The Rev. Craig Chaplin, friend, pastor, teacher and graduate of (McGill University’s) United Theological College died on Wednesday, May 9, 2007.
Over a decade before that Craig decided to make a bequest to the United Theological College that would support an award recognizing the remarkable contributions of ministry offered by gay and lesbian people. In initiating this fund Craig envisioned an award that would be given regularly, and publicly, to a gay or lesbian person, ministering within the formal, organized structures of the Christian Church or in other faith traditions. This award is intended to be not only a symbol of affirmation, but also a means of fostering and encouraging positive role models within the LGBT community.
It was Craig who proposed that this award be announced at the time of his death and that others be encouraged to be Craig’s partners in contributing to it and the vision it promotes.
We are honoured that Rev. Chaplin has entrusted the United Theological College with the disbursement of this memorial fund. His affirming vision of the ministry of gay and lesbian people within and beyond the life of the Church is one we seek to affirm in tangible ways through our ministry of theological education. This Memorial fund allows us to live more fully into this vision and mission.
The United Theological College (UTC)
If you would like to make a secure online donation to the Chaplin Memorial Fund, please click here.
Also, feel free to visit Craig’s online memorial guestbook
Update – March 2008 First Chaplin Award recipient announced (James Loney)
Read about the presentation in the Spring issue of UTC’s Passages
Update – March 2009 Darryl Macdonald to receive the second Craig Chaplin memorial award
Read UTC’s Passages account
Update – March 2010 Alyson Huntly will receive this year’s Craig Chaplin memorial award
Update – March 2012 – Two names to be added to Craig Chaplin Memorial Award
Update – February 2013 – Shaun Fryday to be this year’s recipient of the Craig Chaplin Memorial Award