The main function of the chaplains is to guide members of the UBC community in engaging with their spirituality and faith. The details of each of the chaplains' work are slightly different depending on the faith community they serve. Most chaplains offer one-on-one pastoral and spiritual counseling, and opportunities to engage in the faith tradition they represent. Most of the chaplains have student groups that include some combination of fellowship groups, meals, worship, faith exploration and training or study in the traditions of their respective faith. These groups are a good way to explore some of the "big questions" of life, as well as just have some fun and get to know your peers.
Besides serving their own faith communities, chaplains cooperate on several fronts. They participate in international student orientations, Imagine UBC, the Wellness Fair, and Convocation. Chaplains participate in special programs, as well as occasionally sponsor workshops and lectures, film festivals, and art displays. They also sometimes partner with others on campus to develop programs on social and ethical issues.
University Multifaith Chaplains Association
Chaplains generally have a professional graduate degree beyond a basic baccalaureate. To become part of the University Multifaith Chaplains Association, members are expected to fulfill the conditions required by their religious body, whether this be ordination or its equivalent through education or training.
The University Multifaith Chaplains Association makes a vital contribution to the wellbeing of the UBC community by addressing the holistic aspects of a “place of mind”, engaging people in faith and spirituality, and meditation and emotional healing. The Association also encourages community, including intercultural dialogue and collaboration, citizenship and leadership, and friendship.