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Meet Ruth Dantzer

Spiritual care provider

Anglican Spiritual care provider




As a Spiritual Care Provider and an ordained priest of the Anglican Church, I support the spiritual and religious needs of the UVic community. I am deeply committed to diversity and work to reflect this value in my ministry and programming at Multifaith.

I have a settler background, with Scottish, Swedish, English, and Welsh ancestry. I acknowledge that our white forebearers inflicted grave injustices upon this land and upon its First Peoples and that harmful effects of colonization continue today.

I strive to support students whose spiritual interests draw them toward transformation and deeper meaning in life. While I identify as a Christian, I relate to those who identify as spiritual-but-not-religious, because for years I walked that path myself. I see the beauty that each life story holds and I’m grateful that my role at Multifaith allows me to walk alongside people of many backgrounds.

As a campus Spiritual Care Provider, I offer the UVic community my experience in areas such as spiritual direction, pilgrimage, and exploration of the contemplative paths. I am a certified Spiritual Director, yoga teacher, and meditation instructor and I have led retreats and wilderness solos. I have enjoyed time on retreat in contemplative communities worldwide, deepening my connection with the sacred through meditation and time in nature. I have experience as a Spiritual Care Provider in various healthcare settings including a trauma hospital, an addiction treatment centre and hospice.

In effort to achieve a balance between engaging my inner spiritual life and social action, I have devoted time to outreach and justice projects. I worked as a volunteer in various settings such as the Mother Teresa organization in India, in unhoused communities in the USA, bringing medical supplies to Tibetan settlement camps, providing disaster relief for the Red Cross and volunteering at a birth center in Indonesia as a doula. I also coordinated a sponsorship group for a Syrian refugee family. I have training in Non-Violent Communication and have facilitated Restorative Justice circles.  I bring a lens of spirituality, diversity and inclusion, environmental awareness, and social action into my work at the university.

I see student life as an especially vibrant, and sometimes overwhelming, life stage. These years hold much potential for spiritual growth and I am committed to walking with people in journeys of self-discovery. I would like to extend a heartfelt offer to support you in your journey. I hope you will reach out!

Education and Credentials:

  • Master of Divinity, with a concentration in Social Justice and Ethics, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, with a concentration in EcoPsychology, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, 2004
  • Clinical Pastoral Education, Centura and Centered Life, 5 units, Littleton, CO, 2010 – 2011
  • Spiritual Director Certification, Benet Hill Monastery, Colorado Springs, CO, 2009 – 2011
  • Yoga Instructor Certification, The Yoga Room, Boulder, CO, 2006
  • Wilderness solo trainings and apprenticeships, The School of Lost Borders, Big Pine, CA, 2004 – 2006

The following excerpts are taken from the Anglican Church of Canada’s website.

“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.”

Please feel free to read more about the Anglican Church of Canada's beliefs