Faith, belief and culture
Welcoming every Faith, Belief and Culture
Support from your Chaplaincy Team
Your Chaplaincy Team continues to be available even though the majority of the team is working from home. Please do contact us at any time if you would like a chat. Don’t be isolated at this time. Contact us by email in the first instance, but we’re also happy to talk on the phone, or via social media platforms.
You can also follow us on Instagram @cityunichaplaincy where we we regularly post with ‘Thought for the Week’, details of faith festivals or general conversation starters.
At this time when access to places of worship is limited, it’s important to stay as connected as possible with our faith communities. Your spiritual health is as important as your physical and mental health.
Chaplaincy statement on recent world events
The news of a cease fire in the Middle East comes as a welcome development. However, students and staff at City will, no doubt, still be affected by the conflict. There will be strong and diverse opinion as to the origins and legitimacy of the conflict, and emotions will be running high; the same is true for us as a group of chaplains, and, as people of faith committed to the flourishing of humanity, we especially mourn the loss of life.
As a Chaplaincy Team, we encourage debate that is open and honest, and is also respectful and informed. There is no place at City – indeed in society – for Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or any other form of discrimination, and we commit ourselves to work with others in the University charged with representing students to ensure that all feel safe and valued as part of our diverse City community. The Chaplaincy Team remains available for support and conversation for anyone who is anxious or concerned. You can also access additional support at City via the Student Hub and Staff Hub.
Sheikh Musa Admani, Revd David Allen, Revd Andrew Baughen, Rabbi Gavin Broder, Sr Anabel Gonzalez, Mr Kishan Paun, Fr Gregory Wellington, Revd Ian Worsfold.
Online worship and opportunities
Below is a list (by no means exhaustive) of places of worship that are offering live streamed worship, or various seminars and teaching opportunities. They are listed in alphabetical order according to faith tradition. We will update this as we receive details from other places of worship.
Church of England:
All other University services are still available to you should you need them - you can find information about how to access them remotely on the Student Hub.
Stay well and stay at home!
Ian and the Chaplaincy Team
Chaplaincy at City
Here at City, you’re part of a wonderfully diverse community with people studying from all parts of the world. Many are religious and will want to find opportunities to practice their faith alongside their studies. Indeed, your time at City should be an opportunity to explore all aspects of life, not just your academic studies.
It will be a time when you have questions about identity and some of those ‘big questions’ in life:
- Who am I?
- What is my purpose?
- Is there more to life than ‘this’?
The Chaplaincy at City is a great place to help you explore all these issues and more.
You can find us in the City Faith Centre on Level 1 of the Tait Building (just before the Students' Union Reception desk) on the Northampton Square campus.
Religious observance during exams and assessments
The University recognises that the changes to teaching and assessment caused by Covid-19 may have an impact on students’ religious observances. In general, we consider that the move to teaching online and the suspension of the main exam period (4th May – 28th May) and the move to alternative forms of assessment should enable more flexibility in students’ schedules to balance their religious observance with their studies.
You may apply for extensions to coursework if required. Where alternative forms of assessment remain in the form of an exam, the 24 hour period exists to allow all students to engage with the assessment, whatever their circumstances, such as time zone and also including religious observance.
If the scheduling of an exam or assessment is impacting your religious observance, please contact the Exams team in the first instance.
If Covid-19 is impacting your studies, you can use the Supporting Academic Success process to notify the University.