In addition to a Director and an Administrative Coordinator, MORSL is blessed to have a wide variety of faith volunteers working to serve a diverse student population. Click the buttons below to navigate the faith team:
carlene.gardner [at] mcgill.ca (Email Carlene)
Carlene is available for all MORSL inquiries. Carlene
is a life-long Unitarian-Universalist (UU) whose passion for mentoring youth evolved into various jobs working with teens and young adults in campus ministry. Before becoming MORSL's Director, she was MORSL's Faith Liaison to the Montreal UU community for 5 years while simultaneously pursuing a Master's in Teaching and Learning at McGill. She specialized in second language instruction, and is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. While Montreal is her beloved home and the city she always comes back to, Carlene is also very curious about the world and enjoys travelling and discovering the many ways that people live and connect to their spiritual self. She is always available to talk with students of any religious, secular or spiritual identity. Reach her by email or phone, or stop by the office once we've reopened.
Adriana Cabrera Cleves
Bahá’í Faith Volunteer
clevesadriana [at] gmail.com (Email Adriana)
is our Bahá’í Faith volunteer. She is native of Colombia and has served as Director of the Inter-religious Affairs Bureau-External Affairs of the Bahá’í Community in Montreal since 2011. Adriana is a museologist, researcher, and consultant in human rights, social justice, and museology with extensive international experience. She is interested in investigating the challenges and prospects for strengthening human rights and for meeting future challenges to advance equality and social justice through the study of museums devoted to human rights issues. Adriana’s research is aligned with the rise of an unprecedented consciousness that we all belong to a single emerging world civilization and that our survival depends on acceptance of a transcendent ethos of human dignity for all. Moreover, museums are becoming agents of social change and Adriana is exploring how these institutions can contribute to bringing about lasting social, moral and spiritual transformation in connection with social movements and grassroots activism .Her perspective also responds to the need of developing an effective system of global justice with international institutions as part of an evolutionary process and the necessity of building a spiritualized world culture that will enable human dignity to be realized. Her other interests include the internal martial arts of Tai Chi and Qi gong, nature, literature and art.
The website of the worldwide Bahá’í Community is bahai.org and the website of the Montreal Bahá’í Community is bahaimontreal.org
Father Ihor Kutash
Christian Orthodox Faith Volunteer
ikutash [at] gmail.com (Email Father Ihor)
Father Ihor is happy to respond to any communications via internet, phone or in person during this time. Father Ihor
is a pioneer of the McGill multi-faith Chaplaincy. He has been on the team since 1975! He has been a member of the McGill community even longer than that, having received his M.A. & Ph.D. from the Faculty of Religious Studies during the years 1970-1987. He is a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada and a professor of Eastern Christian theology and culture. He is also the king of unexpected pop culture and science fiction references.
Rev. Jean-Daniel Williams
Christian Protestant Faith Volunteer
jd [at] stemarthe.ca (Email Jean-Daniel)
Jean-Daniel is available for pastoral care via video chat. Jean-Daniel
is our Protestant volunteer, affiliated with St Martha's Chapel (Anglican/United/Disciples of Christ). He has a bachelor’s from Harvard and a master of divinity from Yale and was very involved in campus ministry at both schools. He is a PhD student in practical theology at the Université de Lausanne, where he is trying to prove that Jesus really truly meant it when he said, "Let the little children come to me." He is here for you, en anglais ou en français, comme vous voulez, whether to chat, to get a group together for an intense game of Apples to Apples or to help you figure out what in God’s name we can do together to make this a better world. And he is happy to connect with any students no matter what they believe, or don’t. Feel free to book an appointment
online for some time with him!
