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A Hindu-Christian Mixed Marriage

posted Feb 5, 2014, 3:21 PM by Interfaith WS

Dana Trent discusses her memoir, “Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk,” Monday, March at

7-8 p.m.


Wake Forest University

(Location:  To be determined)

Sponsor:  The Office of the Chaplain


What happens when a Baptist minister marries a former Hindu monk?


Saffron Cross is the intriguing love story of Dana, a Baptist minister, and Fred, a devout Hindu and former monk.  The two meet on eHarmony and begin a sometimes daunting but ultimately inspiring journey of interfaith relationship and marriage.  Dana's refreshingly honest and at times hilarious story will offer us a glimpse into the challenges of bringing together two vastly different spiritual paths into one household.  Her books includes chapters on an Indian ashram honeymoon, vegetarianism, Sabbath keeping, prayer and grief, plus other challenges of interfaith relationships.


The Rev. J. Dana Trent is an author, instructor, and ordained Baptist minister.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Salem College and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School.  Dana is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham.  She is a writer, spiritual director, and interfaith educator.  She has published articles with Sojourners, DIVINITY, and Saathee magazines.