EDUCATION chaplaincy was something "very worth while",
the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory
Cameron, told the GB, as he moved a motion that urged "ways of
supporting, developing, and enhancing chaplaincy provision to
institutions of tertiary, further, and higher education".
The GB heard presentations from a number of education
Violence against women was one of the issues dealt with by the
chaplaincy team at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Paul
Fitzpatrick said: "The out-of-hours and emergency
provision on campus is run through the chaplaincy. That means we
get to see this first. . . There is nothing 'fluffy' about what we
do. The intensity of university life now doesn't allow for that.
The mental-health issues this year alone are 300 per cent higher
than last year."
Canon Stuart Bell (St Davids) explained that he
had been asked by the diocese to be the Anglican chaplain, but was
not recognised by the university, which "considers itself to be a
Rebecca Stevens (Co-opted lay persons under 30)
said that chaplaincy was important in challenging vocations.
The Bishop of Monmouth, the Rt Revd Dominic
Walker OGS, explained how he had persuaded the University of
Newport to appoint a chaplain. "He hit the ground running. On the
first day of term there was a suicide, and on the second day of
term there was a rape on campus. His contribution to the community
was well appreciated."
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said:
"It would be a disaster if we cut out support for chap- laincy in
universities and tertiary colleges."
The Revd Janice Brown (Bangor) said that she
had listened to the debate with a tear in her eye, having just
completed an eight-year stint as an education chaplain. It had been
"quite a hostile environment", but, in the end, "they realised just
how valuable the chaplaincy was."
Miriam Lowe (Co-opted, lay persons under 30)
said: "Can we please not underestimate just how messed up this
generation is; and not forget that only Jesus can make them
The motion was passed unanimously, with no abstentions.