The Multi-Faith Resource Team, which includes the university chaplains, is available to assist students, staff and faculty in their efforts to research or discuss ethical and theological issues. As Laurier is a place where students can enhance their own religious knowledge and be challenged by unfamiliar faith stances, the Resource Team is available to support people from all religious traditions.
Information about the Waterloo-based university chaplains is below. Information about Brantford university chaplains is coming soon.
Anne Anderson, Community Pastor
Anne Anderson is from a Christian background – specifically, she is a Lutheran pastor from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. She has been called to work at the Waterloo Lutheran seminary on Laurier’s Waterloo Campus and support the work of the Multi–Faith Office. She is a chaplain because she loves working with students and young people and encouraging them to think big and dream possibilities as they explore their faith. She is passionate about people and loves to listen, encourage and explore issues with the people around her.
As a university chaplain, Anderson facilitates the lending library for incoming students looking for household goods to borrow while they are at school, the St. Paddy’s Day alternative celebration on campus, a weekly worship on Sundays called thirdspace at the Keffer chapel, and fellowship, service and learning opportunities throughout the year. She is always up for a coffee and conversation.
Anderson's office hours at the Multi Faith Office are by appointment and she also has an office at the Waterloo Lutheran seminary, where she keeps open office hours Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in S139. Stop by and say hello or contact her at email@example.com or 519.884.0710 x3530.
Rev. Brian Bork, Christian Reform Church
Brian Bork is originally from London, Ontario and moved to Kichener-Waterloo in 2008 to be the Christian Reformed Church campus minister here at Laurier. He considers it an honour to serve as a leader in this small outpost of the Kingdom of God here in Waterloo. When not on campus, he spends a good deal of time playing guitar, watching soccer, and spending time with his wife, Amanda, and daughter, Rose. You’re always welcome to stop by for a chat at the Multi-Faith Resource Team office, or somewhere else on campus. "Coffee is always on me," he says.
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Rev. Paul Ellingham, United Church
Paul Ellingham provides a open space in which to ask all kinds of questions – even if you need a little help figuring out what they are. He doesn't claim to have all the questions or answers but he'll walk with you through your search. Paul was on the Laurier campus as a student and has now been campus minister for over 25 years. He plays trombone with a number of music students on Fridays and fits office hours in around that time.
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Rabbi Moshe Goldman, Jewish
Rabbi Moshe Goldman is a born and bred New Yorker who has called Waterloo home since 2008. He serves as the Jewish chaplain on Laurier's Multi-Faith Resource Team as well as at the University of Waterloo's Chaplains Association. He is happily married with four children, and with his wife offers weekly Shabbat services and dinners as well as classes on Judaism and Jewish holiday celebrations at the Rohr Chabad Centre for Jewish Life, just up the block from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. He thoroughly enjoys the opportunities to provide support and guidance to students during their university years and beyond.
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Joseph Goodwin, Roman Catholic
Joe Goodwin lives just outside Waterloo with his six favourite people. In addition to the honour of serving the Laurier community as the Catholic Lay Chaplain, he has the chance to direct the St. John Paul II Student Centre attached to St. Michael's Church immediately West of Lazaridis Hall (at the corner of University Avenue and Hemlock Street).
The "JP2" Student Centre is where Catholic students come to study, lounge, make long-lasting friendships, play ridiculous amounts of table tennis, watch movies, share weekly "family dinners", and occasionally even pray and learn about their Faith. It's also where non-Catholic students are warmly welcomed when they hear about the interesting things that happen there, often by way of Twitter (@jp2_sc), Facebook (/jp2studentcentre), or by visiting our website (jp2waterloo.ca). Or they wander over to the 7pm Student Mass at St. Michael's and hang around afterward for some free 4S at the Student Centre (that's snacks and spontaneous social shenanigans).
There are four things that Joe will probably never refuse: (1) Cadbury mini-eggs, (2) his children's daily crayola creations, (3) a genuine two-way conversation about faith or the interior life, and (4) a chance to listen to a person's passions, dreams, and challenges.
You can usually find Joe in the Multi-Faith Resource Team office on Wednesday mornings or send him an email.
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Fr. Christopher Ridgen-Briscall, Eastern Orthodox
Fr. Christopher is originally from the West Coast. He has been an Orthodox priest since 2005. He is married with four kids and serves as the Orthodox chaplain at Laurier and the University of Waterloo as well as being the pastor of Christ the Saviour Antiochian Orthodox (English Language) Church in Waterloo. His hobbies and interests include reading and discussing fantasy and sci-fi, movies, gardening and camping. He is always ready to listen and offer helpful stories and lessons from ancient men and women that always apply to our day-to-day life.
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