Multi-Faith Chaplaincy

TRU Chaplains respect individuals of all faith traditions and spiritual expressions and serve them equally without discrimination.

A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy on campus provides religious and spiritual care to the TRU community’s students, faculty and staff. They provide an operating model of interfaith respect and cooperation. The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy acts as a religious and spiritual resource, encouraging thoughtful reflection and dialogue.

TRU also provides a Multi-Faith Space where members of our TRU community can reflect, pray and meditate.

Aims and Objectives

  • To participate in and contribute to all aspects of TRU experience from a religious or spiritual perspective
  • To provide religious and spiritual care for the diverse membership of the TRU community
  • To work as a team, exemplifying multi-faith dialogue and cooperation
  • To serve co-operatively with TRU’s Student Services Counselling, Wellness Centre and other support service providers
  • To support and encourage members of the TRU community in their relationships with the broader community in respect of religious or spiritual interests and concerns

What We offer

  • Spiritual or religious supports and encouragement
  • Guidance and resources in times of personal concern, conflict or crisis
  • Opportunities for companionship, prayer, study and service on campus
  • Participation in educational events related to spiritual and religious insight and experience
  • Celebration of holy days and commemorative occasions
  • Connection with local and regional faith communities and events on and off-campus

Office Hours

DayContactHours
Monday: Fr. Chad Pawlyshyn 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Ven. Gawa Khandro 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Narayan Mitra 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: Rev. Jane Gignrich
Fr. Derrick Cameron
Rev. Pat Davies
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday: Ahmed K.
Jeff Torrans
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Multi-Faith Room: OM 2496
Multi-Faith Chaplaincy: OM 1421
Phone: 250-371-5940
Email: Please email chaplains individually or drop in to OM 1421

 

 

Multi-Faith Calendar

 

Meet the Team

To book an appointment with a specific chaplain, email the chaplain listed below and a meeting will be se up.

  • Jeff Torrans

    Jeff Torrans, Chair
    Baptist

    Biography

    Jeff is a Christian representative and member of the Baptist faith. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Briercrest Family of Schools and an undergrad from UCC (before it became TRU!). Jeff loves to spend time with family, coach soccer, and run a side business on leadership development.

    Favourite quote: Jesus must become greater, I must become less. – Gospel of John. Jeff has tried to live his life in this fashion since high school!

  • Gawa Khandro

    Venerable Gawa Khandro
    Gawaling Buddhist Centre

    Biography

    Venerable Gawa Khandro is a Buddhist nun whose teachers include V. V. Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh, Acharya Pema Chodron, and Lama Tsewang Samdrup. She is the Spiritual Director of GawaLing Buddhist Centre, a member of Interfaith Kamloops, United Sangha Vancouver, Zen Peacemakers International, and Sakyadhita Canada. She is currently working on her Acharya ordination with Ven Pannavati in North Carolina. Her main work is creating community connections and outreach. She is also a contributor to a recent book on Chaplaincy in Canada.

    Favourite quote: This is my religion … your own heart and mind are your temple. The philosophy is simple kindness. – H H Dalai Lama

  • Derrick Cameron

    Father Derrick Cameron
    Roman Catholic

    Biography

    Father Derrick is a Roman Catholic priest. He studied four years in a Benedictine monastery and ended his studies in Rome. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 2001 and is now serving at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown Kamloops. He was born and raised in Vancouver and has travelled to Mexico, Hawaii, Fiji (his favourite), New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

    Favourite quote: It is not in spite of our unworthiness that God seeks our love, but because of it. The more unworthy the material, the more is the glory reflected on an artist who can fashion a masterpiece out of it. – Carthusian monk

  • Narayan Mitra

    Narayan Mitra
    Baptist

    Biography

    Narayan is a member of the Kamloops Campus Ministries Society and has been a volunteer chaplain at TRU since 1996. He was born and raised in Kolkata, India in a Hindu home and became a "Jesus follower" at college. Narayan finished a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Kolkata, worked seven years as a staff worker at the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in India before moving to Canada for graduate theological studies at Regent College, Vancouver. Narayan has pastored at a number of smaller churches since then.

    Favourite quote: But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

  • Ahmed K.

