On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending a Scottish Interfaith Week event at the Jewish Archives Center in Glasgow.
I was able to listen to three different speakers on how their belief has been discussed in the media. The three beliefs that were discussed were: Islam, Atheism, and Judaism.
After each presentation, there were small group discussions. It was a great way to hear from so many different people. The groups were perfectly split up I believe, because at my table there were people from all different faith backgrounds including: Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Atheism, and Presbyterianism.
I had never considered Atheism as a topic within the theme of “Religion and the Media”, so it was a really great informative session for me to attend.
Overall, I think it was a great idea to have small groups discussions after the presentations because it allowed me to interact with many different people and have conversations from a variety of backgrounds.
I heard from many people including a young Muslim man living in Glasgow. He talked about the stereotypes that Muslims face in the UK and the constant negative attention Muslims receive from the media.
I had the opportunity to learn from other people of different faiths on the topic “Religion and the Media”. It was really an inspiring event for me. I felt comfortable to talk about my own Catholic upbringing and what that means for the discussion on “Religion and the Media”.
It was a great evening and I wish it could have lasted longer!
-Mary Catherine O’Reilly-Gindhart