Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: A Perspective from [Chosen Religion]
Consider the following case study to determine how your chosen religion would respond to the questions below:
The Forrest Community Center (FCC) is a community organization that serves a very diverse population, including people from all types of denominations, generations, ethnicities, racial identities, and so on. This tremendous diversity creates challenges for the staff who wish to support everyone yet still respect those who follow traditional religious doctrines. The organization’s leaders do not want to exclude or alienate anyone.
Sometimes the FCC hosts fundraisers that celebrate LGBTQIA issues and identity. Other times the FCC has honored the accomplishments of women who have taken leadership roles typically reserved for men in their respective religions. Some believe the FCC’s leadership has preferred to hire those who actively practice their religion versus those who identify as non-religious, which could amount to religious discrimination.
How might your chosen religion respond to the FCC’s approach toward gender inclusion? Given what you know about gender in your chosen religion, do you think this religion would welcome having a woman leader?
How might your chosen religion respond to the FCC’s approach toward LGBTQIA inclusion? Do you think your group would disapprove of the FCC hosting wedding receptions and fundraisers for the LGBTQIA community?
How has your group experienced discrimination based on religious affiliation? How do you think religious discrimination can be avoided in our society and the workplace?
How would you recommend other similar organizations be equitable, diverse, and inclusive of everyone in their community