New Lead Chaplain starts work

Revd Chris McDermott, newly appointed as the Lead Chaplain for the University of

Revd Chris McDermott, newly appointed as the Lead Chaplain for the University of Sussex

New Lead Chaplain starts work

Revd Chris McDermott has started work as Lead Chaplain at Sussex, following his appointment in November 2013 “to provide a focus for the spiritual life of the University community”.

Revd McDermott said: “It was great to finally arrive on the campus some months after my appointment.

“The first week was about sorting out practical admin details, setting up meetings with individuals, and getting orientated to the new work environment.

“The vibe is beginning to pick up as more students arrive for the new term.

“I am looking forward to meeting as many students and staff as possible over the next few weeks. In the meantime my door is always ajar to welcome visitors who may want to chat or simply say ’hi!’.”

A priest, mediator and trainer with a professional background in conflict-resolution and communication skills, Revd McDermott comes to Sussex from east London. Although he has lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the USA, he has spent most of his working life in a multi-faith environment in Newham and Redbridge.

From 2000-12 he was Education Team Leader at Conflict and Change, a community-development charity in the London borough of Newham.

Most recently he was acting as a consultant providing organisations with support, training or mediation around issues of communication, conflict resolution, cross-cultural dynamics and diversity.

An ordained Church of England Priest since 1996, Revd McDermott was also an assistant priest in Great Ilford, the parish where he served as curate from 1995-99.

He said: “My own spirituality has been profoundly shaped by a pluralist ethos. I have embraced a wide swathe of Christian traditions, practise zazen meditation and am nourished by wider streams of Zen and Buddhist traditions. Astanga yoga is also an important part of my spiritual practice.”

The Chaplaincy provides pastoral and spiritual support for students and staff of all faiths and none, and one of the key responsibilities of the post is to model interfaith partnership as well as to provide opportunities for worship, reflection and prayer.

Based in the Meeting House, the Chaplaincy offers services spanning a range of faiths and Christian denominations. There is also a Muslim prayer facility on campus.

Part of Revd McDermott’s role is to lead and manage the multi-faith, part-time team of chaplains, working with them to develop a model of shared ministry.

Another key part of the role is to provide pastoral support in the event of a major incident and to students and staff who are bereaved, in hospital or recovering from illness.

Posted on behalf of: Chaplaincy and Meeting House
Last updated: Monday, 13 January 2014

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