Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Faith in Love and Marriage

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Faith in Love and Marriage

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CATHERINE Coppari and Max Lipkin's wedding will include elements of both their faiths.

In keeping with Coppari's Roman Catholic background, the minister will bless the rings.

Lipkin will break a glass at the end of the ceremony, as is customary at Jewish weddings.

Coppari, 26, and Lipkin, 27, hope their married life also will be a blending of both religions. It is a topic the Brooklyn, New York, couple have spent hours discussing.

aIt's always better to have the conversationa before the wedding, Lipkin said. aIf we didn't have these conversations, down the road, it could cause problems.a

Increasingly, Americans are marrying outside their faiths.

About 25% of US households were mixed-faith in 2006, up from 15% in 1988, according to the General Social Survey released last year by the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Centre.

In 2008, the Pew Research Centre released a survey saying 27% of Americans who were married or living with a partner were in religiously mixed relationships.

Interfaith couples need to talk seriously before getting married about how they will practise their faiths, what religion they will teach their children and which holidays they will celebrate, according to religious advisers who counsel them.

Reverend Susanna Stefanachi Macomb, an interfaith minister and counsellor in New York City, said, aYou have to be fearless, and really talk about your religion and your view of God.a

Rabbi Stuart E Davis, of Overland Park, Kansas, said couples should develop a plan for pursuing their religions.

He said they must answer the question: aHow will we household together?a Both should think hard about what is important to them in their own religions.

Other questions someone entering into an interfaith marriage should ponder and discuss include:

Are you comfortable following your religion on your own, or do you want your partner to attend services with you? …

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