Niagara Foundation is pleased to host Eileen Smith, Director and Founder of The Interfaith Union, who will discuss interfaith marriage and the work her organization does to help interfaith and interchurch families.
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If you have difficulties registering for this event, please CONTACT Hadis Fetic, Program Director for Niagara’s Center for Interfaith Engagement, via email at [email protected] or phone 312-240-0707 Ext. 115.
Thursday, November 19th
Lunch will be served
Niagara Foundation – Chicago
205 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 4240
Chicago, IL, US 60601
Eileen is an Irish Catholic New Yorker who was married for 23 years to her late husband Steve, a Jewish man from Boston. While her original educational path was Pre-Med, with a Master’s in Public Health, upon the birth of her three children she became interested in the subject of child development and faith formation. In 1995 she was awarded a 4-year grant from Lilly Endowment to study how religious faith is formed in children of interfaith families. As a result of that work, she received an award from the ACTA Foundation to to write and publish a handbook for families entitled “Making Our Way to Shore – An Interfaith Guide to Hebrew Naming and Baptism.”
She is currently the Founder/Director of The Interfaith Union. After completing her Master’s in Theology as a Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union and Residency training as a Chaplain, she is now devoted full time to aiding interfaith couples who are dating or intermarried, through educational programming and support. Her children, who are truly global citizens now living in Japan, Mexico and Chicago are the inspiration of her life; she remains a member of Old St. Patrick’s Church and Tzedak/Chicago.