The Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto has a presence at the university's downtown Toronto and suburban campuses in Mississauga and Scarborough. Jeannette Unger and Ralph Carl Wushke are two halves of the downtown chaplaincy, which is a partnership between the Presbyterian and United churches on campus and are part of a larger multifaith network of chaplains.
The chaplaincy touches on various aspects of campus life. It offers interfaith co-creative programs on ecology and spirituality, as well as a safe space for students who are often struggling in the university environment.
Ralph describes one student who was on the verge of suicide. Suffering from depression in his second year, he found his way to the chaplain's office at Knox College. After finding the support he needed, he is now close to getting his undergraduate degree.
"Students come from small towns and start questioning everything when they arrive. University is also often when mental illnesses appear. We are here to lend an ear and guide the students in the direction they need to go," says Ralph.
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