Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre
Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre, on the campus of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom brings together the many faith groups represented on the campus and in the wider community. Built in 1969, it consists of three circular lobes with a three pronged spire which was the basis of the University's 1989 logo, introduced in the University's silver Jubilee. Two of the lobes contain Christian chapels: one Roman Catholic, and one Anglican and Free Church. The third lobe is the largest and is split on two levels. On the ground floor it contains a social space (the Central Lounge), the Jewish Rooms (Synagogue, Jewish Lounge and Kosher Kitchen), and the Quiet Room (used for worship by the Quakers and meetings by the Bahá'ís among others). It also contains the Free Church Chaplains' office, Secretary's office and a Cafe. The upstairs contains a smaller social area, two flats (one each for the Catholic and Anglican chaplains), and a Buddhist meditation room as well as a small 'natural health' office used by a number of 'alternative' and 'complementary' therapists and the office of 'Friends International'. Orthodox Christians also have a constant presence in the Chaplaincy Center using the facilities mainly for student confession and occasionally celebrating the Holy Liturgy upon student demand.
Religious student societies including the Catholic society, Jewish Society, Bahá'í Society, Christian Fellowship and Chinese Christian Fellowship meet in the centre. The Islamic society are also prominent on campus and meet in the Islamic Prayer room located close to the Chaplaincy building. The Lancaster Christian Union also use the centre for a variety of their meetings. The centre is also used by non-religious groups including Pulsar (the science fiction society), and the LU Gospel Choir. The chapels, meditation room and Synagogue are always open and available for private prayer and meditation.
Similar facilities exist at the universities of Dundee and Bath. However, very few universities in the United Kingdom have such purpose built facilities. Lancaster was the first such joint centre in the United Kingdom.
- Lancaster University Chaplaincy centre website
- Orthodox Christian Community of Lancaster University
- Anglican and Free Church Chapel website
- Lancaster University Christian Union Website
- Islamic Society of Lancaster University