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Issue 26

Editorial
Editorial
Heather Wells
Keynote
Extending the Circle of Compassion
Rev. Feargus O'Connor
Poem
Ruh…
Mary M Cook -
Lifestory
The Mother's Son
Rabbi Charles Wallach
Health & Spirituality
Ancient Teachings of Wellbeing
Alena Pergl Wilson
Spiritual Caring
Carol Campbell
Healing Thoughts
Michael Lewin
Acceptance
Sheila Puri
Mindfulness: Befriending Reality
Graham Watts
Perfecting Attention
Peter Goble
One Day …it will be Alright
Janet McDonagh
Faith Journey
Defining breath
Qaisra Khan
A Productive Cough
A Poem
Rebecca Irvine Bilkau
Spiritual Practice
Labyrinth of the Soul
Rev. Di Williams
Language of Art
Infernal Landscapes
Sundar Kanta Walker
Chaplaincy
London 2012 Olympics
Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
Poem
The Gate (The Báb)
Andrea Hope
New Book
Women, Spirituality &…
Kay Lindahl
Faith & Animals
Sikh Sacred Script
Charajit Ajit Singh
Lord of All
Umm Hanie' Rebler
Restoring Balance
Martin Palmer
Ethical Thinkers…
Peter Flügel
Insight
Women of the Arab Spring
Shiban Akbar OBE
Interfaith Initiative
Belief in Dialogue
Sr. Isabel Smyth
Book Review
Labyrinth
Di Williams
Poem
St Bridget and the Snowdrops
Martyn Halsall
Reflection
The One and the Many
Rebecca Lowe
Faith & the Artist
A Practice of Faith
Afroz Shaikh

Chaplaincy
London 2012 Olympics
by Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
Spring 2012

During the London 2012 Games the Multi Faith Chaplaincy Service will involve 193 chaplains recruited from the faith communities in the UK.

All nine world faiths - Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, Bahia's, Jain, Buddhist and Zoroastrian - will be represented in the Centre which will be situated in the Olympic Village during both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The chaplaincy service will assist around 17,000 athletes and officials, up to 200,000 staff and volunteers and 20,000 members of the press.

Revd. Duncan Green, head of the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Services considers that:
"Given the diversity of London and the rest of the UK, it is important for us to ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games are inclusive and involve all communities. All our plans for athletes, media, spectators and our workforce are developed with our Faith Reference Group so that all faiths are represented. Everyone, whatever their religion or ethnic background, should feel they can play a part in the world's greatest sporting events.

We have a unique opportunity with the London 2012 Games to break down ethnic, cultural, religious, political and economic barriers through sport and provide a wide range of long lasting benefits to strengthen the UK's communities.

The Multi-Faith Centre on the Olympic Park will have rooms for the five main faiths and there will be chaplains from those different faiths present. At other venues and the Olympic Villages outside the Olympic Park (in Weymouth and Royal Holloway), we will have chaplains on call."

As part of their recent visit to the Olympic site, Faith leaders and representatives helped launch the Faith pin badge, the fifth badge created to celebrate London 2012's six strands of diversity and engage all communities to support London 2012. Paul Deighton, LOCOG's Chief Executive, said: "The diversity of London and the rest of the UK was one of the reasons why London was chosen to host the Games and I am thrilled that representatives of all faiths had the opportunity to tour the Olympic Park and see the progress we have made."

Press Office: The London 2012 Organising Committee