Our Vision

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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

 

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.”