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					Inside this issue:                       Comings and Goings…
Introduction                             At the beginning of the academic year, we
                                         welcomed Fr Peter Hunter, our new Roman
Comings and Goings
                                         Catholic Chaplain. Peter had previously
The Public Face of the Chaplaincy        been Chaplain at the University of Edin-
                                         burgh, and has taught (and is still teaching) at
The Hidden Face of the Chaplaincy        Oxford. He has brought warmth and enthu-
                                         siasm to the team, as well as being a great per-
Articles on various activities           son to discuss deep theological issues with.
                                         In January the Rev. Suresh Kumar, an Angli-
Reflection                               can priest, joined the team for two days a
                                         week. Originally from India, Suresh is cur-
                                         rently on a three year exchange programme
                                         between his Indian Diocese of Trichy and the
                                         Leicester Diocese. He is another theologian
                                         and adds thoughtfulness and reflection to the
Introduction                             team.
                                         In October, the Rev. Amos Kasibante left the
The Chaplaincy aims to be a creative     Chaplaincy for a Sabbatical. In his absence
Christian presence in the University     responsibility for the Co-ordination of the
                                         team was jointly assumed by Fr Peter Hunter
and seeks to serve in building up the
University community through the         and Isabelle Hamley.
following: offering pastoral care to     Isabelle Hamley will be leaving us by the end
staff and students; developing col-      of September in order to train for Anglican
laboration and networks among Stu-       ministry. We are currently in the process of
dent Support & Development Ser-          appointing a successor, who will hopefully be
                                         able to start by the beginning of the academic
vices; exploring spirituality; promot-
ing understanding and co-operation       year.
between different faith groups; and
encouraging the values of love, eco-
justice, and peace.
The Public Face of the Chaplaincy
This year’s Chaplaincy lecture explored the role of faith communities
in responding to the environmental crisis. Our speaker was the rev.
Dave Bookless, founder of A Rocha, a Christian Conservation
Agency. More information on A Rocha and the relationship between
Christian theology, spirituality and the environment can be found on
the A Rocha website

Other high profile events this year included our annual Carol service,
which took place at Christchurch Clarendon Park — a wonderful venue for a candle-lit service
— and an organ! The local congregation was incredibly hospitable and served refreshments
for us afterwards.

In May we held the Medical Memorial Service, to commemorate those who gave their bodies
to the Medical School. Fr Peter Hunter led the service, and spoke on what it means to be hu-
man. The service was moving and very well received by families of donors and staff and stu-
dents of the medical school.

The Hidden Face of the                   International Welcome Week
                                         Every year at the end of September the University
While public events, groups and or-      hosts an international welcome week for new inter-
ganised meetings are very visible, a     national students. They come from all corners of the
lot of the work at the Gatehouse         globe, eager to meet new experiences, bewildered
happens behind the scenes. This          and worried by their new surroundings. The Wel-
year a steady stream of students has     come week is an opportunity to help them, settle in
been in touch with chaplains for         and give them some of the information and skills
support, through referrals from          they will need to live in the UK.
other parts of the university and lo-    Isabelle Hamley led a team of volunteers (to which
cal churches, and as a result of per-    all other chaplains were summarily co-opted!) to help
sonal contact. Somewhat more sur-        out, meet and befriend students. We hosted a social
prisingly, perhaps, there has been an    on their first evening, served countless refreshments
increasing number of staff members       during registration, hosted a couple of workshops,
accessing the support offered by         met parents, helped students move accommodation,
chaplains. Isabelle has also spent       helped with a gigantic tea party that saw 350 students
considerable time visiting interna-      in the Gatehouse…
tional student families to offer sup-    It was a great week for making contacts with stu-
port to vulnerable women and chil-       dents but also to strengthen our relationship with the
dren, often very isolated in a culture   Welfare department. One member of staff later
they do not understand.                  commented that she felt there was a constant
A pastoral highlight of the year will    ‘presence’ during the week, supporting them, as if the
be the wedding of two students who       Welfare department wasn’t alone in trying to meet
once were a quasi-permanent fixture      needs and expectations.
of the Gatehouse!                        And volunteers are already lining up for this Septem-
Staff Fellowship                                    The World Faith Advisory
Lunchtime meetings for university staff have
been held every Tuesday from 1.00 to 2.00           Isabelle Hamley has been the Christian
p.m. (The day is negotiable according to the        representative on the World Faith Advi-
needs of the group).                                sory Group. The group has really drawn
                                                    together over the past year. We started a
These regular events provide an opportunity         survey of student religious societies to try
for sharing of concerns and discussion over a       and assess need and provision in matters
light lunch. Usually one member will offer a        of faith.
brief introduction about their current concerns
or what they have been reading. Do join us if       We then conducted a survey of what
you would like to participate next year as ‘new     happens in other institutions, and started
blood’ is very welcome! Ring the Chaplaincy         a discussion with the Equality Officer of
Secretary, or fill out the enquiry form on the      the University. Drawing all these threads
website. Regularity helps to maintain the con-      together has led us to think that the Uni-
tinuity of discussion, but don’t omit to join us    versity needs a more structured and ho-
if you can’t manage every session.                  listic approach to faith matters, rather
                                                    than the haphazard (and therefore po-
Our most recent meetings in 2008-9 used the         tentially unequal) way in which religious
Epistle to the Colossians and considered its        issues are dealt with.
relevance to our concerns in today’s world.
Previously we have considered the work of           In consequence, we are writing a com-
feminist writers about the bible, and our un-       prehensive report for the attention of the
derstanding of the sacred texts in different        VC, with staged recommendations on
faiths. Visiting speakers have brought us their     how to improve provision for faith
thoughts on – for example - the Christian           groups on campus, and set out a vision
themes in the writing of Dostoevsky and in          of how different faith groups may choose
those of Dietrich Bonhoffer. We have also           to cohabit and cooperate in future years.
had linked sessions with the general theme of
The Kingdom of God as understood today.

