Erin is delighted for her return to Queen’s in the role of Director, Faith and Spiritual Life, and Interfaith Chaplain. Erin was a student in Religious Studies and then Theology at Queen’s before she was Ordained and began her work in Congregational Ministry with the United Church of Canada. Over the past 15 years Erin’s ministry has shifted from rural and small church settings to suburban congregations with a focus on intergenerational connections, exploring Progressive Theology, and programming for Spiritual But Not Religious members. Her more recent work also included education for herself and her congregation on issues of settler colonialism and anti-black racism, and the role the church and other institutions have played in creating harm and harmful systems. 

In her ministry, Erin has always focused on community and connection. She enjoys working with people to explore how Faith and Spirituality adapt and change, and wrestling with how traditions and practices with ancient roots can hold relevancy and importance in modern times.  

Erin is an enthusiastic vegetable gardener and can’t wait to get a Kingston garden going. She enjoys reading cozy mysteries and books with dragons in them. She is very creative and can often be found drawing, sewing, or knitting warm, woolly things for her spouse and two children.

Contact Erin at chaplain@queensu.ca

What We Do

Faith and Spiritual Life offers multi-faith, non-judgmental support for religious, spiritual, personal, and financial problems, concerns or crises. As part of Student Affairs, Faith and Spiritual Life strives to facilitate a welcoming, peaceful, and safe space. Chaplains can also provide support, ceremonial services, interfaith community development and spiritual support to students, faculty, and staff.

We are faith-positive, spirituality-positive, and queer-positive. We respect and advocate for both freedom of, and freedom from, religion. 

Student life at university is full of opportunities for personal growth both inside and outside the classroom. But there are times when students feel the need for support:

  • In times of loneliness or personal need, perhaps due to anxiety, depression or financial problems
  • In times of change, as you prepare for marriage or decide a career
  • In times of crisis, such as death, accident or serious illness

Chaplains are here to support you:

  • Journeying with students of any/every identification through questions of meaning, purpose, and morality

  • Supporting Religious Accommodation for academic requirements

  • Building and maintaining prayer and reflection spaces on campus, including the campus chapel in Theological Hall

  • Providing meaningful ceremonies for special events in the life of the campus community

  • Providing emergency food access through Swipe it Forward Queen's

  • Supporting dialogue across religious and other differences in the campus community

  • Liaising with local churches and faith communities 

  • Referring students to other services and programs on campus and in the community

The images seen on the site are from pre-Covid events and day-to-day life of Faith and Spiritual Life at Queen's. They speak to the strong community that exists, and continues to exist through various digital channels.

 

History of Faith and Spiritual Life at Queen's

As a historical institution of Queen's University, the Office of the Chaplain was founded in 1946 by Principal Wallace.

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