Multi-Faith Centre reaches out to faith, belief and spiritual groups

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Calling all faith and spiritual leaders!

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Surrey is reaching out to leaders from faith and spiritual groups in the community with the aim of expanding the representation of faiths, beliefs and spirituality of the university’s existing team of chaplains.

“The purpose of KPU’s upcoming Multi-Faith Information Session is to expand the representation at KPU so that it is reflective of the multiple faiths in our society,” said Shawn Erickson, acting director of KPU’s student life and development department.

The information session is on Monday, June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the university’s Surrey campus, 12666 72nd Ave. The event will introduce the Multi-Faith service and facility to the Surrey community. KPU hopes to encourage others to form partnerships with the university to provide students with a larger spectrum of faith, belief and spiritual representation, and to encourage dialogue among various leaders within these communities.

In 2011, Kwantlen Polytechnic University entered into conversations with a local faith community in Richmond to explore the possibility of collaborating together to help establish a Multi-Faith Centre on one or more of their campuses. After a thoughtful dialogue and community consultation process, a Multi-Faith office opened on the Richmond campus; a second Multi-Faith Centre opened at the Surrey campus on May 1, 2015. The vision of each facility is to “offer an open door of hospitality, an open mind of engagement and an open heart of care and advocacy.”  

“We extend this invitation to the local community and through our staff, students, and faculty to consider connecting the Multi-Faith Centre to their own community of faith or belief,” added Erickson.

For more information and to RSVP for the information session, visit, or email

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