Faith, Belief and Religion
The Lincoln University campus is home to students of many different faiths and beliefs.
We have Muslim and Christian student clubs which can all be accessed through LUSA, as well as our own Musalla and Chapel. In addition, the Wellbeing Team provides quiet, non-faith-based meditative activities from time to time for both staff and students.
The Lincoln Chaplaincy team offers pastoral and spiritual support to the entire Lincoln whānau, including for those without a faith or religious background. They can offer support in difficult or sad times, and also rejoice and help students to celebrate in happy times. In addition, they provide practical support, such as free warm clothing and bedding, English conversation classes, and the LU Foodbank along with Wellbeing and International Support.
Our chaplains are independent from the university. Any interaction or conversation you have with them is strictly confidential.
They support your needs, often through listening and prayer. They can also help in more tangible ways, such as acting as an advocate and issuing non-medical certificates excusing you from study or an examination for a non-medical reason.
Here are some of the ways our Chaplains can support you:
- Providing pastoral care that looks after your emotional wellbeing in everyday terms, and in times of severe distress. (Cantonese language support is available)
- Facilitating dialogue and exchange between faith and academic disciplines.
- Helping to build and sustain an open, caring community on-campus.
- Nurturing the whole person, taking into account your life journey as well as your academic aspirations.
- Offering a listening ear and safe, confidential place to talk over personal, study or work worries and concerns.
- Provide you with support during times of crisis, anxiety, grief, loneliness, homesickness, family and relationship worries, employment issues and other difficult situations.
- Lead occasional services at events like weddings, funerals, memorial services and house blessings.
- Help you with non-medical aegrotat applications.
- Warm, fuzzy clothing giveaways for international students unused to Aotearoa-New Zealand’s climate and conditions.
- Applications for food parcels on Thursdays.
- Chat Room sessions 12-1.30pm weekdays in the student space at Grounded Café. You talk, we listen. Look for the big blue and yellow sign. (This is staffed by volunteers so is not available everyday)
- Post-Grad Plus group provides support for international students and their families. Group meets on Saturday evenings at 5pm in the Lincoln Union Church.
There are several ways to access our support:
- The Chaplain’s office is at Hudson 002 and the Chapel at Hudson 003.
- Victoria, our Senior Chaplain is usually available on all day on Mondays and Thursdays, together with Wednesday afternoons. Other volunteers in the Chaplains team are here at different times of the week.
- To contact Victoria, either email [email protected] or phone 022 126 7885.
- If no-one is available in the Chaplain’s office or Chapel, you can either email us at us [email protected] or send a message through our Facebook page: search LUChaplains.
- If you need food parcel support, please email chaplains [email protected] or [email protected]
The Muslim Society is a Lincoln University club for students and staff, as well as Muslims in the surrounding areas.
The Chaplains also offer extra English classes for any student and student families who want to improve their oral and written English abilities.
- No registration is required and no previous class experience necessary.
- Bring your lunch
English Fundamentals – 1pm on Tuesday
This is for students and their families who want to improve their written English.
- Class held in Room 003, ground floor of the Hudson Building.
English Conversation – 1pm on Thursday
This is an informal opportunity to improve your spoken English.
- Open to students and spouses (children are welcome too).
- Class held in Room 003, ground floor of the Hudson Building during term time.