Sensitivity, religious (see also Christian hegemony)
One of the implications of increased and welcome religious pluralism in the field is the need for increased sensitivity to various religious beliefs and practices. There is no substitute for knowledge here. However, as one is acquiring it there are many opportunities to break with the convention of the larger culture and acknowledge and/or celebrate other religious expressions. For example, Pagan, Wiccan, and Goddess colleagues are religious; practices, feast days, and customs that are important to them deserve to be recognized. Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims do not appreciate being asked how their “Christmas vacations” were. This may mean canceling classes on holidays that do not appear on most calendars and respecting dietary and ritual practices.
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