Anglican Chaplaincy Ethos

The University coat of arms, with the motto written across a book which symbolises wisdom and learning.

We follow the teachings of Jesus the Christ, who taught 2,000 years ago that we should love God with heart, soul, mind and strength; and love our neighbour as ourself.

We believe that in doing our best to abide by the teaching of Christ, we are responding to the University motto: Lucem Sequimur - We follow the light.

We are a community of Prayer, Hospitality, Compassion and Study that hopes to be inclusive, non-judgemental, compassionate and to offer a warm welcome to all - irrespective of creed, race, gender or sexuality.

Our congregations are, naturally, predominantly of University students, but by no means exclusively and there is no membership 'requirement' or age limit! We welcome everyone - staff, students and members of the public.

The students among us study different subjects (we are not all theologians) and we come from different countries, socio-economic backgrounds and approaches - atheist, agnostic, Methodist, Anglican, Anglo-Catholic, Baptist, Catholic, evangelical, charismatic, Lutheran, Buddhist and Jewish (and this list is not exhaustive).

Some of us are just embarking on tentative explorations - questioning what it is we believe, while others feel a strong and clear calling - even towards ordination. Everyone is welcome to receive the Eucharist, but there is no expectation to do so; some of us receive a blessing and some remain in our seats.

We also differ politically, with a quick poll revealing conservative, liberal democrat, labour and green voters amongst us in the last election.

As such we hold various views and approaches which are mutually respected - it often leads to lively, fascinating and enlightening discussion! - but always in the spirit of friendship.

So if you are thinking of coming along to a service or event, and wonder if you will 'fit in', we are already a diverse bunch. Everyone has their own 'story' which is unique to them, and yours will be very welcome. It is absolutely fine to simply come along and observe, and see what you think.

With the exception of Mondays at the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel between 8am-8.30am, all chapel services on both the St Luke's and Streatham campuses are open to everyone: staff, students, alumni, and members of the public.

We worship in two beautiful chapels, in a variety of different ways - ranging from the choral splendour of the Anglican Cathedral tradition led by our magnificent chapel choir, to a more informal and contemplative expression, inspired by Taizé music and Celtic heritage.

There is a continual rhythm of prayer in the chapels throughout the week ensuring that the ancient wisdom of listening to the voice of God is upheld in the heart of the University.

Throughout the year we regularly gather together to share food, go on trips or take part in events around the University or further afield.

We have close ties with a number of churches in Exeter, especially the Cathedral, and some of our members attend other churches in addition to those on campus - we also have members who are not part of the University but live locally, a choir that is just starting to spread its international wings, and a growing alumni network.

These elements help to create a wider sense of community and fellowship that extends beyond the church, beyond the city, and even around the world.