The Archbishop of York, The Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Dr John Sentamu, urged students at Preston’s UClan to work together to build a strong community during his whistlestop tour of the city.
Speaking at the university’s multi-faith centre on on St Peter’s Square, where he was given a tour of the building, alongside the Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, and met with students, the Archbishop said: “University is made up of people with different faiths, so it goes without saying that if they didn’t work together for the wellbeing of all, there is something not quite right.
“What is critical is that you don’t use your differences to destroy one another, you use your differences to connect and enhance your community.
He continued: “We are social beings, we are meant for community, we are meant for one another and what this kind of place does is remind us that you are not an island on your own.”
The Archbishop said communities of all faiths must also work together to teach and learn from one another.
He said: “A university is what I like to call a ‘laboratory for living’ and if you’re going to be in a lab you need to use all the equipment you have in order to understand.
“How do learn to live together as human beings who have been created in God’s image and likeness?
“For if we are, then the other person is standing on holy ground, so don’t for heaven’s sake think you are the only one who is God.”
The Archbishop addressed Anglican clergy from across Lancashire at Preston Minster on Wednesday (see video).