This manual will help you to hold a vibrant and welcoming open day at the mosque or other place of worship that you attend. An open day at a place of worship is an ideal way of helping the wider community to better understand the religious faith and practices of the people who worship there. Misconceptions and suspicions can be dispelled, interest and respect inspired and barriers broken down between different religious and cultural groups. Attitudes and relationships can be transformed when people who are not at ease with the religion of a different group are welcomed by that group into their place of worship and invited to see and learn for themselves.
This manual is part of a series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals developed by the Dialogue Society to encourage interaction between members of different communities.
About Community Dialogue Manuals
The primary aim of the series is to help people to bring their communities together through a number of approaches and events that the Dialogue Society has found successful. We have always found that the most successful events have been those with clear objectives and where attention has been paid to detail.
The Dialogue Society launched its series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals to encourage interaction between members of different communities. The manuals provide tangible ideas, know-how, and resources to both motivate and support people and groups to reach out to one another and strengthen social cohesion.
The Community Dialogue Manuals suggest 65+ ideas and projects (35+ are detailed and dialogue related), total 650 pages, contain 100+ sample documents and include 200+ references to other helpful websites and resources.
Aims and Objectives:
- To encourage the opening up of different communities to one another
- To provide strategies, tips, advice and know-how for organising successful events
- To allow non-Muslims to see what actually goes on in a mosque and to understand its role in Muslim life
- To encourage deeper cultural and religious understanding
- To provide an opportunity for people to learn about the art, architecture and history of a local place of worship through interaction with the people who worship there
- To get individuals and organisations interested in dialogue
- To initiate dialogue through a tangible event
- To promote friendly interaction and community cohesion