Future sessions may be themed in that way,
but that depends partly on what wishes mem-
bers of the group express. So do look out for
the details on the website about the opening
session in the autumn term, then come along
and help to shape the programme!

The Buttery
Unfortunately the Buttery has carried on making significant losses over the past year, and
not attracting students or staff into the building, the Council reluctantly agreed that it
should be closed down. Looking at the year ahead, we are thinking of how to use lunch-
times and hospitality in ways that suit modern campus life better, such as having a fair-
trade lunch once a week for instance, and cooperating with the CU on having a fortnightly
‘international lunch’ at the Chaplaincy.
Relationships with student groups and societies
This year has seen renewed collaboration with student groups and societies. We have
spent quite a lot of time and effort making links with the Christian Union, and have car-
ried on jointly hosting a weekly International Tea. On Thursday evenings, mountains of
cakes and biscuits appear, and international students are treated to food, games and an
opportunity to practise their English and make friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

On Tuesday evenings, chaplains were asked to help with Student Alpha, a student soci-
ety that runs Alpha courses every term. Paul Richards and Isabelle Hamley gave some of
the talks, helped in the discussions, and Isabelle also helped with the food — sometimes
single-handedly cooking for 15 people in the little Chaplaincy kitchen! (donations to-
wards a new oven would very welcome!!)

Both of those collaborations have opened doors in terms of relating to students, oppor-
tunities for pastoral care, and to help support young leaders. The CU is now using the
building almost daily, and we are hoping to collaborate again during the welcome week
for arriving international students.

While those relationships are fruitful and satisfying, we are quite aware that both the CU
and Alpha tend to cater for the same type of students and the same time of spirituality.
Students from middle-of-the-road or liberal traditions tend to opt out of either of those
societies, and we have thought carefully about what type of provision would help sup-
port them and draw them together. In the autumn we will be launching a weekly Taize-
style service, quiet and meditative, in the hope to reach to those who seek a more reflec-
tive style of spirituality.

             There are rooms available for hire at the
             Chaplaincy. For details please contact
                Susan Cope, the Administrator.

The Catholic Chaplaincy
Catholic Mass still takes place twice a week in the Chapel. Cath Soc, with the help of Peter
Hunter, started with a bang, with a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, followed in the winter
term by an exploration of theology and film, from the Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter.
The students have also benefited from Peter’s amazing culinary skills as he hosted termly
Chaplain’s parties whose menu made the rest of the team rather envious...
                LORD, TEACH ME TO PRAY

                I cannot pray OUR, if my faith has no room for others and
                their need.
                I cannot pray FATHER, if I do not demonstrate this relation-
                ship to God in my daily living.
                I cannot pray WHO ART IN HEAVEN, if all my interests and
                pursuits are on earthly things.
                I cannot pray HALLOWED BE THY NAME, if I am not
                striving, with God’s help, to be holy.
                I cannot pray THY KINGDOM COME, if I am unwilling or
                resentful of having it in my life.
                I cannot pray ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, unless I
                am truly ready to give myself to God’s service here and now.
                I cannot pray GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD,
                without expending honest effort for it, or if I would withhold
                from my neighbour the bread I receive.
                I cannot pray LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, if I de-
                liberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be
                I cannot pray DELIVER US FROM EVIL, if I am not pre-
                pared to fight evil with my life and my prayer.
                I cannot pray THINE IS THE KINGDOM, if I am unwilling
                to obey the King.
                I cannot pray THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY,
                if I am seeking power for myself and my own glory first.
                I cannot pray forever and ever, if I am too anxious about each
                day’s affairs.
                I cannot pray AMEN, unless I honestly say, ‘Cost what it may,
                this is my paryer.’

                A reflection on the Lord’s Prayer used by Marlies Adam for Ash Wednesday

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