About “Practice”

Hi, welcome to my notebook about practising chaplaincy in Higher Education.

I work in a role where Christian faith and theology meet science, art, engineering, medicine, design, business and music. These areas meet in a place that is multi-faith, religious and secular, international  and academic.

Why ‘Practicing Chaplaincy?’

Because it’s a way of looking at what I do that I have learned from the artists, medics and scientists that I meet as a Chaplain. It was artists and designers who I first noticed talked about thier work as ‘their practice’. I was struck by it because ‘practice’ was a word that could include methods, focus, medium, particular projects and patterns of daily working life.

Medics talk about General Practice or clinical practice. Scientists talk about ‘laboratory bench practice’. It is not such a regularly used word in engineering but here the conversaton about work is never far from regular practices.

Musicians use ‘practice’ in a slightly different but related way. And of course, meditation is referred to as a practice as well.

There is also something I like about ‘practice’ that suggests that there is a uniqueness to  each time an action is repeated.

Inspired by these conversations I have been looking at my work as a Chaplain as a kind of practice. And maybe Christianity is better seen as a set of practices rather than just a form of belief.

More information about our current work at the Imperial College Chaplaincy Mult-Faith Centre is on our website. You can find my contact details there, or leave comments here. Do drop me a line.


3 thoughts on “About “Practice”

  1. katmcdaniel July 9, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    Hi Andrew! I’ve given you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award because you have lifted my spirits and given me awareness of things that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. I am an artist who is very excited about voices interested in interfaith dialogue and your blog gives me hope. Consider this a big thank you and pay it forward to someone who has been an inspiration to you. If you aren’t into this sort of thing, then just know that someone out here admires your work.


    kat at synkroniciti

    • andrewwillson July 12, 2013 / 9:53 am

      Hi Kat
      thanks for the endorsement! Keep up your syncronicity posts.

      best wishes


  2. Chris Highland June 7, 2014 / 3:12 am

    I understand the Christian context for your chaplaincy. I’m wondering if you have experience with interfaith work? How might that deepen the work there? How about seculars like me? Is there potential collaboration? This is something I seek in my teaching, writing and human service work. All the best.

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