Interfaith Couples Dialogue Group
Welcome! We provide an open forum for dialogue and fostering community for couples of different faiths (seriously dating, engaged or married) to connect with each other and explore their relationship to religion. The group was formed by members of The Family School, a Jewish-Catholic educational program for interfaith families. Our goal is to tackle the important conversations many of us navigate: opening hearts and minds to other faiths and traditions, engaging with organized religious communities, planning important life milestones like marriage, educating family members and planning to introduce religion to children. Through the year, we gather on Sunday mornings to connect, build relationships, share resources, explore our journeys together, and tap into the resources of the Family School. We typically meet at 9:45 am in a classroom in the FXW School on the campus of Old St. Patrick's at 120 S. Desplaines. Parking is free at any of the lots around the church.
Please note that The Family School is built on a Catholic and Jewish curriculum and our religious discussions often focus on these faiths. However, we welcome couples of all faith backgrounds and especially believe those of other Christian denominations will find the curriculum and our discussions relevant to their own journeys.
Fall 2019 ScheduleSept. 29, 2019
9:30-10:30 am: Adult Education Session
Join The Family School for a Rosh Hashanah service from 9:30-10:30 in the Old St. Pat's Church Hall
10:30-11:30am: Couples Group
Join us for a kickoff of the Family School Interfaith Couples Dialogue Group. Meet leaders of the Family School and Rabbi Ari Moffic. Additionally, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we will talk about navigating the Jewish high holiday scene and hear from Family School parents how they made decisions about observing high holidays as interfaith couples and then as a family.Oct. 27, 2019
9:45-10:45am: Adult Education Session
"Why we pray: the significance of worship and ritual" with Fr. Tom Hurley and Rabbi Ari Moffic
10:45-11:45am: Couples Group
The convergence of two religions. Hear from teachers and parents at the Family School about the philosophy of teaching both Judaism and Catholicism to children. How does the Family School present each religion to children and what are the challenges? Patty and David Kovacs will lead this session since Jason and Sarah are out of town!Nov. 10, 2019
9:45-10:45 am: Adult Education Session
Susan Katz Miller, author of "Being Both" and "The Interfaith Family Journal", joins the Family School parents and Couples Group to discuss being both and interfaith family life.
10:45-11:15am: Couples Group
Susan Katz Miller will join us for a few minutes after her talk to answer any further questions.Dec. 15, 2019
9-10am: Couples Group
In advance of the holidays, we will spend time talking about Christmas, Hanukah, and sharing your interfaith family traditions with extended families.
10-11:30: Adult Education Session
Holiday Party / Potluck Brunch in Old St. Pat's Gym
About Sarah and Jason Wirth
Hi! We're excited to lead the Dialogue Group this year. Sarah was raised Jewish in an interfaith family, while Jason was raised Catholic and attended Catholic day school his whole life. One taste of Sarah's homemade babka and that was it. They've been involved with the interfaith community in Chicago since before they were married. Please don't hesitate to reach out to them at email@example.com with any and all questions, and if you know of other couples you'd like to invite please let us know!