‘The Meeting House’, the new home of the Chaplaincy on the Treforest Campus, is opening on Monday 19th September. It is the building formerly known as X Block, behind the LRC.
The name combines a strong strand of local Welsh spiritual tradition with a global vision. The Chaplaincy motto “Embracing diversity, celebrating faith”, encapsulates its purpose as a place where people can come as they are, confident of a welcome.
At the Meeting House we offer the Welsh tradition of warmth, hospitality and welcome to the whole international community. It is a place where people of all nationalities, cultures, faiths and ways of life can meet one another as human beings. There will be opportunities for many people to meet, to talk, perhaps to argue or to pray together, to learn respect for one another, and to grow.
This is not a “neutral” place in which people have to leave their beliefs and individuality at the door, but a “mutual” place in which people can come as themselves to encounter others as themselves. Meeting people of a totally different culture or set of beliefs can be challenging and uncomfortable, but it can also be exciting and fun. It is an important part of what education is about.
It need not always be serious and intense. The Meeting House is a place where you can relax, forget the pressures of University life for a little while, and just enjoy being with other people, or if you prefer, sitting quietly by yourself.
Chaplaincy services are for the whole University on all its campuses, but will be mainly accessible from the Meeting House. The Chaplaincy is open and inclusive, available to staff and students of all faiths or of none. If you would like to see a Chaplain to talk about a problem, or about faith and life questions generally, call in to the Meeting House or phone (01443) 654060. There is a 24/7 emergency service which you can access by phoning the main University number, (01443) 480480 and giving your phone number for a Chaplain to get back to you.
During Enrolment Week we will be open from 10 am to 7 pm, and offering tea and cake to anyone who drops in. There will also be games and quizzes (with prizes at the end of the week!), and opportunity to join in acts of worship.
Drop in any time – even before Monday if we are here – and there’ll be a cuppa and a piece of cake for you.