Like many theological schools, CCS is concerned with sustainability – both financial and environmental. Those two concerns came together in an exciting way last week when it was announced that the CCS would be receiving significant funding from England and Scotland for a project on “integration, transformation, and empowerment.”
As denominational support for theological schools decreases, CCS has had to diversify. A number of new projects and new partnerships have been attempted over the past few years, but none with the potential impact of this one. The governments of Scotland and the UK will be contributing 4 million pounds (almost 8 million Canadian dollars) toward the CCS project.
“When I wrote the proposal,” says CCS Development Coordinator Lori Stewart, “there were a couple ideas I really underlined. People want to feel good about organizations they support, so they needed to know that CCS is morally and ethically clean. And we know how to create energy. I think anyone who’s been connected with CCS over the years would agree with that.”
Program staff have started working out the logistics of holding an eco-theology event in Grangemouth, Scotland. “Up until now the furthest East we’ve gone is Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia,” said Program Administrator Scott Douglas. “Scotland is almost twice that far away.”
Meanwhile Principal Maylanne Maybee hopes that this new partnership with Britain will help raise the profile of CCS with the Anglican Church. “This is a hopeful way to begin the month of April.” she said.
British Energy Minister Fergus Ewings said, “CCS can remove carbon dioxide emissions created by the combustion of fossil fuels in power stations and in a variety of industrial processes and transport it for safe permanent storage deep underground.”
“Well, um, we can certainly try, I guess,” said Maylanne Maybee.