Inter-Faith Chaplains’ Association at the University of Alberta (IFCA) Report to the Edmonton & District Council of Churches
Thank you for this opportunity to report to your membership on our work over the past year.
Currently, IFCA’s membership includes:
meal for people who are underhoused or homeless, or living with physical or cognitive disabilities,
addiction issues, mental illness or the loneliness of old age: https://edmonton.anglican.ca/what-we-
Late 2020 saw the introduction of new covid protocols at the University of Alberta, including the requirement of a downloadable Campus Ready Pass (as proof of full vaccination) to enter its campuses.
Since then, and throughout 2021, Chaplains have engaged in a mix of in-person and online ministry, following Provincial and University requirements.
Throughout the pandemic, Chaplains have continued to serve the university from a holistic perspective, addressing the spiritual needs of the university. It is our prayer that we may move forward into better and more effective ways to be vehicles of the loving and just movement of the Divine through this time of pandemic.
Thank you for your interest in our work.
Rev. Richard Reimer,
Administrator Inter-Faith Chaplains’ Association at the University of Alberta (IFCA)
Here is a super interesting article about the positive affects that a campus ministry can have on a university campus (eg. "steady presence", "belong here with us unconditionally", love it!!). At the University of Alberta we have had many conversations like this, together with students here and with my colleagues throughout North America. I'm glad this has been brought together into one great article!
What is a chaplain and how do they make a difference in anybody's life? Here is a link to a really interesting and positive article. Inside Higher Ed is a daily online publication focused on college and university topics, based in Washington, D.C., United States. I found the article to be uplifting and edifying - and very COVID-19 timely!
Please visit www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/12/15/importance-chaplains-and-why-colleges-should-support-them-opinion
Father Mulchahy (left) from the retro hit MASH
The back-story of the video below are the experiences of Jacob & Laban (left), and the disciples & Jesus: Genesis 30:25-43; Acts 1:1-11. You would be well-served to read the passages first...
Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, has penned this touching poem about coronavirus...read by your campus minister Rick Mast, at the woodpile.