Being Both

Hardcover $25.95

Beacon Press | Oct 22, 2013 | 264 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | ISBN 9780807013199

  • Hardcover$25.95

    Beacon Press | Oct 22, 2013 | 264 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | ISBN 9780807013199

  • Ebook$25.95

    Beacon Press | Oct 22, 2013 | 264 Pages | ISBN 9780807013205

Praise

“An insightful examination of one way that religious beliefs are shaping American families.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Positive, hopeful…. Miller’s enthusiasm and exhilaration at the prospect of a new generation of interfaith Americans ‘healing the world’ is cause for celebration. Recommended to faith practitioners of all stripes.” —Library Journal

“A gorgeous and inspiring testament to the power of love to not only transcend the divides of faith and tradition, but to bring faiths together and create wholly new traditions.” —Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

“Hallejullah!  This is the book interfaith families like mine have been waiting for!  Susan Katz Miller serves as a wise, well-informed, progressive, steady, and plainspoken guide to the challenges and benefits–yes!  benefits!–of raising children with two faith traditions.  Reading this book I dropped tears on the pages because I felt for the first time my family was affirmed and understood and, most importantly, not alone.  This is a singular contribution to the conversation on the future of religion in America.  Every interfaith family and every religious leader who works with interfaith families should read Being Both.” —Joanna Brooks, author of The Book of Mormon Girl

“Religion is never static, and always reflects the needs and mores of those who adopt and adapt it. In Being Both, Susan Katz Miller brings us into the emergent world of interfaith families, families who seek to blend traditions that others find mutually exclusive. Whatever your thoughts on religion and interfaith marriage, this book will help you think more clearly. And if you are in an interfaith marriage yourself, it may help you live more courageously.” —Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness

“Interfaith families are transforming the face of religion today. People are marrying others from different religions—and they are celebrating the two traditions! For anyone who cares about families or about religion—or both—Susan Katz Miller’s Being Both is a must read.” —Sheila C. Gordon, PhD, President, Interfaith Community

“A moving, personal story that opens new dimensions of life in general and religious life in particular that rise out of an interfaith family. Susan Katz Miller writes with the passion of experience and with the integrity of being authentic. Its insights moved me deeply.” —John Shelby Spong, author of The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

“Engaging, comprehensive, nourishing: Being Both will serve as both guidebook and inspiration for a new generation of interfaith families.” —Mary Heléne Rosenbaum, co-author, Celebrating Our Differences: Living Two Faiths in One Marriage

“Beginning with the story of her family of origin, Miller surveys the burgeoning phenomenon of families who observe two religious faiths. Her Jewish father married an Episcopalian who, though agreeing to raise the children as Jews, still informally baptized little Susan in the kitchen sink (her mother and sister each did the same, though it was years before they dared tell even one another). So began a multigenerational interfaith reality, which Susan continued as another Jew married to a Christian, this time in a ceremony that honored both religions. Four years later, the couple joined the Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) of Washington, D.C., whose mission is to raise member families’ children as Jewish and Christian. From the members, clergy, and teachers of IFFP and similar organizations elsewhere, Miller gathered the stories of how these families successfully raised children who are happily interfaith and intend to raise interfaith children themselves. Miller concludes this fine resource with a look at the next wave of, this time, Christian-Muslim and Christian-Hindu interfaith families.” —Booklist

Table Of Contents

CONTENTS
 
INTRODUCTION
The Kaleidoscope ix


CHAPTER ONE
Claiming My Interfaith Identity 1


CHAPTER TWO
A Grassroots Social Movement 20


CHAPTER THREE
The Case for Choosing Both: Benefits of Dual-Faith Life 40


CHAPTER FOUR
Facing the Objections: “But You Can’t Be Both!” 54


CHAPTER FIVE
Meet the Parents: “Both of Our Religions, Both of Our Histories” 84


CHAPTER SIX
Radically Inclusive Clergy 107


CHAPTER SEVEN
Baptism, Bris, and Baby-Welcoming 126


CHAPTER EIGHT
Coming of Age 138


CHAPTER NINE
Dual-Faith Education 156


CHAPTER TEN
Interfaith Children Grow Up: What Do They Believe? Where Do They Go? 178


CHAPTER ELEVEN
Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists: The Next Interfaith Wave 204


CONCLUSION
Ambassadors for Peace 222
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 227
SELECTED AND ANNOTATED RESOURCES 229
INDEX 235

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