10 November 2014
Celebrations as first UK university faith centre reaches quarter of a century milestone
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Multi-Faith Centre which is believed to be one of the first UK university faith centres ever established.
On the same week the UCLan Multi-Faith Centre welcomed the Archbishop of York, it had another cause for celebration after reaching a quarter of a century milestone. Over the last 25 years the Centre has welcomed staff and students of many different faiths to worship and maintained an ethos of supporting people of all religions and backgrounds.
Reverend Canon Andrew Clitherow, Church of England Chaplain and Convenor of the Multi-Faith Centre, commented: “While the support services at UCLan are many and diverse in nature, it is good to recognise this particular way in which we provide pastoral and spiritual resources for our students to help them feel at home at a time when inter-faith dialogue and understanding between those of different faiths and traditions is as important as ever.”
“While the support services at UCLan are many and diverse in nature, it is good to recognise this particular way in which we provide pastoral and spiritual resources for our students."
Local faith representatives as well as those from current religious societies affiliated to the Students’ Union, members of the Chaplaincy team both present and past and others representing different aspects of the life of the University all gathered at the University for the celebration and to cut the 25th anniversary cake.
In addition to offering rooms for prayer, meditation, reading and quiet reflection, the Multi-Faith Centre also organises UCLan's annual Act of Remembrance and Reconciliation on Armistice Day.