The twenty-one diaconal ministry students from coast to coast in the spring Educational & Liturgical Ministry learning circle are wrapping up their two-and-a-half weeks of intensive learning tomorrow. They’ve been exploring things like christology, preaching, sacraments, aboriginal spiritualities, interfaith connections, and the role of the arts in ministry.
Recipients of the Companion of the Centre award are often role models for students in the diaconal ministry program of the Centre for Christian Studies. This is not necessarily a good thing.
At part of last weekend’s celebrations, students in the Educational & Liturgical Ministry learning circle sat down with new Companion of the Centre, Linda Ervin, to hear about her life of diaconal connections and convictions. Linda regaled them with tales of justice-seeking and social activism. And then she dropped the bombshell: As a CCS student in the 1970s, Linda organized a student strike. Continue reading “Final Week of CCS Learning Circle Cancelled Due to Student Strike”
The Centre for Christian Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Owens as its new principal.
Michelle Owens is a United Church diaconal minister and a graduate of the Centre for Christian Studies (2007). For the past four years she has been the Personnel Minister for London Conference of The United Church of Canada. She brings keen skills in administration and policy, as well as a commitment to adult education and lifelong learning.
When Michelle came to Winnipeg for interviews last month, it was the first time she’d been back to the city since her graduation from the Centre. Having only recently returned from a pilgrimage, she came with what she calls “a spirit of discernment” – and with advice from her spiritual director: “Look for bends in the river.” Continue reading “And the New Principal Is…”
The Annual Service of Celebration is a time of worship and reflection, as well as celebration.
Ian McLean and Josh Ward, this year’s graduates from the Centre for Christian Studies, reflected on their journey toward diaconal ministry.
Before CCS student Charmain Bailey-Foutner started studying for diaconal ministry, she was a professional singer. She closed out last Saturday’s graduation banquet with a stunning rendition of Paul Halley’s “The Rain is Over and Gone.”
The past weekend offered opportunities for celebration – of students graduating and Companions being recognized – but the weekend also provided the opportunity for the CCS community to thank Ann Naylor for her many years of service as an inspiring teacher, a thoughtful guide, and a comforting presence. Continue reading “In Honour of Ann – video”
At the Annual Service of Celebration on March 26, 2017 Linda Ervin was recognized as a Companion of the Centre.
This past weekend two students graduated from the Diploma in Diaconal Ministries program of the Centre for Christian Studies. Congratulations Ian McLean and Josh Ward.
At the Annual Service of Celebration on March 26, 2017, CCS Program Staff member Janet Ross delivered the citation to the graduating students…
The Centre for Christian Studies and the United Centre for Theological Studies at the University of Winnipeg are hosting a book talk by CCS’s David Lappano on his recently published exploration of the social theology of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard called Kierkegaard’s Theology of Encounter. Continue reading “Kierkegaard’s Theology of Encounter – Book Talk”
Shelagh Balfour is a recent graduate from the Centre for Christian Studies’ course for Anglicans exploring the diaconate – Ministering by Word and Example. One of the goals of the course was to help students develop their capacity for biblical and theological reflection, and to connect their reflections to pastoral and social responses. She’s agreed to share her reflections on Leanne Simpson’s article “Liberated People, Liberated Lands” as an example of the kind of critical thinking our students are invited to engage in. Continue reading “Unsettled”
The CCS Awards Working Group has extended the deadline for the Rutherford and Myers scholarships.
CCS students and grads, are you pursuing post-graduate studies in religious studies or religious education? Have you checked out the Myers and Rutherford scholarships? The extended deadline for application is April 28, 2017. Applications can be sent to Lori at email@example.com.
This weekend is CCS’s Annual Service of Celebration. At the banquet on Saturday two students – Ian McLean and Josh Ward – will receive their Diplomas in Diaconal Ministries. At the worship service on Sunday, they will share a reflection and be recognized as grads.
Also at the service on Sunday, Linda Ervin will be honoured as a Companion of the Centre.
As well at the banquet and the service we will be offering tribute to CCS program staff member Ann Naylor who is leaving the Centre to go on long-term disability.
Please be part of our celebration this weekend …
- by coming in person,
- or by leaving a personal comment below congratulating any of our graduates or our new Companion or expressing appreciation for Ann,
- or by inviting your congregation or faith community to pray for us this weekend.
Ah spring, when a young theology student’s thoughts turn to graduation!
Josh Ward and Ian McLean began their final learning circle today before they graduate from the Centre for Christian Studies’ Diploma in Diaconal Ministries program this weekend. Over this coming week they will plan for the worship service this Sunday, reflect on their personal credos, explore polity and changes within the church, think about ways to build support networks in their ministry, and continue making connections between their ministry and the need to work for right relations and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Continue reading “Integrating Year Spring Circle Starts”
Next week CCS diaconal ministry students from across Canada pour back into Winnipeg for learning circles. We’re looking forward to the energy and the spirit of engagement they bring with them.
Meghan Witzel, a third year student currently in the Educational & Liturgical Ministry Year, offers this reflection on how the Centre for Christian Studies program has changed her…