Tracy & Erik’s Adoption Profile – Questions You May Have For Us #5 – Religion
How do we feel about religion?
The most honest answer that we can give to this question is that we are still trying to figure it out in some ways. Tracy was brought up Christian and attended church fairly regularly at a neighborhood Presbyterian church. Tracy was baptized Presbyterian, although not until the age of twelve. She was active in both Sunday School and the church’s youth group. Erik was brought up Jewish. He attended synogogue, Hebrew School, and had a bar mitzvah as a teenager. When we got married, it was very important to us to have both of our religions represented. We got married in the University of Maryland chapel which was nondenominational. Our wedding was led by both a Presbyterian minister as well as a Jewish cantor.
As a family, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. To be honest, we lean more heavily to the Christmas traditions and other Christian holidays than we do toward the Jewish holidays. We are lucky to be able to educate Colby as well as our future child about traditions associated with both of our religions. Tracy and Colby sometimes attend a local Presbyterian church with Erik attending as well when it is a holiday such as Christmas or Easter. While Tracy enjoys attending services at the Presbyterian church, she is still trying to determine if it is the right fit for her and Colby. There are some community churches that Tracy is looking into attending as well. Basically, we have not really found a church to call “home” just yet.
While our church attendance is not regularand we don’t exactly have a church, we believe that it is far more important to live honestly and to show good character in all actions. These are values shared by both of us, regardless of the religion in which we were raised. We are doing our best to instill these values in Colby and will teach these values to our future child as well.