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New Faith Centre opening Wednesday 15 March

Mar 10, 2017

L-R: Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag, Reverend Dr Kim Wasey, Sister Teresa Wild, Imam Rashid Musa
L-R: Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag, Reverend Dr Kim Wasey, Sister Teresa Wild, Imam Rashid Musa

As part of One World Week, our Faith Centre will hold its official opening next Wednesday (15 March). Along with a new Christian Chapel, Kosher kitchen and Muslim prayer facilities, the centre offers a number of communal spaces where people of all faiths and none can gather. The centre has its own quiet room where colleagues and students can spend time meditating or just enjoying some peace. There is also a multi-faith room which can accommodate big events and a separate social space where students can come and have a chat over their lunch. 

“We have a huge range of facilities at the faith centre and hope to offer something for staff and students of every faith,” said Anglican Chaplain Revd Dr Kim Wasey. “There is a beautiful Christian chapel where people can come and pray or simply spend some time having quiet reflection. We work and study alongside each other so it’s great we can pray and worship alongside each other too.”

Sister Teresa Wild, Catholic Chaplain said: "The University is a very diverse place and I think the faith centre reflects that. We're offering something for everybody and are looking forwards to welcoming colleagues and students.”

“The new faith centre offers Muslims a purpose-built prayer facility, including ablution facilities, traditional toilets and a huge prayer hall for both males and females,” said Muslim Chaplain Imam Rashid Musa. “Without doubt this is one of the best multi-faith facilities in the North-West and we’re sure it will attract many students."

Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag said: “We have a growing Jewish community here at the University, so having a purpose built Kosher kitchen is amazing. Students and staff can come here to prepare their lunches in a Kosher environment – it’s just a small room but makes a big difference to the students who practise their religion on campus.”

He added: “We all have so much in common. When people come here to practise their religion, they’re meeting like-minded individuals, even if their faiths might be different.”

The Faith Centre will have an official opening for colleagues and students on Wednesday 15 February from 12-2pm – all are welcome to attend and refreshments are included.