Christian Latter-day Saint Faith Volunteer
candicewendt [at] gmail.com (Email Candice)
Additional contacts during this time: pcarpenter [at] churchofjesuschrist.org (Patrick Carpenter) Candice
is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in which she currently volunteers as a communications specialist. Her interests include contemporary religious philosophy and its connections with visual arts and literature, spiritually-motivated environmental stewardship, and building bridges between secular and Christian perspectives of the environmental crisis. She received a master’s in comparative literature from Brigham Young University in 2009. She has worked as an English conversation facilitator in Montreal, and currently works for McGill University in student services. Candice enjoys doing intercultural volunteer work in Côte-des-Neiges in French. She started studying French the month she immigrated to Canada from Washington state in 2017. She loves public speaking, teaching, working on community outreach projects, learning about Indigenous experiences, reading Quebecois literature, and writing.
Rev. Mr. Jonathan Stewart
Gnostic Faith Volunteer
jonathanchristopherstewart [at] gmail.com (Email Jonathan)
Jonathan is available via email. You may also use this webform for prayer requests. Jonathan
is our Gnostic Faith volunteer. He's a Montreal-based writer and editor, originally from Canada’s East Coast. He grew up on Prince Edward Island and attended university in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and moved to La Belle Province in 2006. After four years of writing 9-5 in a corporate environment he’s now working in the terrifying land of freelancing. He’s long had a passion for all things Gnostic, esoteric, and mystical; some of this started with him reading Phillip K. Dick when he was 12 and moving straight on to the Nag Hammadi Library when he was way too young to understand any of it. He came across the Apostolic Johannite Church
in 2011 and has been in love with the welcoming and supportive Johannite community ever since. He joined the church in 2013, was admitted to the minor orders in 2014, and entered the AJC’s seminary in 2015. Meditation is a particular interest of Jonathan’s and he’s been meditating in both Buddhist and Christian traditions since he was a teen; this has come in handy as he married a Buddhist and is happy to have common ground in his interfaith marriage. He’s also a Martinist having joined the Ordre Martiniste Opératif Au Québec in 2011. His other interests include theatre, playing in indie rock bands, cats, and (even though he spent his 20s promising himself he’d never get into it) yoga.
Rabbi Shmuly Weiss
Jewish (Chabad) Faith Volunteer
shmuly [at] chabadmcgill.com (Email Rabbi Shmuly)
Rabbi Weiss is currently unavailable for direct inquiries.
Shmuly, our Chabad Rabbi, writes, “The Chabad Student Center of McGill University is a home away from home. We, at Chabad, are dedicated to the holistic well-being of each and every student and strive to be the nexus of their social, cultural, and religious needs. We offer students emotional security, spiritual growth, and personal guidance in a warm and nurturing environment. Furthermore, we empower students with the tools to engage in the higher education of Judaism. Students are able to explore and discover their heritage in an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation infused with Jewish values and traditions.”
Jewish (Reform) Faith Volunteer
rabbigreenspan [at] templemontreal.ca (Email Rabbi Greenspan)
Rabbi Greenspan has been serving as the Rabbi-Educator at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Westmount since 2014.
Rabbi Greenspan moved to Montreal from New Jersey, where she was the interim director of Mountain Top Preschool at Temple Har Shalom in Warren, NJ for 19 months. Prior to that, she served as the rabbi of Temple Micah in Lawrenceville, NJ for 20 years. It was a part-time pulpit, so while at Temple Micah, Rabbi Greenspan always had another part-time job. She served for seven years as Assistant Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, (now called Golda Och Academy), in West Orange, NJ, and prior to that, she was the Israel Experience Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
Rabbi Greenspan was ordained at the Hebrew Union College, (HUC), in New York. She received two Masters Degrees from HUC in Los Angeles: a Masters of Hebrew Letters and a Masters in Jewish Education. She did her undergraduate work at Smith College in Northampton, MA where she graduated with honors in Religion.
Imam Salam Elmenyawi
Muslim Faith Volunteer
smenyawi [at] gmail.com (Email Salam)
, our non-denominational Muslim volunteer, hails from Egypt. He has served both McGill and Concordia as Muslim volunteer for many years now. He is also president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, and is a very active advocate for student rights on campus and in the community. Salam loves to meet with students, and holds office hours by appointment. Memorable quote: "Sometimes I think the most important thing we can do is simply be seen together, laughing and getting along."
