Leeds Trinity University lit up red to back faith campaign

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Leeds Trinity University is lit up red today to show its support for the global campaign Red Wednesday.

The university lit its atrium red and decorated its chaplaincy with red bunting to highlight the injustice, discrimination, violence, oppression, torture and death of many Christians and faith minorities throughout the world.

Hannah Hayward, coordinating lay chaplain at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Every day people around the world are persecuted or suffer unjustly for what they believe in.

“This isn’t right. As a faith-foundation university, we believe that freedom of religion is fundamental to human flourishing.

“We are committed to ensuring that everyone in our community experiences this freedom as a daily reality – as a Catholic, Christian, any religious identity or someone without, and we are proud to be supporting this campaign.

“Red Wednesday allows us to stand for faith and freedom, to stand with those who face injustices because of their peacefully-held beliefs, and to remind our students, staff and friends of the university that everyone has the right to practice their religion without fear.”

Red-themed activities will take place throughout the week including red cake at its weekly Tea on the Landing event for students, a display will highlight the campaign and the university sports teams have been asked to wear red ribbons today.