Religious Traditions And Challenges For Interfaith Families

A Jewish-Muslim wedding takes place in May 2013.  - http:/www.flickr.com/photos/zlatko/9019985769/

A Jewish-Muslim wedding takes place in May 2013.

Religious Traditions And Challenges For Interfaith Families

More than a third of marriages in the U.S. are now between people of different faiths. The everyday challenges of establishing traditions, raising children and blending different religions.

Nearly a quarter of Americans attend religious services of more than one faith or denomination. More than one-third are now married to a person of a different religion. As American society becomes more open and tolerant of diversity, a growing number of interfaith couples are raising children in both religions. They say this encourages open-mindedness and gives extended family equal weight. But others caution that these mixed-marriages can be strained by conflict over religious practices and are more prone to divorce. As the holiday season approaches, a look at the growing trend of interfaith marriage and what it means for family life.

Guests

Alan Cooperman

deputy director, Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.

Susan Katz Miller

journalist, former reporter for Newsweek and author of “Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family."

Naomi Schafer Riley

former editor, The Wall Street Journal and author of "'Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America."

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