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Peace and quiet for Belfast

Posted on: June 3, 2000 11:25 AM
Related Categories: Ireland

A new inter-faith quiet room has been opened at Belfast International Airport for the use of travellers of all faiths and none. The room has been provided in co-operation with the airport management by the Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum with the support of the Community Relations Council.

"The room has been fully refurbished and stocked with literature appropriate to the various faith traditions that make up the Inter-Faith Forum," says Norman Richardson, who is Secretary of the Forum and a lay reader in the Diocese of Clougher. "Prayer mats and washing facilities are provided, although no formal worship will take place."

The larger Christian denominations are well represented in the make up of the Inter-Faith Form, which was established in 1992, including two Church of Ireland clergy. Also included are members of the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Baha'i, Buddhist and Sikh communities.

The creation of a shared space for travellers of all religious persuasions and none was welcomed by Mark Adair of the Community Relations Council, describing it as "a symbolic and practical expression of cultural diversity that will greet all visitors to Northern Ireland."

The Quiet Room, which is close to the Information Desk in the Arrivals Lounge at Belfast International Airport, is available for private reflection and prayer.

Article from: The Church of Ireland Gazette