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Faith and religion

The Chaplaincy is both a place and a team of people. We offer opportunities for students and staff to unwind and to explore faith and spirituality.

Welcome to our Meeting House and Chaplaincy! 

As Chaplains at the Meeting House we continue to offer our support to all our staff and students throughout the current time of isolation. We are virtually open and available to everyone, who searches for prayer, inspiration and time of listening. 

Whoever you are, whatever you believe, whatever your background, whoever you love: you are most welcome in this space of hospitality. We have a new weekly timetable of events in the Meeting House (please see below), you can reach me through Students’ Support Services or directly through my email.

To all of you, I offer my prayers, and I would invite you to connect – both with us, Chaplains and with one another. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you would like to talk, or if you have any questions. If you know people who have passed away, please send me their names, if you were thinking of getting married in a church and not sure what to do now, again, please do contact me, if you were planning to christen your baby this summer, I am here to help. 

If you come across someone who is anxious, please recommend our Brunel’s wellbeing pages. In the meantime, take heart, be kind, and look after yourself.

Most kind regards,
Piotr
(Anglican Chaplain Revd Dr Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski)
piotr.ashwin-siejkowski@brunel.ac.uk

Weekly events

Mondays

Student prayer group: 3 – 3.30pm
Everyone is welcome to join the Anglican Chaplain in prayer
https://bruneluniversity.zoom.us/j/99169127826 - password: 6189869286

Tuesdays

Staff prayer group: 1 – 1.30pm
Eleanor van den Heuvel is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting
https://bruneluniversity.zoom.us/j/99498705432 - password: pray-today

Ramadan conversations: 2 – 3pm
This is the month of Ramadan and some of you are sitting exams. Given the lockdown, join our Muslim Chaplain for a zoom social chat every Tuesday. We can share ways that we cope with Ramadan, the lockdown and exams
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5124952666 - no password needed

Wednesdays

Virtual meditation and mindfulness classes:. 12 – 12.30pm
Taking our long established meditation and mindfulness classes and putting them online. See below for the schedule and links.

Fridays

Tea/Coffee with friends of the Meeting House: 3 – 4pm
We would like to offer an opportunity to have a chat with those students and members of the staff, who are missing our welcoming space of Meeting House. Although we can’t meet on the campus, we can have a cup of tea online/Zoom. It would be great to catch up and see how everyone. Virtual Meeting House is open. See you on Friday. 
https://bruneluniversity.zoom.us/j/99450327029 - password: 6508847410

Meditation and Mindfulness 

Date & Time 

Please click on the link and enter password to join session

24 June 

12-12.30pm

Breath and Relax Meditation with Lesley Doveton - Please click here - Password: 006976 

Zoom Meeting ID: 827 8416 7968

 

Where to meet us

The Meeting House is a dedicated space unlike anything else on campus. When you step through the door you immediately step away from the pressure of university life. Here you can ‘slow down’, soak in the peace of the 'Quiet Room' or enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge area – all for free!

Chaplains are available throughout the week to offer a listening ear, personal help and advice, and spiritual support. You will always be met with a warm welcome and a respectful attitude. You don’t need to make an appointment – simply drop-by and enjoy the sanctuary offered.

Prayer spaces

We’re committed to supporting the faith and spiritual needs of everyone at Brunel. We know that for many students and staff practising their religious devotion throughout the day is fundamentally important to who they are. This contributes to the rich diversity of our community and we have appropriate prayer facilities on campus for this purpose.

Students, staff and visitors who require prayer facilities whilst on campus can wash and pray throughout the day in the Isambard Complex, or use the Meeting House. Friday prayers take place in the Netball Hall.

Quiet room

The ‘quiet room’ in the Meeting House is a small, peaceful room which is available for prayer, meditation and reflection. Or just to be alone.

You can light a candle, play a relaxing CD, or sit and gather your thoughts away from the clamour of daily life.

If you would like to book a specific time to use the quiet room, contact: meetinghouse@brunel.ac.uk

quiet_room

Community

It is important to feel a sense of belonging, especially when you’re far from home and sometimes living in a different country. New friends can be made and existing relationships deepened through the many and varied activities hosted at the Meeting House. Not all of these have a religious nature!

If you are seeking religiously-inspired activities and events, we offer a range of activities designed to support and nurture the needs of our faith community. These activities encourage sharing and socialising as well as prayer – and suggestions are always welcomed.

 

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