UUPP 028: Susan Katz Miller – Being Both, Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family

Susan Katz Miller-Being Both, embracing two religions in one interfaith family

Susan Katz Miller UU “fangirl” and ally presented at GA Portland to clergy about interfaith families and their roles and responsabilites to them.

How is your congregation interacting with interfaith families? What are clergy doing to be more inclusive of interfaith families in the congregations?

Children in interfaith families can be taught both religions. This allows youth to explore and experience a wealth of tradition and culture inside their families.


Author and journalist Susan Katz Miller is both an interfaith child and an interfaith parent. Her father is Jewish, her mother is Protestant: she grew up in Reform Judaism. After marrying a Protestant, Miller and her husband decided to raise their children in both religions, in a community of interfaith families. Miller served as Board Co-Chair of the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington DC.
Miller graduated from Brown University, and began her journalism career at Newsweek in New York. After working in the Los Angeles and Washington bureaus, she moved to Dakar, Senegal for three years. While there, she wrote travel pieces for the New York Times, was tear-gassed in the streets while covering an election, interviewed the President of Senegal for Newsweek International, and wrote Christian Science Monitor pieces from Benin, Togo, the Gambia, and Sierra Leone. On returning to the States, she became a US Correspondent for the British weekly magazine New Scientist. She then spent three years freelancing from northeastern Brazil. After her two children were born, she and her husband settled in the Washington, DC, area, and she founded the first blog devoted to interfaith family communities and interfaith identity, onbeingboth.com, and began blogging at Huffington Post Religion.
Miller’s writing has also appeared in Time, Slate, Utne Reader, Discover, Science, National Wildlife, Health, Moment, Jewcy.com, interfaithfamily.com, and many other publications. Miller studied photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her photographs have been published in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and International Wildlife. Her work on interfaith families has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s Here & Now, NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, on the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and on HuffPost Live, and in dozens of other media outlets. Miller also writes for the Jewish Daily Forward‘s interfaith relationship advice column, The Seesaw.
Susan Katz Miller is available for speaking, book group appearances, and facilitating workshops for interfaith couples, teens or grandparents. She has spoken at the Humanist Community of Harvard, Georgetown’s Berkley Center, the University of Virginia, Lafayette College, Jewish Community Centers, interfaith peacemaking groups, and many other venues.

Favorite Quote:

“Unitarian Universalists are neither a chosen people nor a people whose choices are made for them by theological authorities–ancient or otherwise. We are a people who choose.” –Theologian Forrest Church.


Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Website susankatzmiller.com
Twitter @beingboth
Blog onbeingboth.com
On Facebook

Final Credits: music thanks to:

“Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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