Ruth Dantzer

Ruth Dantzer
Anglican Chaplain

A bit about me

I am thrilled to be part of the team of multifaith chaplains at the University of Victoria.  I am the Anglican chaplain on campus and as part of my background I bring a deep reverence for all faith traditions.  I hold a steadfast commitment to diversity and my hope is that my ministry and programming at UVic reflect this core value.  I am excited to offer on-campus spiritual direction to students and staff.  As a certified spiritual director, I can help support those seeking to deepen their relationship with their spiritual path.  Please email to schedule an appointment. 

My previous work experience includes being a chaplain at an addiction treatment centre and at a trauma hospital.  I also have experience as a retreat leader, yoga teacher, and as a spiritual director.  I am a contemplative at heart and I am in awe of the wisdom that is preserved in the world’s contemplative traditions.  I have had the opportunity to spend periods in contemplative communities and monasteries worldwide.  I am also particularly passionate about honoring different life stages, and I see student life as an especially challenging, vibrant, and sometimes overwhelming life stage.  I am a graduate of Religious Studies and EcoPsychology from Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado.  I earned my Master’s of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, completing my graduate work with concentrations in Peace and Justice Studies and Spiritual Direction.  I have training in Non-Violent Communication and I have experience facilitating Restorative Justice circles.  

In effort to achieve a balance between social action and my inner life, I have devoted much of my time to various outreach projects.  I have worked at the Mother Teresa Organization in Calcutta, working in ‘slums’, orphanages, women’s prisons, and the Home for the Dying.  I have been active in homeless shelter outreach, which has included a residential period in a homeless shelter in Denver.  I have been a humanitarian activist for a variety of non-profit organizations, bringing medical supplies to Tibetan settlement camps in the South of India, supporting Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, providing disaster relief for the Red Cross, and sponsoring a Syrian refugee family.  In my love for life stages I have done palliative care and hospice work.  I have also volunteered at a birth center in Indonesia as a doula, helping under-privileged women through their labor experience.   

I would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to support you in your journey here at the University of Victoria.  Reach out!

About the Anglican Faith

“As a partner in the worldwide Anglican Communion and in the universal Church, we proclaim and celebrate the gospel of Jesus Christ in worship and action.  We value our heritage of biblical faith, reason, liturgy, tradition, bishops and synods, and the rich variety of our life in community.

We acknowledge that God is calling us to greater diversity of membership, wider participation in ministry and leadership, better stewardship in God’s creation and a stronger resolve in challenging attitudes and structures that cause injustice.  Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to respond to this call in love and service and so more fully live the life of Christ.”


“Common prayer is an important part of how we worship together. Our services draw from a rich tradition of set prayers, either from the Book of Common Prayer, based on 16th century rites, or the more modern Book of Alternative Services (1985). Although each community has its own flavour, there are strong commonalities across all local churches. The Eucharist (also known as the Lord’s Supper or Communion) is a central part of many Sunday services, but many Anglican congregations also meet for morning and evening prayer, and for services throughout the week. Anglican services also follow a pattern that begins with the gathering of the community, then listening to and reflecting on the Scriptures. The community then brings the needs of the world and the community to God in prayer, and the group partakes in the holy meal of bread and wine, before being sent forth into the mission of daily life.  Our services follow the six seasons of the church year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost) and the lectionary, a set list of Bible readings for the year.

…Anglican worship is enhanced by the presence of symbols. Often worship spaces will use symbols of our two sacraments—an altar or table for the Eucharist and a font for baptism. Anglican churches also may have a cross, the symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection, and candles, which remind us of the light of Christ and the fire of the Holy Spirit.  Church life differs across the country, but often churches will offer programs like Christian education, Bible studies, women’s and men’s groups, grief support groups, arts activities, and social justice action groups.”

Volunteer Opportunities

Rainbow Kitchen - volunteers are needed to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up for a free lunch for those living on the street or on limited income at Saint Savior's Anglican Church. For one to two hours at midday, one day a week from Monday to Friday for two or three students at a time. Please contact The Rev. Ruth Dantzer at  for more information.

This organization addresses the needs of youth aged 16 to 21 at risk of homelessness, by providing transitional, safe, supervised housing in Mitchell House (for males) and Holly House (for females) in Victoria. Resident youth are semi-independent and must be attending school, training, paid work or volunteer work. Volunteers are needed for a range of opportunities from house maintenance and yard work to fund-raising and quilting. Please contact The Rev. Ruth Dantzer at  for more information.

Community Information

Join our university students club "Sundays@Five" for a meal and a time of informal fellowship any Sunday at 5:00 pm during UVic terms, or come to our family service at 10:00 am on Sunday morning. 

St. Georgee's Anglican Church (just a short walk from the campus)
3909 St. George's Lane
Victoria BC, V8N 4E3