Ministry as Listening

Above, students in the Ministry as Listening learning circle participate in a mirroring exercise.

For the past week, seventeen students have gathered at Woodsworth House  to explore Ministry as Listening. Participants include a certificate student, in the ordination stream at the Atlantic School of Theology, a continuing studies student, taking the learning circle for interest, a Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre student, with the rest diaconal diploma students. Continue reading “Ministry as Listening”

Living Stones

Recently retired diaconal minister Allison Halstead shares  her May 2017 reflection to the Manitoba North West Ontario Conference.

I recently hiked Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. A stone wall made of squared stone 120 km long, 3 m wide, 5-8 m high. There’s not much of it left and some think that’s a shame — we humans seem to love a good wall!

But as I walked, I thought – the wall is still here , or the stones are – the carefully chosen, shaped, and placed rocks are still here — but now in stone fences that divide pastures so sheep may safely graze, in bridges and roads so all may safely travel, and in barns and houses so all may safely dwell. Continue reading “Living Stones”

Praxis begins!

CCS staff person Scott Douglas reports on the first Praxis on-line gatherings. Praxis is a component of the new program structure.

The Centre for Christian Studies held its first online gatherings of students in its first Praxis year on September 18th and 20th. “Praxis” is a (kind of) new component in CCS’s diploma and certificate programs. 

Program staff member David Lappano described Praxis as the “spine or backbone” of the diaconal ministries program.  The introduction of greater flexibility for students gave rise to the need for something to hold all those different components together. In any given year a student can choose to enroll in one, two, three, or more theme learning circles, a practical field placement, or not, and any number of their required eight external academic courses. Hence, the Praxis component; the spine to which all the other limbs attach. Continue reading “Praxis begins!”

CCS welcomes new staff!

Marcie Gibson

When CCS embarked on a program review and redesign in 2015, there was no specific intent to roll out a newly designed program immediately. With the program staff team down following Ann’s medical leave and Maylanne’s retirement meaning a brand new principal, there are enough changes going on, right? But if change is a’happening you might as well go full out. Why wait? And so as Michelle Owens steps into the principal role, the new school year launches the new program structure and there’s more new staff. Continue reading “CCS welcomes new staff!”

A time of covenanting

God calls us to diaconal ministry. 
The gospel of Jesus invites all to this ministry:
to offer compassion and accompaniment,
to work for liberation and justice,
to act as advocates of creative transformation. *

Colleagues, friends, students and graduates gathered on September 13 to covenant with Michelle Owens as she steps into the roll of principal at the Centre for Christian Studies. Michelle takes on this position as CCS enters its 125th year while rolling out a new program design. Continue reading “A time of covenanting”