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The Chaplain

The Chaplain

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

Chaplain MeganMegan 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: 
mcolling@uwaterloo.ca 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'.

St. Bede's Chapel 

Scheduled Gatherings:

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

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 onlineNote: 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.

Exploring faith 

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
Tues Nov 13: 2:30 - 4 p.m..
Wed Nov 28: 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Fermented Faith

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"

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Check out St. Bede's blog for Lent 2014... we posted a new entry every day till Easter and it will give you a flavour of the chapel community.