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Susan Katz Miller is available to facilitate important conversations on interfaith families, interfaith communities, interfaith peacemaking, and complex religious identity. She has spoken at national conferences, colleges and universities, seminaries, libraries, bookstores, museums, community centers, interfaith dialogue groups, synagogues, and churches. Miller also facilitates brown-bag conversations, classroom visits, and workshops and professional development modules for national organizations, congregations, clergy associations, seminaries, faculty, and religious educators.

Miller’s presentations are based on a lifetime of experience in an interfaith family, and more than ten years of research including original surveys of both interfaith parents and interfaith children, and interviews with parents, grown children, interfaith teachers, and clergy.

 

Topics can include:

  • Growing Up in a Three-Generation Interfaith Family
  • Interfaith Education–For Interfaith Children, and for All of Us
  • Interfaith Families in the Fluid and Flexible Religious Landscape
  • Raising Children With Both Religions: Why Families Do It
  • How Clergy Can Support and Learn From Interfaith Families
  • How Religious Institutions Can Engage With Families “Doing Both”
  • Doing Both: It’s Not the End of Judaism (Or Any Other Religion)
  • Interfaith Dating and Marriage in the 21st Century
  • Complex Religious Identity in Millennials: Busting Binaries
  • Peacemakers: The Role of Interfaith Families in Interfaith Dialogue
  • Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist: Next Wave Interfaith Families

Talk sponsors have included the Jewish Book Council, Hillel (Jewish students), Newman (Catholic students), Wesley Foundation (Methodist students), Muslim Students Associations, college chaplains, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies Departments, Friends of University Library, Secular Humanist student groups, InterfaithFamily, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Jewish Daily Forward, and interfaith councils.

 Recent talks:

  • Harvard Humanist Hub
  • Georgetown University’s Berkley Center
  • University of Virginia
  • Claremont School of Theology
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • Lafayette College
  • Claremont Lincoln University
  • Gallaudet University
  • Penn State Harrisburg
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Memorial (NYC)
  • Jewish Museum (NYC)
  • Rabbis Without Borders (annual retreat)
  • Unitarian Universalist Association, General Assembly (Sophia Fahs Keynote)
  • World Council of Churches/United Church of Christ
  • President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge
  • Parliament of the World’s Religions
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring MD
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick MD
  • Temple Sinai, Washington DC
  • Lakeside Congregation (IL)
  • Mishkan Chicago
Workshop for religious educators, LREDA, UUAGA 2015

Workshop for religious educators, Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2015

 

 

 

 

 

"Students at Lafayette College are still talking about Susan Katz Miller's presentations on campus, even six weeks later. Her ability to raise important, provocative questions with humor and grace created a safe and welcoming space to discuss issues of dating, religion, race, family and identity. Miller is a thoughtful, engaging speaker and author who understands the issues college students are facing." --Alex Hendrickson, College Chaplain, Lafayette College

 

“Close to 100 people attended including an Orthodox rabbi, a minister from the United Church of Christ, previous imams of a near-by mosque and interested families struggling with the challenge of how to accommodate two faiths. Susan proved herself to be an articulate and dynamic speaker. Her personal story is beautifully told and Susan rises to the challenge of questions with clarity and aplomb,” —Cathy Nicholson, Weston-Wayland Interfaith Action Group

 

“A dynamic speaker and storyteller, Susan Katz Miller is opening up a vital conversation with sensitivity and skill. By elevating the often overlooked stories and perspectives of interfaith families, couples, and individuals, Susan has a great deal to teach atheist and religious communities, college and university students, and general audiences. The stories she shares are deeply instructive—if we listen carefully, people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds can learn much about how to live together from Susan’s thoughtful, inspiring, and well-researched approach.”–Chris Stedman, Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community, author of Faithiest

 

“Thank you for sharing your expertise, honesty, humor and experience with all of us!  Listening to someone articulate everything that you believe inside is an incredible gift that fills doubt with confidence, loneliness with connection, and ignorance with knowledge. We left feeling prouder, lighter, more whole, and frankly elated by you! May many others get the opportunity to receive your gift.”–Sarah Cirker, Founder and Co-Chair, Interfaith Community of Long Island

 

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