Our Vision for Keele Chaplaincy is:
- to seek, protect and encourage the life of faith and spirituality in the context of the University
- to provide pastoral care for staff and students of all faiths and none
We fulfil this by:
- providing safe space for pastoral support and encounter
- offering hospitality
- spiritual development, guidance and education
- facilitating conversation, encounter and understanding within and between faiths
- engaging meaningfully with the wider University as critical friend and resource
- sustaining and encouraging the life of worship at the University
- working for justice, peace and sustainability in the University and the wider world
Keele Chapel is a welcoming and inclusive place.
We believe all people are made in the image and likeness of God.
We celebrate our diversity and seek not to discriminate on the basis of gender, mental health, physical ability, race, sexuality or any other such distinctions.
Our community includes a wide range of theological, ethical and moral understandings, beliefs and practices. We are committed to belonging together and loving each other, even as we live with the tension of these differences.
The life of the chapel includes students, non-students, staff and various Christian student groups. We welcome people of all Christian traditions. All of this together makes up to our diverse community.
“Live the kind of life which proves that God has called you. Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives. There is one body and one Spirit. In the same way you were called to share one hope.” Ephesians 4:1-4
What is pastoral care?
People may wonder how pastoral care offered by a Chaplaincy differs from counselling or medical care. The following is a useful extract from the mission statement of the Association of Pastoral and Spiritual Care (a division of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy):
“Pastoral care happens when representative [people of faith], recognizing a transcendent dimension to human life, help others by listening, responding, praying and providing caring support. Pastoral care seeks to foster people’s growth as full human beings together with a development of ecologically holistic communities in which all persons may live humane lives. This role can range from sensitive listening and sharing as a friend or neighbour, to specific ministries to people who face crises, traumas, loss or personal dilemmas.”