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Friday 24 January
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About Chaplaincy

We are not counsellors, but enjoy listening carefully to you without rush and sharing our own experience of life. We will keep your confidences apart from the usual exceptions.

We are not censorious or easily shockable; it is for you to develop your own moral judgements, not for us to judge you; we do acknowledge an ethical dimension to life. Atheists are as welcome as everyone else and we will work with whatever religious position you hold.

We do not expect you to be religious or spiritual, but (to the extent that you want it) we will help you reflect on the spiritual dimension of your life, draw upon the wisdom of the world's religious traditions and offer opportunities for prayer, ritual and the sacraments.We believe laughter is a great medicine and we encourage people to be thankful in life and to help others.

What can the Chaplaincy help with?

Here are some examples of issues you may have that would be appropriate to bring to Chaplaincy:

  • You want to explore the meaning of life and what you feel about God, or perhaps a clash between what you are being taught and your beliefs.
  • You have been bereaved, are ill, or face some other challenge, eg. homesick, culture shock, exam/assignment stress, friendlessness.
  • You are asking for prayer for you or someone else.
  • You are worried about spirits, evil and the occult.
  • You are wanting a ceremony or ritual, eg. a wedding, a memorial for a family member who has died overseas, the sacrament of reconciliation.
  • Your concern is hardly a concern at all and you do not want to bother anyone else with it; maybe you just want someone to share life's little news and burdens with or to think about relationships or sexual identity with.
  • You need an independent ear outside the system, who can communicate on your behalf if you wish, including with our university or people such as parents.
  • You feel you have been discriminated against because of your religion or belief (including non-theistic philosophy).
  • You are in a moral dilemma or want to talk through a decision; you want a feeling of guilt lifted.
  • You are affected by another person's religious beliefs, attitudes or practices; they may be a friend, parents, neighbour.
  • Your concern is about religious institutions, e.g. how you are relating to a local religious community, or to a cult or new religious movement.
  • You want to explore your career in terms of vocation and not just to a formal religious ministry; you are wondering about studying theology.
  • You want to contribute to community life, strengthen relationships between faiths and work for a better world.
  • You are wanting to deepen your faith and spiritual experience.