“It Gets Better”

Patrick Woodbeck from Rainbow Ministries will be speaking at CCS’s “Mindful Munchin'” event on January 21 2011.  He will be discussing the “It Gets Better” campaign, and the role of the United Church.  There will be more information to come.

If you haven’t heard of “It Gets Better”, it’s a project designed to combat the high levels of despair and suicide among LGBT youth and people who have experienced bullying based on their perceived sexuality by spreading the word that love and friendship and support and accepatance IS possible.  Check out the It Gets Better website.

Another LDM testimonial

Joan Kennedy attended the Leadership Development Module in 2010, and is headed toward a ministry of Word, Sacrament, and Pastoral Care.

I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in the Centre for Christian Studies’ Leadership Development Module this past summer in Calgary. As a Candidate for Ordination, I found the content and practice of leadership invaluable as I enter congregational ministry as Student Supply. Learning together as part of this community for 12 days was a very affirming and enlightening experience for me. Consider the LDM as part of your theological education plans.”
Joan Kennedy, Grande Prairie, AB

Is CCS’s Leadership Development Module for you?

We Are All Treaty People!

Come and learn more about:

  • the spirit and the intent of the treaties
  • the historic and contemporary issues
  • implications for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal People

Speaker: Jeff Harris from the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

Wednesday, December 8 7:00 p.m.

Room 3M71 – Manitoba Hall, 3rd floor, University of Winnipeg

This event was initiated as follow-up to an Mindful Munchin’ event sponsored by the Centre for Christian Studies in October. The Very Reverend Dr. Stan McKay (Elder, and former Moderator of The United Church of Canada) spoke about “Truth and Reconciliation: Where do we go from here?” He shared reflections on next steps in the path toward healing and reconciliation for residential school survivors and for the Church and on what must be done now so that we all can live as “treaty people”.

Organized by a group of people working for „right relationship‟ between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, including representatives of:

  • Centre for Christian Studies
  • Faculty of Theology, University of Winnipeg
  • Immanuel United Church
  • St. Matthew’s Anglican Church
  • St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

More info…

Website Update

The Centre for Christian Studies website ( www.ccsonline.ca ) is being updated this weekend.  For a few hours you won’t be able to access it, but once it comes back online you’ll find it has a fresh new look.  If you have pages on the website bookmarked, you may get a “File Not Found” message after the update, but hopefully the navigation on the new website will be clear enough to help you easily find the content you’re looking for.

The CCS Blog will not be affected by the update.

News from Toronto

Charlotte Caron recently had time in Toronto where she was able to meet with CCS grads, volunteers and supporters. Two highlights were a visit to Belmont Place and a gathering at Trinity-St. Paul’s Church.

Three diaconal ministers live in Belmont Place.  Marion Pope took Charlotte around to visit the two others, first visiting Muriel Isaac, a woman who now attends the United Church although she worked as a deaconess in Baptist Churches during her career.  At 97 she enjoys reading, visiting and going to church.  Down the hall lives Donalda Jardine who, at 102, is the oldest living graduate of what is now the Centre for Christian Studies.   Ms Jardine graduated in 1937, was commissioned by Maritime Conference and began her career working as a Christian Educator in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.  She has a delightful smile as she recalls her time at the training school.

Later that day, 19 CCS grads and supporters gathered for visiting and some learning what is currently happening at CCS.  Charlotte spoke, with students Deb Kigar and Jackie Van’t Voort and Council Co-Chair adding their perspectives.  It was an enjoyable time with people from different eras, Anglican and United people, grads and supporters.  We met in the “Memorial Room” at Trinity-St. Paul’s, a fitting site with a large painting of Katherine Hockin who taught many of us over the years about social analysis and how the world works.

Charlotte will be travelling to Edmonton and Calgary in early December to visit and catch up with  old and new friends.

It’s not too early to think about the Leadership Development Module

We already have two people signed up and it’s only November!  Contact info@ccsonline.ca for more info.

MINISTRY PERSONNEL:
Looking for meaningful continuing education?  Taking a sabbatical?  Searching for renewal in ministry?

