The Great Command casts the foundation for all our efforts in pursuing God.

Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence ... and Love others as well as you love yourself. (Matthew 22:37-40 MSG)




Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence ... and Love others as well as you love yourself. (Matthew 22:37-40 MSG)

This command is what the Carey family of learners is formed by, and what all students are invited to participate in. Jesus’ words invite us to develop spiritual practices of devotion to our God, being transformed in all parts of our humanity into Christ’s likeness. We are invited to care for each other with as much vested interest as we care about ourselves.

The invitation forms our life together as a community of academic study and spiritual formation. We are guided to tend first to our own inner life with Christ, and second to participate fully in the community of Christ as we work out our salvation in fear and trembling.

Students come to Carey from diverse places, families, lives, churches, and experiences. Some live nearby, while others login to online discussions from around the world. We are proud to have a range of denominations and experiences represented; some students have worked in ministry for years, and some have only recently decided to pursue life in Christ. This diversity gives depth to our conversations, richness to our community life, and balance in our understanding of the world around us.

Not only do our students bring their own story, but join a community that has a distinct history, and calling in theological education. It is a sacred privilege to bring the history and call of each student together with the history and call of Carey. We do this with the guiding command of Christ to love our God first, with everything we have, and to love each other as ourselves.

Members of the Carey community are expected to follow this command with integrity and persistence, recognizing their role as a participant in the body of Christ and the community of Carey.


A Student ID card will be provided to all students who have been accepted into a Carey program of study, and are currently enrolled in a course. Student ID cards may entitle students to discounts on various products and services such as books, software, and student discounts. (UBC U-Pass cards are not available to Carey students.)


All Carey online courses are hosted by UBC Canvas, an online classroom format.

All Carey students need to register for a Campus Wide Login (CWL) account through UBC in order to access online course.

  • Create a CWL Account. Click here to begin:
    When the login screen opens, click “Proceed” to begin. Follow the prompts through the screens:
    1. UBC Privacy Policy page. You must click “I Agree” in order to Continue.
    2. Select “BASIC ACCOUNT” and click “Continue”.
    3. Personal Information page. Fill in your information and choose a username, password, and security question answers. Make sure to write down this information as it is required to access your course.
  • Activate your CWL Account. Look for an email from UBC IT Services to confirm your CWL. You have 72 hours to click the link and activate your account.
  • Enter your CWL username in the personal information page in your Carey SIS account.

Once you have logged in to Canvas, your courses will appear as links to be followed. Note courses are typically not available until a few days before the course begins.


Carey is committed to the growth and renewal of the church through the formative nature of our curriculum, our interaction and connection with students. We are convinced that God has spoken, and continues to speak, in the Scriptures. We teach the centrality of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. As the people of God, we are committed to a life of discipleship, to live under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to embrace the local church as the body of Christ. There is a common misconception that character growth and community life can hardly happen in an online education program. Through intentional built-in elements such as on-site face-to-face gathering, mentorship, small groups, spiritual disciplines, and collaborative learning, students are provided with ample opportunities for personal, spiritual, and character growth through their mentors, peers, and ministry community.


Carey celebrates a rich and successful history of global theological education delivering a variety of educational offerings from the certificate to doctoral level to places from the Western Canadian provinces to Kenya, India, Bolivia, and China. The online education platform brings global learning at Carey to another level. Through online delivery and learner-centered andragogy, Carey draws students from all over the world interacting andcsharing their ministry, professional, and life experience, providing an invaluable opportunity for students to understand and engage in multi-cultural theological dialogue.


Carey maintains an updated student list at all campus libraries; these lists include all students who have been accepted into an accredited program and are actively taking courses. UBC library cards can be obtained at the UBC Bookstore. A UBC student number is required; request yours from the Registrar’s Office.

UBC’s Inter-Library Loan service is available to students to obtain books or resources not already available. Books need to be picked up and returned in person; the UBC library will not mail items to students. Journal articles requested through ILL will be emailed to students. For help obtaining items not available through the ILL process, such as articles only in print format, contact a UBC Librarian for assistance.

Students who do not live near UBC are encouraged to check with their local colleges, universities, and seminaries. UBC Library participates in reciprocal borrowing agreements at many university libraries throughout Canada. Refer here for details on reciprocal borrowing privileges in Canada: 

To use reciprocal borrowing, students need a COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries) card. Contact David Harakal at or phone 604-822-1443 to have a COPPUL card mailed to you. You must provide your UBC student number and other contact information.


Online library databases are a useful source of information. The UBC Library has access to the ATLA Religion Database, as well as other databases.

For access to the UBC library’s online databases login using your UBC Student ID.


Books and other resources are an essential component of the learning process. Students are expected to obtain required textbooks for each course. These are a notable expense costing up to $150 per course. If finances are limited, students are advised to invest carefully in those essential reference works that will become a permanent and valued part of their library.

