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Rose Castle reopens as peace centre

28 October 2016

Rose Castle Foundation

A new purpose: Grade-I-listed Rose Castle in Dalston, Cumbria

A new purpose: Grade-I-listed Rose Castle in Dalston, Cumbria

ROSE CASTLE, the home of the Bishops of Carlisle for 800 years, has formally opened its doors as a centre of peace and reconciliation.

Vacant since 2009, it was bought with a donation on behalf of the Rose Castle Foundation, a charitable organisation chaired by the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, and the Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity at the Uni­versity of Cambridge, Professor David Ford (News, 9 September). Its founding director, Sarah Snyder, has been appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s adviser for recon­cilia­tion (News, 29 July).

The centre seeks to “foster deeper understanding between people of faith, with the secular world and with the environment”, the Founda­tion’s mission statement said.

Ms Synder told the news­paper the The Cumberland News: “We are open to anyone who is experiencing conflict. Rose Castle was built as a fortified castle to resist the enemy.

“We are turning that on its head now and using the castle as a place where people can be reconciled. We want people to find a way to work together.”

Ms Synder said that anyone who was in disagreement or conflict could use the castle. “This could in­­clude people locally or faith com­munities who disagree,” she said.

“It may be that the church is in conflict or other communities. We will be offering faith-based medi­ation.”

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