Spirituality and chaplaincy

Your time at AUT provides opportunities to learn, experience life, and explore ideas and values. AUT Spirit (spirituality and chaplaincy) encourages understanding, tolerance and harmony. We emphasise exploration and support, and we respect everyone’s spiritual views.

We take a 'multifaith' approach by pro​viding spiritual support to students from various beliefs.

Words like 'faith', 'religion' and 'spirituality' mean different things to different people. Some people identify as 'spiritual', but don't belong to any religion or faith group. Others find even the label 'spiritual' doesn't fit. ​

​​​​​​​​​​Chaplains​​

Chaplains are made up of a team of multifaith based faith and spiritual leaders. They are approachable and take an active interest in helping others in a range of practical ways like: leading prayer, meditation, scripture study, conducting lectures, or blessing spaces. You can contact them to discuss your spiritual interests. They can also assist you with personal and spiritual growth, provide information on their faith’s beliefs and practices, conduct ceremonies, discuss the meaning or purpose of life, and attend to life passages (like births, marriages, deaths). In times of crisis, uncertainty or celebration it can help to have someone to talk to, helping you to gain insight and to grow spiritually through these moments.

Clubs list on AUTSA website​

​Islamic (Muslim) Chaplain: Sheikh Rafat Najm​

Contact details

Phone 021 134 0501 (no answers for text messages)
r_najm@hotmail.com

Available on Mondays by appointment.​

Muslim Prayer Room access, opening hours and sessions

The Muslim Prayer Room is located at the City Campus on the ground floor of WU Building (corner of Wakefield and St Paul Streets).

Opening hours are:
Monday to Thursday: 12 - 1pm & 3 - 4pm
Friday: 12 - 2pm & 5 - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Access to the Prayer Room is via swipe card access, using your student ID card.
Contact Mohamed Ghazaly for access to the Muslim Prayer Room.

Jummah Friday Prayers

Summer: Session one at 1.30pm, Session two at 2pm, Session three at 2.30pm
Winter: Session one at 12.30pm, Session two at 1.30pm

Biography

Sheikh Rafat Najm is a Muslim Scholar who studied Islamic Studies at Al Azhar University, and has a BA in Law and Islamic Law (Cairo - Egypt). He came to New Zealand in 1997 and worked as an Imam of Christchurch Mosque. He is involved in Muslim youth spirituality, and organising camps and trips for Muslim youth. He has been teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies for the previous eight years. Rafat enjoys tramping, volleyball, soccer and reading. He is very pleased to meet with Muslim students, and guide them spiritually. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

​Christian Chaplain: Reverend Zibai Louis Liu

Contact details

Phone 021 163 8810​
louisliuzb@yahoo.com

Available by appointment: City Campus - Thursdays 9am to 12pm

Biography

Zibai Louis Liu is a part-time chaplain for Unitec Waitakere Campus (from 2013, to present) and also a pastor from Church of Nazarene New Zealand for Asian ministries (from 2012 to present). He is a qualified Dentist (Beijing China) who came to NZ, retrained, studied and graduated from Laidlaw College (BCNZ) with a Bachelor degree of Divinity in 2010.He also has various interests from film and photography to water sport such as sailing. And he loves languages, currently learning Korean, Japanese and Spanish.

Reverend Ravi Musuku​

Contact details

Phone 021 296 4976

ravialice@xtra.co.nz

Meetings are arranged by appointment for Wednesdays 9.30am - 12pm at City Campus.

Church Address: Immanuel City Church  202 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland 1042

Sunday Worship Service at 10.30am

Biography

Reverend Ravi Musuku is a Baptist pastor of Immanuel City Church, Auckland with a focus on migrants and international students. Ravi is also the president-elect of Baptist Churches of New Zealand. He was until recently a member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal, New Zealand.

Prior to taking up full-time Christian ministry, Ravi gained a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering. He has held positions in industry as owner-manager, principal of a technical institute and manager of a retail pharmacy. As a young born-again Christian, Ravi was active in student ministry even when he was holding positions in the industry.

Ravi migrated to New Zealand in 1998. He took up more studies in Auckland and gained a Bachelor of Theology (University of Auckland), a Pastoral Leadership Diploma (Carey Baptist College) and qualifications in Clinical Pastoral Education and Radio Ministry. Ravi has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity recently by Telugu KraistavaVedanta Vidyalayam for his lifetime contribution to the church and society in New Zealand and Oceania region.

Having been a migrant and adult student, studied and worked abroad and now living and working in New Zealand, Ravi understands the spiritual, emotional and wellbeing needs of university students. He would be delighted to have an opportunity to meet with you.

Dr Felix Tong

Contact details

Phone 0272 007 017

felixtong@mountainside.co.nz

Available by appointment: Tuesday 9.30am - 1.30pm (City Campus or online).

Church Address: Mountainside Lutheran Church 1 Harris Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1051

Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin) Services: 3pm on Saturdays

English Services: 10am on Sundays

Biography

Dr Felix Tong is an Evangelist of Mountainside Lutheran Church in Auckland, responsible for the cross-cultural ministry. Before he came to Auckland, he had served in Hong Kong Lutheran Church (as a secondary school teacher, counsellor, deacon, seminary lecturer, and the director of Family Counselling Centre) for over 20 years.

Apart from his services in the Lutheran Church in New Zealand, he is also a visiting lecturer in Concordia Theological Seminary (HK) and Alliance Bible Seminary. Felix received a bachelor’s degree in computer science (HKUST) and later gained various qualifications, including M.Soc.Sc. in Counselling (University of South Australia, Australia), M.C.S. in Christian Studies majoring in Marriage and Family Therapy (Alliance Bible Seminary, Hong Kong), and D.Min. in Spiritual Direction (Graduate Theological Foundation, USA).

Felix is a good listener and mentor. He is passionate about assisting people in discovering the presence of God in their daily lives. He experienced life-changing moments when interacting with his spiritual mentors during his early years on the university campus. Therefore, he would like to share his experience to help others grow in faith and self-development.

Chaplaincy Coordinator: Dr Janine Irvine

Contact details

Phone 09 921 9999 ext. 8877

janine.irvine@aut.ac.nz

Available in the Multifaith Room (WB246), City Campus: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.30am - 1.30pm.

Biography

Dr Janine Irvine has worked extensively with women, families, youth and immigrants from diverse backgrounds, providing pastoral care and faith-based teaching. She is also an academic and storyteller with a huge heart for people.

Janine has extensive experience in social research and has worked with tertiary institutions, government, business and nonprofit organisations. Her love of people's stories encouraged her to become a life writer, helping to research and publish stories across New Zealand. Janine completed her doctoral degree in Life Writing at Massey University, reimagining local history books as genre of community, grassroots-driven, life writing.

Janine knows what it is like to be a staff member and (graduate) student at university and understands the value of a good chat in supporting your work and studies. She'd love the opportunity to meet with you on campus.

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