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Chaplaincy and faiths

We aim to provide support for the legitimate spiritual and religious needs of all staff and students, irrespective of race, culture and religious belief.

While the foundation of the University was Christian and this perspective has pervaded the University's life for centuries, it does not occur at the expense of other faiths, who are also warmly welcomed at the University.  While the Chaplain is Christian he is also the creative link with many of other faiths, in particular the major ones, supporting and assisting them in their various activities.

At the Chaplaincy, through the use of the Mansefield building we offer hospitality to the many and varied faith societies and a place where all major faiths or groups within major faiths (e.g. Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism) can be respected and welcomed.

The Chaplaincy is a place where people of different religions and belief backgrounds regularly come into contact with each other, opening the way for dialogue and friendship.

People are welcome to attend each other’s worship, e.g. Muslim Prayers, Jewish Shabbat, Christian Services, Pagan festivals, and also attend each other’s societies.

Interfaith events are held each year, where topics such as ‘Our understanding of God’, ‘Our life style’, ‘Our sacred book’ are presented and discussed. 

The Chaplain is the key contact for interfaith matters and seeks to encourage interfaith dialogue. 

The Chaplain often plays a key role in anti-discrimination matters, offering support, help and advice for those facing discrimination in connection with faiths.  Faith groups have raised issues with him and he has carried them forward with the relevant people in the University.

If you would like further information about the Chaplaincy and faiths please do not hesitate to get in touch.


The Chaplaincy Centre

3A St Mary's Place
St Andrews
KY16 9UY
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 (46)2866 or (46)2492

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