A religion is a shared collection of spiritual values and beliefs that guide a person’s behaviour, and give a framework for their role within a community. Major religions are often linked to institutions, and may run schools and hospitals or even governments. This makes discussing religion complex - it’s a topic that is intensely personal and intimate, but also global and political. Historically, the overlap between power and religion has often led to war, displacement and genocide. At the same time, the personal values of selflessness, empathy and kindness espoused by many religions have led to incredible acts of humanity.
Religion and spirituality provide hope, reassurance and guidance to millions of people around the world. And as multiculturalism increases, so too does the importance of religious tolerance. Organisations in this sector work to promote interreligious understanding, and advocate for people of all faiths, or no faith, to work, live, pray and worship peacefully together.
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