What is Interfaith Interaction?
What is Interfaith?
- Interfaith is the engagement of people from diverse traditions; religious, non-religious, and philosophical traditions.
- Participants share openly from their own traditions and beliefs.
- The intention is create a better understanding of other perspectives.
What is not Interfaith?
- The motivation to change the religion or philosophical beliefs of those who are engaged. ( Such as proselytizing )
- Demanding that all adhere to all beliefs in order to simply engage.
- “Melting” all religions into one.
What is the goal of Interfaith Interactions?
- Sharing, comprehending, and learning from others to enhance understanding of perspectives of others.
- Building relationships that move towards authentic friendships, with a sense that each person gains from the relationship.
What does Interfaith interaction have to do with diversity and inclusion?
- Recognizing that faith, religion, and culture are interconnected.
- It honors the influence that faith is an important dimension in the lives of others.
- Increases understanding that faith values have similar core values.
- Respecting faith perspectives enhances opportunities to be more welcoming.
- Building an inclusive environment that involves faith perspectives, as well, fosters more authentic engagement.
Published on: November 14, 2016