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 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 will be welcome. The decision reflects St Hilda’s continued commitment to inclusivity. Until then, we will continue to hold termly events in the temporary Chapel, which is also available as a quiet space for contemplation and prayer.
St Hilda's Chaplain is a member of the College's Welfare Team, and welcomes approaches from students seeking support and advice, whether relating to their religious belief and practice or more generally to pastoral matters. Each term, he holds a 'Chaplain's Chat', to which all are welcome and where he and a guest discuss these and similar issues. Our recent guests have included Anneliese Dodds MP and BBC World Affairs Editor, John Cody Fidler-Simpson CBE. Many students participate in the wider religious life of the University, in churches 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.
The College also appoints one or two undergraduate Chapel Assistants each year to assist the Chaplain in helping to organise and publicise chapel events. In addition, the Chaplain organises occasional services such as baptisms, marriages, and memorial services. In September he conducts the Annual Gaudy Service in College.
Compline is said in the Chapel every Tuesday during term time at 8pm.