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Thought for the Week 20/02/2012

From Edmund Burke, Quaker Chaplain:

Last Saturday, at the Friends Meeting House, Ruth and I, with some others, met Dr Inderjit Bhogal, the new leader of the Corrymeela Community. This, briefly, is an interdenominational group, founded in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, to promote mutual understanding and tolerance between the Catholic and Protestant elements, historically at odds with each other (more…)

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Thought for the Week 28/11/2011

From Peter Hardy, Chaplaincy Assistant:

I have had the privilege of being able to attend several talks recently. No longer a student, I find myself gaining a new appreciation for that blandest certainty of student life: the lecture. I know all too well how difficult it is to attend lectures fully awake [and indeed fully sober] so I shall not exhort students to do so, but I will make the more realistic suggestion that we at least find some ways to show respect to those who endow us with the gift of knowledge. With tuition fees being dramatically raised from next year, there is the very real danger of teachers -and indeed education itself- being taken for granted as something that is bought rather than experienced through personal interaction.

The talk I enjoyed the most was given by the University’s Sikh Society. In what I read about Sikhism briefly beforehand it said it was a notably accommodating culture- and this was certainly true of this event. Although I was an outsider I felt just as much part of the community as one is made to feel at the Chaplaincy [yes, a shameless plug]. Other things that particularly strike me about this culture is that disagreement is welcomed as leading to fruitful discussion rather than avoided as something that leads to confrontation, and that out of respect for the virtue of humility the speaker did not want us to clap after the talk had finished.

Perhaps these give us some ideas of how to we could be more respectful of the educational environment. If we are humble by not putting ourselves above others then everyone can feel welcome and an attitude of discussion rather than confrontation can flourish to the benefit of all. In doing so we can respect not only the gift of knowledge but the more precious gift of interpersonal communication, the value of which is expressed in a concept common in both eastern and western religion: the One Eternal Word through which all the world’s creativity and wisdom is spoken.

Thought for the Week 22/10/2010

From Sabine Schwartz, Catholic Chaplain:

There are probably few communities that are more fluid and changeable than a university chaplaincy: every year around this time, we are beginning afresh as a new community. and as a chaplain, I tend to ask myself, ‘What will it be like this year?’ (more…)

Thought for the Week 10/10/2011

From Sabine Schwartz, Catholic Chaplain:

For many of us studying and working at the University, life seems to be marked by the rhythms of the academic year, and also by many goodbyes and welcomes. (more…)

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