STUDY GUIDE Interfaith Mindset





This STUDY GUIDE is designed to stimulate discussion among members of different religions about an appropriate interfaith mindset. 

A diverse range of activities are suggested in the GUIDE.  Selection, sequencing and adaptation of these activities are required to suit local circumstances.  Resources suggested for use in these activities can be found in the Form Relationships/Resources page of this website.




  • Welcome all participants and outline the way in which the study will proceed.

  • Play the opening video clip from the FORM RELATIONSHIPS main page of this website.

  • Hold a brainstorm session about why we need to be careful and respectful in the ways in which we speak about and to people who hold different religious beliefs from ourselves.

  • Display and/or distribute copies of the TALKING ABOUT RELIGION CHARTER

  • Have an open discussion about the different elements in the charter and how they might guide any interfaith dialogue.

  • Identify and record, for use in following sessions, questions being posed by participants.




  • Divide the participants into small groups of 5/8 people.

  • Ask the group to appoint a facilitator/reporter.

  • Distribute to all present copies of the paper AN INTERFAITH MINDSET found in the resources section of the FORM RELETIONSHIPS page of this website.

  • Invite several members of each group to read a section of the paper aloud.  Discuss the practicability or otherwise of the suggested mindset.

  • Invite participants to discuss the idea that "Mindsets are habitual.  They have to be learnt and practised."

  • Identify and record for use in following sessions, questions being posed by participants.




  • Invite each participant to choose one of the questions raised at the end of the two previous sessions/activities.

  • Give the participants time to reflect on the question chosen.  (This could even be "homework" prior to the next meeting of the group.)

  • Participants could share short summaries of these reflections on electronic media or at any subsequent meeting.

  • When appropriate, get several individual members to lead a group discussion on their particular personal reflections on the question chosen.




Tags: Religious Education, Interfaith Dialogue, Garth Read

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