What is a Chaplain?

Chaplains serve the university from the understanding that life, including academic life, is a spiritual journey.

Currently, the University of Alberta has Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian chaplains who cooperate with one another to care for the unique needs of the university community. There are a number of Christian denominations represented.

You can be assured that Chaplains at the University of Alberta:

  • are professionally trained and appointed by recognized communities of faith. 
  • respect religious liberty and are available for spiritual guidance, care and support to any student, staff, or faculty members, whether or not they identify with a particular faith. 
  • offer information and referrals regarding religious groups and activities on campus. 
  • offer support during significant rites of passage eg. Weddings, marriage preparation courses and memorial services.
  • create forums for education and dialogue on issues that concern the university community and its role in the global setting.
  • facilitate programs involving worship, discussion groups, public presentations, social occasions, retreats, and volunteer opportunities to bring together faith, life and the university.
  • work with student clubs representing the various faith communities on programs, presentations etc.