University Chaplain Becomes a Minor Canon

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The University of Worcester’s Chaplain, The Revd Dr Fiona Haworth, has been invited to become a Minor Canon by Worcester Cathedral and Diocese.

The role is the latest in a string of high profile activities for Dr Haworth in recent months.

“It is a great honour to be asked and recognition of the significant role that the University plays in the life of Worcester,” said Dr Haworth.

A Minor Canon indicates a priest who has definitive connection with the Cathedral Foundation. However Minor Canons are not members of Chapter or an Honorary Canon.

Dr Haworth was involved in organising and running Student Workshops at the Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham, which was held 24 August – 27 August.

During the Festival, she chaired a high-profile discussion exploring Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Introduced by Michael Wakelin, the Director of Coexist Foundation at Cambridge, the panel consisted of Dr Tim Winter, Dr Raphael Zarum and Revd Michael Battle.

“It was a great privilege to meet three leading thinkers in their respective faith traditions and to play a small part in opening up possibilities for discussion,” she said. 

Dr Haworth will also lead a seminar on multi-faith chaplaincy at the annual conference of the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women. The conference will be held at Regents Bible College in the week commencing 17th September 2012.

“It is very exciting to be asked to lead a workshop on Inter Faith work at the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women,” she said. 

“I hope that our involvement will encourage people to share their own experiences of inter faith encounters and also to seek out opportunities to get to know people of other faiths. 

“Some of the greatest issues facing the world today require people of good will to build bridges between different races and faiths in order to seek outcomes that will benefit humanity as a whole.”