Family Gatherings: No offense, but who’s invited?

by EPI Staff on March 7, 2011

Q: On Easter, we invite the whole family for brunch at our home after church. My son’s girlfriend is Jewish; do you think she’s be offended if we invited her?

A: No. But she might be offended if you don’t invite her. When you extend the invitation-either in a handwritten note or over the phone-explain that you’d love to include her in this gathering. Acknowledge that this is not a holiday she celebrates, but that the brunch is family event, not just a religion one, and you hope she’ll feel comfortable joining in. Don’t rely on your son to convey the invitation; this message should come directly from you.

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