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For many of us, myself included, I approached diversity work with a lens of power and privilege, yes or no, right or wrong, majority and minority, which was extremely effective in my work for many years. Yet, when I began studying ethics, and spirituality, and engulfed myself in religion I began to explore another paradigm- religious pluralism. I began to wonder, as someone who prides herself on being open, and inclusive, when did I become so binary in my thinking? When did I forget both/ and? And when did seeking to understand become about finding absolutes?
I always find a lot of enjoyment in connecting with new first year students as they arrive on campus at the beginning of the academic year. It was no different this year, when I was approached by a first-year student while walking back to my office on the first day of classes. He introduced himself and shared with me that he was Muslim. He was curious about public space on campus where he might pray. He happened to be in luck as we were in the building where the multifaith room and prayer space were located. We walked together down to the ground floor of the building, and down a hallway tucked away in the corner of the floor. At the end of that hallway we walked into the prayer and reflection space on campus. It is small, windowless, but well-appointed and inviting nonetheless.
Technology has its hand in so much in today’s world. Higher education has been forced to adjust to the aggressive advancement of technology. It is no secret that the areas of spirituality and religion have struggled with finding the proper place in higher education. The issue can either be improved or hardened by technology. Technology, if properly implemented, can have a positive influence in higher education.
Be part of the first ever Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference! This 2018 conference experience will be December 9-11 in New Orleans. Find information here for Pre-Conference Session and Program proposals, along with conference registration. #RSSIConference
NASPA and the NASPA Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community are proud to announce its committee members for the 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference to be held December 9-11, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Below you’ll find out more about the team and their contributions to the field, pedagogy, and practice of religious, secular, and spiritual identity development in higher education.
To become good religious neighbors, evangelical students will need to realize that religious skeptics are not the only worldview group in America that their witness must account for. They will also need a new set of tools, because the tools that they are using to address religious skeptics are largely ineffective and/or inappropriate for engaging people of other faiths. This includes a basic level of religious literacy and an appreciative knowledge of other religious traditions that recognizes their strengths and rejects harmful caricatures.