CHILDREN'S INTERFAITH EDUCATION
is a program of The Center for Religious Inquiry (CRI) at St. Bart’s. The program was conceived by two moms in interfaith marriages —one Catholic, one Jewish— who wanted to provide their children a strong spiritual foundation via religious education and community without being limited to learning about and celebrating one faith.
- Holiday celebrations and rituals
- “I am a beloved Child of God.”
- Bible stories, beginning with the Old Testament
- Introduction to religions other than Christianity and Judaism
- Key community values, such as kindness, generosity, gratitude and compassion for others.
Children participating in the program will have the opportunity to celebrate and learn about religion and explore their own spiritual identity within the context of primarily the Jewish and Christian faiths. They will observe major holidays via the traditions of their parents as well as more formal teachings delivered in a thoughtful and fun way.
This unique interfaith community will allow them to develop a relationship with God and will nurture their spiritual growth. It will provide a safe place to discuss what it means to participate in and honor two distinct religions. The children will also have an opportunity to learn about other major religions. Finally, the children, if they should so desire, can participate in key religious milestones.
Parents in the community will have an opportunity to celebrate religious holidays with their children and build their own religious, spiritual and family traditions.