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25 March 2011
Innovative inter faith work at the University’s Chaplaincy has been praised by the Inter Faith Council for Wales.
The Revd Dr Trystan Owain Hughes, the University’s Anglican Chaplain, was recently invited to speak to the Council’s official committee members and present an overview of the University’s pioneering inter faith work.
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The Chair of the Council, the Revd Alan Bayes, praised the work being done at the University as both an example of good practice and an excellent way of engaging young people in issues of respect and tolerance. As a result, details of this work have been included in an official report compiled by the Inter Faith Council for Wales to send to the Welsh Assembly Government.
Dr Hughes, along with Alex Zens, a representative of the University’s student Inter Faith Committee, also delivered a presentation to the Council at their Inter Faith Week feedback session last month. Among the attendees who spoke highly of the University’s inter faith work was Dr Harriet Crabtree, Director of the Inter Faith Network for the UK.
Dr Hughes said: "These have been fantastic opportunities to have our work recognised. We run various inter faith events every term to help encourage dialogue between members of different faiths. They offer students a chance to explore their faith and gain fresh perspectives in an informal environment."
Successful inter faith ventures run by the Chaplaincy include a regular Religion Café. Supported by all the principal student faith societies, the Café brings together students from various faiths, as well as some of no faith who are simply interested in learning more about different beliefs.
Almost 250 staff and students attended a series of events held during Inter Faith Week last year, including an Inter Faith Open Day and discussion panels.
Dr Hughes said: "We will be continuing with this work as it is a great way for students from diverse backgrounds to learn from and about each other. For example, this semester, the Inter Faith Committee and the Chaplaincy have organised a series of inter faith visits to places of worship. A large group of students have already visited a local mosque and synagogue, with visits to a Baha’i devotional and a Roman Catholic service organised for later in the year."
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