Campus Chaplains Association
Campus Chaplain Association contacts
What we are all about
We are a multi-faith organization reflecting the multi-ethnic/multi-faith complexion of the University of Toronto. We help make the connections between an intellectual understanding of spirituality and living the reality of faith. We are there at critical moments to facilitate rites of passage -- weddings, funerals, memorial services.
We offer spiritual support from a holistic perspective.
We are not bound by being part of the academic reporting system of the university.
We are committed to helping people (students, staff and faculty) grow to wholeness through a search for meaning in life, an exploration of spiritualities and an examination of moral and ethical issues.
Four good reasons ... to include the Campus Chaplains in your U of T experience:
Survive and Thrive at U of T: The demands on students, faculty and staff at U of T are exciting and enormous. Course workloads reflect the increasing complexity of our culture. Funding cut-backs now require expanded job expectations. We need the caring support of one another, the pastoral care of trained counsellors and opportunities for prayer and meditation. The Campus Chaplains are here to care for you. Call on us.
Justice and Ethics: How can a deeper understanding of the great religious moral imperatives e.g. Love your neighbour, Car for the Earth) contribute to creating a more just and compassionate society? Each of our religious groups has a wealth of tradition and literature to study and savour, offering inspiration to act ethically and wisely. Join us in reflection and action.
Worship - Communal Awe and Thanksgiving: Who are we in the universe? Where have I come from? Where am I going? How do I account for the good/bad in my life? These are not problems to be solved but mysteries with which we all live. In the community gathered we can inspire and support each other to live graciously -- even without all the answers. You are welcome to join as we gather to worship.
Pluralism: Easy day we come into contact with people of different belief systems and different cultural backgrounds. Each of the CCA's religious groups is searching for new ways to live peacefully with its neighbours. You are invited to join us in exploring this challenge and opportunity for our society.
Call the Chaplains: Feel free to call or e-mail us whenever you have questions or want to connect:
To find community on campus
For events information (retreats, religious celebrations, forums on critical issues)
For interest and discussion groups (regular groups meet throughout the year)
For worship opportunities on campus (many groups hold regular worship services)
Rev. Gene Morishita-Miki
Father Chris Cauchi
416 979-2468 x 223
Erin Kinsella, Associate Director of Campus Ministry
Sonal Castelino, Associate Director of Graduate Programs, RCIA, and Confirmation
416-979-2468 x 244
St. Michael's College
Marilyn Elphick, RN, M.Div.
Christian Reformed/ Graduate Christian Fellowship
Rev. Geoff Wichert
Ecumenical Chaplaincy - Presbyterian and United Church
Rev. Ralph Carl Wushke, Th. M.
Mary Beaty BEd MLS
Gail McCabe Phd RSSW
Hindu Campus Ministry/Hindu Dharma Mission (Canada)
Pandit Suraj Persad
Hindu - Vedanta Society
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship
Tony Lai International Student Ministry
Allison Taylor (St. George)
Jewish/Hillel - Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life
Imam Abdul Hai Patel
Native - First Nations House
Elder Andrew Wesley
Father Nicholas Young
Pagan (Celtic and Reconstructionist Traditions)
Brian Walsh, BA, MPhil, ACPC
Catherine Star, High Priestess
Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa
Rev. Jeffrey Brown
Aggressive Religious Recruiting
Most students’ experience with faith-based groups recognized by the University of Toronto will be a positive one. There may be, however, some high-pressure religious groups of which students should be aware. Some students may find themselves being approached from a member of one of these group; students who are lonely, having a difficult time socially or are not doing well academically are particularly vulnerable.
The following questions may be helpful in determining whether a group is right for you:
1. Does the group seem too perfect? Do people agree and accept all orders cheerfully?
2. In the group, do you find yourself without enough private time? Enough nourishment? Enough sleep?
3. Does the group say that your parents and friends cannot understand or help you with religious matters?
4. Is it unacceptable to have doubts about what the group teaches or does? Is doubt seen as a sign of weakness?
5. Does the group view all aspects of your former life as bad? Is the group reluctant to accept you as you are? Do you feel pressure to change?
6. Is it proper to deceive people for the sake of the group?
7. Are you uncomfortable with the group’s attitude towards women or a particular racial or ethnic group?
8. Does the group encourage you to put their meetings before all other commitments, including studying?
For a list of recognized spiritual and faith communities on campus, go to ulife.utoronto.ca