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November 27, 2003

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Wiccans should be served
It was interesting to read the article in SFU News (Nov. 13) about the interfaith centre and chaplains on campus. Naturally, I did not expect to see any mention of the small religious groups on campus in such an article because we are not represented in the centre. Nor are we listed on the web-page of the centre, nor, so far as I am aware, have any referrals to our services ever been made by the centre or the chaplains there.

I won't try to speak for anyone else here, but I have personally contacted chaplaincy services on several occasions over the past year and more to see how the members of the various Pagan religions on campus could be served through the centre.

I am a Wiccan high priest. I was initiated in 1985 and I have held credentials from the federal non-profit Congregationalist Witchcraft Association since 1994. I wanted to be available to serve those of my co-religionists at Simon Fraser through the centre. I am still waiting for a call back. In addition to my own services, which perhaps they have not had sufficient time to evaluate, I asked that they put the Alternative Paths club up on the web-page alongside the listings for the clubs sponsored by the monotheistic religions of the book. This has not happened. Alternative Paths is a club for Pagan students that brings together Wiccans, Druids, Asatruar and others for fellowship on a weekly basis, and has done so for at least the past two years.

Wiccans on campus are a small group and we don't need to use an already overbooked meeting space. But those of us who have not yet found our club or community or who are in need of the counselling or support of clergy in our faith due to some crisis, should be able to go to chaplains and easily be referred to services. Just like Christians, Muslims and Jews, Wiccans should be served by chaplains.

Samuel Wagar
History MA candidate

Giving credit
I read with interest the SFU News (Nov. 13) story on the Romanian children adopted into Canadian homes which highlighted the work of Karyn Audet. However, I feel there is a glaring omission in the history of the project. As you may be aware, the project began with the hard work of now retired psychology professor Elinor Ames and several graduate students in that department. It is in large part due to their initial data collection (no small feat) that current developmental comparisons are an option. Some small acknowledgement of the beginnings of the project would be appropriate.

Ruth Kirson

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