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Chaplaincy, multifaith and pastoral care

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SCU Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Service provides pastoral counselling to help with life challenges while at SCU, spiritual care whatever your beliefs, and religious support for faith groups.  We provide care for the whole person and religious and spiritual support for members of the SCU community. It does this by assisting individuals and groups as they seek to make sense during critical periods in their lives, whatever they identify with a religion community or not.

Chaplaincy at SCU is ecumenical and multi-faith and maintains strong links with faith groups through local, national and international networks. All Chaplains who provide services at SCU are endorsed by their religious. Chaplains are bound by strict standards of confidentiality and ethical practice. SCU Chaplaincy Services are provided free to students.

Visiting Chaplains

The University encourages local members of the clergy at Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses to volunteer their time to assist members of the University community. Visiting Chaplains are authorised representatives of their religious organisation who provide spiritual support to students on campus as well as offering specific religious guidance. They adhere to principles of confidentiality and ethical practice. You are welcome to contact them, using the details of the Chaplains Directory, and to discuss what they are able to offer to you.

However, if you require the services of a religious professional and are unable to find a suitable person from the list of available visiting chaplains, simply contact the Pastoral Care Coordinator (chaplaincy@scu.edu.au; SMS 0407 203 390) who  will endeavour tofind the appropriate person on your behalf.

Lismore campus

The Chapel in Goodman Plaza is is available to students and staff. There is a large room, with kitchenette, which may be booked for religious and spiritual activities, and for group discussions. A second room is provided for individual and small group reflection, prayer or meditation. The Reflection Room also has wash facilities. The chapel spaces are multi-faith, which means that they are ‘neutral’ spaces which may be used by persons of any faith or spiritual persuasion.

In addition to the chapel facilities, Lismore campus boasts beautiful forest areas and lakes. Spending quiet time in one of these beautiful corners of the campus is another way to refresh your spirit. Please enquire if you would like guidance with this sort of activity.

Chaplaincy support is provided on campus by the Pastoral Care Coordinator and visiting chaplains from various religious Faiths and denominations.

Robert Lingard serves as part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator to the Lismore campus throughout the university year. He is an experienced religious professional, and has been serving the SCU community since 2007. The Pastoral Care Coordinator plays a key role in further developing and facilitating campus-wide initiatives in an environment that fosters tolerance and respect for individual differences. Working in a multicultural and multi-religious environment the Pastoral Care Coordinator coordinates and works ecumenically as well as contributing as a staff member of Southern Cross University. The position works closely with other specialist support services both inside and outside the University.

To make an appointment with Rober either:

Open forums and small groups for discussion on personal and world issues are arranged

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Coffs Harbour campus

Erica Butler, Pastoral Care Coordinator, is available on-campus Tuesday and Wednesday. To make an appointment either:

Appointments with visiting chaplains from other faith communities can be coordinated by contacting Erica.

The Chaplaincy office is found in M.G.37.

A Reflection Room for quiet prayer, reflection or meditation is available to campus members. It is currently room B1.8 and accessible when the corridor is open. It is a neutral space which may be used by persons of any faith or spiritual tradition. Bookings can be made in the diary at the room or by emailing Erica.Butler@scu.edu.au.

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Gold Coast campus

Chaplaincy support is provided on campus by the Pastoral Care Coordinator and visiting chaplains from various religious faiths and denominations.

Kate Morris, Pastoral Care Coordinator, is available on-campus Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Chaplaincy Office is located at B4.31. Kate can be contacted or individual appointments made in the following ways:

The Gold Coast campus multi-faith prayer and reflection room is located in B4.30, and is available to all students and staff. It is Multi-faith, which means it is kept as a ‘neutral’ space and may be used by persons of any faith or spiritual tradition.

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