This is the 4th year that NPL has celebrated Inter Faith Week. Back in April I wrote an article on “Recognizing religious diversity in physics” for Physics World about NPL’s work to support people of all beliefs to thrive in the workplace. In response to the article I was delighted to receive messages of support from scientists across the world welcoming the discussion of religious diversity in the scientific community. Admittedly I have also encountered some less-constructive commentary but on the whole I am very encouraged by the great appetite of scientists to understand, respect, and value one another’s worldviews.
This year the Faith and Religious Diversity Group is aiming to broaden the representation of different beliefs and worldviews. Since we started the group we have particularly focussed on Christianity and Islam, but we have a much wider range of religious beliefs represented at NPL including Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and many others. A large proportion of our workforce also identify as atheist, agnostic or non-religious and we are planning events for 2022 to explore and support this spectrum of non-religious worldviews.
18 Nov 2021