Religious Diversity in the Public Sphere and You
Join Northwestern Michigan College's Comparative Religion instructor, Sarah Montgomery-Richards, as we explore some of the diverse world religions that individuals might encounter in their communities and in the workplace. In this brief overview, we will discuss Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam, as well as important things to consider when interacting with diverse religious perspectives.
Originally hailing from Ludington, MI, Sarah Montgomery-Richards studied Comparative Religion at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI). Additionally, she has an M.A. in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University (Claremont, CA), and is currently a doctoral student in Maryville University’s (St. Louis, MO) Higher Education Leadership program. Her experience includes teaching at Western Michigan University during graduate school, and current adjunct faculty roles in the Philosophy and Communication Departments at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC), where she teaches Western and Eastern Religions and introductory college writing (Traverse City, MI). She serves as the faculty advisor for the NMC Global Citizenship and Religion Student Group, and Co-Advisor for the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Student Group. She has co-led NMC students on study abroad trips to Ireland (March 2018) and India (May 2018 and May 2019). Montgomery-Richards also participated in the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, UT, and the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto, Canada. Her background includes world religions, psychology and philosophy of religion, interfaith action, mindfulness, religion in the public sphere, myth and ritual, and she has a keen interest in international education. She enjoys teaching in an academic setting, as well as leading group meditation, and participates in the celebration of a variety of world spiritual perspectives.
“Eboo Patel - SACRED GROUND: Interfaith Leadership in the 21st Century”
University of Iowa, March 29, 2016: https://youtu.be/2MuveJVk0dw
Dr. Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, has posed some important questions related to religious diversity for us to think about not only as employers and employees, but as responsible global citizens. He asks us to consider "What are the religious dimensions of this [situation]...What do we miss when we don't ask ourselves the question: in what ways do diverse orientations around religion impact this situation"