My friend’s co-worker straight-up starts uncomfortable conversations with his manager. He deliberately brings islam into small talk at the office. Now, this can come off as quite annoying or rude, so the art of conversation is important when doing it, if you want to switch a conversation from pleasantries to something genuine.
Universal questions like where did I come from and where am I going are good staters.
Generally, talking about substantive stuff in the boardroom is frowned upon. It makes people uncomfortable to talk about religion/politics/philosophy/ideology in the office.