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Panel Discussion: How to Discuss God with Children

"What should I say when my child asks about God?"

Pew Research has shown that the fastest-growing religious affiliation in the U.S. is the "no affiliation" group. And, the proportion of interfaith families also is growing.

While some of these families have a plan for how to handle questions about religion, others wonder: When my child asks about God, what should I say? Which holidays should my family celebrate, and how? Is it possible to blend more than one faith tradition in a home? If I raise my kids without any particular religion, are they missing out on something? Are there ways to make sure my kids have a basic level of religious literacy without imposing one rigid set of beliefs on them?

In October 2015, LSUS will sponsor a free panel discussion for parents seeking answers to questions like these. Scott Paeth (Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Center for Interreligious Engagement at DePaul University) is the discussion moderator. Panelists include Ari Moffic (Interfaith Family Network), Edwina Cowell (Spiritual Playdate), Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy (Communications Strategist), Sally Hoit (Clinical Psychologist), and possibly others to be announced. It also will include North Shore parents who have experienced raising kids in secular and interfaith homes. There will be time for Q&A from the audience.

Childcare will be available for this session from 2:30 to 5:00. There is no charge for childcare, but parents will be asked to sign a waiver.