Cookies and Carols 2015

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O come all you faithful.  Join us on Friday, December 18 from 3:30 to 5:00 for CCS’s annual Cookies & Carols open house.  There’ll be hot cider and tasty snacks and a chance to hang out and sing some of your favourite Christmas hymns and carols.

Dec 18th, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Cookies and Carols at the Centre for Christian Studies
60 Maryland St, Winnipeg

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Book Launch: When God Was Flesh and Wild

You are invited to a cozy afternoon book launch on Saturday, Nov. 21st from 2-4pm at Immanuel United Church (corner of Golspie and Kimberley, off Henderson Hwy in Winnipeg).  Bob Haverluck promises there will be “music, story theatre, coffee, tea, baked yum yums, and licorice cigars.”

You might remember about a year ago we announced the publication of three new storybooks by artist/poet/theologian Bob Haverluck.  Bob has taken the three biblical-based stories, added a fourth, and a foreword by Ched Myers, and compiled them into When God Was Flesh and Wild: Stories in Defense of the Earth.  Eco-theologian Sallie McFague calls the book “wise and wonderful!”  Ched Myers calls it “insightful” and “delightful.”  Ed Foley of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago calls it “a first aid kit for the soul.”

When God was Flesh and Wild: Stories in Defense of the Earth is available for purchase from CCS ($28 + postage), as are the three storybooks ($10 each).

Or pick up a copy in person at the book launch.  There will be entertainment from singer-songwriter Sam Baardman, fiddler Susan Israel, actor-writer Ellen Peterson, and Bob Haverluck himself.

Jesus feeds the dirty bird, thieving bird, God's birdy angel, Raven.
Jesus feeds the dirty bird, thieving bird, God’s birdy angel, Raven.

 

VIDEOS – Cinq à Sept

What is a cinq à sept?  It is not, as emcee Robbie Scott thought, a mispronunciation of “sunken ship.”  Nor is it like a tea set but specifically for instant coffee.  (That would be a Sanka set.)

Debbie Coss and Lori Stewart catching up as people gather
Debbie Coss and Lori Stewart catching up as people gather

cinq à sept is a gathering that runs from 5pm to 7pm.  Such a gathering was held on Wednesday to pay tribute to Ted Dodd who is retiring this summer.  It was an entertaining, and occasionally zany, event, with snack, games, and speeches.  Here are some video highlights to give you a sense of what it was like, but of course, for some parts “you kind of had to be there.” Continue reading “VIDEOS – Cinq à Sept”

How to Host a CCS AGM Party

CCS will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at Woodsworth House in Winnipeg and across Canada via conference call.  It’s open to all friends of the Centre.

So let’s say you live outside of Winnipeg, but you know CCS Friends in your area.  Get yourself a speaker-phone, invite them over to phone in together!  Have high tea or an evening snack (depending on the time where you are) and huddle around the phone to pray, learn, and discuss the Centre for Christian Studies – its present and its future. Continue reading “How to Host a CCS AGM Party”

Cookies and Carols 2014

colourful nativity scene

Help us make the yuletide bright!

December 12th
from 3pm to 6pm
at the Centre for Christians Studies (60 Maryland)

Please join us for our annual Christmas open house.  Delicious snacks and warm beverages.  Lusty singing.  (Yeah, I said “lusty.”  Bring it!)  Special musical guests on the half hour.

Never been to CCS?  Come take a tour.  Want to let us know you’re coming? RSVP to Lori at lstewart@ccsonline.ca .  Or just drop by.  Stay for a few minutes or stay the whole time.

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Peterborough LDM – Deadline Extended

For the first time, CCS will be offering its Leadership Development Module in January.

January 12-24, 2015 at Bedford House (an EDGE ministry) in Peterborough, Ontario.  The cost is $1400 and the deadline for registration is December 1st has been extended to December 15th.  (We still need a few more registrants to make it a go, so if you’re interested, please register now.) Continue reading “Peterborough LDM – Deadline Extended”

Allies and Solidarity – Videos from November’s Second Fridays

“I’m not here to make you comfortable.  I’m here to tell you honestly who I am, and how you can be respectful of other indigenous people.”

Michael Champagne and Mary Lysecki brought challenge, humour, and insight to November’s Second Fridays presentation in partnership with the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, on “Allies and Solidarity.”  Mary exposed the “doctrine of discovery” and Michael pushed us to see people not as we’re comfortable seeing them, but as they really are.

Check out the videos.  Share them widely. Continue reading “Allies and Solidarity – Videos from November’s Second Fridays”

Feast for Friends 2014

blanket exercise in a tent

CCS was pleased to once again support the Feast for Friends gathering at the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Beausejour on September 20, 2014.

Held each year around the fall equinox, this was the third time that friends from different cultures have come together on the land, for activities, story-telling, ceremony, feasting, and celebration.  By all reports it was a wonderful day with record attendance.  Busloads of people came out from Winnipeg. Continue reading “Feast for Friends 2014”

Loss & Lamentation

loss-lamentation-picGrief and Loss, Death and Dying, End of Life Care:
A 5-day course for clergy and lay on pastoral care in times of transition.

October 20 – 24, 2014  (9am to 5pm, plus the evening of the 23rd) at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Winnipeg, MB.

Including:

  • pastoral skills to strengthen ministry
  • worship leadership in grief and loss
  • theological & biblical themes on death & dying
  • site visits to a crematorium and a funeral home
  • advance reading and reflection assignments
  • learning in community with other clergy and lay people, including students in the CCS diaconal ministry program

Tuition: $475 (does not include accommodations and meals)
REGISTER ONLINE
Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014

For more information, call 204-783-4490.