The JCU Multifaith Chaplaincy Service is provided by the university in partnership with local faith communities and recognises that as a multicultural community, the university encompasses people of diverse faiths. It seeks to offer support, friendship and hospitality to students and staff in search of spirituality and meaning in life on the Cairns and Townsville campuses.
A new Chaplain will start at JCU on January 3, 2017.
Marney (pictured above) has been the JCU Chaplain since October 2012, and said she only is 'semi-retiring', and will stay on in Townsville and pursue other interests, including mentoring activities.
Marney wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a safe and happy holiday season.
Message from Marney:
It has been a great privilege to have been the JCU Multifaith Chaplain since October 2012. The Chaplaincy is a part of the Learning Teaching and Student Engagement Directorate and the chaplain works closely with the Wellbeing unit offering support and encouragement to staff and students. Being an active member of this team provides the opportunity for personal and work related support on both Townsville and Cairns campuses.
Interfaith is a term that refers to initiatives that bring people from different faiths together to build relationship, overcome religious ignorance and contribute to social justice.
The Chaplaincy is working in collaboration with the Conflict Management and Resolution Program using the fortnightly Let’s Talk Lunch events to research the effect of Interfaith Dialogue and Conflict Resolution.
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I have loved every minute of the last four years as JCU Chaplain and it is proving challenging to leave the university. I am grateful for all the support that has been given to me personally and to the Chaplaincy from the staff, the JCU Multifaith Chaplaincy Committee, community members and the students and volunteers who keep the energy flowing.
I’m very happy to welcome the new Chaplain in 2017 knowing that the chaplaincy is a place that is integral to the life of so many students and staff and that she will be welcomed and supported as I have been.