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Susan Katz Miller is the author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family (Beacon Press, 2013). She writes On Being Both, a blog subtitled “Interfaith Parent, Interfaith Child: Life With Two Religions.” She speaks on and runs workshops for interfaith couples, families and teenagers.

A former staff reporter for Newsweek, and for the British weekly New Scientist, Miller’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR’s All Things Considered, Science, Discover, Moment, and elsewhere. Her parenting and schools column ran for years in The Takoma Voice. Her photography has been published in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and International Wildlife.

Entries by Susan Katz Miller

Book Review: Many Yet One? Multiple Religious Belonging

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 6:31 PM


As someone born into an interfaith family, I am attracted to synergy, hybridity, complexity, and convergence. Lately, I see a moment of convergence approaching, when my progressive Jewish communities and my progressive Christian communities might begin to engage with each other on the...

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Interfaith Generation: Rev. Erik Martínez Resly

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 10:47 PM


The Sanctuaries, DC. Photo by Erik Martínez Resly

We are still fighting the myth that interfaith children grow up to be lost and confused. Rev. Erik Martínez Resly is an interfaith child who grew up to become...

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7 Books for Interfaith Children: Hanukkah AND Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 1:27 PM


Once upon a time, December holiday books for children focused on either Christmas, or Hanukkah. Now, many children grow up in Jewish families celebrating Christmas with Christian grandparents. Or, they grow up in Christian families celebrating Hanukkah with Jewish grandparents. Or, they grow...

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The Nones (Including Interfaith Kids) Are Alright: A Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 5:31 PM


Interfaith families celebrating two or more religions are not actually "religious nones." I sometimes describe my people as religious maximalists instead of religious minimalists. We may be atheists, or agnostics, or mystics, but we are determined to honor all of our religious heritages....

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Rabbis in Interfaith Relationships: A Personal Response

(6) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 3:24 PM


As an interfaith child, an interfaith partner, and a parent of two grown interfaith children, I celebrate the announcement this week that Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the seminary of the fourth largest Jewish movement, will now admit and ordain rabbinical students in interfaith relationships.


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Elegy for Rabbi Harold White, Interfaith Families Pioneer

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 2:51 PM


When I was in my twenties and thirties, I did not expect to ever want or need a rabbi in my life again. After years of defending my Jewish identity as the child of an interfaith family, I thought I was done with...

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Let Us Check More Than One Religion Box

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:35 AM


Imagine for a moment that you are a teenager, arriving at college for your first year, and that you come from an interfaith family. Perhaps you were raised in one religion, but now, you feel drawn to explore the other religion in your...

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Strange Wives: The Paradox of Biblical Intermarriage

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 10:11 AM


Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, Samson, Joseph, Esther, Solomon.

What do they all have in common?

They were intermarried.

Thus begins Strange Wives: The Paradox of Biblical Intermarriage, a comprehensive and compelling exploration of the formative effects of intermarriage in...

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Letter to an Interfaith Child

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky have just welcomed their daughter Charlotte into the world, becoming interfaith parents in the process. As an interfaith child myself, and a parent of two grown interfaith children, I recognize and respect the very private and intimate nature of decisions about...

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7 Ways for Interfaith Families to Find Community

(10) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 3:39 PM

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are about to become interfaith parents. And as interfaith parents, they are about to face an ongoing series of decisions about the religious affiliation and education of their interfaith children. This time of year, with the nip of autumn in the air to...

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When 'Mixed Marriage' Means Secular and Religious: In Faith and In Doubt

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 12:11 PM


Just about every time I give a talk on my book Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, someone will raise a hand to ask me about secular/religious mixed marriages and families. So I welcome the arrival...

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My Favorite Religions: Interfaith Family Perspective

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 6:30 PM

I'm an interfaith child, raising interfaith children. As part of a three-generation interfaith family, I am the product of American pluralism. Celebrating more than one religion does not make me feel alienated or apathetic. Instead, it inspires me, and many of the

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Q&A With Rabbi Set to Lead a Unitarian-Universalist Congregation

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Last month, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in northern Michigan selected Rabbi Chava Bahle to serve as their new leader. While other rabbis have worked in UU congregations before, this is apparently the first time a rabbi will lead a UU community. I knew of Rabbi Chava through...

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7 Myths About Raising Interfaith Kids

(236) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 6:24 PM

This time of year, many interfaith families are preparing to feast on latkes, light Hanukkah candles at the Thanksgiving table and then move on to making Christmas cookies. But beyond holiday celebrations, is it a good idea to raise kids in two religions?

Most rabbis, ministers and priests urge...

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Reza Aslan and Jessica Jackley: A Muslim and Christian Interfaith Family

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 1:00 AM

Reza Aslan's book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, had already reached the bestseller list when a video clip of the author went viral this week. When the religion scholar appeared on Fox News to explain his latest work, the host repeatedly and outrageously questioned...

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Interfaith Marriage in America: Past and Future

(14) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:29 PM

Many books have characterized interfaith marriage as a challenge, a risk, a threat or worse. Georgetown University's Erika B. Seamon brings a new perspective to the topic in her recent book "Interfaith Marriage in America: The Transformation of Religion and Christianity," part of a series entitled "Christianities of...

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'Mixed Religion' as Identity: Who Are These People?

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 1:25 PM

This week, we learned of 23,000 people in England and Wales classified as having "Mixed Religion." This news comes from the United Kingdom's Office on National Statistics, which just released new numbers on religious identity from the 2011 government census. Most of the news reports have...

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"Partially Jewish" and Proud: Interfaith Identity

(15) Comments | Posted June 24, 2012 | 7:28 PM

In a new study of the Jewish population of New York, researchers recently acknowledged the existence of the growing cohort of people with complex identities drawing on more than one religion. The Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 found that

Rising numbers of people report unconventional identity...

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8 Reasons My Interfaith Family Celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas

(25) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 7:19 AM

At this time of year, a blizzard of articles about the so-called December Dilemma swirls up like snowflakes rising from the floor of a snowglobe. Every year, I take calls from journalists looking to, perhaps, shake things up: to dramatize what they are sure must be a conflict between Christmas...

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Remembering Ned Rosenbaum, Interfaith Families Pioneer

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 7:03 PM

For more than fifteen years now, interfaith families across the country have been inspired by Celebrating Our Differences: Living Two Faiths in One Marriage, a groundbreaking joint memoir describing deep religious practice by both partners in a successful interfaith marriage. This week brought tragic news of the sudden...

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