Spirituality more at heart of campus life, thanks to new centre
Published on 27 September, 2012
A sod-turning this week marked the start of construction for a new Multi-Faith Centre which will literally bring spirituality closer to the heart of CQUniversity's Rockhampton Campus.
The centre near the campus flagpoles, Chancellery building and bus-stop will be much better located than a previous 'sacred garden building', which was not only tucked away in a remote part of campus, but was also in need of major repairs.
Visiting Multi-Faith Chaplain Shaji Joseph conducted a brief ceremony witnessed by staff and students from a range of religious backgrounds, including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism.
Indigenous people were also recognised for their spiritual connection to this land going back many thousands of years.
The new Multi-Faith Centre will provide a location where students and staff can gather for prayer and meditation, appointments with the Chaplain, and other faith-based and spiritual events.
Various speakers spoke about the benefits for people seeking comfort, consolation, prayer and spiritual sustenance.
Mr Joseph said the building would be available for people of all faiths and even people of no faith seeking deeper meaning, reflection, understanding, tolerance and respect.
"We will be celebrating what we have in common," he said.
CQUniversity Multi-Faith Chaplain Shaji Joseph watches on as staff member Robyn Bailey joins others helping to 'water the ground', as part of a ceremony to bless the work site. Dozens of students and staff from many different faiths helped to water the ground before construction.