Thursday 8th January a response to the situation in Gaza

The Chaplaincy exists to encourage all members of our University Community to embrace diversity and celebrate faith. At this time, we are deeply aware of the curreny violence in Gaza, and the ongoing conflict between the peoples of Israel and Palestine: a conflict between peoples of distinct religious identity.

Although the historical and political issues of the Middle East are complex, we are convinced, as chaplains, that situations of war in the world could be best resolved by opposing parties approaching each other with a profound respect for each other’s culture and faith. Our role at this University is to support both students and staff in affirming their own personal religious perspective and culture in a way which truly respects the diversity of the university community and of our interconnected world, by accepting people of all faiths, shapes and colours.

As such we would like to invite you to come and express concerns, show solidarity with, and mark respect for all those hurt by the violence in Gaza. There will be an opportunity to do this on Thursday 8th January when you can drop in for as long or short a period as you wish between 1 and 2 p.m., to pause for thought or light a candle as a sign of solidarity, hope and commitment to peace. Candles, and a place to leave them alight, will be available in the room next to the Union Shop on the Treforest campus, and in the prayer room at Tramsheds, Glyntaf. There is also an opportunity to do this at the Atrium in room CA 228 which is on the second floor between 3 and 4.

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