The Planner On… Navigating Multifaith Events

By Angie Ahrens, CMP, September 30, 2016

Planning a multifaith event is a tough job. Not only are you looking to educate individuals on a variety of topics, taking into account the different learning styles of each generation present, but you also have the responsibility of being mindful and respectful of all the different faiths incorporated into your event. Hosting a multifaith event has many opportunities for relationship building and mutual inclusivity while respecting all participants, but how do you manage it all?

Each year at Connect Faith, we have multiple faiths present, and that is something we factor into every single detail we plan. See what I mean:

>> Speakers

It is important our keynote speakers are appropriate in many ways. What is their history, and where have they come from to get where they are today? What’s their story and message? You can bet we communicate our demographics clearly and early on to ensure they understand our diverse audience.

>> F&B

This is another element planners are paying even more attention to today. Dietary restrictions and allergies pop up everywhere, and when planning multifaith events, you must also consider your participants’ restrictions based on their religious beliefs. Speak to your culinary team about this, knowing what options are available based on your registrations.

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