Spiritual/multi-faith space

spiritual yoga pose

Spirituality and faith are means by which a person may find the core of their being, their values, and the big picture. Spirituality is as important to student health as regular exercise and good eating habits. The student-driven model for spiritual wellness at UBC Okanagan is inclusive of the rich diversity of campus interests and reflective of the vision of UBC as a “Place of Mind”.  

The Spiritual/Multi-Faith Space in the University Centre was created to welcome the diverse spiritual and multi-faith practices of the UBC Okanagan campus community. 

The Spiritual/Multi-Faith Space is located in the University Centre (UNC 316) and is available for use Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 9 pm.  

The absence of any particular religious iconography or symbols sets a comfortable, neutral tone so students, faculty, and staff can express their spirituality and faith in a relaxed and private setting. The room can be used for a variety of spiritual and religious practices, including: 

  • group or individual prayer 
  • meditation and contemplation 
  • group studies on spiritual or religious topics 
  • conversation with other students or a spiritual mentor 

If you would like to use the space, please remember to: 

  • respect the space: leave the room as you found it 
  • respect the beliefs of others: do not criticize the beliefs of others nor force your beliefs onto others 

A booking calendar for the room will soon become available.  For more information on the Spiritual/Multi-Faith Space contact healthwellness.okanagan@ubc.ca.

Other important spiritual and religious resources for students are:

(a) Student clubs
(b) Chaplains

UBCO spiritual and religious student clubs

Spiritual and religious student clubs are places where students can belong to a community where they can meet friends and people of their faith and explore life’s big questions.

Muslim Student Association
msa.ubcokanagan@gmail.com  

Power to Change (Christian)
powertochangeubco@gmail.com

UCM (Christian)
ucm.ubco@gmail.com

Multi-faith chaplaincy 

Chaplains are individuals who represent a religious or spiritual tradition in an official way. Although they are not UBC employees, chaplains are an important spiritual resource for students, offering conversations about faith, guidance and teaching, and opportunities for spiritual and religious observance and celebrations.

Coordinating Chaplain
Rev. Dr. Todd Statham
crccampusokanagan@gmail.com

Buddhism
Melissa Berry Appleton
melissaberryappleton@gmail.com

Christian (Christian Reformed)
Rev. Dr. Todd Statham
crccampusokanagan@gmail.com

Christian (Pentecostal)
Rev. James Perreaux
jperreaux@gmail.com

Judaism
Rabbi Tom Samuels
rabbi@ojcc.ca

Note: additional religious representatives will be added to the chaplaincy program. Check back for updates.