With the loss of the Milham Ford Building to make way for our new buildings, the College Chapel moved to a temporary location for the duration of the building work. A new multi-faith room, called The Sanctuary, will be available when our new building opens in Autumn 2020. This will be an inviting and inclusive space, to which all members of College, of all faiths and none, will be welcome. The decision reflects St Hilda’s continued commitment to inclusivity. From Michaelmas Term 2020, Suzan Meryem Rosita Kalayci will be College Chaplain and the inaugural Director of The Sanctuary. Meryem is a Quaker, and we believe that she is not only the first Director of a designated multifaith room in an Oxford college but also the first Quaker to be appointed Chaplain of an Oxford college.
Many students participate in the wider religious life of the University, in churches, University prayer and meeting rooms, and other college chapel choirs. Almost all faith groups are represented by University student societies and it is possible for people of all faiths to find a spiritual base. The Hindu Mandal in Oxford is very near College, as is the Central Oxford Mosque. There is a University Jewish Chaplaincy, and an Oxford Synagogue. For these and other places of worship, please see the University's Equality and Diversity webpages.