The LDM will be offered twice this year.  Once in Winnipeg at CCS, May 30 – June 11, 2011.  And again in Nova Scotia at Tatamagouche Centre, August 8-20, 2011 .

Doing the Leadership Development Module was a very significant part of my first Sabbatical taken as I completed 30 years in ordered ministry.  It provided a wonderful, though very intense, opportunity to hone existing skills, to develop new skills and to learn new approaches in a supportive, challenging community.

– Dexter Van Dyke, Regine, SK

Cookies and Carols

CCS is opening its doors to folks who will be in and around Winnipeg on December 15th to join us for our annual “Cookies and Carols” celebration.   This event will take place on from 4 – 6 pm at the CCS offices (60 Maryland Street, Winnipeg).

Annual Fundraising Campaign

First of all, let me share some statistics with you…

Last year CCS had 33 full-time equivalent students training for diaconal ministry.
It costs CCS $15,163.97/year to educate each student.
A grant from the United Church of Canada covered $3,800 per student.
Each student paid tuition of $4,500.
This means, of course, that CCS needs to raise about $7,000 per full time equivalent beyond tuition and grants.
$7,000 times  33 students = $231,000

So far we’ve raised enough for 2 students.

Would you like to help?  Contact us at CCS to make a donation, or click on the “Donate” button in the sidebar to make a donation through the Canada Helps website.

Tell us what you are doing

CCS is getting a new database sometime fairly soon.  And one of the things we’ve realized is that we don’t know what some of our graduates are currently up to.  We’d love to know.  If you’re working, where are you working?  If you retired, where did you retire from?  Are you volunteering in your retirement?  If you’re on sabbatical, what are you doing with your time?  Drop Glenda a line (Edit: Marc is the new staff person: mdesrosiers@ccsonline.ca ) and let her know.  CCS grads are some of the most interesting people, and the way they integrate their faith, their work, and their lives is inspiring.

Theme Year Fall Learning Circle wraps up

The fall Learning Circle for students in the Educational Ministry Year finishes today.  CCS will seem quiet tomorrow, after having 20 students in and around for the past two weeks.  We wish them well as they head home to continue their learning.

Stan McKay podcast

Last Wednesday, the Very Rev. Dr. Stan McKay spoke to around 70 people as part of CCS’s Mindful Munching lunchtime discussion.  The topic was “Truth and Reconciliation: Where Do We Go From Here?”.

Stan McKay

The audio podcast of this presentation is now available.  Just right-click on the link below (ctrl-click if you’re on Mac without a right click button) and choose “Save target as…”  Or you can just click the link and it will play in your browser.  The podcast is a 29:30 minutes MP3 (13.5 MB).

Truth and Reconciliation: Where Do We Go From Here?

The audience was a diverse mix of church and non-church people, students, aboriginal and non-aboriginal.  As part of the Stan’s presentation he invited everyone gathered to introduce themselves and comment on the T&R gathering in Winnipeg earlier this year if they attended.  Toward the end of the presentation he invited the gathered audience to share ideas for networking and action.  These were important parts of the discussion, although they aren’t included in the podcast.

At one point Stan commented that an hour over lunch was not adequate to really explore the issues and move toward action, and plans are underway with some of the people gathered to organized a longer and more in-depth event.

This is our first CCS podcast, so we may have a few wrinkles still to work out, but let us know what you thought by leaving a comment.

Mardi Tindal visits the Learning Circle

Mardi Tindal, Moderator of the United Church, dropped by the Educational Ministry Year Learning Circle today on her way through Winnipeg.  She brought greetings from the United Church of Canada (“Because I can,” she said) and expressed support and encouragement for the work the students are doing in preparing for ministry.

UCC Moderator Mardi Tindal with student and staff of the Centre for Christian Studies
UCC Moderator Mardi Tindal (left of centre, wearing the striped jacket) with CCS students and staff

Thanksgiving for Revelation

Thanksgiving for Revelation

Creator God
genesis of the universe
in midnight northern lights
in the brooks and birds
in meadow=s hush
in rainbow colour
You come moving over the face of creation.

Divine Star maker
source of being
in beauty
in nature
in wonder
You come as the one who has created and is creating.

