Category: Reflections

First Impressions

Firstly, a very warm welcome to all the new students and staff that have recently joined us this year at the University of Gloucestershire. I have been on leave for most of the summer and, honestly speaking I…

Looking for Balance…

I hate goodbyes, and this time of year is especially hard for me because after today I will be away from University life until September, and so this is going to be my shortest reflection. There are always…

Ramadan Reflections

Alhamdulillah there is no better time to get serious with freeing our souls, than in the blessed month of Ramadan. We are on the 12th day of fasting in this blessed month, and you will have noticed that…

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Things I didn’t expect from a Holocaust Remembrance memorial

I wasn’t anticipating hearing stories of grandparents and long-lost family members whose experiences, and letters of Holocaust experiences, would make me feel like they could be a mutual friend. A person who you just missed passing by, instead…

Giving away Christmas meals

The Chaplaincy is offering 100 Christmas dinners to UoG students unable to go home for Christmas… This week, the chaplaincy team are preparing to hand out up to a hundred Christmas dinners to students staying at university over…

A Peace Garden at Oxstalls

Here’s an article written by Journalism student Alicja Shannon about the wonderful Peace Garden we have recently rediscovered and renamed…. The University of Gloucestershire’s chaplaincy team starts a transformation of an outdoor wellbeing space for students The University…

What God wants of us

Today was our last Communion service of the term. We were reflecting on what God calls us to be, as we look ahead to our very different future. Here’s the reading, from the prophet Micah: With what shall…

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Noticing the abundance

Here’s the reading and reflection from today’s Communion service, starting with a very familiar story from Matthew’s Gospel: Jesus left the house and went to the lakeside, where he sat down to teach. The crowd that gathered round…

Looking back at our life

At our communion service today we were thinking about looking back over our life. Here’s the reading taken from from Psalm 139, and the reflection. (And here’s a link to another way that you can do this reflection…

Unlikely saints

Here is the reading and reflection from today’s Communion service, thinking about two people who are unlikely saints… A reading from Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome. He has been wrestling with the point of the Jewish…