Religious diversity: A basis for SPUP’S interfaith framework
Allan Peejay M Lappay
Catholic Higher Education Institutions have become a conglomeration of religious and cultural diversity. This reality challenges Catholic educational leaders to institute proactive interfaith engagement to ensure unity, harmony and optimum learning in the academic community. In like manner, because of its reputable stature, offering international, affordable, accessible and quality education, St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP) has become a place of convergence of various cultures, practices and beliefs of both local and foreign students, who have bolstered the religious diversity on campus. This study assessed the extent of SPUP’s interfaith undertakings relevant to its learning environment; policies and regulations; and, programs and activities amidst the growing diversity of faith of its students. The evaluation of these is geared towards the formulation of an interfaith framework for the University. Through the descriptive survey method of study, results showed that the participants ascertained the interfaith endeavours of SPUP along the provision of learning environment as “Great Extent”; institutional policies and regulations as “Very Great Extent”; and, programs and activities as “Great Extent”. From the findings, the elements of SPUP’s interfaith framework model, namely: spaces, support and services were identified. The blueprint would serve as a guide towards a holistic approach in the development, implementation and evaluation of SPUP’s interfaith program.