Preliminary Survey for Interfaith Couples

This is a doctoral research project about leadership and social change advocacy among interfaith interracial couples.  There are 50 questions and will require about 20 minutes to complete.  It would be helpful if you and your spouse (partner) would complete the survey together, though it is not essential that you do so.  You are welcome to conclude your participation in this survey at any time.  Should you have any questions or concerns about your participation, email tanya.sadagopan@unitedseminary.edu .  Thank you for your participation.  

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* 1. Is your relationship an interfaith relationship?

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* 2. If you answered no to Question 1, which of the following statements best describes your couple?

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* 3. “Social Change Agency in Dual-Faith Families”
A Short Survey

In a complex world where difference in religious expression, racial diversity, and cultural uniqueness is often undervalued, we want you to know that your stories, your challenges, and your successes are important and may give us insight into how nuanced leadership skills are developed.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!

This is a short survey about your couple and the challenges you may have experienced in your relationship.  You will be asked both open ended and closed ended questions about your life, family and community.  You will be invited to share about incidents where you, your partner and/or your children have experienced prejudice or discrimination based on race, religion, or culture and the strategies you used to navigate those circumstances. 

Your responses will be collected and added to the responses of others to create a sampling of the experiences of couples like yours.  We expect between 20-30 couples will complete this survey.  Your names and identities will be kept confidential unless express permission is granted to share your story in greater detail.  You are welcome to end your participation in this survey at any time. 

By continuing, I understand that participation in this research project is voluntary.

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Name of researcher: Rev. Tanya Sadagopan
Email:  tanya.sadagopan@unitedseminary.edu
Faculty advisor:  Dr. Demian Wheeler

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* 4. What is your age?

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* 5. What is your partner's age?

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* 6. What is your gender?

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* 7. What is your partner's gender?

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* 8. Where do you and your partner live?

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* 9. What is your religious affiliation(s)?

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* 10. What religious tradition(s) were you raised in while growing up?

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* 12. What is your partner's religious affiliation(s)?

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* 13. What religious tradition(s) was your partner raised in while growing up?

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* 15. Are you married?

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* 16. Did your couple have a religious wedding/marriage ceremony?

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* 17. If you are married, how long have you been a married?

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* 18. If you are married or not, how long have you been together as a couple?

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* 19. What is your racial or ethnic identity?

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* 20. What is your partner's racial or ethnic identity?

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* 21. In an effort to highlight how your couple appears to people within your larger community, how would you describe your skin tone?  Would you say that your skin color is

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* 22. In an effort to highlight how your couple appears to people within your larger community, how would you describe your partner's skin tone?  Would you say that your partner's skin color is

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* 23. If you have children, what are their ages?

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* 24. How would you describe your couple?

We share in the decision making process on most things that impact our couple. One of us tends to make most of the decisions on behalf of our couple.
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* 25. Early on in your relationship, how was your couple perceived by your family?

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* 26. Early on in your relationship, how was your couple perceived by your spouse's family?

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* 27. My family would have preferred that my partner was of their same religious tradition.

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* 28. My partner's family would have preferred that I was of their same religious tradition.

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* 29. My family at some point asked if my partner would adopt/convert to their religious tradition.

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* 30. My partner's family at some point asked if I would adopt/convert to their religious tradition.

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* 31. Would you say that your family's view of your relationship has changed over time?

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* 32. Would you say that your partner's family's view of your relationship has changed over time?

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* 33. Has your couple experienced instances of prejudice that you perceive to be related to your religious affiliation, racial background, caste, or cultural or ethnic identity?

We have rarely experienced instances of prejudice based on our religious, racial, or ethnic identities. We have experienced some instances. We often experience instances of prejudice based on our religious, racial, or ethnic identities.
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* 34. Describe an example of prejudice or discrimination you or your partner has experienced.

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* 35. Have you or your partner sought an exception to a rule or policy that you thought was unfair toward your family related to your culture/race/caste/class/religious practices?  Perhaps with a religious institution, a school, within your own families, or workplace?

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* 36. Have you or your partner supported a person outside of your immediate family to seek an exception to a rule or policy that they perceived was unfair based on culture/race/caste/class/religious practices?  Perhaps with a religious institution, a school, within their ow families, or workplace?

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* 37. What kind of volunteer activities have you or your partner engaged in over the course of your relationship?

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* 38. Have you or your partner been involved in any social justice activities/causes or social change movements?  This could be programs that focus on empowerment, equal access, policy change, and/or economic development as part of a national movement, or at the local level, i.e. a school referendum, running for local government position, etc.

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* 39. Are either you or your partner a leader of a social justice movement, cause, or advocacy program?

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* 40. Have you or your partner supported or advocated for the rights of another person whom you perceived was being treated unfairly by the system based on their race, caste, class, or religious affiliation?

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* 41. If yes, did you feel that your interfaith relationship helped you understand better the situation?  Please briefly explain.

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* 42. Do you participate in your partner's religious functions/holidays/services?

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* 43. Does your partner participate in your religious functions/holidays/services?

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* 44. Couple Religious Engagement

  Daily Weekly Monthly A Few Times a Year About once a year During High Holidays/Special Occasions Only when there is a special event like a wedding, funeral, or birth
How often do you and your partner talk about faith/spirituality/God/religion?
How often do you and your partner attend religious services/functions/events together?
How often do you and/or your partner perform a religious/faith ritual in your home?
How often do you engage a spiritual practice such as prayer/meditation/chanting or reading a sacred text?
How often does your partner engage a spiritual practice such as prayer/meditation/chanting or reading a sacred text?

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* 45. Would you say that you have grown in your faith over the life of your partnership?

My faith has become less and less important to me over our relationship. My faith has remained the same throughout our relationship. My faith has become more and more important to me over our relationship.
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* 46. Would you say that your partner has grown in their faith over the life of your partnership?

My spouse's faith has become less and less important to them over our relationship. My spouse's faith has remained the same throughout our relationship. My spouse's  faith has become more and more important to them over our relationship.
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* 47. If invited, would your couple be open to participating in a face-to-face interview as part of this ongoing doctoral research on social change advocacy from interfaith couples?

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* 48. How can we best contact you?

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* 49. Your Spouse's contact information

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* 50. How did you hear about this survey?

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* 51. Is there anything else you would like to share that you believe would be helpful to this research?

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