Author: CCS

Language of the land

by Karen Orlandi I spent hours trying to learn to say the name of the place where I was staying in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the people who live there. It is Asubpeeschoseewegong, and even now, as I hear it come off my Anglo lips, it sounds completely unlike any language I know. It is …

“In a good way”

Learning at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centreby Kim McNaughton “In a good way” is a phrase Elder Rev. Bernice Saulteaux used during prayer and teaching at the Christology learning circle in April.  I am a 4th-year student in the diaconal ministry program at The Centre for Christian Studies (CCS); in September I will be entering the Integration (and …

Minister for the little people

Where are they now? Lori Crocker ~ CCS Grad ~ 1980 Lori Crocker was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Growing up she was involved in Sunday School, children’s choir, Explorers, CGIT, youth group and Sherbrooke Lake United Church Camp in Franey Corner. She remembers loving the music and the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Lori got a …

Book Review: The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

Reviewed by Ray McGinnis “The ideal subject of totalitarianism is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e. the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e. the standards of thought) no longer exist.” (474) Imagine if the Centre for Christian …

Communications in 3 Regions

I have worked with Michelle Owens, Principal, for a number of years, back when we were both at the London Conference of The United Church of Canada. We were the cyclists who would bike into the office on warm summer days, arriving sweaty and a little musty. But the bike rides home were always the …

A Few Considerations Before Ordering Quail

The International Union for Conservation of Nature counts quail as a “species of least concern.” Kill a quail for Christ. No quandary. Kill the bird known to eat hemlock, before it kills you. Consider the children of Israel, craving cucumbers,  garlic, leeks, complaining of manna.  And God, exceeding expectations said: “Thou shalt eat quail for …

Threads

From CCS to the United Church General Council office to Writing Workshops to Thailand and Beyond: Threads of Educational Continuity by Ray McGinnis As the new chairperson of the Communication and Promotion Committee I was asked to write a few words about what I’ve done since graduating from CCS in 1980. Back then I opted to remain …

Resurrection Day

An excerpt taken from the end of Bob Haverluck’s book “Little Sparrows See God Fall” (and rise). This scene takes place after Mary encounters Jesus in the garden on Easter morning. Running and skipping back into the city, Mary’s mind was running too. “What a good mistake, thinking he was the gardener. He is the …

Circles of power, pain and singing

At the Centre for Christian Studies, we try to put life at the centre of theology. This does not mean that God is not central, only that we recognize that ministry happens out in the world. Over and over we ask, Who is God? Who are we? What is our task? And so it is …

Jesus loved me first

by Karen Orlandi It was late afternoon, at the end of a circle in the darkening days of October and we had to come up with an art installation depicting Christ in Culture. My partner Alana and I were drying up when it came to creativity… till we thought of puppets! Quickly, with the last …

Under the Bridge

a novel by Anne Bishop When stress causes an old trauma to surface, Lucy, a long–time community organizer, teacher and antipoverty activist, loses control of her life. On probation and living on the streets of Halifax’s North End, all she has left is friends. Faithful friends like Judith, her lawyer, who is helping her take …

I am no longer surprised by whom I am learning from. . .

by David Hughes 12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will …

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 …