Our Residential Community Chaplains provide the SMU community with a more accessible pastoral presence. The Residential Community Chaplains (RCC) program is coordinated by The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, in collaboration with Residence Life and Student Housing, and provides support and resources to RAs, RCDs, FiRs, and residents who seek their guidance.
RCCs desire to listen to staff and students with a neutral and compassionate perspective. They can help provide guidance in areas of ethics, hospitality, self-understanding, spiritual direction, social activism, vocational discernment, resident issues, and personal issues. They are also available for help with community programs and workshops.
Interested in becoming a RCC?
The RCC is expected to:
- Be a seminary student
- Have good verbal and relational skills
- Have initiative
- Attend the monthly RCC team meetings and the biweekly meetings with mentors
- Be a team player
- Engage his/her community in service between 8-10 hours a week as described above
- Have had some Pastoral Care coursework or experience in the Pastoral Care field (desired)
- Be a servant leader
- Keep short logs of his/her experience on campus as an RCC
- Write a narrative of his/her experiences as an RCC at the end of the semester
The RCC will:
- Experience chaplaincy in the SMU campus community
- Have the opportunity to integrate his/her theological education with hands-on experience
- Participate in trainings with RLSH
- Receive support from his/her RCC colleagues during the monthly meeting
- Be assigned a mentor
- Receive a stipend for the semester/year
For more information, contact
Dr. Stephen Rankin