About this Event
In a diverse society, being able to communicate effectively with people of different backgrounds is of increasing importance. From classrooms to workplaces to local communities, there is a real need to make sense of diversity, and to be able to talk about it productively and meaningfully without offending. However, people often lack the confidence, skills, and knowledge to approach these issues.
The Faith & Belief Forum’s training programmes help people to build the intercultural awareness and communication skills they need to succeed, with a focus on practical results. Our programmes are based on over 20 years' experience addressing issues of faith and culture, including our UN Award winning educational methods.
This participatory session explores the communication skills and approaches needed to communicate sensitively and effectively about issues related to faith and belief. By assessing the helpfulness of real-life statements, participants will gain tools to help them navigate future conversations skilfully. This training also builds knowledge of basic context in the UK and helps participants identify where faith emerges in their work.
By the end of this session, participants will:
- Be more aware of how religion, faith and belief is relevant to their work
- Use language sensitively and effectively to build positive relationships• Challenge unhelpful language sensitively and effectively to encourage learning and maintain positive relationships
This session includes the following activities, which are completed through facilitated discussion and immersive activities:
- Intro to F&BF & Training Session: who we are, our experience, our programmes, and methods
- Creating & Maintaining Safe Space: helping participants to articulate the specific behaviours, permissions and principles that create/maintain safe space (within the session and in the wider community)
- Faith & Belief in the UK: an exploration of context based on F&BF’s research and community engagement; what is faith and belief, and why is it relevant?
- Spectrum Statements: helping participants explore the complexity of language and how misunderstandings in communication can be unhelpful to dialogue and lead to controversy/conflict/tension; helping participants to recognise sensitive and appropriate language for their communication around religion, faith, belief
- Mapping my Work: reflection exercise, helping participants identify when religion, faith and belief arise in their work, and when they feel more and less confident engaging with faith and meeting faith-based needs
- Wrap Up, Reflection & Evaluation: close of session
Who are The Faith & Belief Forum?
The Faith & Belief Forum believes that intolerance has no place in our communities and that diversity adds value. As the largest Interfaith charity in the UK, we specialise in intersectionality in equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Our programmes reach over 16,000 people a year we create spaces in schools, universities, workplaces, and the wider community where people can engage with questions of belief and identity and meet people different from themselves. The Faith & Belief Forum’s inclusive approach welcomes everyone – whether you’re an Atheist, Buddhist, Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian, or identify with any other belief.
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Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Centurion House, 129 Deansgate, Manchester, United Kingdom