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Welcome to the Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds

Important notice:

We’re sorry to announce that all our regular group activities and drop-in sessions are suspended from Wednesday 18th of March until further notice.

You can still contact us by using the form on the Contact Us page or by:
– Email to chaplaincy@leeds.ac.uk
– Leaving a voicemail on 0113 343 5071
– Phoning the out-of-hours chaplain on 07780 613 862
– Attending our virtual drop in sessions on Mondays/Tuesdays at 14:00-15:30 and Wednesdays/Fridays at 10:00-11:30 (details posted on our social media)

Up-to-date details of Chaplaincy support and activities will be posted on this website and on our social media channels:

When to contact a chaplain?

Chaplains at the Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds can support you or accompany you on occasions such as:

  •  you’re finding university life difficult and need someone to talk to
  •  you need time to think
  •  you need help in times of crisis
  •  you need to make a decision and need support in doing so
  •  you regret what has happened and need to move on
  •  someone has died and you need support
  •  you want to deepen your spiritual experience
  •  you have personal struggles or relationship problems.

Chaplains have links with specialist sources of help within the universities in Leeds and can help you to access appropriate support.

Where to Find Us?

The Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds is based in the Emmanuel Centre which is situated next to the Parkinson Building on the University of Leeds Campus, but open to staff and students from the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Arts University, and The University of Law. Drop in to relax with a cup of tea or coffee in our common room or to use the chapel for quiet contemplation and prayer. Space is bookable for your own prayer and fellowship groups.

Upcoming Events

6:30 pm Chinese Bible Fellowship for Man... @ Emmanuel Centre
Chinese Bible Fellowship for Man... @ Emmanuel Centre
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join pastors from the Leeds Chinese Christian Church to socialise and learn in your language – Mandarin. Explore the Bible and your own faith, meet other Mandarin speaking students and celebrate Chinese traditions as well as learning about British culture and traditions. Food is provided....
3:30 pm Prayer of the Heart
Prayer of the Heart
Apr 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Finish the week well with a wind-down in the chapel and prayer based on the Orthodox Prayer of the Heart. Open to all. Coffee/tea from 4.30pm. Contact assistant chaplain David Ephrem at d.berryman@leeds.ac.uk or the Chaplaincy office on 0113 343 5071 for more information.
6:30 pm Chinese Bible Fellowship – Canto... @ Emmanuel Centre
Chinese Bible Fellowship – Canto... @ Emmanuel Centre
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join pastors from the Leeds Chinese Christian Church to socialise and learn in your language – Cantonese and English groups. Explore the Bible and your own faith, meet other Mandarin speaking students and celebrate Chinese traditions as well as learning about British culture and traditions....
10:30 am Orthodox Liturgy
Orthodox Liturgy
Apr 12 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Celebrate the Liturgy in the Orthodox tradition with Fr. David Gill, visiting monthly from Nottingham. This service is conducted in English and is suitable for all denominations of Orthodoxy. Refreshments are provided after the service. Contact assistant chaplain David Ephrem at d.berryman@leeds.ac.uk or the Chaplaincy...

The Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds Team




Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Revised Common Lectionary Gospel for Palm
Sunday 6th Sunday of Lent Year A

Today there are two Gospel lesson appointed to be read

Matthew 21:1-11
1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 4 This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, 5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew 27.11-54

11 Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You say so.” 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. 15 Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. 17 So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. 19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” 24 So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” 25 Then the people as a whole answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”
26 So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. 32 As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.
33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; 36 then they sat down there and kept watch over him. 37Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads 40and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’” 44 The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way. 45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”
50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53 After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54 Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Engaging with Theology will be returning after Easter but (unless the situation changes) this will be done via Zoom. Watch this space for updates!
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Today's Psalm

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?

4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.

8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Revised Common Lectionary Gospel for 5th Sunday of Lent Year A

John 11:1-45

1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5 Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6 after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. 10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” 11 After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” 13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” 28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus began to weep. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” 38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 4 2I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Some words of encouragement from our Orthodox chaplain for everyone:

God bless all of us in this time of being cut off from the familiar in so many ways. Forgive my intrusion (and a lot of other failings and sins which, but for Christ's mercy and grace, would prevent my having a right to say anything!).
Here are some thoughts from an old man, not exclusively of, but influenced by, Christian Orthodoxy.

Others have spoken of the desert. My poor 6-week experience of desert monasticism in the beautiful and so-tragic Syria led me to see beauty in the desert where it is impossible to be bored, which is a place of encounter - shepherds and sheep and goats and above all a place to be encountered by God and all the richness of our Abrahamic inheritance - what Martin Buber called 'I and Thou'.

It is a place of challenge and potential failure. Not prepared to be still and wait, the Hebrews created their idol - a golden calf (Exodus 32). Idols may be produced in this emergency too, there is no room for a Superman or Wonder Woman. But it was not just a place of sin. It was also a place of nation-building - the people of Abraham emerged as a nation.
For us too, I pray a new nation, a new world, emerges, free of the idolatry of populism, as viruses do not know borders, ethnicity or ideology, free of the materialism which led us to create an underclass of the, now revalued, indispensable servants of our society, from the consultant in A&E to the young woman breathed over at the check-out.
For the desert is also a place of sifting. From the Jewish Exile, a remnant of people crossed the desert, changed, damaged in some ways (there is very real suffering around us), but also renewed, having shed, as we must shed, all that our I-Thou encounter would condemn in us.The heart must be renewed. (Isaiah 29:14).
In exile, gone were the temple, sacrifices, structures, cherished assumptions. But out of it came an accessible psalmology, the synagogue - a place of coming together - so important in early Christian mission, and, above all, the renewed people (Isaiah 28, 5).
We can become, our Churches can become, places where the I and the Thou encounter is renewed, places of coming together and of individually and corporately reaching out for a new unity - ultimately 'the union of all' prayed for in every Liturgy, and daily in our Orthodox prayers.

Christ Himself was 'driven' by the Holy Spirit into the desert for his 40 days of fasting and exile (Mark 1: 12).
Here, as we are, he was tempted: materialism, trickery, evil alignment, misuse of power (Luke 4: 1-13).
Pray that we emerge with a firm rejection of those idols, renewed through real change; more faithful but more open, more able to live the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5: 1-12) and to be light and salt (13-16).

Finally, cut off from Holy Communion, you may find the following prayer, by St Dimitri of Rostov, of value - I certainly do!

"Open, O doors and bolts of my heart that Christ the King of Glory may enter! Enter, O my Light and enlighten my darkness; enter, O my Life, and resurrect my deadness; enter, O my Physician and heal my wounds; enter, O Divine Fire, and burn up the thorns of my sins; ignite my inward parts and my heart with the flame of Thy Love; enter, O my King, and destroy in me the kingdom of sin; sit on the throne of my heart and alone reign in me, O Thou, my King and Lord. Amen Lord".
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
All of us here at the Chaplaincy are wishing everyone happiness, health and unity during these challenging times.

If you're finding things difficult, you can contact us by:
– Emailing chaplaincy@leeds.ac.uk
– Leaving a voicemail on 0113 343 5071
– Phoning the out-of-hours chaplain on 07780 613 862
– Attending our virtual drop in sessions on Mondays/Tuesdays at 14:00-15:30 and Wednesdays/Fridays at 10:00-11:30 (details posted on this page)
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