Lessons in Multifaith Chaplaincy and Feminist Thought: Making Room for Multiple Religious Belonging in Interfaith Praxis, by Rachel A. Heath

In the context of interfaith engagement, multifaith chaplaincies in college and university settings have a significant impact in determining ways of relating to perceived similarities and differences between diverse religious and philosophical traditions. This reflection first focuses on how feminist theologies and methodologies, along with insights from womanist theo-ethics, can elucidate key conceptual markers of student interfaith programs that seek to be holistic and welcoming, and then moves to identify ways in which these programs can unintentionally reproduce privileges, assumptions, and oppressive perceptions from our social and institutional settings. Finally, we ask whether these observations present a positive critical edge for university chaplaincies and scholarship in the field of interreligious studies, specifically related to the lived experiences of students who identify as LGBTQ and/or as belonging to more than one tradition.

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