Date published: March 09, 2017
New Faith Centre to receive official opening
On Wednesday 15 March, Dr Sam Grogan, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, will be officially opening your new faith centre and we would love you to come along and check out your new space. Free refreshments and tours will be available on the day.
The purpose-made centre is open to everyone and offers unique spaces for group worship, private prayer, personal reflection, social activities, pastoral support and relaxation right here on campus.
Located in a very visible location on University Road close to the Derwent blocks of the Peel Park Accommodation, the space has its own quaint chapel and a large Muslim prayer room for both men and women.
The new purpose-built centre reflects the University’s continuing commitment to support the student experience as it is rare for universities in the UK to provide such extensive facilities. It also offers a unique space for those of faith or who follow a religion, those who are questioning / seeking / agnostic or prefer not to define their spirituality in a specific way, and those who are not religious or have no faith, and to build positive relationships between all groups.
Our multi-faith staff have already made this new building home, with Sister Teresa Wild, Reverend Dr Kim Wasey, Imam Rashid Musa and Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag now settled into their new offices.
Reverend Dr Kim Wasey, Anglican/Church of England Chaplain, said: “We’ve got a huge range of facilities here at the faith centre which we hope will offer something to meet the needs of staff and students of every faith and of no faith.”
These facilities for the first time include a kosher kitchen, which Rabbi Eprahim Guttentag claims will make a ‘huge difference’ to our Jewish students.
He said: “We’ll have the kosher kitchen which is absolutely amazing, we have a growing Jewish society here at the university and this is our way of supporting the Jewish students who can come and have their lunch and prepare it in a kosher environment. It’s just a small gesture but it makes a huge difference to the Jewish students to keep their religion on campus.”
Imam Rashid Musa, Muslim Chaplain, also had lots of praise for the new facilities, including the huge Muslim prayer facility.
He said: “The new faith centre offers the students with a purpose-built and purpose-designed prayer facility which includes carefully designed ablution areas as well as traditional toilets and a huge Muslim prayer hall for both men and women. It is one of the best facilities in the North West. This does attract many many students.”
In addition to all these facilities, there is also a community kitchen for all to use, a social/break space, a variety of bookable spaces including meeting rooms, a quiet room, the Chaplains offices and gender neutral/accessible toilets.
We would love to invite everyone to come and see our new space and ask any questions you might want to ask! Tours of the Faith Centre, which you can just turn up to, will take place on 12.15pm and 1.15pm on the following dates:
Wednesday 08 March
Monday 13 March
Tuesday 14 March
Monday 20 March
Tuesday 21 March
Wednesday 22 March
Dr Sam Grogan will be presiding over a special launch event between 12-2pm on Wednesday 15th March; please come and celebrate with us, enjoy some refreshments, have a tour of the building and chat to all of the Chaplains and reps from the Students’ Union faith societies. Again there’s no need to book, but please arrive around 12:00 or 1:00 if you’d like to take a tour.