Barney Leith steps down from HCFBG Council

On 13th October the HCFBG Council presented Bahá’í representative Barney Leith OBE with a beautiful glass rose bowl at his last meeting of Council.


Barney has represented the Bahá’í community on the HCFBG and its predecessor, the Multi Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (MFGHC), since 2003. He served as the MFGHC’s first Chair and chaired the HCFBG until earlier this year.

‘I first became involved in the development of multi-faith chaplaincy in 1998,’ Mr Leith said, ‘when the Joint National Multi Faith Working Party began to develop what became the 2003 chaplaincy guidelines for the Department of Health. It has been quite a journey since then and I have learned a huge amount about the world of healthcare chaplaincy. I have also made many friends and greatly value the fellowship between people of different faiths who continue to collaborate in meeting the spiritual and pastoral needs of patients of all faiths and none.’

HCFBG Chair Keith Munnings warmly thanked Barney for his leadership and kindness, seeing the MFGHC and HCFBG through two important transitions.

Barney has stepped down as a result of a reorganisation of the Bahá’í community’s chaplaincy coordination team.