SOAS University of London

Student Advice and Wellbeing

Faith and Spiritual Practice

Statement from SOAS Multi-faith Chaplaincy

Greetings on behalf of the SOAS Multi-faith Chaplaincy team.

As your Chaplain, my first responsibility is to pray without ceasing for the protection of all human life on earth, but my focus at this time is on SOAS which includes the leadership team, all staff, students and all of their families.                                                                                                                                                                         

As a Minister I believe in the words from Psalm 23:4:

4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

It is my belief that there is a merciful God who will comfort us in our distress and lead us through to still waters. My fervent hope and prayer is that we are all spared from serious illness and harm and that our households, neighbourhoods, communities, nation and world work together to defeat this virus and maintain peace and stability in this time of unprecedented challenge.

As a multi-faith chaplaincy, we love all people equally and we serve and minister to those of all faiths as well as all those who have no faith tradition or belief in God. As chaplains, we see everyone as a divine gift and priceless, irreplaceable individual. Our remit is to nurture wellbeing by providing service to the spiritual, religious and emotional needs, inquiry and aspirations of students and staff.

This is the most uncertain time in a generation so it is very natural for many of us to be anxious and worrying about ourselves, family, vulnerable relatives, friends and loved ones all over the world. The events of the past weeks have been disconcerting and have shaken the foundations of our lives, our routines and ways of living. All have been curtailed because of this COVID-19 global pandemic. We all need time to re-adjust and a period of personal and professional recalibration. 

Worry is understandable, but excessive worry can become a problem if we do not take the early steps and time to process our thoughts, assess the facts and remain proactive, attentive and positive. Sticking closely to the government recommendations of personal hygiene, washing our hands regularly and practicing social distancing are all important instructions that will help to tackle the spread of the virus and save lives. Doing these things together will help us all to manage our personal circumstances with much more confidence. This is how we maintain our sense of balance and personal equilibrium. Below are some resources that you may find useful at this time.

Rev. Claudette Douglas

Faith at SOAS

SOAS is not only a centre for the academic study of religions and cultures at the heart of a great world city, it is also a community of people where individuals are free to live out their faith in an open and encouraging environment. 

If you need help in finding the nearest place of worship for you, or if you are interested in exploring faith, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of the people listed on the Chaplaincy page.

Prayer Rooms available at SOAS for Students

There are Prayer Rooms available at both of our Campuses. The prayer rooms in Russell Square are dedicated to Muslims only, segregated into Room L65 (in the basement) for Male Muslim Prayer and the Brunei Gallery Prayer Room for Female Muslim Prayer.