Chaplaincy Services in Canadian Universities
Chaplaincy by Province
Chaplaincy Services in Universities in Canada
Many universities, colleges, and community colleges offer some sort of chaplaincy services to their student and employee population. These services can range from church worship to outreach services.
Almost all large schools, and most of the smaller schools, offer Church services. Depending on the faiths represented, services can be daily, weekly, or more sporadic. Most of the large schools located in multi-cultural cities such as Toronto or Vancouver service all faiths. Faiths represented include Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Unitarian, Baha’ě, Jewish, Hillel, Sikh, Zen, and Buddhist. In schools where a particular faith is not represented but students are interested in practicing it or learning more, chaplains will make available contact information outside the school system for that faith. Several schools have now made their worship services available on-line as videos or podcasts. Others have blogs or Facebook pages set up.
While schools will have dedicated academic, career, and personal counselors on-staff, chaplaincy services offer an additional level of personal support. While their support is primarily faith-based (ie. for religious matters), they will also offer personal counseling of a non-faith-based nature. In some smaller schools, chaplains already double as the school counselor.
Outreach can range from community service to traveling overseas. Common community services include serving meals to the homeless, volunteering at shelters, public lectures, prison visits, and bereavement support.
Many Bible Colleges, as part of their mandate, specialize in outreach services, particularly Missionary services in other countries. In some cases participation in these outreach services is mandatory for all students, and Missionary services can sometimes count for credit.
Purely social events without a religious slant are also organized through chaplaincy services. Movie nights, seminars, teaching, drama classes, and collaboration with other student services and clubs are offered.