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Glossary of Interfaith Center Terms

 

 

  • Common Good
    • That which benefits an entire community or a value shared by different groups.
     
  • Ideological framework
    • The structure of belief, philosophy, teaching, etc. that informs each individual’s worldview, morals, values, ethics and actions in the world.
     
  • Interfaith
    • Something between or of people of different faiths. “Interfaith” is not to be mistaken as a kind of religion or faith; rather it is a term that describes something between different faiths or non-faiths. We understand interfaith to include atheists, agnostics, secularists, etc. or anyone who may be understood as someone who doesn’t have faith.
     
  • Interfaith Cooperation
    • Engaging across religious and non-religious differences to build meaningful relationships and foster knowledge of other traditions. Interfaith cooperation improves attitudes and increases knowledge around religious and non-religious identity so that people who are different from one another can work together for the common good.
     
  • Multi-faith
    • Either someone who has multiple worldview identities (such as a Christian Buddhist or a Pagan Mystic) or a group of people with a variety of worldview identities.
     
  • Non-religious Identity
    • All self-understandings that are not inherently affiliated with a religion. For example, atheist, agnostic, humanist, secular, spiritual but not religious, mystic, unaffiliated, etc.
     
  • Pluralism  
  • Religion
    • An institution or set of beliefs with an established code of ethics, rules or beliefs generally related to that which is supernatural such as a deity or cosmic system.
     
  • Religious Identity
    • We use this term to refer to all self-understandings oriented around a religion. For example, Christian, Pagan, Buddhist, Muslim, etc.
     
  • Worldview Identity
    • A term used in interfaith dialogue to refer to the aspect of a person’s identity relating to the religious, spiritual, or secular tradition or framework that informs their tenets, values, and meaning making. It is an umbrella term that encompasses both religious and non-religious identities.