The new Multi-Faith Centre conquers the paradox, evoking no particular religion or faith, but speaking to transcendental qualities of spirituality, fellowship and peace. Its design offers a unique framework within which religious pluralism can be discussed, debated and understood. The popularity of the Centre is unprecedented, accommodating student faith groups representing eight world religions and even winning the hearts of the secularists who had been early and vocal critics of the project. Within the first year of opening, the Centre was booked for over 1,323 events, in addition to the hundreds of students who drop in daily for individual prayer and study.
Prior to the creation of the Multi-Faith Centre, the campus priest had never met the rabbi. Now, new friendships and understanding are being forged as students participate in Multi-Faith dialogue and spiritual awareness (i.e. Jewish/Muslim exchange); academic and community partnerships exploring current affairs through a multi-faith lens; social justice; internships and leadership development; as well as art exhibits, poetry workshops, and concerts.That architecture can inspire civility and understanding between people, no matter what their faith, is a powerful thing. Religion may often divide, but the Multi-Faith centre gathers and affirms.