Glastonbury interfaith centres join forces

Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre Director, Morgana West, holding the Glastonbury Unity Candle

Two of the leading Interfaith institutions in Glastonbury have now joined forces as the Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre has relocated to its new home in the Library of Avalon.

The Centre aims to offer a place of sanctuary for the 70 spiritual paths whose footsteps converge on the town and its surrounds.

“Our volunteers come from a wide range of beliefs and offer support and information, a friendly face to chat to, an information on how to experience the magic, history, myth and legend of Glastonbury in a way that befits the visitor,” explains its director, Morgana West. “And for those who might be wishing to further explore aspects of a particular belief, we give signposts to people and places that might be able to assist.

“The Library is within a special building and sitting in the energies of it can allow us to connect with something numinous and divine,” she continues. “To cater for all the diversity in Glastonbury really is rather simple. An open heart, a willing to experience different beliefs and their rituals, and to listen and communicate with others on a regular basis is all there is to it and it really is quite easy to do.”

The Library bills itself as probably the only publicly-accessible esoteric library in Europe, and is itself recovering from a flash flood last year where it lost an estimated 2000 titles (an appeal to replace some of these lost volumes is underway). As Morgana says, it is a special place, but the Pilgrim Centre still hopes to establish its own physical place of sanctuary again in the future.

“Our aims for 2016 and beyond are to find a way that will financially secure us into the future and to be able to develop another Sanctuary in Glastonbury,” explains Morgana. “The responses of those who were able to join us in our previous space were phenomenal. It is clear to us that such a place, where spiritual experience, no matter our beliefs, can be undertaken and shared, within an indoor sacred location, can be a flagship for the future, especially in these times of polarisation and conflict. We would love to hear from any of your readers who would like to help us fulfil our vision.”