The conflicts between faith and sexuality are to be discussed at a major conference at the University of Salford in September.
The event, organised with partners including Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Stonewall and the University of Salford Anglican Chaplaincy, will focus on finding the best way to deal with the issues, both at a strategic level and in the workplace.
Taking place on September 11, a range of workshops will cover topics including supporting gay staff abroad, the Bible, sexuality and the learning experience and simple ways to ask difficult questions.
Professor Martin Hall, University of Salford Vice-Chancellor, is supporting the initiative and says conflicts between faith and sexuality are issues across the world.
He said: “This conference will bring together a wide range of perspectives and will help ensure improved practices and policies and the right to live and work in safety and with dignity.”
The day will be based on research which revealed a range of issues faced in higher education and across public and private-sector organisations and suggested ways of ensuring that issues could be safely discussed and dealt with.
Problems reported include dealing with posters objecting to civil partnerships, information about Christianity being defaced, objections to information about abortion and LGBT rights being taught and refusal to associate with gay staff and problems in student accommodation.
Research shows that most problems are caused by assumptions about other people’s views combined with the failure of organisations to deal with issues proactively using clear policies and appropriate intervention.
A toolkit will be compiled from the outcomes of the conference which will allow people to move forward on tackling the issues.
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