The Rev. Canon Megan Collings-Moore is an Anglican priest and responsible for the spiritual and pastoral care for the college, as well as the wider university.
Spiritual care includes:
- offering worship services
- acting as a spiritual director
- helping students and staff ask faith questions
- valuing our spiritual lives
Pastoral care includes:
- being a listening ear
- a 'safe' person to talk to
- supporting people as they live through life's struggles
- connecting people to other resources when necessary
Megan spent 8 years in parish ministry before arriving at Renison. Raised as a Quaker, and with roots in the Presbyterian Church, she has been Anglican since her teen years. She loves to talk about faith and God - and enjoys a good debate! As current students know, she likes finding ways to connect popular culture with faith, and thinks there is nothing quite so interesting as people. She is less interested in answers than in questions (after all, as Hitchhikers know, if the answer is '42', well, that's not as interesting as the question) and finds that those who are seeking truth always have interesting conversations...
Megan would love to hear from you. She's usually in the Ministry Centre
Sunday through Thursday. Take a chance and drop by - or call/email to make an appointment:
firstname.lastname@example.org 519-884-4404 ext 28604
Megan has been part of a bi-weekly blog together with Bill Cliff who is the chaplain at Huron University College in London, Ontario. Check out When Jesus Went to College at the Anglican Church of Canada's 'The Community'.
Sundays 10:30 a.m. Including a service on Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 7 - stuck in Waterloo for the long weekend? Come worship with us!
The Chapel is open 24 hours a day (for Renison residents) and may be used as a quiet place for prayer or meditation. It is accessible for anyone living elsewhere whenever the college is open. In addition to this, by booking with the Chaplain, it is available to musicians or musical groups as practice space, or by other groups for any purpose consistent with its basic nature as a place of worship and prayer. A schedule of bookings is posted each term outside the chapel.
St. Bede's Chapel is located on the 2nd floor of the Luxton Building at the west end of the Great Hall (near the Residence Office.) You can also enter directly from the upper parking lot. Current information on chapel services and events can be found in the Facebook group "St. Bede's Chapel". If inclement weather necessitates cancelling worship, this will be posted on the Facebook group as well as noted on the chaplain's voice-mail (519-884-4404 ext 28604)
You can access our prayer list online. Note: requests are removed after 4 weeks in order to keep it current. You are of course welcome to return and add the request should the situation still require intense prayer.
The chaplain offers a number of opportunities throughout the year for people to talk about faith and explore spiritual issues.
Tea & Questions
Join Megan in the Ministry Centre for a cup of tea (and a cookie?!) and a chance to ask questions. You can ask practical stuff ("Where is Needles Hall?", "How do I find my academic advisor?"), larger academic concerns ("I hate my course - what can I do?", "I don't think I want to be an engineer after all - how can I change my plan?"), and the BIG questions ("How do I know what to do with my life?", "What if I never meet anyone who loves me?") - or anything else you'd like to ask the chaplain ("How can you be a priest if you are a woman?", "If my room-mate doesn't believe in G-d, are they going to hell?", "What do you mean when you say the Bible is true?").
Dates/times for the fall term are:
Wed. Sept 18: 1-2:30 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 1: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (note the change in date/time)
Wed Oct. 17: 3-4:30 p.m.
Mon Oct. 29: 10:30 - 12 noon
Mon. Nov. 12: 4 - 5:30 p.m. (note the change in this date!)
Wed Nov 28: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
We're back! Join Megan at Molly's in University Plaza on a Thursday afternoon, 2:30 - 4 p.m. She'll be having her Guinness, but you can order food or drink (at your own expense, I am afraid) and join controversial and thought-provoking conversation. Everyone is welcome.
Fermented Faith runs every second week during the fall term, starting on Thursday Sept. 27 - see you there! Dates & topics for the term are:
Sept. 25 - "Adulthood"
Oct. 11 - "Beginning & choices"
Oct. 25 - "Death"
Nov. 8 - "Sex & relationships"
Nov. 22 - "Identity"
This term we are reading Transforming: The Bible & the lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke. Transforming looks at gender diversity in the Bible as well as the lived experiences of trans individuals in the church. Hartke's scholarship is compelling - and the window into new ways of understanding scripture is convincing!
The book is available on Kindle and is reasonably priced.
NOTE - we have not been able to find a time that works to meet in person! But we are setting up Google Hang-outs to discuss the book - and Megan is ordering multiple copies. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/693317837698931/ or email Megan!