Some Interfaith Tips
As we reflect on our work this year, we’ve thought of a few introductory “Interfaith Tips” that we’ve learned along the way that we’d love to share:
- Always check your calendar for religious holidays before planning an event. Having an event on a major religious holiday is a no-no. If you’re not sure about a holiday, don’t hesitate to ask a friend of that faith! (Note: there are so many religious holidays – so this can be difficult! We understand, but do your best to be inclusive and respectful.)
- InTRAfaith is not the same thing as InTERfaith. And ecumenical work is different from Interfaith work. They are all important, but they aren’t the same!
- There are many, many denominations/traditions within each religious tradition. Do not assume that an individual of one tradition is familiar with the practices of another tradition.
- There are as many religions as there are people. Never assume that one person’s understanding of their faith is the same as another’s.
- If you provide refreshments, do make sure everyone can enjoy them. Going vegan and kosher/halal is a good rule of thumb.
- We encourage you to go to houses of worship and to attend services, but to also keep in mind that all communities practice differently and your experience with one community cannot speak for an entire religion.
- Interfaith, Multifaith, Multireligious - there are many terms for this work, and there are good reasons for the different names. Be respectful of people’s preferences, please.
If you have any more questions, just turn to one of our Faiths Act Fellows. They are interfaith superstars, and their advice is golden!