New Multi Faith Facility at Swinburne
Date posted: Tuesday 3 May 2011
Demonstrating Swinburne University of Technology's commitment to social inclusion and spiritual diversity on campus, the opening of the new Multi Faith Facility at the university's Hawthorn campus will be celebrated today.
Guests will include the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, the Consul General of Oman, representatives of the Malaysian High Commission and the Mayor of Boroondara and members of the Boroondara Interfaith Network.
"This facility has been built to serve the spiritual needs of all religious affiliations and denominations within Swinburne," said Student Services Director Andrew McFarland.
"It offers a place for staff and students of different faiths to engage in communal reflection and individual meditation."
The facility can also be used as a place for multi faith activities. It offers access to chaplains, space for quiet prayer and meditation and four smaller rooms that can be booked for faith-based activities.
Swinburne Chaplain Newton Daddow said the Multi Faith Facility provided an opportunity to foster respectful dialogue between people of different faiths and belief frameworks.
"We can welcome each other and in so doing build bridges of respect and understanding that can lead to pathways of peace," he said.
At the opening celebration, staff and student representatives from different faiths will make a symbolic offering reflecting their faith.
Event: Opening celebration of Multi Faith Facility
When: Tuesday 3 May at 11.00am
Where: Multi Faith Facility, Level 3, The George, Hawthorn campus
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