The door is always open to the Chaplain’s office at The Ottawa Mission. Some people drop in daily to see a friendly face and others come in looking for guidance in a time of crisis. As well, an average of 25 people attend the small Chapel Service held daily at The Mission.
Many of the people who turn to The Ottawa Mission for help have experienced rejection, major disappointments, or have survived a personal tragedy. The Mission provides much-needed spiritual support to help these people along their life journey. The Chaplain leads daily chapel services and provides personal support to people in the shelter and others living in the community who seek help in coping with the stresses and pressures of everyday life. The Chaplaincy team also provides spiritual guidance to people dealing with addictions and to those living out their final days in The Ottawa Mission’s Hospice.
REFLECTIONS FROM OUR CHAPLAIN GREG RODGERS
In the wake of our recent 150th Canada Day Celebrations, I have come to realize that I am a very proud Canadian. I may not sew the maple leaf to my backpack, or paint my face red and white when our national hockey team is playing, but I am one who celebrates the cultural diversity of this great land. On that front, I genuinely believe that we are the richest nation on earth.
It is a privilege for me to represent that aspect of our national identity in providing spiritual care to those who come through the doors of The Ottawa Mission. Each day I am provided a list names of newcomers to our shelter and those names indicate to me we serve people who have come to our country from every region of the world. Many have come to Canada recently and it is an honour for me to have some small part in helping them in their journey.
The biblical narrative is one of a God who not just cares for all people of all nations, but who also created our diversity. We see signs throughout the entirety of the scriptures of how God honours all people and who even designed us to be stronger in our communities because of our diversity, not in spite of it. May our prayer for this month be one of both praise for our diversity as well as for compassion to welcome the stranger.
Galatians 3:28 — “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”