About Tom Sherwood

tomTom Sherwood is an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada (UCC) and an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa, supervising graduate students and teaching courses on religion and society. He has taught at Carleton on a part-time basis since 1982.

In June 2009, the UCC awarded him the McGeachy Senior Scholarship in order to undertake a project of research and writing related to the spirituality of Canadians born during the 1980s, Listening to The Echo.

From 1999 to 2009, he was the Ecumenical Chaplain at Carleton University, the only full-time religious professional for a population of 24,000 students.

From 1984 to 1999, he served as minister of Orléans United Church.

In 1983 he conducted the Membership Survey part of a self-study undertaken by the Canadian Association for Pastoral Education (now called the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care). His data (N=423, more than 500 variables) became the basis for a PhD thesis on professionalism in ministry.

In the 1970s he established a parish-based campus ministry at Bloor Street United Church and the University of Toronto.

He is a founding member of three interfaith organizations.

In 2008, with the support of colleagues, he established the Canadian Campus Chaplaincy Centre.

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