Books may be obtained through local or on-line bookstores. Carey does not operate a bookstore; however the Regent Bookstore at 5800 University Blvd., Vancouver is operated as a service to students and the public. The bookstore has many texts in stock and can secure titles upon order. (Email:, Phone 1-800-334-3279)

Books may also be borrowed from libraries, as mentioned above.


Carey Centre is located at the northeast corner of the University of British Columbia, near the corner of Wesbrook Mall and Chancellor Boulevard. It is within a few minutes’ walk of many university facilities, including libraries, the aquatic centre, playing fields, museums, parks, restaurants, and bookstores. It is also in close proximity to University Village which has a variety of shops and restaurants. Bus and taxi service are readily available. All emergency services are available and the University Hospital is nearby.

Buildings at Carey Centre house faculty and staff offices, conference and meeting rooms, a chapel, a catered cafeteria, and housing for students studying at UBC and other local colleges. Free high-speed WiFi is available in the lobby, meeting rooms, and classrooms. Carey Centre also offers year-round accommodation for visitors to the Vancouver area. Rooms are fully furnished with single or queen beds, en-suite bathrooms. Linens, towels, soap and shampoo are provided. For more information, please call the reservations office at 604-224-4308 or email

A. Print/Copy/Fax, Internet Services, & Phone
Photocopying and printing for courses may be obtained at the main Reception area of the Carey Centre (B&W: $0.10/ side; Colour: $0.50/side). Fax is available at $0.10/ page.

Students coming to Carey from a distance who require computer internet access may ask at the Carey Centre reception desk to borrow an Ethernet cable. Wireless access is available in certain areas of the building. A courtesy phone is located in the main reception area; a pay phone is located in the Faculty building. Mobile phones should be turned off in class.

B. Residence & Classroom Use
Carey Theological College and Carey Institute attempt to provide a Christian community for students. Whether living in the Carey residence or participating in courses that use the Carey classrooms, Christian living involves communication, cooperation, commitment, and consideration of others.

The refrigerator in the Faculty building may be used to store lunches. Please ensure your food and drink items are labeled with your name.

Please do not help yourself to food and drink items that do not belong to you.

No cooking is allowed in the kitchenette of the Faculty building. Food may be re-heated in the microwave.

Please clean up after yourself. Always place dirty dishes in the dishwasher in the kitchenette of the Faculty building, and clean up countertops and table after use. Meals are available in the cafeteria at the Carey Centre. Individual meal tickets may be purchased at the Carey Centre Reception desk. Groups should make special arrangements in advance with the receptionist.

C. Lost and Found
Lost items are held at the main office in the Carey Centre.

D. Public Transit Service
The main UBC bus loop is 1 block south of the Carey Centre (at Wesbrook Mall and Student Union Blvd, see map on back page). Transit service links UBC to all areas of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

From Vancouver and the Lower Mainland: Take any bus that states UBC as its destination -- in Vancouver, bus routes #4, #9, #17, #25, #41, #43, #44, #49, #99 B-Line, #258 and #480 will all take you to UBC. Note that some routes service the UBC campus only during peak hours. Skytrain passengers can get off at Broadway Station and then transfer onto the #99 B-Line bus to UBC. Skytrain and #99 B-Line bus is the most economical mode to and from the airport.

E. Parking
Parking at Carey Centre and UBC is restricted. A limited number of parking passes are available at the Carey Centre Reception desk for a fee.


Carey students are responsible for their own personal health care coverage. Check with your provincial health care provider. If you are a student living in British Columbia, Medical Coverage is provided by the Medical Services Plan (MSP). MSP insures for medically required services, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures. Most families and individuals pay monthly premiums for their MSP coverage.


A. Vocational & Pastoral Guidance

The Faculty members of Carey Theological College/Carey Institute are skilled and willing to provide vocational guidance for those contemplating ministry and for those students already engaged in ministry who seek pastoral guidance.


B. Spiritual Companioning/Direction/Pastoral Care

Through the Centre for Spiritual Formation, Carey has a network of qualified people who are willing to provide students with spiritual companioning, spiritual direction or pastoral care, as appropriate. Information and requests may be made to the Carey Institute or to the Academic Program Assistant.


Carey attempts to provide a Christian community for students while participating in courses. Christian community involves communication, cooperation, commitment, and consideration of others. A student with a grievance of a non- academic nature may bring that grievance in writing to the President.


Carey seeks to be a community in which students, faculty and staff can grow together, free from discrimination and harassment. We are identified by our commitment to Jesus Christ and to the Scriptures which make Him known. Our purpose is that each of the members of Carey lead exemplary and honourable lives, consistent with and faithful to this revelation. So it is that we seek to love, honour, serve, guide and, where we have failed, to seek to make and be made right with one another. We acknowledge that we sometimes fail to live up to the high ideals upon which we claim to rest. Relationships may be fractured through acts or attitudes that either intentionally or unintentionally cause hurt. Discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, are two of many possible ways in which this sense of Christian community may be betrayed.

Anyone who believes that he or she has been subjected to comment or conduct which might constitute discrimination or harassment should report it to the Registrar.