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READ­ERS have had a con­ver­sa­tion on face­book about our lo­cal Chap­lains.

It might be con­tro­ver­sial to say this but rather than well-mean­ing vol­un­teers at­tend­ing to ‘Pas­toral’ work the com­mu­nity might be bet­ter served to raise money to fund a prop­erly qual­i­fied trained pro­fes­sional... for the job in a vi­tal en­vi­ron­ment like a school. Reli­gion has no place in state schools whether Mus­lim, Bud­dhist or Hindu... — David Goebel

David, they are not vol­un­teers. They ARE trained and paid... Chap­pies

play a vi­tal role in mak­ing our stu­dents ready for ef­fec­tive learn­ing. They are not per­mit­ted to dis­cuss re­li­gious prac­tices or ide­ol­ogy... — Terri McMen­i­man ■ I see what you’re say­ing per­haps they should use an­other name like ‘pub­lic school at­ten­dants’, ‘civil school part­ners’ or ‘guid­ance aids’ rather than use ‘chap­lain’ or ‘chap­pies’ which is de­fined as: ‘a mem­ber of the clergy at­tached to pri­vate chapel, in­sti­tu­tion, school, ship or reg­i­ment’... — David Goebel

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