Secular and Religious Minority Experience Workshop
As religious diversity increases, incidents of faith-related discrimination, bullying, marginalization, and other challenges continue to rise and people of non-faith are especially vulnerable because they are severely underrepresented and misunderstood. But through education and open discussion we can increase inclusionary attitudes and reduce conflicts. Therefore, diversity workshops that focus on increasing awareness about the experience of secular and religious minority identities in our culture are essential.
The workshop is built around the three elements of compassion:
- See another’s pain – empathy.
- Understand the challenges of being a minority perspective in our culture
- Show concern – connect with the person.
- Build the skills to communicate with others about this issue
- Take action – make a difference
- Create a toolbox of action items and resources to reduce potential religious conflict and stress and to address issues that occur.
Ethics – Why are we doing this?
Through interactive discussions and games we explore faith diversity, but more importantly we consider the experiences of, and misconceptions about, secular and religious minority individuals in our culture. This helps us to understand the challenges potentially being faced by friends, family, teammates, colleagues – or even a stranger in a store – and the need for each of us to create inclusive spaces that build healing bridges across our differences in all of our spheres of influence.
Vision – where do we want to go?
Any team or organization with a culture of respect and inclusion has higher satisfaction, greater productivity, better individual and group well-being, and higher morale.
The foundation of an inclusionary environment related to faith includes two core elements: everyone can express their own faith or non-faith perspective 1) without the expectation that others share that perspective and 2) without fear of consequences.
- What does expression look like? How do we define limits? What does this mean for people in a leadership role?
Roadmap – How do we get there?
Our personal toolkit for faith-related inclusion
- action items for daily life and human interactions that prevent, reduce, or respond to faith-related conflict in a positive way
- practical resources in our community and at our workplace that can help us respond to faith-related challenges.
- Secular SafeZone Allies program – a positive network of individuals who are aware of challenges, listen respectfully and without faith bias, and can provide resources.
If we build our team’s empathy, ability to connect with each other, and resources to respond to challenges in a positive way, we empower everyone to increase inclusionary attitudes and reduce faith-related conflict and stress.