The Religious Centre turns 50
9 June 2018
The Religious Centre at the Monash Clayton campus was originally designed in the late 1960s by then local architect John Mockridge. The design was intended to symbolise unity and eternity.
The building was listed by Heritage Victoria in 2008 due to its historical and architectural significance to the state. The centre’s organ was built by Ronald Sharp, also responsible for the Sydney Opera House’s Grand Organ.
Even 50 years on the centre continues to offer peace and solace to the community and it’s now also used for weddings, christenings and funerals, continuing its operation year-round.
Woven into the building’s history is a fascinating story of leaders from various denominations coming together to provide a space to cater for those of all faiths. Pro Vice-Chancellor (Major Campuses and Student Engagement) Professor David Copolov AO said the vision of the religious leaders and the University’s founders continues to be fulfilled to this day.
“The Religious Centre was intended to be both multi-faith and also to serve those who have no faith – in other words, for all those who may be seeking a still place to find peace and stability, as well as a site for religious ceremonies and celebrations. Today, the centre is used by an increasing number of religious groups including Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus, which is reflective of the range of the faith backgrounds of the students and staff at our University,” Professor Copolov said.
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