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Woll, who grew up a Reform Jew in the Chicago suburbs, was a bioengineer, then a physical therapist, before becoming a rabbi in the progressive Reconstructionist tradition.She recently assumed a new pulpit at Congregation Shir Hadash in Milwaukee.This is all to say that, for two people with any religious identity at all, there is no marriage without negotiation.So actual interfaith marriages, the kind we think about when we think about intermarriage, are important because they throw into relief the problems inherent to all romantic unions.Briefly, he thought about becoming a Catholic monk, then dropped the idea.He transferred from Moody to the slightly more liberal Wheaton and afterward attended North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.One is committed to raising the children within the faith, while the other will give the children latitude to come to their own conclusions about God and the universe.And I always imagine, as a Jew, that Roman Catholics have it easy.

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It does not matter if both partners are committed Roman Catholics, were even raised in the same church, attended the same catechism classes in the same dank basement, were confirmed on the same day by the same bishop and matriculated at the same Catholic college.Still, he had the goal of being a preacher, like his grandfathers before him.After his freshman year at the fundamentalist Moody Bible Institute, Sweeney spent the summer doing missionary work in the Philippines.Sitting in these Filipino-Catholic houses, trying to de-Catholicize the inhabitants, Sweeney was intrigued by iconography all around him.

“I would look at all their Catholic stuff, and I was very interested, like in their home altars and their pictures of saints,” he said, when I met him and Woll in the comfy, New England-y Vermont house they were about to vacate for Milwaukee.Sweeney, the grandson of two evangelical Protestant pastors, attended Wheaton College, the conservative Christian school that counts Billy Graham among its alumni.