September 2017 Campus Ministry … news from Rev Anne
The school year is fast upon us, and the U of A Interfaith Chaplains are hard at work preparing. Our first meeting welcomed a prospective new chaplain from the Ismaili Muslim community: Salima Versi. We anticipate 3 new chaplains in total, the others being Anglican and Eastern Orthodox. As well, we learned that Rick van Manen is only with us for 1 more semester – after which he leaves for a full-time teaching position in his beloved Korea.
Many of us had the honour of joining University Chancellor Doug Stollery for lunch in his Convocation Hall office on August 22nd. This is a first in the history of the Chaplains’ Association – and it was a positive opportunity. The Chancellor was interested to learn about the individual and collective work of the chaplains on campus – and to let us know about the changes being made to the language in University Ceremonies like Convocation. Great strides are being made to use globally inclusive language. I think you’ll find it to be very ‘free thinker friendly’ – and that’s a good thing for a public university, dedicated to serving the public good! In addition, the very real and tender issues of mental health, spiritual health, injustice and inequality were frankly present in our conversation.
I’m excited to see what unfolds this year – and to make deeper connections at the University. Thank you all, so much, for your continued support of this intriguing ministry.
In faith and hope,
Reverend Anne Barker
UU U of A Chaplain