The Interfaith Centre
The Interfaith Centre is a hub on campus. Our chaplains serve on a volunteer, part-time basis and each one represents a different faith community. They are experienced and qualified to help direct you to your community of faith or help you discover your own journey. You are welcome and encouraged to talk to them about all matters of faith.
We have three locations to serve you:
- The Interfaith Centre (MB227, Stan Grad Centre) has a comfortable lounge, microwave and mini fridge where you can read, relax or engage in conversation with SAIT's chaplains.
- The Interfaith Meditation room (MB314, Stan Grad Centre) is open daily for meditation, prayer and reflection. This is a shared space for all religious groups. Friday Jummah Prayers are hosted here.
- The Interfaith meeting space (MC311, Stan Grad Centre) is used for group meetings such as Mass. This space can be booked through the Interfaith Centre at 403.284.7385.
It's important to us that everyone at SAIT has the opportunity to profess and practice their own religion without fear of discrimination. If you require a religious accommodation for a religious observance, fill in a request form 10 days prior to the observance. Forms must be completed electronically and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests will be accommodated whenever possible, but students are required to make up all missed work and meet all course requirements.
We want to do our part in creating and sustaining a community that includes the promotion and protection of the Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions. For a listing of dates relating to a variety of religions, check the Calgary Interfaith Calendar.
Meet the SAIT chaplains
Faith: Christian, University Campus Ministries
Art Kung is ecstatically thankful and honoured to be part of the vibrant campus life here at SAIT. As a SAIT alumnus from the Emergency Medical Technician program, he enjoyed a life of adventure in the air ambulance industry — bringing help and hope to some very critical scenarios over the years.
His intense career experiences stirred in him difficult questions of life and death, meaning and purpose. Art says his journey has led him through a "theology of grace" into deeper spirituality, community and conviction.
Art enjoys good coffee and good hockey, so he's always up for a cup of joe or a pick-up game on the ice. He is always open to discuss his own passions and would love to hear from you on yours.
Art also assists as the coordinator for the Interfaith Centre.
Contact Art by email, call 403.542.0414 or drop by the Interfaith Centre: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
Reverend Tim Nethercott
Faith: Christian: United Church
Tim is honoured to be part of the SAIT chaplaincy team. Before becoming ordained in the United Church of Canada, Tim had careers in book publishing, teaching English and with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He has worked and studied in France and England, the United States, Japan and Thailand.
Like other members of the clergy, Tim preaches, leads worship services and administers the sacraments — he does not, however, have a congregation. Instead he leads a ministry team on three post-secondary campuses. Together they sponsor a community of young adults, hold drumming events, explore multi-faith relationships and practice contemplative Christian spirituality.
Tim describes himself as a "religious mongrel," since he was raised in the Evangelical church and spent a number of years in the Roman Catholic world. Like many young people, he became "allergic" to his own faith tradition in his 20s and left the Church for several years. He practiced Buddhism for two years, then finally returned to his own religious tradition.
He was formed for ministry at Queens University in the Canadian tradition of the Social Gospel, which places a high value on the struggle for social justice. Tim is a vigorous advocate for LGBTQ people.
Contact Tim by email, call 403.202.0180 or drop by the Interfaith Centre: Tuesdays, 1 - 3 pm
Fr. Sajo Jacob
Faith: Roman Catholic
Fr. Sajo Jacob was born in India and received his academic training in India and Canada. He has a master's degree in philosophy and other degrees in theological and spiritual disciplines. He is a priest of 16 years, served in different capacities like pastor, spiritual guide, mentor and leader. He is really excited to be the part of the team of chaplains serving SAIT.
Fr. Sajo was appointed to serve as the chaplain for SAIT through the Calgary Catholic Campus Ministry, which aims to provide opportunities for growth in faith and social commitments to students, faculty and staff.
Contact Fr. Sajo by email, call 403.708.1560 or drop by the Interfaith Centre: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 2 pm
Imam Fayaz Tilly
Faith: Muslim (Sunni)
Imam Fayaz Tilly attended the institute of Higher Islamic Learning in Buffalo, New York, where he memorized the Holy Qur'an and acquired the knowledge of the basic Islamic sciences.
Upon becoming a Hafiz (one who has successfully memorized the Qur'an and has been given certification by his teachers), he enrolled in the seven-year course of Islamic Sciences at Darul-Uloom.
After completing his degree (masters equivalency) in 2002, he returned to Canada to serve the Muslim community of Calgary, Alberta. Imam Fayaz is the founder and director of Tahfeez-ul-Quran, a Quranic memorization program of Calgary.
He serves as an Imam for the greater Calgary area. Imam Fayaz is certified and continues to pursue higher studies in general and family counselling.
Contact Imam Fayaz by email, call 403.284.7385 or drop by the Interfaith Centre: Mondays, 1 - 3 pm
|Monday||Catholic Mass||noon - 1 pm/MC311|
|Tuesday||Drum circle||4 - 5 pm/Symposium|
|Christian Fellowship Service||4:30 - 6 pm/MC311|
|Wednesday||Catholic Mass||noon - 1pm/MC311|
|Friday||Jummah Prayers||times vary/MB314|