Companions in Conversation

On April 10, 2016 CCS will honour Jim Boyles and Stan McKay with the Companion of the Centre Award.

The day before, on Saturday, April 9th, at 9:30am, you are invited to join the CCS community for a conversation with Stan and Jim about various things, including the implications for the church of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the calls to action arising from the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

The Companions in Conversation gathering will take place at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on the corner of Wolseley and Walnut.  All are welcome.

Wilderness, Weeping, and Wiping

anointing“Wilderness, Weeping, and Wiping” was the title for a daylong retreat held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 for about fifteen deacons and associates in the diocese of Rupert’s Land. The words referred to some key themes in the Lenten lectionary– Jesus struggling in the desert, lamenting over Jerusalem, being anointed by Mary with costly perfume.

Participants in the Diocese of Rupert's Land deacons' retreat
Participants in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land deacons’ retreat

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Cookies and Carols 2015


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


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”