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Interfaith families, traditions



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April 18, 2011 — When you grew up was spring marked by a Passover Seder, a hunt for Easter eggs, or perhaps the cleansing of Buddha statues with scented water? If you’re in an interfaith family, chances are you’ve come to embrace a number of religious traditions or you’ve made the decision to honor just one faith.

High holidays tend to draw attention to the religious choices we make. Interfaith relationships can come under stress and strain at these times or stand strong, as adopted celebrations take on meaning and significance.

In a discussion traditions and interfaith families, we hear from NPR and ABC News contributor Cokie Roberts about her interfaith marriage and the role of Passover in her life. She and her husband journalist Steve Roberts have a new book called Our Haggaddah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.

And we also hear from author Susan Katz Miller. She writes the blog On Being Both. She speaks on and runs workshops for interfaith couples, families and teenagers, and is an active member of the Interfaith Families Project of the Greater Washington, DC area. Her book on raising interfaith children with both Judaism and Christianity comes out later this year.

Photo by Flickr user Dara Skolnick

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