Archbishop and faith leaders to visit Olympic Park
The Archbishop and fellow faith leaders will visit the new Olympic Park. They will be shown the major venues and features of the site, including the six-room multi-faith space that has been created in the Athletes' Village.
The faith leaders will be briefed by the Chief Executive Officer of LOCOG, Paul Deighton, and others about the general Olympic preparations, and will learn about the multi-faith chaplaincy service that the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG) has co-ordinated to support athletes and Olympic staff from all religions.
The LOCOG Multi-Faith Reference Group was formed four years ago and launched at Lambeth Palace by the Archbishop. It is a strategic group and meets regularly, with representatives from the Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, Bahá'í , Jain, Buddhist and Zoroastrian faith communities.
The group has encouraged faith community engagement with the Games and advised LOCOG on many issues and policies, including volunteering, food, uniforms, security, ticketing and chaplaincy. During the Games the Multi Faith Chaplaincy Service will involve 193 chaplains recruited from the faith communities via the LOCOG volunteer programme.