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Health and wellbeing

Religion and spirituality

The York St John chaplaincy provides spaces and opportunities for reflection, listening, confidential support, prayer, worship, meditation, socialising and spiritual exploration.

Blossom on tree in the Peace Garden

York St John is a University with a Church of England Foundation. As such:

  • We maintain a regular presence of Christian prayer worship, and witness within the University community.
  • We are here in times of joy and sadness for the whole campus community.
  • We are committed to a loving and inclusive acceptance of people of all faiths and none.
  • We believe in sharing an open, honest and respectful dialogue with one another.
  • We maintain a vibrant connection with our neighbours in the wider spiritual life of the City of York.
  • We provide confidential pastoral care for students and staff alike.

Get in touch

Whatever your faith position, situation, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation we offer hospitality, support and friendship. The Chaplaincy is a space where you can bring your own concerns and discuss them freely. The University Chaplain and a voluntary team of Faith Advisers representing all major faiths and spiritual traditions are available to talk to.

Our university Chaplain is Reverend Jane Speck. You can visit the chaplaincy office during the week in CP007, next to the Japanese Peace Garden.

You can also get in touch by contacting

Report and support

Hate crimes are never okay. All staff, students and visitors can report incidents anonymously on the Report and Support website.

If you’re not sure about something you’ve witnessed or experienced, York St John's Chaplain Jane Speck is available to speak to. Our Faith Advisers are also here to offer support:

All conversations are confidential.

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