Chaplaincy Highlights

Have a look at some of our highlights from the last few years - to read a full report about any of the events, click on 'News' in the left hand menu, and search for 'Highlights' using the blue box on the right hand side

 

 

The annual Anne Spencer Memorial Lecture happened on 3 May 2017, 6-7:30pm in the Great Hall, Will's Memorial Building.

Ruth Huntspoke on 'The Role of Faith in Social Change Movements'.

Ruth Hunt is the Chief Executive of Stonewall, the largest LGBT equality body in Europe.

You can listen to the recording here

This year, on March 22nd, we held our annual Faith Crawl. A group of around 20 members of Bristol University, went around the Bahai Centre, a Coptic orthodox Church, the Progressive Synagogue and the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society. 

We ended with a discussion around a delicious curry. It was a lovely experience all together! 

Here's a sneak peek! 

On December 6th, Pearls of Islam performed in Bristol and was one of our favourite events:

An evening of heavenly songs of praise with the Pearls of Islam.

The Pearls of Islam are an acoustic dynamic duo born and bred in London. Their Parents are Converts of African Caribbean Heritage. Growing up in a convert family the Pearls were always exposed to many different types of Music from reggae to rhythm and blues to classical to traditional qasidas.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Here are a couple of pictures and video from the day:

Here is the video

 

 

 

Thank you all for coming !

Chaplaincy Summer Barbecue 2016

To celebrate the end of exams we joined up with Fairtrade Cafe and had a barbecue on the Friday before the end of term - glorious sunshine, lots of delicious veggie and vegan food, and a chance to relax outside.  What better way to end the year!

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Anne Spencer Memorial Lecture 2016 - 'The Holy Land: Creating a future of peace from a history of pain'

This annual event explores connections between Christian theology and contemporary issues.  The 2016 lecture took place on 27 April and was given by Sami Awad, Director of Holy Land Trust, an organisation based in Bethlehem and committed to achieving peace and justice through nonviolence and reconciliation.  Also participating in the event were Rabbi Monique Mayer of the Progressive Synagogue in Bristol, and Kalsoom Bashir who is Co-Director of Inspire, an organisation supporting the rights of Muslim women in the UK.  Both are members of the Multifaith Chaplaincy team.

Please click here to listen to a recording of the event.


Faith Crawl 2016

The Faith Crawl is an annual event which gives students the chance to spend an afternoon visiting different places of worship around the city, and then discuss what they’ve seen over dinner. Have a look at where we went this year!

    

L to R At Redland Quaker Meeting House; at the Shah Jalal Jame Mosque in Easton; at the Sakya Buddhist Centre in St Andrews; at the Orthodox Synagogue on Park Row; sharing a meal together afterwards back at the Chaplaincy

To see the full set of photos from this year's Faith Crawl, have a look at Faith Crawl 2016 - thanks to Dr Rita Langer of the Department of Religion and Theology for taking them.

Chaplaincy Carol Service 2015

Each December the Chaplaincy team organises the University Carol Service, held in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. The service is a mixture of carols, readings and thought-provoking reflections from members of the team – all topped off with a tasty mince pie!

The Carol Service in 2015 explored the character and experience of Mary, the mother of Jesus, from her decision to say 'yes' to God, to her becoming a refugee on the run from a tyrannical regime.  As in 2014, music was provided and led by the University Choral Society, and you can listen to a few of the carols here.

 


Faith Crawl 2015

The Faith Crawl is an annual event which gives students the chance to spend an afternoon visiting different places of worship around the city, and then discuss what they’ve seen over dinner. Have a look at where we went this year!

   

Clockwise from top L - Waiting for the train at Clifton Down station; at the Mosque; at St Nicholas Tolentino church; and in the Progressive Synagogue


Chaplaincy Carol Service 2014 – ‘Breaking In’

Each December the Chaplaincy team organises the University Carol Service, held in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. The service is a mixture of carols, readings and thought-provoking reflections from members of the team – all topped off with a tasty mince pie!

In 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, we remembered how the Christmas Truce interrupted the fighting – and how the incarnation too was a surprising interruption.

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Faith Crawl 2014

The Faith Crawl is an annual event which gives students the chance to spend an afternoon visiting different places of worship around the city, and then discuss what they’ve seen over dinner.   Have a look at where we went here on this video made by Dr Rita Langer, Senior Lecturer in Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion and Theology:

  

faithcrawl2014 from Religion at UoB on Vimeo.
or have a look at the photos below: 

  

L to R: getting on the coach; at the mosque; dinner after the Faith Crawl


Anne Spencer Memorial Lecture 2014 - Making Nothing Happen

The Anne Spencer Memorial Lecture explores the connections between Christian faith and a particular topic or discipline. The 2014 lecture was titled, 'Making Nothing Happen: five poets explore faith and spirituality' and took place on Wednesday 12 February. A packed lecture theatre enjoyed an evening of poetry and discussion from ‘The Diviners’, a poetry collective including Bristol academic Gavin D’Costa.

Please click here to listen to a recording of the event


Faith Crawl 2013

The Faith Crawl is an annual event which gives students the chance to spend an afternoon visiting different places of worship around the city, and then discuss what they’ve seen over dinner.

    

Clockwise from top L: At Bristol and West Progressive Synagogue; visiting St Luke's Church in Barton Hill; Bristol Hindu Temple; dinner after the Faith Crawl


Anne Spencer Memorial Lecture 2013 - Christian Spirituality and Psychotherapy: Two Paths to Wholeness?

The Anne Spencer Memorial Lecture explores the connections between Christian faith and a particular topic or discipline. In 2013 this addressed the relationship between Christianity and psychotherapy.

Please click here to listen to a recording of the event


Chaplaincy Carol Service 2013 – ‘Where can wisdom be found?’

Each December the Chaplaincy team organises the University Carol Service, held in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. The service is a mixture of carols, readings and thought-provoking reflections from members of the team – all topped off with a tasty mince pie!

In 2013 we considered the question posed in the book of Job; “where can wisdom be found?” and explored its relevance to our context in the University.

    

 

On Thursday 10 November we celebrated the Multifaith Chaplaincy's 10th Anniversary. We first held a symposium on the Future of Faith, with input from Grace Davie, Tariq Modood and Garry Neave. It was well attended by students, staff and members of the local community, and a very informative and interesting event. Following on from that, we hosted a celebration back at the Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre. Ed Davis, our Coordinating Chaplain, reflected briefly on the developing identity and role of the Chaplaincy over the last ten years, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Hugh Brady, responded with an affirmation of the distinctive contribution the Multifaith Chaplaincy makes to the life of the University.  We then enjoyed a delicious vegetarian curry, ten cakes provided by the student-led Fairtrade Cafe, and an amazing performance by the award-winning Bristol Suspensions, a student ensemble within the Acappella Society. So many of you were there and we are really grateful that you came to celebrate with us. It was a lovely opportunity to get a glimpse of the great community of the Chaplaincy, students and staff, past and present. Thank you again for your support and helping make this place special.

If you wish to listen to the symposium, you can find a recording here