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What is a UME Weekend?

United Marriage Encounter is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to improving marriages by introducing practical, ongoing communication tools over the course of a 48-hour Weekend experience. The United Marriage Encounter Weekend combines practical methods, sound psychology, and Christian values to improve communication between husband and wife.

The Weekends are hosted by leadership couples, all volunteers, who teach methods that improve communication and demonstrate it through sharing and experiences from their own lives. The Weekend is presented in a conference-type setting with approximately 30 couples. After initial introductions, no other group sharing is required. Each couple will be given enough time to talk privately, free from the distractions of everyday life.

You and your spouse will focus on each other throughout the Weekend. You’re given plenty of one-to-one time as a couple to share with each other, trying out the communication tools and ideas presented. It’s an opportunity to learn new ways to communicate and also to connect deeply or even re-connect with your spouse on an emotional and spiritual level.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Weekend cost?

The cost of attending a Weekend (room, meals and other expenses) has already been paid for you through the donations of other couples. Others have paid this cost (nearly $600 per couple) as a gift to you. There is a one-time $80 registration fee to cover other costs. The future of United Marriage Encounter has always been dependent on donations. Near the end of the Weekend, you will be invited to contribute to future Weekends for other couples. You are free to decide how much you want to give so others can have the same opportunity. Your donation is tax-deductible in the United States. (United Marriage Encounter is a non-profit organization and is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability which reflects the highest standards of Christian stewardship.)

How do I register for a Weekend?

You can register online or by mail. To register online, click on the "Register for a Weekend" button at the right of your screen. This will allow you to check information on dates, locations, and availability. Click on a location and date, and simply fill out the registration form to complete your registration. To register by mail, please email or call us to request a brochure. Click on "Contact Us" at the bottom of your screen for our email address and phone number.

How much Christian teaching is integrated into the Weekend?

The primary focus of the Weekend is to provide couples practical methods for improving communication, growing closer to each other, and strengthening the bond between husband and wife. We believe a successful marriage is a Christ-centered marriage. The Christian content is integral but not intrusive.

What if we do not go to church, or are non-believers?

United Marriage Encounter welcomes all faiths, including non-practicing Christians as well as non-believers. Since our primary mission is to improve marriage, one man one woman legally married, any such married couple can enjoy and greatly benefit from attending a United Marriage Encounter Weekend. Although there are discussions relating to a Christ-centered marriage as part of a successful marriage, the Christian content is presented without preaching.

We are interested in attending. Can we invite another couple to go with us?

If you’d like to give another couple a chance to improve their marriage as well, by all means, invite them. Contact the United Marriage Encounter office and we’ll send additional brochures and registration information to you. You can also refer the couple to our website ( for online registration.

Do you offer counseling on a Weekend?

A United Marriage Encounter Weekend does not provide counseling for couples or individuals.

I have more questions.

If you have any more questions about United Marriage Encounter or the Weekend program, please feel free to call our office at 866-483-8889, or email us at



All Ages & Faiths Are Welcome

The primary mission of United Marriage Encounter is to build and strengthen marriages, one man one woman legally married. Any such married couple, regardless of age, length of marriage, or faith can enjoy and find great benefit from a United Marriage Encounter Weekend. United Marriage Encounter is non-denominational and part of the Weekend will discuss Christ-centered marriages. The ideas and methods you will learn have the power to enrich even the best marriage and make it more satisfying on many levels.

Vision & Mission Statement

Our Vision

Offering Christ's love to strengthen and build marriages.

Our Mission

We are an international ministry, serving by the grace of the one God who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In response to the call of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we:

Offer a 48-hour Marriage Encounter Weekend experience and continuing support activities.

Present practical, ongoing communication tools for couples seeking to strengthen their marriage.

Help a husband and wife, one man and one woman lawfully married, to grow in their relationship with each other, God, family, church, and community.

Exercise wise and effective use and stewardship of resources.

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