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Student chaplain at UiS

A new student chaplain will start in August. In the meantime, if you wish to talk to a priest, please contact your local parish.

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Leni Mæland, student chaplain

Every now and then, when things become just a bit too much, we all need someone to talk to.

There may be a number of reasons why. You may be facing difficult problems, questions or choices.

You may be facing situations that are difficult, or are catching you at a low ebb, and you don't quite know how to tackle them.

Perhaps you've been let down in love, or you're mourning someone who is lost to you. You may be wondering about your life and future, and need help to organise your thoughts and identify what you're good at.

Or perhaps you just want to sit down and have a chat with someone who has time for you!

Life is complicated for all of us, including students. Some days can be more difficult than others. It can sometimes help to talk to someone about difficult choices, complicated thoughts or negative feelings. Maybe you just need someone to lend a sympathetic ear? Perhaps you would like to talk about God, about faith or doubt, or would like someone to pray for you?

The student chaplain will be there for you. Please get in touch if you would like to talk about your life, if you're struggling with something or even if everything is going well. The chaiplain will treat everything confidentially.

Emergency preparedness 

The student chaplain is also part of the emergency preparedness team at UiS, mainly to offer psychosocial support work in the event of death, accidents or emergencies.

Quiet room

Sometimes we need a room that is different. A place of refuge from what can sometimes be a hectic world. A place where we can be free from requirements and expectations. A place to gather our thoughts. A place for quiet, rest, prayer, meditation and reflection. If so, the Quiet Room is here for you.

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The room is always open and is open to everyone.

You can find it on the 1st floor of the Arne Rettedal Building, V-212. The room is always open – to everyone.

Monday Mass

Every Monday, students are invited to Monday Mass in the Quiet Room from 14.00–14.15. The Monday Mass is a short service with Holy Communion and is a spiritual pause in our busy lives. Someone usually stays behind after the Monday Mass and is available to talk about matters great and small.

Other religions

I am employed by the Church of Norway, but that does not mean that I am only available to members of that church. I am here for everyone – whether you are a believer or not. Or if you are agnostic.

There are many denominations in the multicultural environment of UiS. The Quiet Room in the Arne Rettedal Building is a quiet room for everyone. There is also a Quiet Room in Kjølv Egelands Building, room C-122. If you belong to another religious community or religion, I may also be able to put you in contact with members of that faith.

Student welfare

You won't believe how many people that want you to enjoy your time as a student.

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You can get a glimpse of this network during the Fadder festival week. I have joined in with the spirit of it, and work with the Fadder team on activities ranging from helicopter sightseeing, to uphill running, to a Christian welcome service. During Fadder week, you will be able to meet most of the numerous student organisations, and the Christian service is a chance to meet Stavanger's various student parishes and student Christian organisations.

The student organisation StOr also organises many excellent events. It's well worth coming along to their "Coffee around the world" and Cinema Lottery meetings, which are held every Thursday at 2 pm in the Book Cafe. These are very international occasions, and are a great opportunity to meet students from all over the world and to win one of eight cinema tickets for the film showing that evening.

With the number of international students at Stavanger growing all the time, I have become more involved with the Unit for Student Services, and work with them during International Orientation Week and International Day. I also work with StOr during its "Lys i (eksamens) mørke" (Light in the [exam] darkness) campaign in December. And of course I have to mention the Student Welfare Association (SiS) that attends to many aspects of student welfare in Stavanger. Particularly important here is their work with SiS Health, holding regular meetings, stands and the "Trekk pusten" (catch your breath) spring exam campaign.

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