Wiccan Chaplain Bio

Sam Wagar

Religious Affiliation

United Wiccan Fellowship of Alberta (Sacred Oak Temple)

Educational History

  • University of the Fraser Valley (BA 2002)
  • Simon Fraser University (MA 2006 – Canadian religious and political history)
  • Doctor of Ministry candidate at St. Stephen’s College (2015-present)
  • Third Degree Wiccan High Priest since 1985.

Joined the U of A

September 2014

Why I am a Chaplain at the U of A
This is where the Gods have called me to be. I see the mission and purpose of a Wiccan chaplaincy including spiritual support to all while nurturing a strong and ecological spirituality.

I am here to assist Wiccan and other Pagan students, faculty, and staff in being spiritually grounded and connected through offering qualified spiritual guidance, as well as assisting in finding community groups, activities, and resources of various sorts for religious fellowship and growth. I work together with other faith communities to sacralise the university, and to draw out the ethical and spiritual parts of the life of study, research, learning and teaching. I am also here to educate and inform people of other faiths (or none at all), and of the basic beliefs and practices of Wicca (as a small minority religious path cannot expect to be well-known or understood without reaching out to explain itself). And, finally, my work here involves developing our church’s interfaith outreach and expertise, to learn from other faith groups, and to develop alliances around issues of common concern.

Current focus at the U of A
I have been appointed as the scheduler for the new Multifaith Prayer and Meditation Space in HUB, and am very involved in encouraging student religious groups and faith-based initiatives in this space, especially those that are multi-faith. I also connect with Pagan students, faculty and staff, and offer regular meetings for worship in collaboration with Pagan students and my home Temple. I further connect resources on campus to those seeking more information, and participate in numerous activities with the Interfaith Chaplains’ Association.  

Other passions and interests
I love film (art films, not so much blockbusters).  I like to make mead and teach workshops on it, and I listen to a lot of music (blues, world music, dance, electronica). I am fascinated by ritual and ritual theory, as well as by trance and mystical states and experiences, and very interested in history (gender history, post-colonial history). I also love to write and am reasonably well-published.