Multi-Faith Chaplaincy

About

The Chaplaincy Service is here to support Edge Hill University students and staff of all faiths and none. Whether you face economic crisis, family and relationship problems, or simply wish to talk to us, your multi-faith chaplains offer a confidential and non-judgemental service from a spiritual perspective.

We offer:

  • pastoral guidance, support and encouragement
  • Information and advice about faith and the issues it raises
  • bereavement support
  • prayer if you request it
  • signposting to other sources of help
  • links to local faith communities
  • chaplaincy facilities
  • meetings and events
  • conversation and opportunities to make friends with like-minded people

We respect the beliefs of others and actively encourage discussion, exploration and understanding of different faiths, practices, backgrounds and cultural traditions. Edge Hill University chaplains are not here to try to persuade you to join a particular faith, or to convert you to a different religion. Proselytisation policy.

We are available:

  • face to face on campus
  • by phone and email

Chaplains are usually timetabled on a service rota at various times throughout the week. You can drop in to see them during these times in the Chaplaincy Office (in the Students Union office upstairs in the Hub) or make an appointment first if you wish. You can also contact them by phone on 01695 657200 or email chaplaincy@edgehill.ac.uk.

For general enquiries, or information about our Magnolia Multi-Faith Centre, please contact the Chaplaincy Office chaplaincy@edgehill.ac.uk. You can also comment on our Service through our Facebook and Twitter sites.

Magnolia Centre

Our Magnolia Multi-Faith Centre provides a quiet space for reflection, contemplation and prayer for the exclusive use of staff and students at EHU. Open to people of all faiths and none, it offers the opportunity to explore matters of faith and spirituality, or just simply to unwind after a busy day.

Regretfully we cannot open up the Magnolia Centre to members of the public as it is only a small space and in high demand. External guests, speakers and groups may be invited to use the Centre by staff and students with prior agreement from the Chaplaincy Administrator.

You will find the Centre on the ground floor of the Forest Court Halls of Residence (marked D on the University map). Access to staff and students is 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Between 6am and 9pm, Monday to Friday, entry is through Unicard swipe. Outside of these times the door is manually locked. If the door is locked please go to the Security & Customer Information Centre, at the main entrance.

The Centre can be used as a drop-in centre, or booked for the exclusive use of groups at certain times. Bookings can be requested through the Chaplaincy Administrator. Where requests for bookings conflict, we may propose alternative accommodation on campus. If the Centre is booked for a private group session please do not enter as this can disrupt prayer or quiet contemplation.

When using Magnolia, please respect each other’s faiths, beliefs and practices and behave reasonably and considerately at all times. You should not actively seek to persuade others to join your own faith, or criticise others on how they choose to worship.

We have set Magnolia out in a way that considers the needs of all users, and ensured it is fully accessible to disabled people. There are a number of chairs and small tables in the room which can be moved according to need. We are aware that in some faiths men and women choose to pray separately. To make this possible, we have provided several moveable screens that may be used to divide the room when necessary. The screens may also be used to section off the room so that individuals and groups can use the space concurrently.

Please send any questions, concerns or feedback about Magnolia to the Chaplaincy Administrator.

Events

Regular meetings in the Magnolia Multi-Faith Centre.

EventDate / Time
Christian Group (private meeting)
Wednesday 12.30 - 1.30pm
Friday 11.30am - 12.20pm
Muslim Prayers
(open to all who wish to join in Muslim prayer)
Monday to Thursday 1.30 -2pm and
3 - 3.30pm
Friday 12.30 - 5 pm

Chaplaincy Meetings and Events

EventDate/Time/Location

Faith Information

Local Places of Worship and Faith Groups

Please note that the list of organisations below is not comprehensive. Nor can the Chaplaincy recommend or endorse any of the websites or their content.

Local Christian Churches

Ormskirk Catenians (for information on bursaries for Catholic students, networking, and more) contact Andy on 07806619485 apltd@hotmail.co.uk

Local Mosques and Muslim organisations

Local Jewish Synagogues and Congregations

Local Buddhist Centres

Local Hindu Temples

Local Sikh Temples (Gurdwara)

Faiths and Religions

National Faith Organisations

Local Inter Faith Organisations

Directories

Chaplaincy Organisations and Information

National Inter Faith Events

Calendars of Inter Faith Festivals and Holidays

Volunteer

All our chaplains are volunteers.

