Chaplaincy, multifaith and pastoral care
This page is under review and is currently being updated (January 2021). Please continue to check this page for current information.
SCU Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Service provides members of the SCU community pastoral counselling to help with life challenges through caring conversations — a safe place to talk things through and explore options. We also support healthy group connections – including for spiritual and religious care and practice. We assist individuals and groups in making sense during critical periods in their lives, whether they identify with a religion or not.
Chaplaincy at SCU is ecumenical and multi-faith and maintains strong links with recognised religious and faith groups through local, national and international networks. All Chaplains who provide services at SCU are endorsed by a recognised religious organisation. Chaplains are bound by strict standards of confidentiality and ethical practice. SCU Chaplaincy Services are provided free to students and staff.
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.
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 Teri King, Senior Manager, Student Care and Support 0409 745 287.
The Chapel in Goodman Plaza 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.