Faith and spirituality play an important role in the wellbeing of many of us; from religious traditions, to specific practices, as well as our musings on motivation, meaning, relationships, ethics, values and life! At Oasis we aim to foster our religious and spiritual identities, as well as celebrate our diversity.
There are multiple ways to engage and connect spiritually at Oasis;
chaplains are available for confidential one on one support.
The Flinders University Chaplaincy team oversees the centre’s spiritual and religious life, offering a listening ear, or networking you in with other university services or outside faith groups.
Our Chaplaincy team is welcoming of people all faiths and none. Our role is to support you in your faith and spiritual journey – not ours. All of the team are trained and accredited leaders within their faith traditions, and together we uphold a multi-faith approach. The Chaplaincy team offers a caring presence to all staff and students at the University; encouraging spirituality, offering hospitality and creating community. We do this by embracing our diversity, encouraging conversation and respecting our similarities and differences. Our role is to encourage a spiritual life within the University. Our key aim is to help you get the most out of your time at Flinders University.
Our Chaplains, as well as our multi-faith liaisons are available for one-on-one consultation for your questions and concerns in matters of faith, spirituality, values, ethics, relationships, and the self. All encounters are confidential. Please contact the chaplaincy team via one of the chaplains. See their profile for contact details.
Many Flinders University faith and religious groups find a home at Oasis, as do programs promoting spiritual wellbeing. You can find out more about the Flinders religious and spiritual groups by visiting the FUSA Clubs page.
Central to the Oasis ethos is providing a place of welcome, inclusivity, and hospitality. It is our hope that Oasis is a place where we can share together what makes us human, both our differences and similarities, as well as our hopes for ourselves and the world.
Dave is the Coordinating Chaplain of Oasis and an ordained minister of the Uniting Church in Australia. Dave has been a chaplain with Oasis for 5 years, with time spent previously at the University of South Australia and the University of Wollongong. He helps to oversee and promote our many expressions of faith, spirituality and religion as an important aspect of well-being. Dave runs weekly meditation based on mindfulness traditions on Wednesdays and Fridays. To get in touch with Dave email him – email@example.com or pop in and see him on Wednesdays or Fridays.
Toh is an Adelaide based pastor of Vineyard Churches Australia. Toh grew up in multicultural Malaysia and came to Australia as an international student to the University of NSW graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), and Bachelor of Optometry. He also has a Diploma of Theology and Cert 4 in Frontline Management. Toh has a cross- cultural marriage and has been living in Australia for more than 30 years. Toh is passionate about cross-cultural learning, student well-being and harmony in diversity. Toh runs the Tuesday Conversation Group. You can get in contact with Toh on: firstname.lastname@example.org or see him at Oasis on Thursdays from 1.30-3.30pm.
Maria is an Adelaide based pastor of Vineyard Churches Australia. Maria has a nursing background and has worked for 20 years in Intensive Care Units. As a chaplain Maria enjoys being alongside students and staff to listen, encourage and facilitate a culture of care. Maria holds a Bachelor in Nursing, Masters in Clinical Education, and a Masters in Ministry. Maria is married and has one son, she likes to relax watching movies, eating great food, and loves to be creative in various ways. Maria is located primarily on Sturt Campus where she also teaches on a casual basis. To speak with Maria, email her on email@example.com and she’ll organise a mutually agreeable time. She looks forward to seeing you soon! All the best for your university adventure.
Religious liaisons, mentors and leaders
Whilst they may not be on campus, our network of religious liaisons, mentors and leaders are more than happy to assist.
Salim Kalaniya (Muslim Liaison)
Mohammed Salim Kalaniya is an Oasis Muslim community contact. He works in the field of IT and has a keen interest in multifaith & interfaith dialogue, community development and support for international students. He is a Justice of the Peace for SA and his JP services are available weekly at the Hindmarsh Library. Being our Muslim Liaison he is willing to answer your queries related to Islam and Muslims. Contact Salim via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky (Jewish Liaison)
Shoshana Kaminsky is the rabbi of Beit Shalom Progressive Synagogue in Hackney and also volunteers to support Jewish communities across Indonesia. While she is not on campus at Flinders, she is happy to be contacted by Jewish students and can also connect them with Jewish families in Adelaide for festival celebrations. She is available via email: email@example.com
Abul Farooque (Muslim mentor)
Abul was born in Calcutta, India. He gained a Masters Degree in Islamic History and Culture from Calcutta University, before gaining a PhD in the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Abul taught at Flinders University in the School of Education and Department of Asian Studies for 27 years. Abul was President of the South Australian Multi-faith Association and joined Oasis after his retirement. Abul served as the Muslim Chaplain with Oasis for many years, before taking a step back to offer himself as a mentor and liaison. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect and participate
Oasis Quiet Space
The Oasis quiet space offers a moment of solitude and reflection in what can be a busy campus. It is used for group meditation and prayer, but is available for personal reflection and contemplation.
Meditation takes place weekly in our quiet space. Drawing on principles of mindfulness based meditation, these few moments help to focus, renew, and de-stress.
Prayer rooms and Friday prayer
The prayer rooms at Oasis are dedicated for Muslim prayer. We also provide information on prayer rooms in other parts of the university. Each Friday the community gathers in the Oasis common room for Friday Prayer.
- Flinders multifaith welcome ceremony
- Memorials and vigils
- Festivals and celebrations
- Common table multifaith meal
- Eid Celebration
Faith and Sexuality
Looking to explore faith and human sexuality in a safe context:
Christian: Unity and Friends – www.unityandfriends.unitingchurch.org.au
Muslim: Imam Muhsin Hendricks – Via Skype: www.sydneyqueermuslims.org.au/talk-to-queer-imam/
Flinders Uni Culture and Faith-based Clubs
- Evangelical Students
- Muslim Association (FUMA)
- Overseas Christian Fellowship
Here’s some religious organizations and faith communities to connect with:
Multifaith SA: www.multifaithsa.org.au
- Buddha House: www.buddhahouse.org
- Buddhist Society of SA: www.buddhistsocietysa.org.au
- Anglican: www.adelaideanglicans.com
- Baptist: www.sabaptist.asn.au
- Catholic: www.adelaide.catholic.org.au
- Churches of Christ: www.churchesofchrist-sa.org.au
- Greek Othordox: www.greekorthodox.org.au
- Lutheran: www.sa.lca.org.au
- Pentecostal: www.saacc.org.au
- Salvation Army: www.salvationarmy.org.au/sa
- Religious Society of friends (Quakers) www.quakersaustralia.org.au
- Uniting: www.sa.uca.org.au
- Shri Ganesha Temple: www.shriganeshatempleadelaide.com.au
- Shree Swaminarayan Temple: www.swaminarayanadelaide.org
- Beit Shalom Synagogue: bshalomadel.com
- Adelaide Hebrew Congregation Synagogue: www.adelaidehebrew.com.au
- Islamic Association of SA www.islamicsocietysa.org.au
- Muslim Women’s Association of SA: www.mwasa.org.au/wp/
- Sikh Society of SA: www.sikhssa.org.au