Belief in Dialogue: A Good Practice Guide has been produced by the Scottish Government and provides guidance on building good relations among and between religious and belief communities and individuals. The Good Practice Guide recognises that people have different kinds of beliefs – some are religious and some are non-religious. It encourages people to listen to those whose beliefs are different from their own, to try to understand and appreciate them.
The guide provides practical examples for developing interaction and dialogue and it is hoped that it will be useful to all kinds of faith and belief groups, inter faith groups, local authorities,
statutory and voluntary bodies - in fact anyone interested in dismantling barriers that keep people from understanding and respecting one another.
Dialogue is quite different from conversation. It can be described as considered, respectful discussion with a view to mutual understanding and transformation. To engage in dialogue is to recognise that everyone has the right to their own beliefs, to their own perspective and these beliefs cannot be dismissed out of hand. It is hoped that through dialogue we can live in friendship and co-operate to make Scotland a country where all will feel at home and all will feel valued for the contribution they have to make for the common good.
Interfaith Scotland is currently promoting the guide and is offering training sessions in using the guide as a tool to promote dialogue. If you would like a free session for your group, please contact our office. The guide is also available to download as a PDF by clicking here.