Can A Person Have Multiple Religious Identities? An Interview with Lauren Andrea-Lucia – 085

Mona sits down with Lauren Andrea-Lucia to explore what it means to have multiple religious identities. Lauren grew up in Italy with a Catholic father and a Jewish mother, and finds religious and spiritual nourishment in both traditions, identifying as a dual-religious person. Lauren shares her experience of holding both religious identities together, despite their seemingly mutually-exclusive claims to truth. The conversation covers the context of the history of anti-semitism and forced conversions, and explains why the blending of Jewish and Christian religious identity – and inter-religious dialogue in general – is often difficult. She also shares her perspective on what it means to have a religious family heritage, the difference between religion and spirituality, and why ideas of time and memory are so important to faith practice.