You, Me And God: Interfaith Relationships

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Dealing with Holidays
Holidays are the time when differences in religions can seem most acute. Furthermore, celebrating someone else's rituals may seem like you're sacrificing your own. But rather than not showing up for the Easter ham, Stephen suggests that "simply observing a holiday and going along with traditions does not mean you are giving up your beliefs." The couple should decide which practices will fit with the whole household, and individuals should feel comfortable practicing their faith on their own. Photos: New Holiday Traditions To Start This Year

Raising Kids
Deciding what religion to raise their child is perhaps the hardest decision an interfaith couple has to make. Stephen suggests deciding this beforehand, realizing that there may be conflicts along the way. He also suggests that kids can decide for themselves when they get older.

As the child of parents with different religions, Molly advises parents to lead by example. This means respecting both religions, and helping their child identify with religion. "The parents themselves must practice wholeheartedly, so that their children understand the value of religion and community through example."

Know When It Won't Work
Even though some couples may be able to compromise and live happily with two religions in one relationship, for others, religion may be a part of their identity that they are not willing to compromise on. Read: 12 Relationship Red Flags

Two very religious people from different faiths may not be able to work out differences. According to Stephen, "faith and spirituality can be a huge component of someone's identity. For better or worse, couples handle religious differences most easily when neither member is highly invested in their faith."

Written by Brie Cadman for DivineCaroline.

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