Benenden has an Anglican tradition and the key Christian principle of loving our neighbour is at the heart of our shared life. Whilst maintaining its Christian roots, the Chaplaincy is fully inclusive and welcoming of people from all faiths and none. We actively encourage an open, honest and friendly dialogue, where all views are respected in a spirit of generous hospitality and mutual learning. 


First and foremost, the Chaplaincy offers a ministry of presence. The Chaplain and their team seek to be alongside students and staff, to celebrate with them in times of joy and to comfort and uphold them in times of difficulty. 

Be strong and of good courage: the Lord your God is with you.

Joshua 1.9

The Chaplaincy also helps to remind us that we are human beings, not human doings, and that our value is not bound up with our academic successes or struggles, but that we are precious simply because we exist. It is also important to simply be; the world is a busy place and taking time out to nurture the soul is really important.