February 1st through 7th is the United Nation’s World Interfaith Harmony Week, and we at Kikori are so excited to embrace the themes of this holiday for this week’s blog post! Interfaith dialogue is crucial for the development of understanding and cooperation between folks of different religions in our communities and in the wider world, so here are three reasons why it is especially important to focus on in education:
#1: Interfaith Dialogue Builds Cross-Cultural Skills
During these turbulent times, all of us can think of instances in which we’ve felt the strain of divisions between vastly different groups of people, and as we look towards bridging these in the future, tools for cross-cultural communication will be necessary. Interfaith dialogue can help with that! Effective communication between folks of different faiths helps students develop a greater understanding of and empathy with those who are different from them. Furthermore, skills obtained in this process, such as active listening and perspective-taking, can be transferred to new social situations in which they are required.
#2: Religion is an Important Part of Understanding and Appreciating Diversity