Ed Year Fall Learning Circle

The Fall Learning Circle of the Educational Ministry Year at CCS started today.  Twenty students from across Canada are gathered at Woodsworth House for the next two weeks to explore educational theory, preaching and worship, interfaith dialogue, and other themes.

Because CCS Theme Years are offered on a 3-year rotation, there are some students attending the Learning Circle who have been part of the CCS program for years, and some who are just starting.  The Fall Learning Circle part reunion of old friends and part forming of new community.

Wish the students well and hold them in your prayers as they learn in community.

Prayers for Wednesday, October 6

From staff worship:

Oh most blessed light, fill the innermost hearts of your faithful.
Without your power, nothing in in humans, nothing innocent.
Clean what is dirty, water what is dry, heal what is wounded.
Bend what is rigid, heat what is cold, lead what has gone astray.

(From the Latin, 13th Century)
O lux beatissima, reple cordis intima tuorum fidelium.
Sine tuo numine, nihil est in homine, nihil est innoxium.
Lava quod est sordidum, riga quod est aridum, sana quod est saucium.
Flecte quod est rigidum, fove quod est frigidum, rege quod est devium.

Jesus, you are the Great Questioner.
Keep our questions alive;
That we may always be seekers rather than settlers.
Guard us well fromt the sin of settling in
With our answers hugged to our breasts.
Make us a wondering, farsighted, questioning, restless people.
And give us the feet of pilgrims on the journey unfinished.

(Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB)

IY wraps up / Melanie’s last day

The fall Integrating Year Learning Circle wrapped up today.  The students brought in Indian food from Charisma for lunch to share with the staff, in honour of Melanie Borondia’s last day at the Centre as Administrative Assistant.

Among the many gifts that Melanie brought to CCS, the most appreciated were here organizational skills.  In the sometimes chaotic world of a theological school, it was great to have someone who could put things in order.  Melanie is leaving CCS to study to become an English as a Second Language instructor.  All the best, Melanie!

And thanks for the lunch, IY gang!  I hope the Learning Circle was beneficial.  Looking forward to seeing you all again in the spring.

Events with Friends of CCS

There are 2 upcoming events – not CCS events, but led by friends of CCS.

Carolyn McDade, who was named as a Companion of the Centre in 2002, will be leading a singing circle in Winnipeg, on October 22/23.  More information …

Ray McGinnis, a CCS grad, will be leading a workshop entitled “Writing the Sacred” on Friday, October 8 in Winnipeg.  More information…

Truth & Reconciliation: Where Do We Go From Here?

Stan McKay will be the guest for CCS’s “Mindful Munchin'” lunchtime discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Stan McKay

The Very Reverend Dr. Stan McKay was the United Church of Canada’s first Aboriginal moderator.  He is a well-respected educator, advocate, and spiritual leader.  He attended residential school in Birtle, Manitoba.  He will be leading a conversation about next steps in the path toward healing and reconciliation, for residential school survivors and for the church.  What must be done now so that we all can live as “treaty people”?

Mindful Munchin’ will take place at Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster Avenue (corner of Westminster and Maryland, just up the street from CCS), Winnipeg MB, on October 13 from 11:45 – 1:00.  Bring your lunch.

Prayer for September 15

In the midst
of routine and rest
of sabbath and sunsets
of travel and time off
of contemplation and calm

In the complex mix of our days
of agendas and appointments
of time zones and to do lists
of stress and schedules

we gather to do the work of this organization.

In the complicated muddle
of a world of floods and factions,
yet beauty and bounty,
of a city of food insecurity and housing shortage,
yet creativity and community
of a neighbourhood of gang shootings and crack houses,
yet tenacity and spirit.

May we see with hope.
May we speak with courage.
May we feel with compassion.

As we gather from the diversity of our days,
from the responsibilities: overwhelming and purposeful
from the relationships: demanding and delightful
from the encounters: fleeting and meaningful
from the habits: distracting and prayerful
from the structures: limiting and useful
from the movements: rushing and wonderful

May we be a grounded people
able to attend to this work with wisdom and discernment.
May we be a caring people
able to honour one another with respect and grace.
May we be a grateful people
able to embrace this moment with blessing and love.

A New CCS Baby

After exactly nine months of morning (and afternoon, and evening) sickness, baby Ridd was born on August 26th, 2010 at 4:13a.m. Although his full name is Peter Ridd McKenzie, he will go by Ridd. He is named after Jeremy’s (Megan’s partner) wonderful granddad Peter Doerksen and the three Ridd’s who have so profoundly influenced Megan’s life: Karen, Bev, and Carl Ridd. 

In contrast to the two days of labour with Micah, Ridd was born after a ridiculously short labour- about eight minutes after their arrival at the Women’s Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs, 6 ozs and is a healthy, alert little boy and an enthusiastic eater.  Ridd’s big brother says, “Micah yikes Widd and wants give Widd yots big huds.”

Congratulations Megan, Jeremy, and Micah.

Annual Campaign

The Annual Campaign will be launched immediately with a new planned giving program called the Songs of Life legacy book.  This offers participants an opportunity to leave both a financial and historical legacy to the Centre for Christian Studies. Contributors make a promise to leave a bequest to CCS and have their life stories inscribed in the Songs of Life legacy book. The program honours donors who fund either a current or future gift to CCS.   Anyone who is interested in having a story written should contact the Centre. A copy of our new brochure is attached for your reading pleasure.

Fall Learning Circles

Beginning September 22nd CCS will have five students in Winnipeg preparing for their “Integrating Year”. The Integrating Year is a time when students have the opportunity to incorporate their learning’s – theory and practice, faith and action.

We are preparing for a full house this October when 22 students will be coming to Winnipeg for the Educational Ministry Learning Circle beginning on the 14th.

Mindful Munchin’

Our friends in the Winnipeg area are very fortunate because The Very Reverend Stan McKay is coming to CCS to share his thoughts on, “What happens now?  Life after the Truth and Reconciliation Process”.  This event will be taking place on October 13th.  Stay tuned for more details.

Field Placement Orientations

Throughout this month Ted and Ann will be traveling to various sites across Canada doing “field placement orientation” with students in the Educational Ministry year and their Learning Facilitators, Diaconal Mentors, and Local Committees.  Students in the Ed Year are doing field placements in congregations and Christian educational settings, and the field placement orientation is a chance to make sure everyone involved is on the same page, knows what the student is hoping to learn from the experience, and what CCS is and how its program works.

Living in the midst of dying

The next CCS Tapestry newsletter will be about “Life and Death”.  We are grateful that so many people are willing to share their experiences and ideas.  We are hoping to have an article on the topic of living in the midst of dying; this could be someone who has been identified as terminal and willing to discuss their thoughts on faith and where God is in their living.  If you’d like to write something for the newsletter, our deadline for articles is September 17.

So here’s the discussion question – feel free to leave a comment:  What is your experience with living in the midst of dying?