Western University United Church chaplain the Rev. Karen Low is passionate about what she does. At a recent London Conference annual meeting, Karen shared the story of a student named Nick who is transgender and had been shunned by his family. Nick heard about Western Chaplaincy from a friend who was worried about him and thought perhaps Karen could help him. Before Nick ended up at Karen’s office door, he had contemplated ending his life. Through the support of chaplains like Karen, Nick is looking forward to the future as a graduate student. The United Church of Canada has chaplains in 21 universities across Canada. Mission & Service supports chaplains, who are able to offer a safe place for students to ask questions about their faith, their sexual orientation, and their identity knowing their questions will be answered without judgment. We are thankful for the work of chaplains, who often see students through their bleakest moments, supporting them so they can move forward with their lives and education. Thank you for your gifts for Mission & Service that support the important work of chaplaincy. Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.
Loving God, we are called to be your colours in the world, to walk with each other, to share in love through our gifts for Mission & Service. Guide us to shine brightly in the world. Amen.