Interfaith Family Issues Hit the Big Time


Well, we like to think we’re the big time here at, but you’ll probably agree that the Washington Post is a bigger venue for discussions of issues that affect interfaith families. The introductory article has a link to an interview with Cokie and Steve Roberts, two well-known journalists in a Catholic-Jewish interfaith marriage. I watched the interview last night.

It did seem a little weird to me that Steve Roberts says that his mom is “very Jewish” but that she had never been to a Passover seder until her Catholic daughter-in-law coordinated one. I guess it shows what “very Jewish” means–it’s a cultural marker, something that says more about language and habits than religious practice. Sometimes when people use Jewish as an adjective I’m not totally sure where they are going with it, what it means to them. It’s an interesting interview overall and I’d love to hear what you thought about it.

I’m excited that Marion Usher, who is an old friend of IFF and an outreach professional, is going to be featured in a WaPo video on the work she does with interfaith families. I’ll try to stay on top of that and link it here. It will also be interesting for me to see interfaith family issues that affect families where neither partner is Jewish.

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  • I liked what Steve Roberts said about how clergy look at the divisions, but they as a couple looked at what united them in terms of values. I think that is the core of “interfaith”  (or no faith, in the case my spouse the atheist – where there is no faith, how can there be interfaith? Then what we’re talking about is intercultural –  maybe – or simply a different way of looking at things.) What unites us as people are value systems, and I feel strongly that values are what should drive all religious engagement anyway – if not, why bother?

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