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FAQs for the ‘Faith at Keele’
Can I use the Chapel even though I am not a Christian?
Yes! Although clearly a Christian church (run by a partnership of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed churches) the Chapel is a place provided for the whole university community. Free tea and coffee are provided in a little kitchen area at the far left end of the corridor whenever Chapel is open.
Is there a space where I can meditate or be quiet on my own?
The Space (in the East Chapel – at the far right end of the corridor of the Chapel as you walk in either door) is provided as a place without any religious imagery or symbols, for private quiet times.
Is there somewhere I can light a candle when I pray?
Also in the East Chapel is the Roman Catholic apse (rounded bit!), where there’s a candle stand. You can leave a donation if you wish.
How do I access the Islamic Centre?
You can do so through various online links:
- through the Islamic pages on this microsite
- via the SU website
- via the University website (accommodation pages)
Or you can book in person by going to the Reception in Chancellor’s Building.
Where can I get Kosher/Halal food on campus?
Keele does not provide guaranteed Kosher or Halal food.
The nearest Kosher supermarkets are in Manchester, but do look at labels on foods in local supermarkets as UK labelling laws are pretty good for providing ingredients and sometimes preparation methods.
The situation is similar for Halal foods, although Pak Foods in Stoke is a very good source.
Who can I talk to about faith issues?
Whether you’re exploring faith for the first time and not sure of your direction, have worries/questions/problems with spirituality and religion, or are looking for a worship community in your tradition, the Chaplains are available to people of all faiths and none. If they cannot resolve it directly to your satisfaction, they will signpost to others who will be able to help further.
My faith doesn’t have a student group, how can I start one?
Visit the Students' Union and speak to the sabbatical officers, who have information packs to give you.
Or if you don’t want an official society you can simply meet friends and likeminded people, and still be able to book rooms for this purpose.
Where can my faith meet?
There are spaces to book in Chapel [contact the Admin Assistant through the contact details on this microsite], Chancellor’s Building [go to Reception], or social spaces in Halls [contact the accommodation managers].