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The Ultimate List: All 30 Things You Should Do Before You Turn 30

You may have skimmed our lists of 30 things to do before you turn 30. See the complete list all at once and learn more about each item, with additional resources, links and photos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Navigating the twists and turns of interfaith marriage

If dating someone of a different faith is tricky, then marrying someone of a different faith can be downright difficult and problematic.  Whether a couple about to enter into matrimony is Catholic and Jewish, or Muslim and Mormon, or Buddhist and Protestant, uniting the traditions, cultures and beliefs of two people, and two families, is undeniably complex.

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30 Things Before 30: Part Three

The last installment includes a special bonus option for your 30th year. Leave a comment and let us know what you would add or what you’ve done! Missed the first two? Read the first ten here and the second ten here. Read the rest of this entry »

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This Muslim-American life: A virtual round table

No single voice or organization can speak for the colorful, diverse spectrum of Islam in America, so here we give you ten of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Shanghai Girls’ explores immigration, marriage, family

Love, family, war.  Sisters, jealousy, secrets.  Lisa See’s newest novel, Shanghai Girls (released May 26) is a compelling read. 

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Dating & Marriage: Tradition meets tension in Indian‑American homes

Dating and marriage, a universal source of parent-child friction, can be especially shaky in the homes of Indian-Americans, as U.S.-raised children of  immigrant parents carefully tread between assimilating into American culture, and remaining true to their parents’ old-country beliefs and customs.

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The death of a marriage

Attending the PreCana class Sunday afternoon at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago was not what I expected.  It was not boring or preachy or dogmatic in any way. 

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When a marriage dies, it doesn't mean the end necessarily. (PHOTO BY LESLIE PATTON)

Coming soon: Advice on interfaith marriage

Well known and oft-used, “falling in love” is a phrase that’s causing a lot of problems today, says Jack Berkemeyer, a marriage counselor and director of marriage ministry at Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chicago. The word “falling,” he says, implies passivity, something that happens to you.

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PreCana classes at Old St. Pat's teach engaged couples to talk about spirituality and intimacy before they are married. (PHOTO BY LESLIE PATTON)

More couples say ‘I do’ in courthouse

The Cook County Marriage Court feels more like a doctor’s office waiting room than a setting to exchange sacred vows. Nearly hidden in the basement of a downtown Chicago courthouse, the lobby is dark and drab, accented only with a few fake plants in shiny gold pots. Four small heart decals are peeling off of the glass door.

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In Cook County, marriage court is located in the basement of the courthouse. (PHOTO BY LESLIE PATTON)

Matchmaker, matchmaker

“It’s easy to get lazy” about dating, said Flora Brahmbhatt, a matchmaking “scout.”  As a scout for Intersections Matchmaking, she hunts for people with specific qualities and refers them to matchmaker, Jasbina Ahluwalia, for a potential set up.

Would you ever go to a matchmaker for dating help?(answers)

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Jasbina Ahluwalia is certified by the Matchmaking Institute in New York City. (IMAGE FROM INTERSECTIONSMATCH.COM)

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