Muslim Faith Volunteer
oedaibat [at] yahoo.ca (Email Omar)
Omar is happy to respond to any communications via email during this time. Omar is one of our Muslim faith volunteers at MORSL. He is currently completing his PhD at McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies. His areas of research interest include the intellectual and social history of Sufism, Islam’s mystical and spiritual tradition, the history of Islamic law, and modern Islamic thought. Omar has been a mentor for the Muslim Students Association at McGill for a few years, where he occasionally delivers the sermon for the Friday congressional prayer. He is also an active member and volunteer with the Sanad Collective, a local Muslim community organization and registered charity, which provides educational opportunities on Islamic spirituality, including annual spiritual retreats, public classes, and lectures, and various interfaith initiatives. Please feel free to reach out to Omar by email, as he’s always available for a chat!
Muslim Peer Faith Volunteer
ramla.barise [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email Ramla)
Ramla is happy to respond to any communications via email during this time. Ramla
is an undergraduate student completing her bachelor’s degree in nursing, and has been part of the McGill community for close to 10 years. She has a deep understanding of the faith-related struggles that can come with being a student away from family and community. She is a compassionate and skilled listener and is excited to connect with students. If you want to chat, just contact Ramla by email.
Mr. David Summerhays
Quaker Faith Volunteer
david [at] montreal.quaker.ca (Email David)
Please direct any inquiries by email. David Summerhays
is one of our Quaker Faith volunteers. He graduated from McGill carrying a B.A. in history, with a concentration in colonialism. He helps to organize meditations in the Quaker tradition at McGill. He’s recently been teaching piano to pay his exorbitant muffin bills. He’d love to help connect some Quaker dots on and off campus. Not many people know about Quaker practices so he welcomes e-mails with any questions. If anything’s on your mind, David is available to talk anywhere muffins are for sale, as well as select other locations.
While midweek Quaker meeting typically takes place at the Newman Centre during fall and winter semesters, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will occur weekly online, Wednesdays at 7:00pm EDT, for at least the fall 2020 term. Please contact by email for further details.
Quaker Faith Volunteer
nicole [at] montreal.quaker.ca (Email Nicole)
Nicole is an undergraduate student at McGill, studying biochemistry and philosophy, and acts as the student faith liaison for the Montreal Quaker community. Feel free to ask her any questions about spiritual life and wellbeing, modern Quaker practice, or any number of her other favorite topics (including but not limited to Kant’s categorical imperative, familial cancer syndromes, MSERT, and sustainable living).
Dr. Juss Kaur
Sikh Faith Volunteer
jussrani [at] gmail.com (Email Juss)
Dr. Juss Kaur will be holding weekly webinars on Sundays. Please email her to register. Dr. Juss Kaur
is the Sikh faith liaison/volunteer for the Multi Faith Spiritual Centres at McGill and Concordia. She is a former Adjunct Professor in the McGill Department of Education where she has been involved in research about Inquiry based Education for several years. Juss is an International Education Consultant and has mentored over 800 teachers. She finds the experience of meeting people from diverse backgrounds a joy and enjoys their personal connection to the Divine. Juss is also a renowned visual artist and has exhibited her artwork all over Canada and UK. She produces meditative paintings that create beautiful visual images using extremely tiny phrases of devotion. The sale of her paintings directly supports humanitarian organizations, like Doctors Without Borders and Khalsa Aid. She most recently published a book called Mantra Art: The Journey Within. Come see her leaf painting in our student lounge and be sure to use the magnifying glass to take a closer look!
Juss also holds regular motivational workshops that engage students with questions of faith, spirituality, mindfulness, and positive thinking. She says it is a pleasure for her to be involved with the MORSL team where learning to love each other is an ongoing process.
Please feel free to reach out to Juss jussrani [at] gmail.com (by email) if you have any questions, worries or anxieties or simply because you want to discuss something and she will be happy to connect with you.