IONA is going Inter-Faith and Ecumenical
Reconstituting Iona College
While honouring our United Church roots, Iona College has chosen to become an inter-faith college, and ecumenical within the Christian tradition. With support from representatives from diverse faith communities and traditions, and in co-operation with our partners in the Chaplaincy Network and the University, Iona intends to continue serving the students, faculty, and staff of the University, as well as the surrounding community.
Our courses have been dependant on Dr. Norman King, and a special thanks goes to him. We hope that the next phase of Iona’s life will see revised and expanded course offerings, building on Norm’s legacy. Norm has also been the coordinator of the Interfaith Group of Windsor and Essex County, which is one of the sources of inspiration for Iona’s reconstitution
The Faculty of Law building is closing for extensive renovations at the end of the current semester. This will mean the closing of the Amicus Curiae Café. The Café is currently our major source of revenue. We will also be losing Iona’s long serving Office Manager, Café manager, food bank supervisor, staff secretary, etc., etc., etc.; Sandi Rose. Sandi is retiring at the end of this semester. She cannot be thanked enough. It will quite literally be impossible to replace her.
So the new membership and Board will have many issues to grapple with:
1. Shall Iona continue its provision of the North Campus Food Bank?
2. How will Iona fund the food bank without the Café?
3. Does Iona wish to revive the Café in the renovated building?
4. Who could possibly lead such an endeavour?
5. Should Iona seek to raise funds for more bursaries and scholarships for students, in line with the new inter-faith and ecumenical mandate?
6. How can Iona further co-operate and co-ordinate with the other members of the chaplaincy network to foster spirituality in the University community and the surrounding area?
7. Should Iona seek to partner with Canterbury to revive the student dinners?
8. We shall continue our collaboration with Assumption University and Canterbury College, and together attempt to assure the offering of courses that would be accredited by the University of Windsor. We have previously attempted to introduce a Christian Studies minor, and will continue to pursue this initiative.
9. As recommended by the outgoing board, we will pursue an introductory survey course in world religions. This course will be coordinated by Iona College. Iona will recruit qualified guest lecturers to prepare and deliver course modules. Iona will co-operate with the other colleges and the university, while making this course the foundation stone of the new Iona.
10. What arrangements must be made for fees, accreditation of instructors, teaching pay or honorariums, and accreditation of the courses?
12. What can be done for general fund raising that will revitalize the work of Iona?
These are the burning questions that a new, active, and enthusiastic Board and membership must decide. There are no doubt other questions that will arise from the fresh perspectives that new volunteers will bring. It will be an exiting time, when caring individuals will be able to write on a clean slate, and re-chart the next fifty-five years for Iona.