Kia ora from Wellington Ecumenical Chaplaincy. Ecumenical means coming together, so a core brief of the chaplaincy is encouraging cooperation among chaplaincies, pastoral support networks and student groups. Together with the Anglican Chaplaincy and Berrigan House (Catholic Worker movement) we work out what it means to offer support and hospitality to staff, students and others in touch with the university community.
Because we are an ecumenical chaplaincy we support initiatives that encourage intercultural contact and exchange such as Newswatch, a programme of hospitality for international students who watch short news clips with local students and then discuss the content. We also point students to leadership programmes such as VicPlus which bring international and local students together while participating in volunteer work.
The Chaplaincy established Rooftops (see tab) in 2012, an ecumenical group that enables young Christian writers-creatives to participate in a diverse range of digital and print media. We offer scholarships to encourage them to engage civically because their voices (i) enrich a pluralist, democratic society and (ii) promote religious literacy, which aids the educational goal of raising global citizens. To this end, Rooftops also hosts Rooftops korero: hospitable fireside chats with politicians (e.g. Hon Bill English and Grant Robertson) and media in a rustic student living room on Kelburn Pde.
If you are a student or staff member at Victoria University and feel like a chat, a listening ear or learning more about Rooftops then please feel free to get in touch. See People for contact information.
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