by Mike Isle
Lincoln’s University’s new chapel is officially open. The opening ceremony was conducted last month by Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton, along with the university’s acting vice-chancellor Professor Bruce McKenzie.
Lincoln University senior chaplain Sampson Knight said the purpose of the chapel is to serve the surrounding community, including students and staff from all faith backgrounds and denominations, as well as those without religious affiliation or faith.
“The chapel is overseen by the chaplaincy team, who offer this place of prayer, peace, stillness and spiritual rest amidst the business and demands of university life and the incorporation of faith into a student’s daily routine,” he said.
The chaplaincy service is part of the pastoral care the university offers, supporting spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Lincoln University is working to promote greater wellbeing across campus, with a comprehensive plan to strengthen successful existing programmes and develop new initiatives.
There are 6,299 students enrolled at Lincoln. The university has enlisted Dr Jackie Blunt, a practising GP and wellbeing coach, to develop a strategic approach to facilitating wellbeing at Lincoln. Other wellbeing projects underway at Lincoln University include physical and mental wellness programmes at the recreation centre, student-student mentoring programmes to foster the social connectedness of international and domestic students, Maori and Pasifika wellbeing projects and social programmes for postgraduates.