Statement from the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
Statement from the Multi-faith Chaplaincy Team of The Universities of Manchester
The crimes that have come to light today are profoundly shocking. Crimes that have been committed against the students and the people of Manchester by a person who was once a student here. Words can never sufficiently express the pain caused by crimes like these and so we shed bewildered tears of shock and anguish that this has happened in our city.
The city of Manchester is a vibrant place and the student community, who we have the privilege of journeying with, bring much to our city. They arrive to take their first steps into adult life full of hopes and dreams – their first house, their first shopping trip, their first bank account. It is a time of stepping out to embrace the world. It is into this place of hope and dreams that some of these heinous crimes were committed.
Hate seeks to extinguish hope. It seeks to abuse and dehumanise. But hate will never win – especially in Manchester. We applaud the bravery of the students and others who have come forward and told their painful story – they have not let hate win. We stand in solidarity with them and will work with them to reignite hope and enable their dreams to flourish.
The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy of the Universities is for people of all faiths and none. We are available to talk with you, listen to you, weep with you and, if you’d like us to, to offer prayer for you. Crimes like these act as a trigger for many and even if you are not directly involved then emotions can be stirred up. Please seek us out if you need a safe place to talk – the door is always open.
The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Team, Universities of Manchester.
For more information please contact: Rev. Ben Edson – Multi-faith Chaplaincy Co-ordinator and Director of St. Peter’s House Chaplaincy.