Building community is about people. In coming to the University of Stirling it is my hope that we can build community together by each of us being the best we can be. It is about valuing our authentic selves, ‘loving each other as we love ourselves.’ My role is not to stand apart, as a facilitator or organiser, but rather to become a community member in a community where decisions are shared, the direction is chosen together, and we all live as well as we can, with holistic spiritual and mental well-being. Whatever our life stance, religion, or belief we can build a community that includes everyone and means we are there for each other through the ups and downs of semester at Stirling.
While Chaplaincy is closed on campus, we can find new ways to do familiar things. Living well is all about making connections. We make connections online, in person and through activity. I have a few ways you can connect with me. Patches 4 Peace is a sewing group which may meet in a socially distanced setting or may meet online in our new COVID 19 world.
And we have the Student Community Garden where we can make connections with the earth, water, plants and work together for a better environment.
I am also the founder of the Inclusion Church, an ecclesial community of the Church of Scotland which meets online. This is a church that expresses God’s love for all people in radical inclusion through looking at Jesus and the Outsiders and also living a life of God’s love in our world.