The CCS Awards Working Group has extended the deadline for the Rutherford and Myers scholarships.
CCS students and grads, are you pursuing post-graduate studies in religious studies or religious education? Have you checked out the Myers and Rutherford scholarships? The extended deadline for application is April 28, 2017. Applications can be sent to Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The diaconal ministry students at the Centre for Christian Studies are back in town and reconnecting as a learning community. Twenty-one students from coast to coast are here in Winnipeg for their spring Educational & Liturgical Ministry learning circle. They will spend the next two and half weeks exploring things like christology, preaching, sacraments, aboriginal spiritualities, interfaith connections, and the role of the arts in ministry.
This weekend is CCS’s Annual Service of Celebration. At the banquet on Saturday two students – Ian McLean and Josh Ward – will receive their Diplomas in Diaconal Ministries. At the worship service on Sunday, they will share a reflection and be recognized as grads.
Ah spring, when a young theology student’s thoughts turn to graduation!
Josh Ward and Ian McLean began their final learning circle today before they graduate from the Centre for Christian Studies’ Diploma in Diaconal Ministries program this weekend. Over this coming week they will plan for the worship service this Sunday, reflect on their personal credos, explore polity and changes within the church, think about ways to build support networks in their ministry, and continue making connections between their ministry and the need to work for right relations and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Continue reading Integrating Year Spring Circle Starts→
Candidates for the position of Principal of the Centre for Christian Studies are meeting today at Woodsworth House in Winnipeg with the CCS staff, current principal Maylanne Maybee, and the CCS Search Committee. Tonight they will meet with some invited members of the broader CCS community. We are grateful that these candidates have put themselves forward and we appreciate their willingness to offer their gifts.
Please pray for them and for the Centre as we discern who our next Principal will be.
This month CCS program staff member Ann Naylor received approval to move from “medical leave” to “long-term disability.” At our recent Annual General Meeting, CCS student Anita Rowland delivered this tribute to Ann…
I don’t know how many of you remember your first few minutes at CCS or your first conversation with Ann but for me, those two things took place at the same time. Within minutes of walking through the door of CCS for the fall learning circle, Ann had greeted me. So early in the morning no one else was around yet. We talked about how long tea can be reused, moved on to the subject of quilting, and then, to the handwork of previous generations of women; and the self-expression which found voice through their work. Continue reading Ann Teaches Us To Stand→
The dominant group in any nation state often resorts to nostalgia, to mental or cultural ellipses, and to general forgetfulness in search of meanings and definitions to serve its own ideological needs of the moment.
Continuing our goal of presenting 125 pictures to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Centre for Christian Studies, here is a look back at some of the logos that have represented the school over the years. (Thank you to Sharilynn Upsdell and her masters thesis “Evolving Symbols, Evolving Ministry: An Exploration of Diaconal Symbols in the United Church of Canada” for some of the background on these images.) Continue reading In the Beginning Were the Logos→
Since the beginning of the year, more than a hundred refugees have crossed into Manitoba seeking asylum. Fearful of how the new American administration will affect their chances at finding safe haven, they have been walking across the US/Canada border, often for hours through waist-deep snow and freezing temperatures.
CCS student Jordan Basso is in ministry at a three-point United Church pastoral charge near the border, including the town of Emerson. “It has certainly been an interesting and exciting time to be in ministry,” says Jordan. Continue reading An Open Heart on the Border→
Last week the CCS Program Review Coordinating Team, the Integrated Program Working Group, and the CCS staff all met at Woodsworth House in Winnipeg for three days to discuss the future shape of the Centre for Christian Studies’ program. Various teams and working groups have been meeting over the past year, usually by skype or conference call, to research, explore, and discuss different key aspects of what it means to educate people for ministry. This was the first chance for some of major players in the program redesign to meet face to face. Continue reading Program Review Face-to-Face→