Faith and Spiritual Practice - Local places of worship
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
As we are all experiencing the effects of social distancing or self-quarantine, it is important to look after mind, body and spirit. I have included a few links below which people can check out for tips and things you can do to promote your own health and well-being – as well as the people that you support. Here are some extra resources that will help you maintain your wellbeing during this period.
- Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this free online course from FutureLearn.
- My Possible Self provides a range of self-help modules using established forms of therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), problem solving therapy, positive psychology and interpersonal therapy.
- Ten stress-reduction techniques via My Possible Self.
- Understand stress and learn techiques to manage and reduce stress in this free online course from ProProfs.
- To find faith-based support in your borough: London Boroughs Faiths Network
If you feel you need extra support contact the Chaplaincy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can arrange a telephone consolation for those who require it.
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 this 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.
RIGPA Budhist Meditation Centre: 330 Caledonian Road, N1, 020 7700 0185
North London Buddhist Centre: 72 Holloway Road, London N7 Contact the North London Buddhist Centre
Websites for more info:
e-mail: email@example.com Russell Square, Room F403 020 7838 4945
Will provide information about Anglican, Catholic and Baptist churches near SOAS
American Church in London
- Whitefield Memorial Church (non-denominational / evangelical)
79a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1P 9HB.
Station: Goodge Street.
Website: The American Church in London
- Bloomsbury Central Church
Where: 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP
Station: Tottenham Court Road
Website: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
- King’s Cross Baptist Church
Vernon Square WC1
020 7837 3976
Service: Sun 11am
Drop in Centre Mon – Wed 11.00 – 13.00
Church of England
- All Saints Church
Carnegie Street N1
020 7837 0720
Services: Sunday 10.30am.
- Holy Cross Church
Cromer St WC1
020 7278 5776
Services: Sunday 9.00 and 10.30am.
St. George's Parish Church
Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2SA under the heading of the Church of England.Contact: www.stgeorgesbloomsbury.org.uk
- St Pancras Old Church
Pancras Way NW1
020 7387 0840
Council of African and Afro-Caribbean Churches
- 020 7274 5589
- St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square 020 7925 0755 11.00-15.30
- Westbourne Road, London N7
020 609 7020
Korean Anglican congregation
- The Swedish Church , 6-11 Harcourt Street, London W1 020 7723 5681
- The International Lutheran Student Centre, Thanet Street, London WC1 020 738 4044
- St Marys And Saint Georges German Lutheran Church, 10 Sandwich Street WC1
020 8778 7625
- Kings Cross Methodist Church
Services: Sun 11am
- Chinese Methodist Church
Cresfield Street WC1
020 7833 1432 Services Sun 13.00
- 1A Newton Avenue W3 8AJ
South Acton Station
- Friends House
173 Euston Road
0207 663 1017
- Newman House
Central University Catholic Chaplaincy
111 Gower Street
London WC1E 6AR
Sunday Masses: 10.30am, 7.30pm
- The Blessed Sacrament
157 Copenhagen Street, London N1 0SR
(close to Vernon Square)
Sunday Masses: (Sat 7pm,) 9am, 11am, 6.30pm
Catholic Church of The Blessed Sacrament
- Regent Hall
275 Oxford Circus W1W 6HU
- Ukranian Catholic Cathedral
21 Binney Street, W1K 5BQ
- Regent Square United Reformed Church
Regent Square WC1
020 7837 6523
Services: Sun 11.00
- Islington United Reformed Church
120 St Paul's Road, N1 2LR
020 7226 4690
- Shree Swaminarayan Mandir: 105 - 119 Brentfield Road, Neasden NW10 8JP, 020 8965 2651
- Archway Murugan Temple: 220A Archway Road, Highgate, London N65 5BA, 020 8348 9835
- Hindu Centre: 39 Grafton Terrace, London NW5 4JA
- Radha Krishna Temple: 10 Soho Street, London W1V 5DA, 020 7437 3662
Websites for more info: National Hindu Students Forum and Clickwalla.com
- Muslim World League: 46 Goodge Street, London W1T 4LU
- Al-nehar Mosque & Education Centre: 70 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DP, 020 7833 5959
- Central Mosque Trust & Islamic Cultural Centre: London NW8 7RG
- Harringey Mosque: London N8 0NA
- Holborn Muslim Community Association: London EC1N 7RR
- Kings Cross Mosque & Islamic Centre: London N1 1DW
- North London Central Mosque Finsbury Park: London N4 2OH
- Regents Park Mosque: 146 Park Street, Regents Park, Nearest station: Baker Street
- Bengali Residents Association: Sandfield Centre, Cromer Street (corner of Loxham St) WC1, 020 7833 4232
Information is also available from the SOAS Islamic Society.
New Religious Movements
You may come across representatives of New Religious Movements, which are sometimes referred to as ‘cults’. They may actively approach students who are new to University and particularly those new to London. If you are approached and feel uncertain or want to know more about the organisation, its beliefs or practices you are recommended to contact:
- Inform (INFORM)
This organisation holds the most comprehensive information about New Religious Movements and can offer support to those involved with such groups.
- Sikh Sangha Gurdwara Society, 68 Gloucester Drive, London N4
020 8800 9923
- Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) London, 62 Queensdale Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W11 4SG
020 7402 4696
Great Portland Street, London W1 020 7580 1355
Smith Terrace, Smith Street, London SW3 020 7352 6046
- Finsbury Park
Green Lanes, London N4 2NT 020 8800 3526
North Road, London N6 020 8340 7655
- Hackney and East London
Mare Street, London E9 020 8985 4600
- St John’s Wood
Grove End Road, St John’s Wood, London NW8 020 7286 3638
- The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 020 7286 5181
- West Central Liberal Synagogue, Maple Street, London WlP 020 7636 7627
- New London Masorti Synagogue, Abbey Road, London NW8 020 7328 1026
Information also from the SOAS Jewish Society