The Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto
Why are you at U of T? To learn? To prepare for the future? To make friends? To earn
a living? To make the world a better place in your own way? At ECUT, we recognize
a longing for mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being among students,
staff and faculty at U of T. The ECUT staff offers friendship and support to the
university community in the search for learning, meaning, purpose, community and
ECUT is a Christian voice, rooted in the traditions of The Presbyterian Church in
Canada and The United Church of Canada, for the community studying, working and living
at the University of Toronto.
Worship and prayer is offered through our base colleges, Emmanuel and Knox. We also
offer fellowship in small groups, and sensitive pastoral conversation and care.
ECUT also offers dynamic programs on campus, in areas like ecology, peace, gender
and sexuality, and scripture study, – to name a few – in collaboration with Anglican
Campus Ministry, Lutheran Campus Ministry and the Student Christian Movement of Canada.
ECUT staff include a chaplain, Rev. Ralph Carl Wushke; an associate chaplain, Jeanette
Unger; and this semester we welcome Emily VanBerkum, a Master of Divinity Candidate
from St. Michael’s College completing her theological field placement with us this
Why ECUT is at U of T and What We Do
ECUT seeks to live its vision in the following ways:
providing opportunities for members of the university community to encounter the
initiating interdisciplinary programs and workshops among members of the university
community which promote Christian values and fellowship, and offer opportunities
to explore questions of value and meaning in relation to various disciplines;
organizing meetings or displays of a theological and/or multi-faith nature;
promoting discussion or action on vital spiritual or ethical issues;
responding to the needs of individual members of the university community, including
referrals to other agencies where necessary.
History of the Chaplaincy
ECUT was founded in the 1990s and builds on the legacy of a long tradition of campus
ministries that were associated with Hart House, Knox College and Victoria University.
Thousands of U of T alumni have had profound – even life saving – contact with the
chaplains in the ECUT family tree.
Liberative justice, peace-making and ecological concerns are often a key aspect of
campus ministry programs, and this is true of ECUT. Our ministry engages with students,
staff and faculty to ask how education contributes to the mending of the world.