Dream Job

CCS principal Maylanne Maybee writes…

Maylanne MaybeeAs the search gets underway for a new principal, I’ve heard from some, “Oh, I could never do that job!”     I remember when I thought the same thing. About six years ago I had lost a job, needed and wanted another one, and had pinned all my hopes on a position near Toronto, where I lived, which I was sure “had my name on it.”

Well, I was wrong.  I did not get my “dream job”.  In the mean time I had been approached by the Centre for Christian Studies Search Committee, asking me to think about applying for the Principal position or help them find suitable candidates.  “I could never do that job!” thought I, “at least not now. And not in Winnipeg!” Continue reading Dream Job

A Portrait of Thomasina Connell

2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the Centre for Christian Studies.  Over the course of the year we hope to feature one hundred and twenty-five images and stories about CCS’s history and identity.  To start things off, Lori Stewart reflects on a portrait of Thomasina Connell.

Thomasina Connell, head deaconess and principal of The Church of England Deaconess and Missionary Training House

The first time I saw the impressive portrait of Thomasina Connell, it was stuffed in a storage room in the lower level of the Centre for Christian Studies building at 77 Charles St. in Toronto.  At the time, I wondered who this clear-eyed deaconess was, dressed in the black uniform of an earlier day with the stiff white collar and bonnet.  All I knew was her name, discretely spelled out on a plaque, and that she was looking steadily out of that frame. Continue reading A Portrait of Thomasina Connell

Questioning Service

CCS grad Junghee Park died a year ago next Tuesday.  One of the things she did in her life was raise questions, graciously but provocatively. In her doctoral work at the Toronto School of Theology Junghee explored the concept of diakonia as companion and challenged the traditional association of diakonia with service.

In the spirit of thoughtful reflection, here is a reprint of a short piece by Junghee Park about the problem with service. As Junghee says at the end, What do you think? Continue reading Questioning Service

CCS is seeking a new Principal

Are you someone with the ability to provide visionary and transformational leadership?  Do you have an academic background with graduate work in theology and diaconal training?  Do you have knowledge of United Church and Anglican Church theology and governance?  Are you competent in program design and implementation and dedicated to innovative adult education methods?  Got any development and fundraising expertise and good networking skills for recruitment, development, and building partnerships?  How do you feel about working in a collegial, collaborative, non-hierarchical team?

The search is on for the next Principal of the Centre for Christian Studies. Maybe it’s you!  Or maybe it’s someone you know.  Visit our Job Postings page and check out the information package.

Application deadline in February 15, 2017.

Cookies and Carols 2016

Thanks to everyone who came out to our annual Cookies and Carols gathering last Thursday.  It was a warm and friendly time, full of spiced cider, tasty cookies, and hearty singing.  Thank you to Heather Robbins who accompanied on piano.

Cookies and Carols gang
Cookies and Carols gang
More cookie-eaters and carolers, with Heather Robbins on piano.
More cookie-eaters and carolers, with Heather Robbins on piano.

The Face of Reconciliation

“We need to be with one another — to acknowledge a painful past, to share our present-day stories, and, especially for non-Aboriginals, to learn about Aboriginal culture and spirituality,” says the Rev. Bruce Comrie, explaining why Kamloops United Church, British Columbia, is working on building right relations with Indigenous people.

CCS Integrating Year student Ian McLean discusses the reconciliation work he’s been involved with in the most recent United Church MANDATE Magazine.  Check it out!

Ian McLean with Maya and Frank at Kamloops
Ian McLean with Maya and Frank at Kamloops.(photo credit: George Davis for MANDATE)


Singing for Justice in Winnipeg

A lovely group of singers gathered at Woodsworth House last night to join their voices and spirits in lively music, calling for social justice, peace, inclusion and earth stewardship.  The event was organized by Heather Robbins and Dianne Baker as part of a Canada-wide series of events raising funds for CCS.  The house rang with songs like “For the Healing of the Nations,” “Live Into Hope,” “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”, and “Let Streams of Living Justice Flow.”

Thank you Dianne and Heather for drawing the group together, and thank you to all who came out to sing and to support the Centre!

Singers at the Sing for Justice Event in Winnipeg
Singers at the Sing for Justice Event in Winnipeg

CCS launches online course for Anglicans

Maylanne Maybee
Maylanne Maybee

CCS Principal Maylanne Maybee will be teaching a seven week online course being offered through CALL – Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership – a continuing education program of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, based in Berkeley, California, in partnership with CCS.  Registration is now open.

Images of Diakonia – Interpreting the Sacred in Church and World” is based on the images made popular by Deaconess Louise Williams in her keynote address to DOTAC in Winnipeg in 2002.  They are a frequent motif for diaconal formation at CCS: towel and basin, table waiter, story teller, door keeper, light bearer.  Each image will be the starting point for focusing on an area of competency for diaconal ministry, such as understanding poverty and privilege, creating community, acting for justice, ministering from the margins, inviting hope and possibility.

diaconal symbols of towel, bowl, and candleThe course will lead to two Continuing Education Units and is open to participants from the US and Canada, from The Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church.  It is suitable for anyone in discernment or formation for the diaconate, or for anyone committed to lifelong learning as deacons, mentors, or co-workers.

“Images of Diakonia” runs from January 16 to March 6, 2017 for a tuition of $220 USD.

To find out more and register, go to http://cdsp.edu/call-online-winter-2017/images-of-diakonia-interpreting-the-sacred-in-church-and-world/

ACC looking for a Social Witness and Eco-Justice Animator

Our friends at the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada have posted a job listing for “Lead Animator, Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice.”  Their work will include the ACC’s commitment to climate justice, healing, reconciliation and indigenous justice, creation care, peacemaking, justice and corrections, responsible investment, human rights, and anti-racism work.

Seems like the kind of work someone in the CCS community would be interested in.  The deadline for applying is December 4, 2016, so think fast and spread the word.

Announcing the 2017 Companion of the Centre – Linda Ervin

companion_pinThe Centre for Christian Studies is delighted to announce that the 2017 Companion of the Centre Award will be presented to Linda Ervin.  Linda will be introduced to the CCS community at the Graduation Banquet on March 25 and the award will be presented with the Companion award at the Annual Service of Celebration on March 26, 2017 at 2:00.

Linda Ervin will make a fine Companion of the Centre. Since her graduation from the Centre for Christian Studies in 1973, she has worked as a Diaconal Minister and has advocated tirelessly for Diaconal Ministry and the Centre for Christian Studies in the United Church and beyond. Her career has focused on a blending of CCS’s three foci, that is, on education, social ministry and pastoral care. She is a success story in CCS’s mission of “Educating leaders for justice, compassion and transformation.” Continue reading Announcing the 2017 Companion of the Centre – Linda Ervin

Sing for Justice Events

Sing for Justice is a chance to get together with people in your community to sing songs of justice and right relationship and at the same time raise funds to support student learning at the Centre for Christian Studies!

Dianne Baker is hosting a gathering at the Centre for Christian Studies, 60 Maryland St. Winnipeg, in the KP room on November 21 from 7-9.  Everyone in the Winnipeg area on that date is invited.

Knox United Church, 200 MEMORIAL AVE N in Russell, Manitoba has decided to host a Sing for Justice event on Sunday, November 20th (evening) with the offering coming to CCS.