How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk), and Claudia and David Arp.


Keynote speakers include Julie Baumgardner, Executive Director of the grassroots organization First Things First, which is dedicated to strengthening marriages and families; Gary Chapman; John Gray, author of the Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus series; Pat Love, co-founder of the Austin Family Institute; John Van Epp; and Dennis Stoica, President of the California Healthy Marriages Coalition.


The SMART Marriages® Conference is also unique in offering training and certification to teach dozens of programs.


A Cal-Nevada group is in the formation stages. If you and/or your church would like to be involved contact Glenn and Gwen Tilton of the Healthy Marriage Project at (916) 393-6479,


For brochures and other information link to or contact the Tiltons.


View highlights of the 2007 SMART Marriages® Conference here.


All sessions of this year's conference will take place at the San Francisco Hilton, which has rooms available for participants at $115 per night.


Registration fee before May 1: $365; spouse, $265.

(Includes 12 keynotes, 6 workshops, 1 seminar and "Saturday Night Live" with John Gray.)


Group Discounts: Register four from an organization, and a fifth attends free (a 20% discount for the group). To qualify all must register together, with one person designated as the contact and all registration forms submitted together with one combined payment.


No cancellations or refunds – substitutions only.


Other ways to attend: 


Attend one full day – Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (includes all keynotes for the day!) – for the Daily Rate of $195.


Attend "Saturday Night Live: Why Mars and Venus Collide," with John Gray, Saturday, July 5, 7:30-10 p.m. – $55.


Attend a banquet with speaker (Tuesday, July 1 or Thursday, July 3) – $39.


Attend one seminar – Saturday, July 5, 4-5:30 p.m. – $15 (see #800-#818 seminars).


Walk in and browse the displays and exhibits – FREE!


United Methodist Roundtable – Thursday, July 3, 5:30-7 p.m. – FREE!


In addition, $100 Scholarships are available on a first come/first served basis from the Northern California United Methodist Healthy Marriage Project. It's hoped that the scholarships will enable someone from each district in the Cal-Nevada Conference to attend. Email Glenn and Gwen Tilton,, immediately if you're interested in taking advantage of this opportunity.