Emmanuel College announced the creation of the Studies in Buddhism stream within the Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) Program. This professional master’s stream specializes in “Spiritual Care” and will prepare graduates to be certified with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) as persons who are qualified to work as chaplains in hospitals, educational institutions, prisons, other public institutions, and in Buddhist temples. Many courses in the stream are specifically designed for Studies in Buddhism, but all courses are open to all students in all degree programs.
“The fact that Studies in Buddhism now joins Muslim Studies and our historical Christian areas as a distinct professional stream at Emmanuel College is an exciting development,” Principal Mark Toulouse indicated. “This program naturally emerges out of the College’s vision which recognizes that concepts of justice, goodness and love are larger than any one particular religion or tradition can fully define by itself.” Emmanuel College, founded in 1928 and associated with the United Church of Canada, provides a place where multi-faith dialogue and discussion can thrive in the pursuit of theological enquiry, diversity and social justice.