“Souls in Transition”, the annual dinner and silent auction in support of Anglican Student Ministries, was held May 2nd at the Faculty Club. Guest speaker the Rev. Susan Oliver Martin, university chaplain and rector of St. George’s Edmonton, said the largest-ever turnout to the annual fundraising event, 160 tickets were sold this year, is an indication that people are “interested in the lives of young people on campus and in our city”.
“Perhaps the most pervasive theme in the lives of young adults today is transition”, said Oliver Martin. “Jobs, family dynamics, degree programs, friends, relationships, churches, and apartments – everything is in flux.” These changes take place while emerging adults are “asking the big questions about life and their place in it”. Chaplains and mentoring communities play an important role in helping students integrate their learning and faith, while developing “character and conscience, competence and courage, integrity and compassion, responsibility and fidelity, and generosity and wisdom”, she said.
Student Kelsey Reimer said her involvement with the chaplaincy ministry has been one of the most “rewarding experiences” of her university career. For five years, she has attended Crossroads, a Thursday evening supper and Bible study group hosted by Sue in her home. As a member of the student ministry and St. George’s community, Reimer said she has grown from a shy girl into a confident young woman proud to tell the world “I am a Christian”. Once a month, the Anglican student ministry hosts a community dinner at PrayerWorks Common; preparing a meal from scratch and serving it to the congregation that gathers. “I absolutely love the opportunity to interact with people and to see the see the smiles on their faces when they receive a meal made with such love,” she said.
To ensure that student ministries continue to flourish and grow community, PhD student Grant Kemp, a chaplaincy board member and emcee for the evening, encouraged supporters to consider making a monthly financial commitment. To learn how you can support student ministries through pre-authorized giving, please contact diocesan treasurer Jeannette Madill at the Synod Office (email@example.com).
This August, the educational chaplaincy team, comprised of Oliver Martin and associate chaplain the Rev. Scott Sharman, will welcome the Rev. Alex Meek Sharman as associate rector of St. George’s and U of A Hospital Chaplain.
Find out more about student ministry programs, including the Worship Room, a Sunday evening supper and service at St. George’s, online at: www.anglicanstudentministry.ca