About Geoff Boyce:
Geoff Boyce is Chaplain at Large, based at Pilgrim Uniting Church in the City of Adelaide, South Australia. He retired from chaplaincy at Flinders University in January 2017 and now works independently with others concerned for human flourishing, drawing on his experience of establishing Oasis at Flinders University.
In 2016, a colleague described Geoff as follows:
Following 25 years as a Secondary School teacher, in 1997 Geoff embarked on a vocation of spiritual care to the staff and student body at Flinders University…Geoff’s approach to spiritual care has been inclusive, profoundly hospitable, innovative and courageous. Under his leadership the work of chaplaincy at the university has transformed from the palliative care of a diminishing and outdated religious construct to a vibrant engagement with the spirituality of everyday campus life.
Dr Phil Daughtry
Head of School, Humanities and Social Sciences
Tabor College, Adelaide.
Oasis evolved from the Religious Centre at Flinders University in South Australia over a ten year period in response to the dominance of a competitive, exclusionary religious group, at a time of increasing religious diversity.
It was launched by the Chairperson of the SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, now Governor of SA, Mr Hieu Van Le, in April 2008.
In 2013, Oasis was embraced within the administrative structures of the University and in 2015 moved into a purpose-built facility, reflecting its aims of offering hospitality, fostering inclusion and inspiring a culture of care.
Oasis aims to provide a safe, inclusive drop-in centre, facilitated by a team of volunteers who enable interpersonal, intercultural and interfaith respect, support and understanding.
Encouraged by this friendly, informal environment, students met, make connections, and found friendship and support. The students also created initiatives of their own that advanced human flourishing.
Oasis also supported initiatives by staff, hosting inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural, and inter-religious endeavour in keeping with the Oasis ethos.
Geoff offered its experiences of innovation and transformation to the wider local, national and international community.
In retirement, Geoff Boyce offers his knowledge, connections and experience in creating opportunities for interfaith and intercultural human flourishing.
He is Chaplain at Large with Pilgrim Uniting Church in the City and a foundation participant of Happynings a network of independent ‘social entrepreneurs from the heart.’
Geoff is a member of the Advisory Committee for Student Wellbeing And Prevention of Violence research centre (SWAPv) at Flinders University and continues to provide support and occasional workshops for International Social Work postgraduate students.
He has been a member of the national body of the Uniting Church’s Relations with Other Faiths Working Group since 2008.