Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a unique and transformative method of interfaith dialogue that improves understanding and relationships within and between faith traditions.
In SR, people of different faiths come together to read and reflect on their scriptures. Unlike some forms of inter-faith engagement, SR is not about seeking agreement, but rather exploring the texts and their possible interpretations across faith boundaries, and learning to ‘disagree better’.
At RCF, we are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to experiencing SR. We also offer trainings to equip communities to deliver SR within their own contexts. We are experts in SR and our facilitators bring more than a decade of experience in facilitating its delivery across diverse demographics and contexts.
Can we support you to experience or facilitate SR?
So, you are interested in SR but you don’t know where to start?
Our Introduction to Scriptural Reasoning is designed to give you (and a diverse cohort of individuals from different faith traditions) an introduction to SR, very simply, by doing it! The session first introduces the practice of SR, its history, purposes, and guidelines for participation before moving to an actual SR experience where we will work through one full SR text pack together.
You have done SR before and you can see its potential for transforming interreligious relationships in your community. You would like to know the in-and-outs of facilitating sessions so that you can host SR experiences yourself.
Our SR Facilitator Training workshop equips participants with the necessary tools to confidently run SR themselves. The workshop covers themes such as: the purpose of SR from the facilitators’ perspective; how to create hospitable spaces for SR; guidelines for SR facilitator practice and common problems in facilitating SR. We also put to-be facilitators through a ‘mock’ SR session including roleplay of different and challenging participants. This process helps to-be facilitators to become self-aware and self-critical of their facilitator style and to enable them to consider how they will navigate the diverse participants and contexts that they may encounter in their future experience of delivering SR.
Here are the actions you can take: