Global and Interfaith

As a church-related institution, affiliated with The United Methodist Church, we affirm our call to initiate and promote better relationships between Christians and people of other faiths based on informed understanding, critical appreciation, and balanced perspective.

At the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the United Methodist Council of Bishops reaffirmed our inclusive position by encouraging all of us "to renew our commitment to the ministry of reconciliation, and to be witnesses of God's love and grace for and in the whole world…to build bridges of trust and reconciliation by inviting and encouraging people of all faiths to come together for prayer…to work for personal and social holiness…especially to do no harm and to do good…to restore a sense of hope for the future by praying for and working for the healing of broken relationships…to seek to bind up the wounds and renew efforts to work for peace with justice."

The University of Evansville is committed to religious diversity and interfaith dialogue as we continue to serve an interconnected, global society understanding that the world is as close as our neighborhood.

The University of Evansville dedicated its Interfaith Peace Bell on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The installation of the Interfaith Peace Bell created a new focal point on campus dedicated to peace and reconciliation.

Interfaith Peace Bell

The bell is a symbol of the University’s commitment to making the world a more peaceful, understanding, and compassionate place. It will ring to commemorate significant campus and community events and will symbolize harmony and goodwill at UE. The Peace Bell is a constant reminder for everyone to work for peace together, as a campus community.

The bell was cast at the White Chapel Bell Foundry in London, England. An appropriate choice as the University of Evansville’s Harlaxton College is located in Grantham, England.

UE’s Interfaith Peace Bell also serves as a visual and aural symbol of the University's strong connection with England and our beloved Harlaxton College.

UE’s Interfaith Peace Bell is a copper and tin cast, 24¼” diameter bell and weighs 322 pounds. It is accurately and harmonically tuned on the five-tone principal to note F. Its deadstock is made from Iroko, a large hardwood from the west coast of tropical Africa. One side of the bell is inscribed "Yearn for Peace,” and the other side reads “Work for Peace.” The bell’s pedestal is made of solid granite, weighing 8,247 pounds and parallels UE’s Olmsted Administration Hall bell tower.

UE representatives at Peace Bell's construction
UE representatives with Peace Bell's final appearance

UE’s Peace Bell was one of the last bells to be cast at the historic White Chapel Bell Foundry before it closed permanently in May 2017. It was Britain’s oldest manufacturing company, stretching back to 1570. It was responsible for many acclaimed bells worldwide, including London’s Big Ben, Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, and bells for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The foundry also made a tribute bell one year after 9/11, the Bell of Hope, as a gift from the people of London to the people of New York City.

On February 24, 2017, a casting ceremony for UE’s bell was carried out at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Witnessing this ceremony were Harlaxton College principle Gerald Seaman and spouse, Patricia Vilches; Ian Welsh, vice-principal for business and technology, Harlaxton College; Megan Janasiewicz, director of student development, Harlaxton College; Harlaxton students Rebecca Clark, Ahmad Ismaiel, and Sara Cannaday; and Tamara Gieselman, University Chaplain.

The following Monday, February 27, 2017, the bell was consecrated by the interfaith community in London. Those who participated were Katherine Baxter, Wesley’s Chapel; David Chapman, West London Synagogue; Gieselman; John Heyderman, Beit Klal Yisrael; Ishaque Uddin, East London Mosque; and Aslam Uddin, East London Mosque.

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