Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Being Interfaith Literate: A Guide to Online Interfaith Etiquette

Today you can find a recent article of mine over at the Christian Muslim Forum blog, a wonderful interfaith organisation that I've enjoyed being involved with for some time now. The article focuses on the necessity of being Interfaith Literate and explores the etiquette of interfaith conversations, particularly within an online setting.

Here's the introduction (click here to skip to the full article): 

"One criticism occasionally directed at Interfaith Dialogue is that it has the potential to involve a lot of theoretical chit-chat with little substance or practical application in the real world. Open and constructive communication is, however, the foundation of good relationships between people of different faiths. It is the basis of everything that follows. If we’re not able to speak to people who uphold different beliefs without getting red-faced and in a huff then any sort of joint Interfaith event or venture will be rendered impossible. For that reason we have to become Interfaith Literate. This means understanding the potential effects of the words we use, learning to use inclusive language, and developing ways of diffusing negatively-charged conversations..."

The article goes on to look at different ways of approaching interfaith interactions, from being prepared for disagreement to ways of showing respect to someone you disagree with. 

I'd love to hear your views on the full article

Are there any points that are missing or that you disagree with? 
How do you cope when an interfaith conversation goes pear-shaped?  

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  1. I'm with you 100% - we need to understand one another not convert one another. I love learning about the culture, traditions and religions of others it's part of what makes us unique and similar at the same time. There's just too much mis-information in the media that causes people to fear what they do not know instead of reaching out and finding out what is real. I always enjoy reading your blog - thank you :)

    1. Thank you INgrid. I agree that mis-information and fear are key factors in religious tension. When we don't understand something, we tend to fear it. I've only been involved in Interfaith for a year and I love the personal connections & friendships that are possible when we share with other people in an open and friendly way. Have a lovely week!


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