Multifaith Centre Holds Opening Ceremonies

March 26, 2007

Author: W.D. Lighthall

Source: University of Toronto News

The official opening of U of T’s Multifaith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice was held this weekend, an event that served to remind Kofi Hope of how often those from differing religious or cultural backgrounds find they have something in common.

“The centre will be a place of interfaith encounters, where leaders will pass each other in the hall, hear each other worshipping and it will give them a chance to think,” said Hope, a 2006 graduate of political science, during the opening ceremony.

“We are from our own denominations and backgrounds but when it comes to issues of social justice there are many things that we share in common and many times on issues we agree far more often than we disagree,” said Hope, winner of a Rhodes Scholarship for 2007. “It will be places like the Multifaith Centre where people can see those points of agreement.”

Located in the Koffler Institute at 569 Spadina Ave. in space formerly occupied by the Department of Pharmacy Management, the centre’s mandate is to support the spiritual well-being of students, staff and faculty and to increase the understanding of religious beliefs and practices at U of T.