"Starting a new period in one's life can be both exciting and daunting. There are always new things to learn, new relationships to forge, new opportunities to be had.
We tend to thrive in a fresh environment when we feel welcomed. In the Hebrew scriptures there is a wonderful story of an old man in the desert long ago – who we come to know as Abraham – welcoming three strangers into his tent and offering them hospitality. Abraham came to realise that these strangers represented God. Rather than the traditional understanding of God embracing humanity here was a picture of humanity making space for God.
The welcome Abraham unknowingly extended to the mysterious visitors was to change his life for ever and he knew himself to be enriched and transformed by the encounter. God in this unknown form was to bring grace, hope and peace. When we open our hearts to mystery amazing things can happen.
My hope is that your time at Kingston will be a fruitful and enjoyable one, that you will indeed feel welcomed and that you will have the capacity to welcome those new experiences that come along and shape you – in mind body and spirit. I offer my best wishes. And I hope that your time spent at the University will be full of grace, hope and peace."
The Reverend Andrew Williams
University faith adviser
We support your faith at Kingston University – we work in partnership with local faith communities to offer spiritual care to our students and staff.
We stand for:
- Support – listening, guidance, friendship and prayer.
- Community – building relationships and trust.
- Understanding – learning about our own beliefs and those of others.
- Creativity – seeing the world in new ways.
- Spirituality – exploring faith, prayer and meaning.