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Follow Me: Annual Service of Celebration 2019

At our Annual Service of Celebration graduates of the CCS Diploma in Diaconal Ministries reflected on Jesus’ call to “Follow me.” A full sanctuary of friends, family, and special guests at St. Mary’s Road United Church in Winnipeg honoured graduates Keith Hall, Tammy Bleue, Lynn McGrath and Marion Martin, along with the 2019 Companion of …

She recognized curiosity in me…”

Judy Astley (UCC 1990) came to the Centre for Christian Studies as a spiritual seeker.  She says, “Katherine Edmonstone (UCC 1986), the diaconal minister at my church in Kitchener, recognized that curiosity in me and suggested I check out CCS.  I decided to study for my own interest, with no particular end in mind.” It …

My Visit to the Methodist Diaconal Order of the UK

While in London I was able to visit with Karen McBride, Warden of the Methodist Diaconal Order of the UK, and Ruth Richey, Vice Warden. Karen invited me to visit her and Ruth at their office in central London. The Methodist Church House occupies a large, old, brown brick office building but the diaconal order …

Celebrate with us

as we honour the 2019 Graduates and Companion of the Centre The Annual Service of Celebration weekend is one of the busiest times at CCS! Spring learning circles for Theme Year students overlap with Integrating Year learning circles.  Central Council volunteers, who meet by conference call throughout the year, converge on Winnipeg for a three-day …

Searching for the Spirituality of Fandom

– A Research Project by Rev. Tracy Robertson, Diaconal Minister Spirituality? What is spirituality? I’m sure it’s different for everyone. For me, spirituality is the feeling of being connected. Fandom is sharing that connection with others who feel the same way. Connections can be through nature, relationships, faith, sports, pop culture, tractor pulling, dog showing, …

2019 Annual General Meeting – March 7

Calling all friends of CCS!  Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on March 7, 2019 at 6:00pm CST. If you’re in the Winnipeg area, come by Woodsworth House at 60 Maryland.  Come at 5 p.m. and you can have a slice of pizza too. (Please let us know so we have plenty of pizza.) …

Whispers in the sand: images of diaconia

One wouldn’t necessarily think that there was a parallel between the historical lives of diaconal ministers and those of artists. Yet Terrie Chedore found one, which she explores in her latest solo exhibit, Whispers in the Sand: a brief history of diaconal ministry, currently on display at Galerie du Séminaire at The United Theological College …

We sang, we ate! Cookies and carols 2018

It’s always a joy to gather with friends, to share delights of the season and sing in community. As one person who missed this year’s gathering commented, “ I love coming to Cookies and Carols because we sing the less familiar carols.”  This year was no exception.  In fact, as people came and went, sometimes …

Deb Hinksman: one voice at the table

If we were to glance around the table of the new Denominational Executive appointed at the 43rd General Council of the United Church of Canada, we would note, perhaps, the diversity that was there. With intention, this executive draws from people who bring different backgrounds and complexity in ethnicity, ministry in the church (paid accountability, …

1979 Core group

“A better fit”: finding diaconal ministry

In 1977, Deb Hinksman was a young theology student and candidate for ordination when she met CCS principal Marion Niven at a conference. When Marion asked Deb what she planned to do after graduation, Deb described to her a ministry of working with people (children, family, youth work), programming and education and learning. She remembers …

Cookies

Cookies and carols 2018

Hark! The herald angels, aka those of us gathered, sing! This includes you. If you are in or around Winnipeg, join us at Woodsworth House on Friday, December 14 for our annual open house carol sing. There will be hot beverages and tasty snacks and a chance to hang out and sing some of your favourite …

Making space for grace

It was a gorgeous fall afternoon in October. My partner and I wanted to celebrate the day, find a wonderful place to be outside. We remembered an area of woods in Winnipeg, inside the city but what seems like miles away, the Bois des Esprits. The Seine River runs through it and it’s watched over …

A modern, old-fashioned tea party!

Tea parties are not a thing of the past at the Centre for Christian Studies. It’s always fun to gather in celebration with people who love this place. A tea was held at the Centre for Christian Studies on Friday, November 16.  Approximately 30 people — friends, graduates, and volunteers — attended as guests.  

Preach it!

Each day began with a sermon. It`s customary to start the morning with worship at a CCS learning circle. Usually this involves singing a hymn or two, a prayer, maybe a scripture reading and a reflection question or activity. Seldom does morning worship include a sermon. But for last month`s theme learning circle on Worship, …

A Tea Party to Celebrate 20 Years!

The Centre for Christian Studies has been in Winnipeg for 20 years! On November 16 CCS will host an Anniversary Tea Party, physically for friends who are near enough to drop by and virtually for those who are farther away. Enjoy tea and cupcakes at Woodsworth House if you’re in Winnipeg. Join us virtually if you’re not. …