Interfaith Couples Negotiate Holiday Season

December 19, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On December 19, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured a lengthy article on interfaith marriages saying that "at holiday time, interfaith couples can teach the nation about getting along with those of different religions." The article focused on several families and how they negotiate the holiday season as interfaith families. "Most sociologists believe that the number of interfaith unions will continue to increase in the United States... Currently, 50 percent of Jews marry non-Jews, and half of Catholics marry non-Catholics, according to the Journal of Marriage & the Family. In 1997, 30 percent of the marriages blessed by the Catholic Church involved interfaith couples, according to the Official Catholic Directory... As these trends continue, say sociologists, they will reshape the social landscape. The increasing number of interfaith couples is already impacting religious institutions in the US, says Wade Clark Roof, chair of the department of religious studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara."