University chaplaincy in a changing world

University chaplaincy in a changing worldIn a rapidly changing world of Covid-19 and education, education has had to conform to restrictions and often – lockdown. This has forced students into online learning, and collaboration and peer learing in tutorials have had to find a new perch in the learning environment. How does one do pastoral care for students in this situation, and what has been the enduring effects of this pandemic on the life of the University student?

Often we think of chaplaincy in hospital settings; providing a listening ear and comfort, can be profoundly healing, even life changing. But what about in a context not of sickness and death, but of youth and vitality? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore why the opportunities and challenges faced by university chaplains today are unlike other religious ministers.

In this episode:

What exactly, does being a university chaplain involve? One part of the busy role, among many others, is to develop relationships with students as they wrestle with life’s big questions — what they want to do, and who they want to be.

COVID has affected all aspects of society, from our laws and liberties, to our economy and, of course, our health – including mental health. But with many university terms starting up again, how has the pandemic shaken up tertiary education?

Generation Z, those now teenagers up to their late twenties, are more accepting of religious and spiritual diversity compared with previous generations. What challenges come with dealing with all kinds of diversity in a campus setting?

Duration: 54min 6sec Listen to this Podcast
Broadcast: Sun 13 Mar 2022, 6:05am
Listen to chaplain Rev Dr Julian “Jools” Hamilton speak with Rachael Kohn for The Spirit of Things: Campus chaplains at the cutting edge

Hear Olivia Brumm speak with Steve Austin on ABC Radio Queensland’s Drive program: How the challenge of online learning has affected the mental health of students

Listen to Associate Professor Anna Halafoff’s conversation with Meredith Lake on RN’s Soul Search: Max Weber at 100: On modernity and a disenchanted world


Joanna Thyer is the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Coordinator at the University of Technology Sydney. Previously, she was a long-time Catholic chaplain at hospitals around Sydney, including the children’s hospital.

Dr Allison James is an Anglican and member of the University of Tasmania’s Pastoral Care Team. She’s also been a lecturer at the university – at their Australian Maritime College – for 21 years.

Fr Robert Krishna is an ordained Catholic priest and chaplain at Monash University in Melbourne.

Presenter: James Carleton
Producer: Hong Jiang


University chaplaincy in a changing world


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