Our extraordinary chaplaincy
18 July 2018 IN: Ministers
"Salford University Chaplaincy is a fabulous place to be!", writes chaplain Dr Kim Wasey as she prepares to leave her post to become Principal of Open College at Luther King House.
No two days are ever the same and I find myself moving from time with a bereaved student, to a meeting with senior staff; from a lecture for nursing students about the faith needs of patients, to leading worship.
My six wonderful years here have seen immense change and development. In the first 18 months we formed a new multi-faith team, with our first paid Muslim chaplaincy post, as well as a Rabbi, Roman Catholic Priest and Sister. Holding multi-faith events with student societies enabled us to learn how much we shared, celebrate our differences, and understand better how we could all promote the importance of living faith on campus. That summer we won the Vice Chancellor’s prize for Significant Improvement. This was a great encouragement and catalyst to plans for a new Faith Centre on campus.
Three years later that new centre was complete, with a new chapel, alongside purpose-built Muslim prayer and ablution facilities, a Kosher kitchen and quiet room, as well as shared kitchen, social spaces and meeting facilities.
The centre is truly a missional place: God’s love is proclaimed; faith is nurtured; the presence of Christ is known in the love and care offered to those in need; all are welcomed, and peace and reconciliation become living realities.
The Anglican Chaplaincy is blessed with an ever growing congregation who welcome newcomers, and those in special need. It is extraordinary to stand at the altar praying during our Communion Service and hear the Call to Prayer ring out to Muslim staff and students in another part of the building, while knowing the Rosary is being prayed by a group of Catholic students further down the corridor.
I have seen confidence grow in our Christian staff and students, as well as vocations increase, through the witness of this place of prayer and ministry at the heart of a community.
The Faith team works alongside colleagues who provide a huge range of tailored student support, as well as promoting faith, race, gender and LBTQI+ equality. It has received the ‘Outstanding Team of the Year 2017/18’ award as part of the Inclusion & Diversity Cross University Team.
The vacancy for chaplain at Salford University is advertised with a closing date of 6 September 2018.