Higher Education institutions are increasingly investing in dialogue and cooperation around spiritual, religious, and secular diversity. Interfaith initiatives address universities’ responsibility to make space for students to have constructive conversations around diverse existential worldviews and pathways to meaning-making in life.
Being able to understand the impact of cultural, racial, and especially religious diversity in contemporary society is also a key component of a comprehensive general education. Students learn and grow as they engage with and across lines of difference, which is beneficial to learning, personal development and interpersonal abilities.
Process in which people from different existential worldviews and belief systems come together in a constructive dialogue, build relationships, and engage in common action around issues of shared concern.
Interfaith engagement also offers opportunities for students to develop sensitivity, compassion and understanding, while exploring the intersections of (non) religious identities with race, culture, culture, sexual orientation, and other identities.
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