Church Moderator visits university as part of celebration of faith and diversity
Published on 11 November 2023
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton has visited Heriot-Watt University as part of a celebration of faith and diversity.
The invitation was extended by the university's Imam, Hassan Rabbani.
Earlier in the year the Imam was Mrs Foster-Fulton's guest at the Edinburgh Tattoo.
In a spirit of reciprocity, Hassan requested the Moderator visit the university and speak at Friday Prayers.
The visit comes ahead of Scottish Interfaith Week running all next week that marks the nation's diverse religious communities and cultures.
Mrs 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 Moderator's visit was also an opportunity to introduce her to the work carried out by the University Chaplaincy at Heriot-Watt and after prayers she met with the university's full-time chaplain Rev Jane Howitt and some staff and students for lunch.
Commenting on the visit, 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."
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.