Hi, welcome to my notebook about practising chaplaincy in Higher Education.
I am a priest of the Church of England. I work in South Kensington, London, as a Chaplain at Imperial College, the Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music.
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 ‘practising 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.