According to the 2010 Census, of the 168,000 children living in Memphis, nearly 67,000 — about 4 in 10 — are living in a family with a female householder and NO FATHER PRESENT.
Later this month, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton will host the Second Annual Memphis Training Camp for Dads. (Wharton is writing a guest column about the issue that will run with your response.)
From your perspective, how big is this problem? How do you see if effecting your congregation, your community, the culture at large? What can/should be done about it?
One of the saddest stories I ever heard was related by a prison chaplain. He said that before Mother’s Day he had requests from almost all of the prisoners to obtain Mother’s day cards for them to send. But when Father’s Day rolled around, no requests, not one. And this happened every year. Speaks volumes, doesn’t it, about the importance of fathers.