Just last week, my roommate and I were discussing interfaith relationships, undoubtedly perplexed by the notion of spending the rest of your life with someone with whom you would not be spending eternity (whatever that eternity is, according to your religion). Then I stumbled an article on the NYT website that discussed this same dilemma. After this discovery, my inquiries led to a number of other books, articles, etc. that described the many benefits as well as those that explained the potential risks of entering into an interfaith relationship and subsequent marriage. I am pleased to say that this research allowed me to gain a much deeper understanding of interfaith relationships, marriages, and families.
At a time such as this, the ins and outs, ups and downs, and every detail of what is and what is not a marriage are on the tips of many tongues. Regardless of your beliefs on religion, marriage, and the interplay between the two, it’s hard to ignore the social change that is taking place right now. However relevant, this discussion does not concern marriage rights, DOMA, or Prop 8. That is another conversation for another time. I introduce those ideas to recognize the relevance of this article being published now. The timing of these articles reminded me of Cawsey’s discussion concerning the importance of situation for change to take place. Perhaps that is why I was so quickly to find many recent articles concerning interfaith message, because those in interfaith marriages recognize that people are truly contemplating what “marraige” means and they feel that they have a voice to be heard during this time. Whether their story is focused on religion, marriage, whatever, they are better able to grab people’s attention.
Unlike many of my other posts, this topic does not suggest that change should take place. It is, however, the recognition of change that has taken place over time. Generally, most of the information I found on interfaith marriages suggested that we need to realize how beneficial important conversations can be. As stated previously, I found quite a few articles written by those in interfaith marriages. Many of the authors suggested that they, along with others in interfaith marriages/families, are uniquely qualified to be leaders. They have incredibly differing stories that allow them to relate to a number of groups and able to lead conversations that many others may not be able to.
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Winds of ChangeIFM in America