Susan Katz Miller is an author and journalist whose work focuses on the experiences of interfaith relationships, especially within families. Miller's first book, "Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family," was published in 2013. Her second book, "The Interfaith Family Journal," was published in 2019. Miller began her journalism career at Newsweek in New York. After working in the Los Angeles and Washington bureaus, she freelance reported from Dakar, Senegal for the New York Times. She has also written from Benin, Togo, the Gambia, and Sierra Leone for Christian Science Monitor. She spent time as a U.S. correspondent for the New Scientist, then freelanced from northeastern Brazil. Back in the U.S., Miller served as Board Co-Chair of the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington DC. She later founded a national support group for families celebrating more than one religion, the Network of Interfaith Family Groups, on Facebook. She founded the first blog devoted to interfaith family communities and interfaith identity, onbeingboth.com, and also blogged at Huffington Post Religion. Miller's writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Time, Slate, Utne Reader, Discover, Science, National Wildlife, Health, Moment, Jewcy.com, and interfaithfamily.com. She has appeared on The Today Show, CBS, NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Here & Now, and The Diane Rehm Show, PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and HuffPost Live. She also wrote regularly for The (Jewish Daily) Forward‘s interfaith relationship advice column, The Seesaw. Miller graduated from Brown University.
We set the stage with an interview with Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family.
We set the stage with an interview with Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family.
One of the pillars of progressive faith parenting is inclusivity, connecting with people of all religions and faiths instead of drawing dogmatic boundaries. Because of this, I think it is a critical conversation to have with interfaith families and children who are raised to be religiously literate in more than one faith. I asked around for who to talk to about this subject and overwhelmingly everyone said, Susan Katz Miller, is the go-to person. She was raised interfaith and identifies as Jewish, married a Protestant husband and raised her two children with both faith identities. In this conversation, I ask her to dismantle some of the misconceptions surrounding interfaith families, what it takes to “make it work,” what are the logistics of family life to contain rituals of more than one faith, and how the children of interfaith families respond to their upbringing. I learned so much from her, and I’m sure you will too. Let me know what you think!   Links (referral links included):   Susan Katz Miller’s website: http://susankatzmiller.com Susan’s book, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family - https://amzn.to/2IWHKn7 Episode 1: Five Pillars of Progressive Faith Parenting - https://cindywords.com/podcast/episode-1-five-pillars-of-progressive-faith-parenting-with-daniel-kirk/ Dale McGowan - In Faith and In Doubt - https://dalemcgowan.com/books/   Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt
Author and journalist Susan Katz Miller is both an interfaith child and an interfaith parent. Her book, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, is both a memoir and a call to action for intentional interfaith community.  In this rebroadcast from 2014, we talk about how her experiences have shaped her approach to family and religious practice, and the politics of raising interfaith families. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Location
Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States of America
Episode Count
11
Podcast Count
9
Total Airtime
6 hours, 32 minutes