This is the story of a Muslim mother and a Jewish mother who walk into a bar. No, wait, not a bar. Wrong joke.

Let's try again. A Muslim mother and a Jewish mother walk into a room.

That's better, if by "room" you mean a virtual space linked by email exchanges and Skype connections. 

The religions they practice are different, but they are both mothers who recognize that parents raising children in a particular faith –  whatever that faith may be – have a lot in common. They both recognize that religion can be a force that unites, not just a force that divides. So they built a larger room, and invited everyone interested in the intersection of parenting and religion to join them.

Have Faith, Will Parent was founded by a scarf-wearing Orthodox Jewish writer from New Jersey who is raising her four daughters in Israel (Shoshana Kordova) and a hijab-wearing Muslim writer from Pakistan who is raising her two children in Texas (Saadia Faruqi). 

They realize they're not the first people to write about issues connected to faith and family. They want to build on the great writing that's already out there, hidden in plain sight – whether in publications geared toward one specific religion or in general parenting forums – and provide one roof for what would otherwise be scattered insights on religion and parenting.

Have Faith, Will Parent encompasses this website, but it's more than that. It is a lens through which to view the world: not as a collection of impermeable cultural bubbles, but as a set of common challenges and joys faced by many people across those bubbles. Have Faith, Will Parent seeks to foster a conversation about those challenges and joys, both here and in our Facebook group. (Which you're invited to join, by the way, as long as you're committed to respectful discourse.)

Have Faith, Will Parent is the place where parenting meets religion – all religions – and our commonalities outweigh our differences. It's the place where Parenting and Religion sit down to have a cup of coffee together. 
 

About

Have Faith, Will Parent

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Her short stories have been published in several American literary journals and magazines such as Catch & Release, On the Rusk, In Flight and The Great American Literary Magazine. "Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan" is her debut fiction book. She is currently working on a novel as well as a children's book. She lives in Houston with her husband and children. @saadiafaruqi

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Saadia Faruqi

Shoshana Kordova is an Orthodox Jewish writer who moved from New Jersey to Israel in 2001. She is a former editor and language columnist for the Israeli daily Haaretz, and her articles have been published in outlets including Smithsonian, Prevention, Quartz, New York Times parenting blog Motherlode, The Daily Beast and Religion News Service. She has four daughters, aged 3, 5, 7 and 9. @shoshanakordova

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Shoshana Kordova

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Growing Faith

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Growing Faith

Shoshana and Saadia are the co-authors of Growing Faith, a collaborative column for the online literary magazine Catapult that focuses on the intersection of religion and parenting. They have written together about topics including prayer, death and mourning, and fasting.

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Growing Faith

Ravishly interviewed Saadia and Shoshana about Have Faith, Will Parent for its People We Love series. We love being people Ravishly loves! Read the whole interview here.

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