Regional campus services

Chris Parnell - Chaplain

Albury-Wodonga

The Chaplaincy service at the Albury-Wodonga campus is offered by a team from some of the town's churches to support students and staff. The Chaplaincy Coordinator works full time but shares her time between La Trobe and Charles Sturt universities. Volunteers who have been selected and trained may be available to staff the office when she is not on campus. Chaplaincy provides opportunities for peace, for prayer and for reflection on issues of faith and life. It also works with the Wodonga Student Association to provide practical support for students in need. In the winter, local church members provide free ‘winter warmers’ – gloves, hats, scarves, woolly socks etc. at The Pantry located in the Hangar.

The chaplains will refer students and staff to clergy or appropriate leaders of other religious traditions on request.

Groups and activities
The Albury-Wodonga Chaplaincy offers hospitality on a drop-in basis, or by appointment, with someone to listen to your concerns in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  Chaplains will help you to reflect on issues from a faith perspective if that is what you need, or just offer a ‘listening ear’ if you need someone to talk to, to help sort things out in your mind. From time to time, chaplaincy also coordinates activities such as labyrinths and mandalas, often in association with special days or weeks on campus.

Office
Room 4238, upstairs in Administration Building 4
(near Counselling)
T: (02) 6024 9753

Multifaith Prayer and Reflection Room

Room 4250 (upstairs in Administration building 4)

This room is close to the disabled accessible toilet which can be used for ablutions prior to Muslim prayer, but is also available for anyone who wants a quiet place for prayer or reflection.

It is bright and airy, contains chairs and floor cushions, has a CD player with restful music and sounds from nature CDs, a range of pictures on the walls as a focus for your thoughts and a number of meditation tools that you can use and can be locked from the inside if you do not want to be disturbed.

Rev. Dr Judy Redman

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Reverend Dr Judy Redman is a Uniting Church minister who has coordinated chaplaincy for the Albury-Wodonga campuses of both Charles Sturt and La Trobe Universities for seven years. Prior to this, she was chaplain to the University of New England for nine years and to Monash Gippsland (now Federation University) for nearly six years.

She is interested in contemplative spirituality and mindfulness and facilitates labyrinths on campus on a regular basis. She is also actively interested in interfaith dialogue and ecotheology. Her doctoral research was on how what we know about human memory affects how we understand the differences in versions of Jesus’s parables in different gospels and she is now editing the thesis for publication. She also enjoys cooking, sewing, knitting and walking for exercise.

Judy is on La Trobe campus on Mondays and Wednesdays but available by phone or email the rest of the week or by appointment on campus on Fridays.

M: 0437 044579
E: j.redman@latrobe.edu.au

Shepparton

Chris Parnell

An Interfaith minister who has been involved in interfaith and multifaith activities for nearly 30 years, Chris has served as a Police Chaplain, CFA Chaplain, Industry Chaplain and Prison Chaplain for several years. He has a Batchelor of Theology, Diploma of Ministry, training in pastoral care and related qualifications. He is Executive Officer of the Shepparton Interfaith Network. Chris is also actively interested ethnic and multicultural affairs and participates in the Victorian Council of Churches Emergency Ministry.