This workshop makes some assumptions: You have a working definition of some of the language and common values of interfaith families. You have defined how you, as a community, intend to embrace those family
members who are from different faith traditions.
You are committed to creating a place where
everyone feels welcome and all are valued
without compromising your values or religious
beliefs. The workshop will begin with setting some common goals and making certain everyone is speaking a shared language, as well as define the differences between tradition and belief.
The main focus is taking the time to assist your members as they build their own traditions and to develop some within your faith community. You will have the opportunity to think creatively about the way you proceed during worship, on holidays and Holy Days (you may be asking what the difference is—come to the workshop and you will learn that), during social justice/social action programs, in lifecycle ceremonies, and in your social media and public persona.
There are two ways to build traditions: within the context of each personal home and with the framework of the congregation. Building traditions within the house of worship means that the clergy, lay leadership, and membership all have to agree on certain aspects of doctrine or principles. Building traditions at home sounds like it should be easier, but when you consider you have parents, children, grandparents, and perhaps an extended family, it isn’t always as easy as one would think.
This workshop is designed for small groups of no more than 30 people meeting together for an opening session and then breaking into smaller working groups. Working groups may consist of members of one family who want to develop new traditions or, for example, the membership committee of your church or synagogue may focus on how welcoming they are; the ritual committee may want to concentration on liturgical aspects and how they affect interfaith families. The workshop is designed to be either a half-day or all-day program with breaks. At the end of it each group will have an opportunity to share their discoveries and they will be offered feedback from the facilitator. Follow up sessions are available if the community is interested in continuing the work.
Interfaith Life Coaching