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New Multifaith Chaplaincy centre opens

The new Chaplaincy centre at 1 Woodland Road

The new Chaplaincy centre at 1 Woodland Road

14 May 2007

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas, officially opened the Multifaith Chaplaincy’s new centre on 8 May.

The Chaplaincy, which last year launched as a Multifaith Chaplaincy, has moved its centre to The Grange, 1 Woodland Road, where it has facilities for hospitality, prayer and other activities. The centre provides opportunities to explore faith and spirituality in an open and accepting environment, as well as offering personal support to students and staff of all faiths and none.

Opening the new centre by cutting a cake, symbolic of the Chaplaincy’s ministry of hospitality, the Vice-Chancellor spoke of the University’s support for the work of the Chaplaincy: ‘The Multifaith Chaplaincy is vital to the University both in providing support to students and for ensuring that good links are built between the University and the faith communities in the city.’

At the same event, the new Anglican chaplain, Reverend Ed Davis, and two Muslim Local Faith Contacts, Naveed Hashmi and Omar Williams, were publicly welcomed into the chaplaincy team. The chaplains and representatives of their supporting faith communities signed the Multifaith Statement to show their commitment to working together for understanding and respect.

Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities contributed prayers to the event and there was an opportunity for all present to affirm their commitment to the Chaplaincy’s aims.

Music was provided by Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble and refreshments by the Fair Trade Society, which runs a weekly café in the Chaplaincy centre.

The Chaplaincy team invites all members of the University, staff and students, to visit them in their new home and to use the facilities

For further information, please contact the Multifaith Chaplaincy on (0117) 954 6600 or email

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