2019 Blessing of the Academic Year
The Townsville campus 2019 Multifaith Blessing of the Academic Year was held on 6 March.
Peter Hanley, Chairperson of the JCU Multifaith Chaplaincy Committee, leads the opening prayer.
Sam Savage gives the Welcome to Country, while William Mabo plays reflective music on the didgeridoo.
Rev Canon Sharon Hayston gives a prayer of blessing on behalf of the Anglican faith.
A Baha'i prayer of blessing from Noel Hopley and Alicia Walter.
Phil Heang offers a Buddhist blessing.
A Catholic prayer of blessing from Fr Joshy Josh.
JCU Interfaith Commitment:
We comit outselves as people of many faiths to work together for the common good, uniting to build a better society, grounded in values and ideals we share: community, personal integrity, a sense of right and wrong, learning, widsom and love of truth, care and compassion, justice and peace, respect for one another, for the earth and its creatures.
We commit ourselves in a spirit of friendship and cooperation to work together alongside all who share our values and ideals, to. bring about a better world now and for generations to come.
Meera Sivayoganathan (left) and Dr Smriti Krishna offer a Hindu blessing.
Imam Abdullah Salik offers a prayer of blessing on behalf of the Islamic community.
Alex Salvador performed the Jewish hymn, Hinei Ma Tov.
Rev Bruce Cornish gave the address on behalf of the Uniting Church of North Queensland.
All photos: Bethany Keats, JCU Media