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Faith, spirituality and offence: why it’s important to avoid making assumptions

Exercise caution and show respect if you are going to express your personal beliefs
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Exercise caution and show respect if you are going to express your personal beliefs

Many years ago, I spent a summer working as a chambermaid on one of the Western Isles of Scotland. It wasn’t an easy job – the owners were incredibly strict and set high standards – but at least I got to perfect my ‘hospital corners’, long before I set foot in nursing college.

One of the other advantages was that local customs were dictated by the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland. This meant that no housework was allowed on the sabbath, which was great for me.

Looking back, I was simply delighted to have Sundays off. I was also young and slightly naïve, so accepted what I was told. No way was I going to jeopardise my day off by saying I wasn’t a believer in the

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