The Dalhousie University Chaplaincy is a ministry of the Halifax Region United Baptist Association. This position has historically been filled by First Baptist Church Halifax, with either one of its ordained clergy or a lay pastor serving as University Chaplain.
The University Chaplaincy is a part of Dalhousie Multifaith Services. The following text is taken from their website:
“Dalhousie Multifaith Services offers an open door to all Dalhousie and King's students, staff, and faculty — no matter what their faith, philosophy, or doubt may be. We support the spiritual wellness of students and staff and the creation of safe space on campus. We do this by providing private counseling and immediate crisis response; promoting opportunities for inter-faith dialogue and spiritual development; working cooperatively with partners on and off campus; offering programs and events designed to develop respect and understanding between and among people of diverse spiritual and religious backgrounds."
Where to find us
Working within the framework of Dalhousie Multifaith Services, our Baptist Chaplain shares in the work of the Spiritual Support Team:
- The primary work of the chaplains in the Dalhousie Multi-faith Centre is to assist students as they struggle with the big questions.
- They offer confidential counselling on personal and spiritual issues and provide opportunities for prayer and worship, retreats, workshops, lectures, and social activities.
- The chaplains will also help students locate a worship community that is part of their tradition or yearning.
- Each chaplain serves the entire University community, and the chaplains work in full accord with the principles and spirit of ecumenical, multi-cultural, multi-faith, and interfaith relationships.
- As well, it is the vision of the Dalhousie Multi Faith Centre to develop relationships that are characterized by respect, transparency, acceptance, trust, courtesy, forgiveness, truthfulness, and compassion.
- The Chaplains also:
- are involved in leading groups in discussion and prayer;
- facilitate interfaith, ecumenical, and multi-faith dialogue on the campus;
- conduct services of worship and memorial services;
- offer prayers public services;
- provide religious rites, marriage preparation, and perform marriages; and
- participate in orientation and other events at the university.
Our Dalhousie Baptist Chaplain
This position has historically been filled by First Baptist Church Halifax, with either one of its ordained clergy or a lay pastor serving as University Chaplain. The present Chaplain is:
The Rev. Arla Johnson, M.Div.
Minister of Inclusive Community
First Baptist Church Halifax