Further and Higher Education
The Education Chaplaincy Development Officer supports the work of further and higher education chaplaincy. Where chaplaincies have not been established the officer works with colleges across the Diocese to build links with local faith communities and to ensure that students and staff of all faiths are valued and supported within the college environment.
The Board supports those working and studying in the colleges and universities and particularly the work of chaplains through its Further and Higher Education Committee.
The Board published the to assist colleges in delivering the 'Every Learner Matters' agenda and to ensure that values, belief and faith are supported.
Further Education Colleges
Higher Education Institutions
Three of the University's six specialist Arts Colleges fall within the Diocese of Southwark. These are:
This section of the website provides access to information on: Chaplaincy; Policy; News; Events and further resources on the provision of Further and Higher Education.
A major report commissioned by the Church of England and supported by many of the main faith communities in the UK, published on 15th January 2008, offers a tutorial in the valuable work of university and college chaplains up and down the country. Among a range of insights and recommendations, it calls on Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the government to continue to invest in chaplaincies to help them further their significant contribution to social cohesion.
The Church of England is also in touch with inter faith issues internationally through being a member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which includes churches in very diverse situations of religious plurality. Within the Anglican Communion, NIFCON links those in different provinces with a particular concern for inter faith relations, and coordinates news and resources in this area. A useful NIFCON resource is 'Generous Love: the truth of the Gospel and the call to dialogue'. In 2011 NIFCON released an e-book study guide to accompany ‘Generous Love’. Alongside the material, the guide offers: questions for discussion, prayers and bible studies.
Issues of inter faith relations are mainstream concerns for Government and society. The Presence and Engagement report, produced for the July 2005 General Synod debate, focused on the situation of churches in multi Faith neighbourhoods. A further report, to the General Synod in 2009 – Staying present and engaging faithfully – provided a midpoint update to the Presence and Engagement programme.
Works to build good relations between the communities of all the major faiths in Britain: Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian.
Working together for the benefit of both faith communities and wider society, the Forum seeks to develop strong and committed relationships between Christians and Muslims. The Bishop of Kingston, The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham is currently Co-Chair of the Forum.