The University Chaplaincy acts as a pastoral, spiritual and community-building resource for London’s Higher Education Institutions. It serves them by offering pastoral counselling and support along with guidance in matters of faith and spiritual development for all students and staff of the Christian, Jewish and other faith traditions, and also for those with no religious background.
The Senior Chaplain will be happy to take your initial enquiries and refer you to a specific College Chaplain should that be appropriate.
Chaplaincy activities include:
- regular open meetings
- retreats and weekends away
- seminars and discussion groups
These activities also help develop a sense of belonging and community, a service that is valued by students challenged by the anonymity and scale of life in London. The activities may also seek to foster dialogue and encourage tolerance and respect between all people of faith.
There is a daily framework of prayer and silence, and weekly celebrations of the Eucharist, details of which can be obtained from the Chaplains.
The Chaplains co-ordinate the ecumenical arrangements for occasions when the University community wishes to mark some special event, for example Remembrance Day, Christmas carol services, memorial services to honour University members who have died, or the annual service of thanksgiving for those who have donated their bodies for medical education and research.
If you have something in particular on your mind, the Chaplains are available for the opportunity to talk in confidence. Please, do not hesitate to phone or call in, so we can find time to talk.
The Chaplains can also work with Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other faith colleagues.
Most individual College Chaplaincy centres have an ‘open door’ policy and try to be as accessible as possible.