It was good to be reminded recently of the work on Religious Literacy being done in the UK. Chaplaincy colleagues at the University of the Arts London co-hosted a debate ‘is there room for religion?’ exploring how religion informs the work of students and staff.
Religious Literacy aims to increase understanding of the positive part that faith and religion have in the lives of students and staff.
Religious Literacy seeks a better quality of conversation about religion.
Faith issues show up in Higher Education in a variety of places, like the provision of prayer facilities, exams clashing with religious festivals, appropriate catering, maintaining freedom of speech and being respectful to others, the fear of religious extremism, personal identity and in the Equality and Diversity agendas.
The Literacy approach gives a positive way of not just finding solutions but of enriching our shared life in the process.
The Religious Literacy programme is based at Goldsmith’s College, University of London.