Many religions believe in a higher Deity or Power from which all things exist. In the US, 80% of the population identifies as Christian, followed by 4% identifying as Jewish, Buddhist, Islam or Hindi. With this being such a large portion of the population, as clinicians we ought to be aware of the Religious underpinnings and backgrounds of our clients. Of these Religions prevalent in the US, three out of the four share the same God. The hope of this meeting time is to create a safe space for people to become educated on various religions that are connected to the mental health of our clients. The goal is to create opportunities to gain understanding of the implications a strong religious background can have on our future clients.
We will have visitors from within the Loyola community, be it a faculty member from the Religious department, or a fellow colleague of our own. The religions to be discussed are Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism. We will spend two weeks on each religion. The forum takes place every Tuesday at 1:00 in the afternoon and typically only lasts one hour. Please come as you are able!