Inspiring Unity through Diversity
Glastonbury is a fascinating place and since time immemorial, people have journeyed here to experience this rich place of legend, romance, myth and history. A centre of pilgrimage for millennia, Glastonbury has a strange and powerful 'pull' that today draws people from many different walks and paths of life, from all over the world.
This small market/pilgrimage town in the south-west of England sits beneath the intriguing Glastonbury Tor. Its potpourri of independent shops and organisations on a bustling High Street abounds with diversity. Glastonbury of the 21st century has emerged as a place that integrates many paths and beliefs and this is reflected in the wide and varied cultural experiences, activities and colourful personalities that can be found in this vibrant, captivating place. Many are called to be here and often visit the town, time and time again.
Glastonbury Reception Centre is a unique and welcoming place, supporting visitors and seekers on all paths or none.
If this is your first time here, we offer you a warm welcome. Kick back, explore and enjoy our website. We look forward to welcoming you to our Centre when you arrive. We hope we can assist you, in person, to find out more about our colourful town, how you might experience it in a way that suits you best and what Glastonbury has to offer.
The Glastonbury Sanctuary
After you have explored the town, why not come and and relax in our beautiful Sanctuary, a nurturing indoor space that does not have its roots in any specific faith and welcomes all of good intent. Chat with
our Sanctuary Companions about your journey and your experiences.
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Our Centre has an ethos of Unity through Diversity but this is not to suggest we feel all faiths and paths are the same, or that they should be. It is an expression which has been in use for thousands of years and in essence, can be seen to imply the working together of all aspects of a community without losing the special personality and beliefs of the individual projects and people involved and we acknowledge that diverse beliefs and practices can present complex and difficult challenges creating chasms that often-times are difficult to bridge. However, rather than focus on the discordant differences, our own goals are to create ‘spaces’ where tolerance, understanding and co-existence can be found, demonstrating how together, we can live well, whilst remaining different. Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. So says the inspirational Kenyan proverb extolling the power of Unity.
"In these changing times, I've recently felt that there must be a better way forward that leads away from a disjointed & separated society where everything is about the individual and not the community. My visit to Glastonbury has shown me that it is already on the way towards that aim!
Stephanie Nash - Florida, USA
The Unity Bowl
at our event:
Glastonbury: a Celebration of Harmony and Healing
"Building bridges between diverse beliefs is essential if we want to live in a community that has great social cohesion. It doesn’t have to mean we have to all become one homogenised blob of humanity, but it CAN mean that we can respect each other, even if we don’t agree. We can also take our acceptance one step further, by proactively encouraging and supporting people of good heart and intention on their own path through life. We know only too well that there is widespread agreement that bridge building can be successful in reducing prejudice and hostility between different groups and in helping people to live peacefully alongside each other."
Morgana West - Manager, Glastonbury Reception Centre
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