Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Susan Katz Miller
"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, New York Times best-selling author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
"An insightful examination of one way that religious beliefs are shaping American families"
Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family is a provocative and inspiring book about the growing number of interfaith couples raising children in a world that demands simple answers to intricate questions of faith and identity. Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family celebrates and explores the increasingly popular alternative of choosing to raise children with both family religions.
Some 28 million Americans now have a spouse or partner from a different religious tradition. These families are hungry for a voice of experience that can offer guidance. With a Jewish father and a Christian mother, Miller is on the forefront of this emerging demographic trend. In Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, she provides a framework for raising confident and knowledgeable interfaith children, far beyond the simple celebration of dual holidays. She provides answers to the practical issues of embracing two religions as well as the deeper questions about God, Jesus, faith and spirituality. She sets out the benefits and drawbacks of choosing both, includes the first in-depth portrait of the nationwide movement to raise children with both religions, and draws upon interviews and original surveys she conducted with hundreds of interfaith parents, teenagers and young adults.
She also tells her personal story of the journey that led to dual-faith education for her own children. Relocated to Africa with her husband and working as a reporter both there and later in Brazil, she began to see that religious identity could be more fluid. Upon her return to the U.S., she chose in live in a place with a vibrant interfaith community where her children would feel empowered, rather than penalized, by their interfaith status.
Americans are grappling with blurred boundaries and a world beyond labels. This book is at the center of the intellectual debate on the complex identities of our children and how the interfaith family movement is helping to create more compassionate global citizens.
A former Newsweek reporter and U.S. Correspondent for the British weekly magazine New Scientist, Miller has written for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR's All Things Considered, Discover, and many other publications. She leads interfaith couples groups, has a column in the religion section of The Huffington Post, and writes the leading blog on interfaith identity, onbeingboth.com.
Published by Beacon Press in October, 2013.