The service they offer is from a multi-faith perspective, is confidential, and non-judgemental.Magnolia opening Kay Chaplain

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer chaplain the University would be happy to consider your application.

For more information on the Voluntary Chaplaincy Service, please call on 01695 657200 or email chaplaincy@edgehill.ac.uk.

Service Rota

Spring Term 2017

Our volunteer Chaplains’ time is extremely limited this term so they have not been allocated regular times on the rota below. If you need to contact a chaplain please ring the Student Information Centre on 01695 584554, or email them on StudentServices@edgehill.ac.uk, and they will arrange an appointment. You can also contact chaplains Stuart Haynes and Shmuli Brown on their email addresses listed at the bottom of this page if your need is urgent.

Want to just talk and no EHU chaplain available? The Samaritans are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can be contacted for free:

Phone: 116 123

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Write: Freepost, RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA

Feeling really low? HOPELineUK is a confidential support and advice service for Young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide. Opening hours are 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays.

Call: 0800 068 41 41

Text: 07786209697

Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

HoursMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
AM
8-9
9-10Mrs Lorna Bankes Mrs Lorna Bankes
10-11Mrs Lorna Bankes
Mrs Lorna Bankes
11-12Mrs Lorna Bankes Mrs Lorna Bankes
PM
12-1Mrs Lorna Bankes Mrs Lorna Bankes
1-2Mrs Lorna Bankes Mrs Lorna Bankes
2-3Mrs Lorna Bankes
Mrs Lorna Bankes
3-4Mrs Lorna Bankes
NameFaithEmail
Mrs Lorna Bankes (Chaplaincy Administrator)bankesl@edgehill.ac.uk
Rabbi Shmuli Brown (chaplain)Jewishbrownsh@edgehill.ac.uk
Hikmah Ibrahim (chaplain)MuslimPlease contact the chaplaincy in the first instance
Rev. Stuart Haynes (chaplain)Christian, Anglicanhayness@edgehill.ac.uk

Chaplaincy Profiles

RabbiShmuliRabbi Shmuli Brown

I was born in Manchester, studied in the UK and Israel, and was ordained by the Chief Rabbi of Israel in 2000. I worked in the Ukraine for nearly a decade establishing youth clubs across the former Soviet Union and then established a very successful publishing house in Dnepropetrovsk. I taught children, students and adults the Jewish way of life through formal and informal education

I moved with my family to Liverpool in the summer of 2010 to open the door of Judaism to all Jewish students and faculty at Liverpool Universities, and establish a Chabad House, a place where Jews of all backgrounds and degrees of observance can enjoy exploring their Jewish heritage in a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

Chabad

Email: brownsh@edgehill.ac.uk

StuartHaynesReverend Stuart Haynes

As a former student I am delighted to return to Edge Hill and see how the campus has been transformed in the last twenty years. I am a newly Ordained Priest in the Church of England, working at Ormskirk Parish Church (the one with the tower and steeple in the town centre). Married with two teenaged children I have lived in the town for the past 15 years, enjoying its many coffee shops and restaurants and using it as a base to explore the many delights the North West has to offer.
I look forward to meeting staff and students at Edge Hill. I fully understand the pressures of academic life and believe that as a chaplain I can help provide spiritual support to students and staff throughout the rigours of an academic year.

Email: hayness@edgehill.ac.uk

Hikmah Ibrahim

Salams, Hello to you all. My name is Hikmah Ibrahim. I am a mixed race Muslim woman who has plenty of qualifications, experience of life, and networks to call upon. As a chaplain I believe my role is being here for whoever calls me, regardless of their beliefs or none.

My job is to do whatever I can to include you, to respect you, and to share tolerance with you, without judgements or prejudices. I do this because I believe that you matter very much, and that while you are here someone is by your side in good times and not so good times.

Matters discussed are always in confidence unless we have realised that issues must be shared for agreed reasons

I can be contacted via the Chaplaincy administrator.

Proselytising policy

The principal of moral and emotional freedom of the person shall be adopted in the advertising, invitation and conduct of faith-based events at Edge Hill University and events advertised at the University.

Information may be freely given about events, but there should be no unreasonable pressure applied to people to attend the event. Acceptance or otherwise of the invitation should be free from judgement.

The same principle or autonomy should also apply at the event itself, with no unreasonable pressure being exerted.

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