I have been the United Church chaplain at UVic since 1992. Prior to coming to UVic, I served in a small First Nations community in northern BC for five years, together with my spouse Leslie. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta (Philosophy major, English minor). I hold a Masters degree in Theology with the Vancouver School of Theology, and a Masters degree in Applied Behavioral Science through the Leadership Institute of Seattle.
As a chaplain I work with the university community as counselor, spiritual companion, teacher, and presider at worship services, weddings and memorials. I enjoy the challenge of representing my faith community on campus.
Sometimes I am asked why the university should concern itself with religion or spirituality -- often it is assumed that religion and spirituality belong only in churches, temples and synagogues. I usually answer that the University's concern is the whole person: physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. Much of life at the University is focused on our intellectual, physical and emotional identities. And yet our spiritual identity finds expression in everything we do as individuals. Religious communities on campus help to articulate and explore the spiritual life. My role as a chaplain is to provide a forum at UVic through which spirituality, in all its diversity, may find thoughtful and respectful expression. As a United Church chaplain, my role is to offer the particular riches of my own faith tradition to the academic and social community of UVic.