Ask an Interfaith Couple (Christian/Hindu)….

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

We continue our “Ask a…” series today with “Ask an interfaith couple…” While we’ve already discussed a mixed faith marriage between an atheist and a Christian, we haven’t yet had a chance to talk with a couple balancing two distinct religions, which is why I’m happy to introduce you to Dana and Fred. 

Dana and Fred were matched on eHarmony in December 2008. Since then, their Christian-Hindu interfaith adventure has included: a sex-free Indian ashram honeymoon, austere religious pilgrimages, dietary compromises, deciding when and where to worship, and fights about prayer.

 Dana is ordained in the Southern Baptist tradition and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School. Her first book, Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk releases today from Fresh Air Books, an imprint of Upper Room Books.

 Fred is ordained in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism and served a as monk for five years. He is now the Assistant Director of Technology Services for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs at North Carolina State University.

 Dana blogs at, tweets @jdanatrent, and spends too much time on Facebook.

You know the drill. If you have a question for Dana, Fred, or both, leave it in the comment section. Please take advantage of the “like” feature so we can get a sense of which questions are of most interest to readers. At the end of the day, I’ll send the top 7-8 questions to Dana and Fred for response. Look for the interview to appear next week. 

Ask away! 

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