Chaplaincy, multifaith and pastoral care

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SCU Chaplaincy Service supports and promotes the spiritual wellbeing of the 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. Chaplaincy at SCU is ecumenical and multi-faith in nature 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 body and by SCU’s Interfaith Advisory Committee. Chaplains are bound by strict standards of confidentiality and ethical practice. SCU Chaplaincy Services are provided free to students.

The Inter-Faith Advisory Committee oversees the coordination and facilitation of chaplaincy activities. The membership comprises clergy and non-clergy persons from the major churches, religious and spiritual organisations in the area as well as members of the University community.

The University is fortunate in having local members of the clergy at Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses, who 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. Please also note, that 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) and he will endeavour to source the appropriate person on your behalf.

Lismore campus

The Chapel is available to students and staff for their usage. 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 included, which some students may find helpful as part of their religious observance. All chapel spaces are looked upon as multi-faith, which means that they are kept as ‘neutral’ spaces and 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 enjoy spiritual benefit and refreshment. 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.

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 Monday and Wednesday. To make an appointment please email Erica.Butler@scu.edu.au. Alternatively, leave a message at 02 6659 3365

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

The Chaplaincy office is found in B.1.9.

A Reflection Room for quiet prayer, reflection or meditation is available to campus members. It is currently room B.1.29 and accessible when the corridor is open. Bookings can be made 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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