The Chapel and Religious Life Office offers pastoral care and spiritual direction to students of High Point University, and where appropriate and when time permits, faculty and staff.
When you might consider seeking pastoral care or spiritual direction:
- When you are questioning religious beliefs and convictions.
- When you would like to talk and pray with someone about matters that concern you.
- When you are trying to discern your career direction or sense of calling.
- When you are experiencing grief at the loss of someone you love.
- When you are reflecting on how your sexuality, sexual orientation, or gender identity relates to faith or scripture.
- When you would like to reflect on important relationships in your life, with parents, siblings, friends, or significant others.
- When you are faced with important decisions and want to reflect on how they relate to your faith and values.
- When you’re struggling with issues related to emotional, physical, abuse, or trauma.
- Important Note on referral to Counseling Office: If the concerns presented are outside of your scope of expertise of Chapel staff, Chapel staff will offer referral resources to include Counseling Services at HPU, who can also assist with off-campus resources if desired.
Here are things to keep in mind if you are seeking Pastoral Care:
- Pastoral care appointments should be made by appointment. While drop-in conversations are welcomed, if a student is seeking a longer dialogue (more than 2 to 3 minutes), we ask that you make an appointment.
- To schedule a pastoral care appointment with a chaplain, call the office at (336) 841-9132 or email one of the Clergy on staff (indicated by “Rev.” before name). Emails will be checked regularly during business hours 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday. You can expect a response the day of unless the request is made in the late afternoon (approximately after 4 pm). If request is made then, you can expect a response before noon the next day.
- IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. If you are considering self-harm or are with someone considering self harm:
- Call 911.
- Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 100-273-8255
- Contact Campus Security at 336-841-9111 (x9111) or seek care at the nearest emergency department. The nearest emergency department from campus is located at High Point Medical Center/Wake Forest Baptist Health Center at 600 North Elm Street in High Point, NC. Ask to speak to the Behavioral Health Triage Counselor upon arrival.
- Mobile Crisis, 1-855-459-9507, is also available 24/7.
- Contact Counseling Services: Ways to contact during and out of office hours.
- Confidentiality. Ordained members of the staff are confidential resources. Without your written consent, the ordained clergy staff will not disclose to anyone that you are receiving pastoral care or the content of your appointment(s). If you are over 18 years of age, confidentiality means that the ordained staff will not communicate with anyone without your signed consent. Pastoral care records are kept separate from educational and student health records.
- Exceptions to this confidentiality for the purpose of assuring best practices include case reviews and conversations between ordained clergy on staff.
- If there is clear indications of imminent danger to self or others, ordained clergy reserve the right to contact others, including HPU Counseling services, the Office of Student Life, and local authorities. Clergy are required to report the abuse or neglect of a child, elder or disabled adult.
- Ordained clergy are spiritual advisors. They ARE NOT trained psychotherapists or licensed clinicians. Clinical language is avoided in pastoral conversations. Nor should students interpret any conversation with ordained clergy as psychotherapeutic counsel.
- Pastoral clergy are listeners first and advisors second.
- Note to Parents: Clergy are happy to share with parents the programs and services of Hayworth Chapel and the Religious Life Office. Keep in mind that spiritual and faith formation is a personal decision and students must decide to participate in programming or pastoral care on their own.