Faith & Spirituality Student Team (FASST)
The FASSTeam is involved in hosting several regular programs in our centre (such as DiversiTEA), representing the Faith & Spirituality Centre (FSC) at outreach events, providing opportunities for students to learn about different cultures and religions, and acting as hosts for new students who visit our centre.
The FASSTeam consists of 2 teams.
- The Events Team
- Peer Support and Outreach Team
Meet one of our volunteers
“Being a Peer Helper for both the Arts Co-op and the Faith and Spirituality Centre (FSC) makes me feel really involved in university. I wanted to be a part of the co-op program, and now that I am, volunteering for the office allows me to see both sides of the program. I meet new people and have new experiences. Same thing with the FSC, I also got to know the chaplains, and there’s free tea. It’s also a safe space for conversations which don’t necessarily have to be about religion.
In the past, we’ve talked about “WExit” and the Canadian elections. But I’ve also learned about the differences between Judaism and Catholicism. And those kinds of conversations allowed me to think further, such as about how beliefs are very personal; people hold on to what speaks to them the most, what comforts them. These beliefs build community: political, religious, or otherwise. Talking about these things also make me question different ideas.
I enjoy hearing about what I don’t usually know, and I learn something new at the FSC every time. Whether or not you volunteer there, you need to be open and have critical thinking. As with the Arts Co-op, I also get to learn how to manage my time, delegate my tasks, and know when to stop. For me, volunteering is one way to decompress, so it also becomes a balancing act. It’s like the way I switch between working with a smaller team at the Arts Co-op office, and a larger team at the FSC.
Volunteering is great: you grow as a person, and you will connect with people no matter where you end up giving your time to. But, one thing you also need to remember is that you have to know where you’re at. Self-reflection is very important to consider. Like the conversations I’ve had with other peer helpers, not questioning is not growing, and not contributing to yourself or society.”