Religious interpreting typically occurs in settings which are spiritual in nature. These settings can include worship services, religious education, workshops, conferences, retreats, confession, scripture study, youth activities, counseling, tours and pilgrimages, weddings, funerals and other special ceremonies. Interpreting in a religious setting, to be effective, often requires an intensive understanding of liturgical terminology
Interpreters will want to be made aware of the consumer’s cultural expectations and preferences. Preparation for a religious setting becomes increasingly necessary in proportion to the projected psychological/historical content of the text and of the event. Access to all the materials, along with the order of each event/ceremony, with sufficient time to prepare appropriately, is central to the interpreting function. Preparation would also include information and detailed attention as to what is or is not acceptable, permissible to (or not to) interpret and appropriate attire.
Interpreters in religious settings should also have access to and familiarize themselves with:
_ Specialized vocabulary both signed and spoken that relate to the specific setting
_ Texts specific to the setting (e.g. Koran, Torah, Bible)
_ Materials used (e.g. sermon notes, homilies, multimedia presentations)
_ Belief system(s), doctrine(s), creed(s) and ceremonial prayer(s)
Interpreters will want to accept assignments in a religious setting where they can faithfully and impartially interpret the message. Whether an interpreter needs to be a practicing member
of a certain faith or follower of its precepts is a decision made by those requesting interpreting services. These issues should always be discussed with the interpreter and consumers prior to delivery of interpreting services.
In addition, interpreters who are members of RID must adhere to the NAD-RID Code of
Professional Conduct regarding confidentiality and should keep all interpreted information confidential, such as confessions, counseling and private meetings.
EIS has a select number of interpreters who interpret for weddings, funerals, memorial services, and/or religious services/retreats on a case by case basis.