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Beyond ChrismukkahThe Christian-Jewish Interfaith Family in the United States$
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Samira K. Mehta

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636368

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636368.001.0001

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Living the Interfaith Family Life

Living the Interfaith Family Life

Dual Religious Heritages Shaping Family Cultures

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(p.161) Chapter Six Living the Interfaith Family Life
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Beyond Chrismukkah
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Samira K. Mehta

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636368.003.0007

In 4 case studies, Chapter 6 articulates a range of ways that interfaith families practice both religions: the largely secular home that connects to both Christian and Jewish heritage; a family that sees themselves as having Christian and Jewish heritage in the context of a shared Unitarian Universalist community and faith; a family that belongs to an intentional interfaith community, the Interfaith Family Project; and a family that belongs to both Jewish and Mormon religious communities and is educating their children in both. These case studies represent the 4 main approaches that interfaith families “doing both” have found to navigate those tensions. Each of these families has found a different approach for combining their traditions and a unique language for framing their choices, but they all do so in ways that minimize the cognitive differences between the two traditions, highlights their similarities, and creates a cohesive narrative of family identity.

Keywords:   Unitarian Universalist, Mormon, Farming, Chrismukkah, “Doing both”, narrative

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