    Ahmed K.
    Kamloops Islamic Association

    Biography

    Ahmed Kafafi is a member of the Kamloops Islamic Association, and provides chaplaincy services at TRU, Royal Inland Hospital, and Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre. He completed his studies in Civil Engineering at UBC. Ahmed currently works as a Highway Design Engineer. When not working or at TRU’s Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, he enjoys playing soccer, travelling, and spending time with his family.

    Favourite quote: Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding. – The Holy Quran

  • Jane Gingrich

    Pastor Jane Gingrich
    Lutheran

    Biography

    Jane is a Lutheran Pastor with a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon. Prior to her masters, she did her Bachelors of Arts at UBC. These eight years of study were mostly wonderful, but her years of travel in Canada, Europe and Africa are her genuine passion. Elle est biligue et aime bien parler en français. Hiking, tea, and a good conversation are the joys of life!

    Favourite quote: Since we are justified by faith apart from works, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ... and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. – Romans 5:1,5, NRSV Bible

  • Reverend Patricia (Pat) Davies

    Rev. Patricia (Pat) Davies
    Spiritual Connections Kamloops

    Biography

    Reverend Pat has been a New Thought Minister with Centers for Spiritual Living since 2014 and is the founder of Spiritual Connections Kamloops. New Thought philosophy incorporates affirmative prayer, meditation, visioning and other spiritual tools which help us lead a spiritual life, think positively, and love deeply. Pat believes that the universe is spiritual and has intelligence, purpose, beauty, and order.

    Favourite quote: We are all thinking, willing, knowing, conscious centers of Life. We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flowing through us a creative something... call it what you will. ― Ernest Holmes

  • Rabbi Marcy Gofsky Luccock

    Rab. Marcy Gofsky Luccock
    Judaism

    Biography

    Rabbi Marcy Rabbi Marcy is active in the Jewish Community in Kamloops, and enjoys singing with a local chorus. She is blessed with a loving family. Marcy is passionate about teaching and learning.

    Favourite quote: Learning is both ‘making the strange familiar’ and ‘making the familiar strange’ – integrating new information and seeing from new perspectives. Our heart commitments deepen through intellectual examination, and our intellects come to greater life when feelings illuminate ideas. As we reach towards and beyond the previous boundaries of our thought, we glimpse the greater consciousness of God. – Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan

  • Father Chad Pawlyshyn

    Fr. Chad Pawlyshyn
    Orthodox Christian (Ukrainian)

    Biography

    Father Chad is the district priest serving Kamloops, Kelowna, and Vernon; in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. He attended seminary in Winnipeg at St. Andrew’s College, which is on the University of Manitoba Campus. When not at TRU, Father Chad is spending time with his family: watching his son’s play lacrosse, and his daughter singing in choir.

    Favourite quote: It is not the amount of learning that must be our aim, but the quality of learning. Better to learn two verses with understanding, than a whole page with wandering thoughts. – St. John Cassian

Multi-Faith Chaplains

Resources

Spiritual Needs

Spiritual needs and concerns usually relate to what we call the “big” questions of life. These questions may include:

  • Why is this happening?
  • Why is this happening to me?
  • What does it all mean?
  • What is the purpose or meaning of life?
  • How do I make sense of everything?
  • Where do I come from?
  • What gives me comfort and hope?
  • What happens after death?
  • What do I trust? Who do I trust?
  • What, or who – beyond myself – do I believe is important in my life?
  • Who is my “beloved community” – who loves me and is loved by me, no matter what?
  • What is truth? Is there such a thing?
  • How can faith strengthen life on campus?
  • How faith can guide us in difficult times?

Some people find meaning, comfort, hope, goodness and community through their religious practice, beliefs and/or their community of faith. Some people do not. Regardless of whether religious faith is part of a person’s life, spiritual concerns, resources and needs can still be very important, especially when life circumstances are in transition or crisis.

Common Grounds for Learning

  • Bahai “Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.”
  • Buddhism “Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
  • Christianity “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”
  • Confucianism “One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct … loving-kindness. do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”
  • Hinduism “This is the sum of duty; do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”
  • Islam “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.”
  • Judaism “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it."
  • Native Spirituality “We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.”
  • Sikhism “I am a stranger to no one, and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed I am a friend to all.”
  • Taoism “Regard your neighbour’s gain as your own gain and your neighbour’s loss as your own loss.”
  • Unitarianism “We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
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