In the centre of the University of Guelph in Ontario is Raithby House. The childhood home of George Raithby, it served as a manse and then became his home when he was a professor at the university. It is now the home of the university’s Ecumenical Campus Ministry and the Multi-faith Resource Team.
The office of the United Church chaplain, Andrew Hyde, is on the top floor. Andrew has been part of the team for a little over a year. He and the other chaplains offer a safe space for students who are struggling with grief, mental health issues, identity issues, and homesickness. Students have often left home for the first time and find it challenging to be away from everyone and everything they have ever known. At the Ecumenical Campus Ministry they can find a place of welcome.
The addition of Andrew Hyde to the chaplaincy team marks a return of the United Church presence at the University of Guelph, a highly visible one that connects with the student population.
We sing thanksgiving for the support of university students on campus!
If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!