Dual faith expert and author to speak

Susan Katz Miller

Susan Katz Miller

Balancing a dual faith household? Hear about the experiences and tips of Susan Katz Miller at a talk on Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m. at the Bush-Holley House.

Ms. Miller, a former Newsweek and New Scientist reporter and a nationally known dual faith expert, will discuss her recently released book Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family at an event jointly presented by JCC Greenwich and Jewish Family Services of Greenwich.

Ms. Miller, was raised Jewish in an interfaith family and is now raising two interfaith teenagers of her own with both Judaism and Christianity. She has explored her ideas on interfaith families, based on her own personal experience and 10 years of original research, with, among others, a group of over 50 rabbis, the secular humanist community at Harvard and interfaith dialogue groups including Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.

In Being Both,  Ms. Miller shares advice for interfaith families, including how to seek out supportive religious leaders and other interfaith families. She argues that compassion, integration of different perspectives and inclusivity, among other attitudes and practices identified with embracing more than one faith, will lead to greater understanding and social justice across the country and the world. She’s noted that the vast majority of interfaith children, upon reaching adulthood, conclude that they benefited from their interfaith education.

More than 90% of the young adults she surveys agree that their parents made a “good decision” when they chose to teach them two religions.

Beyond Jewish-Christian families, Ms. Miller also probes the next wave of interfaith families, including Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and humanists. While highlighting the advantages of an interfaith upbringing, the book also exposes them to the myths, anxieties and challenges associated with this path.

This session of JFS’s popular Interfaith Conversations series is free of charge. A wine and cheese reception will be served, and signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

RSVP’s are requested at Jccgreenwich.org or 203-552-1881.

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