The Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Team is here for staff,
students, prospective students, graduates and associates of our
community. You are very welcome to join us in worship, festival
celebrations, community activities, days apart and any other
Students and staff can find themselves facing major life issues.
We fully respect each person’s identity and beliefs and we offer a
non-judgmental, confidential ‘listening ear’.
The Chaplaincy is primarily Christian and it:
- maintains a rhythm of prayer and worship
- is involved in mission and evangelism
- provides pastoral care to the community
- studies the scriptures and life of faith
- is an integral part of University life
It supports and encourage students and staff to
- engage in personal spiritual development
- better understand the values, belief and faiths of others.
YSJ works closely with the Higher York Partnership Chaplaincies,
with ‘Churches Together’, ‘One Voice’ CoRE, with national
Chaplaincy networks and local city centre churches.
We seek to develop a vibrant community engagement initiative
through which members of YSJ interact with our neighbours in
various aspects of our university life such as music, sports, art,
drama, culture, business, education, mentoring.
This model of engagement will then be spread further afield
making our life in York St John richer and empowering.
From training as a Street Angel to working with young people or
even being part of a chaplaincy team - we offer a wide range of
opportunities both at home and abroad.
World Faiths and Spiritual Care
Our voluntary team of faith advisers includes Baha’i, Buddhists,
Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Sikhs. They help address the
religious and spiritual needs of staff and students, give advice
and guidance to YSJ and support the work of the Faculty of
Education & Theology. We also offer contacts for other
This is in line with our respect and sensitivity to the needs of
all who choose our university as a place for academic and career
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