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Who Should Attend?

Workshop Questions?

Designed for anyone wanting to work toward creating an environment inclusive of traditions and practices for interfaith couples and families while considering the theological issues.
  • Interfaith Couples.
  • Parents of kids who have married outside the faith.
  • Congregants.
  • Clergy.
  • Congregational Lay Leadership.
  • Religious School teachers.

Booking A Workshop

  • What does it mean to create a religious home?
  • What observances & celebrations would be included? 
  •  How would we include all members of the family?    
  •    Are there places, times, and instances when total inclusion isn't possible or practical—i.e. communion in a church or Torah reading in a synagogue?       
  • How do we stay true to our mission and founding principles and still provide an inclusive environment?

The Workshop series

Regardless of what anyone says, this is hard work: it’s difficult for the parents who raised children with the hopes and dreams that they would grow up to participate in their faith, it’s challenging for the couple who join together
bringing two different faiths
into one home, and it’s
sometimes confusing for the
children who feel caught
between two worlds. To
complicate the decisions
that need to be made, there
are conflicting opinions on
what is right—make a
choice for the children, raise
them in both traditions and
let them choose when they
are older, do nothing on a
religious level but teach them on a cultural level about both traditions, or literally do not engage in either religion. For the clergy, the choices are not any easier: Christian clergy believe, for the most part, that a person’s future is bound in the relationship with God and Jesus; Jews believe, for the most part, that God is singular, not a trinity, and that the relationship with God is personal and does not need an intermediary. Christianity teaches that people need to make a profession of faith; Judaism teaches that birth or conversion are the only paths to being part of the Covenant of Abraham.
There is no concept of a profession of faith.

Most clergy will agree that trying to do both is a bad idea, but with the numbers of interfaith marriages on the rise, particularly between Jews and Christians, some are beginning to question that wisdom.

These are the questions that are being raised across the country in progressive synagogues—Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative—and in many Christian churches. The answers are as complicated as the number of people asking the questions because the reality is that every situation is different. This workshop will examine these issues, focus on ways some organizations are structuring themselves to create homes for interfaith families, and seek answers to questions.