Heriot-Watt University has today (Nov 10) welcomed one of Scotland’s most senior religious figures to celebrate faith and diversity.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, was invited to the Edinburgh campus by the University Imam, Hassan Rabbani.
The visit came about after the Imam was Mrs Foster-Fulton’s guest at the Edinburgh Tattoo earlier this year. In a spirit of reciprocity, Hassan requested the Moderator attend the University Chaplaincy and to speak at Friday Prayers.
In these challenging times, as we grapple with the complexities of global conflict, we are reminded that faith and peace are the cornerstones of humanity.
While on campus, the Moderator learnt more about the work carried out by the Chaplaincy and after Friday Prayers she met with the University Chaplain, the Rev Jane Howitt, the Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Williams, the University Secretary, Ruth Moir and other students and staff.
Mrs Rev Foster-Fulton, who was elected to her role in May, said: “Our diverse faith and belief communities are a source of inspiration and service across Scotland.
“It is particularly inspiring to see this in action amongst chaplains who play such an important role in spiritually accompanying young people. It is an honour to participate in prayers and share insights.”
With growing conflict in the world, Mrs Foster-Fulton, says she prays for peace, adding: “Now, more than ever, we need to respect and show understanding towards people of all faiths and religions. My heart goes out to all those affected by violence and I urge people of all faiths to pray for peace.”
The memorable visit comes ahead of Scottish Interfaith Week running all next week, which marks the nation’s diverse religious communities and cultures.
Imam Hassan Rabbani, said: “In these challenging times, as we grapple with the complexities of global conflict, we are reminded that faith and peace are the cornerstones of humanity.
“It is a privilege to welcome the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to our university.
“Together, we affirm that faith has the power to transcend boundaries and bring solace to those in need. In the spirit of unity and compassion, may we find the strength to navigate these turbulent waters and work towards a brighter, more peaceful future.”
Heriot-Watt University respects religious and cultural diversity and aims to support individuals in their religious and cultural observance.
The University Chaplaincy is open to students and staff of all faiths and those of no religion.
To find out more about its work and activities visit the University Chaplaincy website.