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.

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.