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:
email@example.com 519-884-4404 ext 28604
Sundays 10:30 a.m. Worship (Anglican communion)
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)
NOTE: Megan is away and there are no worship services on Sunday Nov. 10 & Nov. 17. Regular worship resumes on Sunday Nov. 24 at 10:30 a.m.
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:
Monday Sept. 9: 3-4:40 p.m.
Monday Sept. 23: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday Oct. 8: 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday October 23: 3-4:30 p.m.
Thursday Nov. 21: 2-3:30 p.m. (note change!)
Monday Dec. 2: 2-3:30 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. Megan walks over from the Ministry Centre, leaving around 2:15 p.m. and always welcomes company.
Dates/topics for the fall term:
September 19 - How do you know when you are an adult?!
October 3 - Free Speech
WEDNESDAY Oct. 30 - Ghosts & spirits
November 7 - Mental illness vs Mental health (the myth of the mad artist, demonic possession & exorcisms, and what does self-care include...)
Note - Nov. 7 we will be in the Ministry Centre, 2:30 - 4 p.m. with tea from David's Tea. It's a combined Tea & Questions + Fermented Faith!
November 28 - Family & community
The labyrinth is set up on the chapel on the second Thursday of each month.