From the minister’s study – September 2020

Nicole McKay, Student Minister

I am delighted to share with you that we will have a student minister with us this program year. Nicole McKay (she/her/hers) is a Unitarian Universalist seminarian studying at the University of Toronto. She requires a field education placement for this school year through her M.Div. program, and due to COVID has been authorized to do it virtually. Out of all the UU congregations in Canada, she has chosen us!

Nicole is a parent to two children, a francophone, a vocalist and musician, and has a deep love for being in nature. She is an aspirant with the Unitarian Universalist Association working towards ordination and a member in good standing with the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. Her home congregation is the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. She currently resides on the traditional lands of the Petun, Anishinabewaki, Mississauga and Haudenosaunee peoples in Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario.

Nicole has been an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces since 2005. She has recently transferred to the chaplain branch where she will complete her remaining studies and go on to serve all members and their families as the first Unitarian Universalist Canadian military chaplain in history.

As a Unitarian Universalist and serving with us, a signatory to the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord, part of her work this year will be listening and learning from indigenous voices about the intersection of Canadian military presence with colonization and white supremacy culture. Her portfolio will include, but not be limited to: pastoral care, worship, social justice, and faith development.

During her time with us through next spring, Nicole can be reached at nmckay@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca.