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date: 17 February 2020

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Regardless of major or minor areas of disciplinary concentration, faculty members must think about the role that the study of religion and spirituality plays in the education of students who, in the future, will serve others in a variety of work settings. Educators must think seriously and systematically about the risks and benefits, the disadvantages and advantages, of dealing with such sensitive material. To ignore issues of religion and spirituality is to miss what is vitally important to educators everywhere. All professionals in higher education, as well as in other public service settings, should learn how to talk respectfully and compassionately with one another, and with their constituencies, about a topic that, throughout history, has caused as much pain, suffering, and division as it has comfort, joy, and reconciliation. In today’s complex world of difference, there is simply no other way for us to coexist without destroying one another.

Keywords: universalism, particularism, religio-spirituality, religious pluralism, dialogue, discourse, unbounded, meaning-making

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