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History of the Chaplaincy

The University of Warwick’s Chaplaincy Centre was founded in 1974 by the Christian and Jewish communities and was subsequently extended in 2006 through cooperation with the Muslim community. It is well situated at the heart of the University Campus.

In November 2011 we officially opened two recently refurbished Multi Faith Prayer Rooms; one in the Avon Building at Westwood (WA0.17) and one in the Medical school at Gibbet Hill (B048). These rooms are dedicated spaces that have been set aside for students and staff for quiet reflection, prayer and meditation. They are spaces for people of all faiths and of none, to share and they form an extension to the Chaplaincy provision on central campus.

Ecumenism (the working together of different denominations) is a prominent feature of the Chaplaincy at the University of Warwick. There has always been a close co-operation between students and between Chaplains. This has been made formal by a document, "Ecumenical Partnership in the Chaplaincy" and a Covenant that states that the Chaplaincy at the University of Warwick is an Ecumenical Partnership, signed by the institutional authorities with a vested interest in the Chaplaincy.

"I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."

John 17:20-21.

The document and Covenant have been put together by the Chaplains, with the approval of their Churches, governing bodies and the members of the Chaplains' Advisory Group in consultation with the Coventry and Warwickshire Ecumenical Council. It has been reviewed and approved by each denomination involved in the staffing of the Chaplaincy.

It is our united hope that this work provides a solid platform for ecumenical teamwork in the Chaplaincy.

Adapted from "Ecumenical Partnership in the Chaplaincy", May 1997.