Religion Today

January 2, 2007


Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

ALBANY, N.Y. - Courtney Kuehn went to a Hmong wedding and, "surprise!," tradition dictated a toast to her old college roommate. Paul Purdy went to synagogue with a Jewish girlfriend and accidentally stood for the Mourner's Kaddish.

Such trans-cultural encounters are common in a nation under many gods, especially this time of year when celebrations often involve friends from other faiths. Questions come up. Is it OK to serve pork at a holiday party? Should my Buddhist friend get a Christmas card?

Religious etiquette guides offer some answers.

The books, including "How to be a Perfect Stranger" and "Multicultural Manners," focus on issues far weightier than recognizing salad forks. Inside, is advice on how to be sensitive to other faiths and cultures.