Building Trust Across Faith Lines

  • Marion H. Larson Bethel University (USA)
  • Sara L. H. Shady Bethel University (USA)


As educators, we seek to prepare students for a healthy and productive life in the contemporary world.  Given the reality of religious diversity in this world, this paper offers two suggestions. First, the classroom should be utilized as a space where students can better understand their own views on spirituality as well as build bridges that enable meaningful interaction with others who hold views on spirituality that are different from their own.  Second, in order to facilitate encounters with diverse beliefs, trust must be cultivated in the classroom, making it possible for students to learn about and interact hospitably with religious others.

How to Cite
LARSON, Marion H.; SHADY, Sara L. H.. Building Trust Across Faith Lines. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 4-15, may 2015. ISSN 2166-2681. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 jan. 2021.


faith lines, spirituality, religions