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Secularism in Interfaith Work – Gwen Salm

When people hear the word “interfaith” they do not typically think about the secular population. A common misconception is that the secular community, especially atheists, do not care about interfaith issues. This stems from a misunderstanding that all atheists are immoral or anti-theist (against belief in a higher power). The word “atheist” is stigmatized. One of my goals as a secular fellow for the CRGC is to break that stigma.

I have been asked a few times: “how can the secular community be included in interfaith dialogue?” My response is simple and sincere: “use inclusive language.” In regard to dialogue on belief systems or lack thereof, the “or lack thereof” part of the question is usually not voiced. The CRGC held an interfaith potluck and provided questions to promote the interfaith dialogue in small group discussion format. The phrasing “religious, atheist, or humanist” was used in question construction, which made all the difference, as far as secular inclusivity.

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