Chaplaincy

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Faith communities

Explore our faith communities for those following specific faith traditions. We're always looking for ways to embrace faiths not currently represented in our team.

The Chaplaincy Team includes a number of Christian Chaplains who offer numerous ways for students and staff to express, explore and engage with Christianity both on campus and online.  

Join the Roe Christian Community Facebook group for our full programme.

On campus, we have a number of chapels which are places of worship, gathering, hospitality and private devotion (see Chaplaincy map). 

We also have a Christian Student House that supports up to eight Roehampton students interested in exploring and experiencing intentional community life. Over the coming year this house will form a hub for much of our wider Christian activity focused on community and growth in faith. Each academic year students can apply to live in this home.

For more information download the Barat House brochure or contact one of our Chaplaincy Community Workers who will happily provide you with further details.

Finding a local church community

In the local area we have partner churches linked to the founding bodies of three of the four colleges that make up Roehampton University. Students are extremely welcome at these churches and our chaplains from these traditions will be happy to help make an introduction.

There are many other church communities in the local area and we are always happy to help you find the right church for you. 

We also have associate chaplains from other traditions including the Pentecostal church (contact Beatrice Gordon at B.Gordon@roehampton.ac.uk) and the Metropolitan Community Church (contact Shanon Ferguson at Shanon.Ferguson@roehampton.ac.uk).

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Church of England:
(founded Whitelands)

Holy Trinity Roehampton
https://www.holytrinityroehampton.org/
Anglican Chaplain, Rev Daniel Eshun:
D.Eshun@roehampton.ac.uk

Roman Catholic:
(founded Digby Stuart)

St Joseph’s, Roehampton
https://stjosephroehampton.org.uk/
Catholic Chaplain, Ginny Jordan-Arthur:
Ginny.Jordan-arthur@roehampton.ac.uk

Methodist:
(founded Southlands)

Putney Methodist Church
https://www.putneymethodistchurch.org.uk
Methodist Chaplain, Rev Nicola Morrison: 
Nicola.morrison@roehampton.ac.uk

Morning Prayer

As part of our chaplaincy pattern of worship we encourage the practice of Morning Prayer.

You can partake from home with this video plus find daily readings to accompany your Prayer.

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Our Islamic community is served by our Muslim Chaplain Sabiha Iqbal: Sabiha.Iqbal@roehampton.ac.uk

Prayer spaces are available across campus (see Chaplaincy Map).

Friday Jummu'ah Prayer are observed from 1-2pm in Howard 004 & 005, Digby Stuart, and G042 Whitelands.

Our Jewish Community is served by Associate Chaplain Rabbi Gavin Broder.

Rabbi Broder is one of Jewish Chaplaincy’s longest serving chaplains and works with university students around London. He arrived in the capital in 2000 after serving as the Chief Rabbi of Ireland and working as a rabbi in three other Jewish communities.

As part of his chaplaincy Rabbi Broder is proud to be able to offer students who are living in London the opportunity to come together for Friday Night Dinners

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Chaplaincy services

In addition to as spiritual support we offer a range of other support services detailed below. These might be useful for anyone seeking community, or needing a listening ear.

We're here to offer support to everyone in the University, both staff and students, whether you come from a faith background or not.

There might be a particular issue you want to talk about (health, relationships, bereavement etc) or you might just feel in need of a general chat.

We're here to lend a listening ear and offer you time and space whenever you need it. We can also signpost other university services that might be useful.

In addition to pastoral care the Chaplaincy team offers a more formal listening service that is linked with the Wellbeing Team.

This service can be useful if you are struggling with an aspect of academic or non-academic life that is affecting your ability to study.

Listening service appointments can be a one-off or a series depending on need and last about 45minutes. Referrals to this service can be made by your college Wellbeing Officer or you can self-refer via an email to chaplaincylistening@roehampton.ac.uk.

Bereavement is something we all face at some time or other and can affect our lives in all sorts of ways. The Chaplaincy Team offers bereavement support and is available to you whether your bereavement is recent or in the past.

If you are experiencing bereavement and would like to talk please contact us, either in person or via send an email with the subject ‘bereavement’ to Chaplaincy@roehampton.ac.uk

Bereavement Resources

Here is a short video we developed during the pandemic on 'Coping with Bereavement in Isolation' which we hope will be helpful whether or not you wish for further support from the Chaplaincy Team.

Video: Coping with Bereavement in Isolation

In Memoriam: Wall of Remembrance 

If you are experiencing a loss you are invited to record the name of your loved one along with message here on our memorial wall.

All bereavements, those resulting from Coronavirus or other circumstances, can be included and once we are able to gather together fully on campus, we will include these names in a Roehampton Community Memorial Service.

https://padlet.com/chaplaincy/RoehamptonInMemoriam 
password: Remember!ngTogether

Other resources for coping with bereavement:

On both our campus sites, there are a number of places set aside for quiet reflection. Whether you want to sit quietly, read, pray or light a candle, these spaces are for the use of both students and staff.

The University of Roehampton celebrates nature and there are some beautiful spaces on campus for us to enjoy.

On the University portal pages you will find ‘The Roehampton Mile’, a walk that will guide you through some of these spaces.

Here’s is a link to some Chaplaincy reflections to accompany this walk -
Reflections to accompany The Roehampton Mile

Contact us

For any general enquires about Chaplaincy at Roehampton, contact us on Chaplaincy@roehampton.ac.uk. If you wish to speak with a specific chaplain please use the details below.

Rabbi Gavin Broder, Jewish Associate Chaplain.
Email: Gavin.Broder@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: 07811 286664

Daniel Eshun, Christian Chaplain, Anglican.
Email: D.Eshun@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8392 3516

Shanon Ferguson, Christian Associate Chaplain, LGBT+ Liaison.
Email: Shanon.Ferguson@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: 07944 657841

Beatrice Gordon, Christian Associate Chaplain
Email: B.Gordon@roehampton.ac.uk

Peter Greenfield, Chaplaincy Community Worker (Southlands)
Email: Peter.Greenfield@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8392 3122

Sabiha Iqbal, Muslim Chaplain
Email: Sabiha.Iqbal@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: 07741 148232

Ginny Jordan-Arthur, Christian Chaplain, Catholic
Email: Ginny.Jordan-Arthur@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8392 3003

Nicola Morrison, Christian Chaplain, Methodist
Email: Nicola.Morrison@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8392 3497

Julia Tomas Chaplaincy Community Worker (Digby Stuart)
Email: Julia.Tomas@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8392 3216

The Head of Southlands College has oversight of our multi-faith chaplaincy team and chairs the Chaplaincy Management Group.