Multi-Faith & Interfaith Networks

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What does multi-faith and interfaith mean?

Multi-faith: involving, relating to, or made up of people of more than one religion.
To be multi-faith is to feel an affinity with aspects of more than one religion, philosophy or world-view, or to believe that none of them is superior to the others.

Interfaith: involving persons of different religious faiths.
Interfaith dialogue refers to cooperative, constructive, and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions (i.e. "faiths") and/or spiritual or humanistic beliefs, at both the individual and institutional levels. It is distinct from syncretism (the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought) or alternative religion, in that dialogue often involves promoting understanding between different religions or beliefs to increase acceptance of others, rather than to synthesize new beliefs.

Interfaith is a "see also" of multi-faith.
As adjectives the difference between interfaith and multi-faith is that interfaith is involving members of different religions while multi-faith is feeling an affinity with aspects of more than one religion, philosophy or world-view, and to believe that no one is superior to the others.

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What has interfaith or multi-faith got to do with work?

An organisation may start a multi / interfaith forum or faith network in response to the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that all faith are equally represented in the workplace.

Multi-faith forums and faith networks can provide the ideal opportunity to create a Christian group.

A number of Christian groups have great working relationships with the multi-faith forums in their organisations such as Rolls Royce, Network Rail the Cabinet Office…

Key objectives of a faith network

1. Support the Board’s commitment to the Diversity and Inclusion legislation and agenda with respect to faith; in particular, ensuring that the company’s policies and practices do not discriminate against any faiths.

2. Empower employees to be open and honest about their faith and to bring the whole of themselves to work.

3. Educate staff with a better understanding of different faiths, how these influence approach to work and how individuals of faith can best be supported.

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FAQs

1. Why should I get involved in multi-faith at all if Christianity is the only true religion?

As Christians we should love all our colleagues whatever their religion. Whilst we believe that everyone needs to know Jesus, we will only influence them if they know we genuinely love them and are humble, willing to listen and understand others.

2. Is a multi-faith Forum a means of mixing up all the faiths?

In no way should this be the aim of a multi-faith forum. Some religions are more open to a wide range of gods and religious ideas, but other faiths are exclusive. This applies to:
• Christians (“I am the way the truth and the life, no-one can come to the father except through me”)
• Muslims (“I declare there is no god but Allah and I declare that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”)

A one-religion-fits-all approach may be considered ideal by some people in the company, but any attempt to push this should be resisted and should be gently shown that that’s not how religions work.