Divine Artist
in Bach=s variations and Van Gogh=s swirling fields
in Michelangelo=s sculpture and McDade=s passionate music
in Hildegarde= s mystic poetry and Haverluck=s outrageous angels,
You open our senses.

Holy name
in music and song
in craft and picture
in dance and movement
You paint your presence on our souls.

God of scripture
of wrestling angels
of praising psalmists
of raging prophets
You offer insight and wisdom.

God of Abraham and Sarah
God of Moses and Miriam
God of Mary and Peter
in parable, poetry and prose
in wisdom and sacred story
in epistle and gospel
You reveal yourself like an open book.

God of exodus liberation
in slavery overturned
in civil rights addressed
in women empowered
in lives affirmed
You are incarnate in the seeking of justice and the resisting of evil.

God of justice
in wrongs redressed
in powers confronted
in freedoms gained
You reveal yourself loving and serving others.

Jesus of Nazareth
in lessons taught
in healing extended
in tables shared
in tables turned
You reveal life abundant.

God of cradle, cross and tomb
in stable birth
in unjust crucifixion
in Easter hope
In life and death and life beyond death, You are with us.

Holy friend
in hands held
shoulders cried upon
laughter shared
You enter into relationship with us.

God of love
in warmth and support
in challenge and expectation
in affection and intimacy
You reveal that we are not alone.

God of love
in a moment of knowing
in a flash of insight
in a grounding deep
You are there.
You are there.
You are there.

God of
       Ellen and Arlene,
       Beth, Barbara, and Bob
       Carol and Kimberley,
         Kelley and Kristin
       Marcie, Michelle, and Mark,
       Alice and Alice,
       gwen and Vicki,
       Thérèse, Tracy and Ted
         Jackie and Jacqueline and Jamie,
in seasons of self-worth when we know our value and giftedness
in struggles for conversion and transformation when we long for newness of life
in times of self-acceptance when we dare to embrace forgiveness
You are there.
You are there.
You are there.

Litany from Educational Ministry Year Learning Circle

Litany for Christian Education
Friday morning, Week One
Introduction to Educational Ministry
 
Fiery, cloudy pillar, you guide our lives.
As learners and leaders,
may we remember our story of community and liberation.
God of the prophets, you demand of us justice.
As teachers and ministers,
may we embody our call and covenant.
Holy Wisdom, you centre us in wholeness.
As educators and students,
may we discern our direction and purpose.
Christ of the parables, you teach with conviction and insight,
As people of passion and perspective,
may we learn and grow.
Spirit of holiness, you direct us toward compassion and wholeness.
As church and community,
may we embody and inspire faith.
Divine future, you sustain us with vision and promise,
as the people of today and tomorrow,
may we honour our roots and soar with our wings.
O God, we give thanks for the opportunities to learn and grow.
We are grateful that Christian Education has taken place for us:
in so many settings, so many venues, with so many varied peoples,
with mind and heart,
with body and soul,
in groups and alone,
in mass audiences and one on one,
in studies and discussion,
on retreat and on the streets,
in youth groups,
in church school,
in bible study,
with panels, videos, and guest speakers,
at camp and at home,
on service projects and work experiences,
in field placements and global tours,
in class rooms and libraries,
with toddlers and teens, with seniors and middle-agers,
with women and men, using curriculum and resources, journals and text books,
in crisis and calm, in quiet gentleness, in animated extroversion,
in prayer and in song, in drama and dance, with computers and crafts,
in research and scholarship, in experience and emotions, in structured process and in spontaneous insight.
Fiery, cloudy pillar, you guide our lives.
As learners and leaders,
may we remember our story of community and liberation.
God of the prophets, you demand of us justice.
As teachers and ministers,
may we embody our call and covenant.
Holy Wisdom, you centre us in wholeness.
As educators and students,
may we discern our direction and purpose.
Christ of the parables, you teach with conviction and insight,
As people of passion and perspective,
may we learn and grow.
Spirit of holiness, you direct us toward compassion and wholeness.
As church and community,
may we embody and inspire faith.
Divine future, you sustain us with vision and promise,
as the people of today and tomorrow,
may we honour our roots and soar with our wings.