DARIEN, Conn. — Darien viewers of a documentary airing this Sunday on CBS may recognize a familiar church.
First Congregational Church was prominently featured on a CBS News Religion and Culture special titled “Marriage, Religion and Modern Life.”
The multi-dimensional documentary, which was released on Dec. 13, is scheduled to be broadcasted throughout the New York area this Sunday on WCBS at 1 p.m.
“It shows (marriage) from the couples’ side — one of whom I married last September — and the church and clergy side,” Pastor Dale Rosenberger told the Daily Voice.
The 30-minute documentary features interviews with the pastor as well scenes of church members in worship. It shows at how religion and marriage has evolved through the ages through a multi-dimensional lens and focuses on young couples.
Over time, Rosenberger said the United States has become more secular. Today many millennials— those born from the early 1980s through the early 2000s — are not affiliated with a religion. Many don’t even consider getting married in a church, he told CBS.
But according to the documentary, marriage offers an opportunity for millennials who have drifted away from religion to reconnect with faith.
Regan Walsh and Rick Hayes, a married church couple featured in the documentary, joined First Congregational after Rosenberger married them.
Walsh told CBS that she joined the church to establish a routine. While she complained about going to church in middle school and high school, she said church provided a grounding experience.
The documentary also features historian Stephanie Coontz and Johns Hopkins University Sociologist Andrew J. Cherlin.
Coontz wrote the bestselling book “Marriage, A History and The Way We Never Were.” Cherlin penned “Labor’s Love Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working-Class Family in America and The Marriage Go-Round.”
For more information on the documentary or to watch it online, visit the program’s website here .
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