Category: News

Whispers in the sand: images of diaconia

One wouldn’t necessarily think that there was a parallel between the historical lives of diaconal ministers and those of artists. Yet Terrie Chedore found one, which she explores in her latest solo exhibit, Whispers in the Sand: a brief history of diaconal ministry, currently on display at Galerie du Séminaire at The United Theological College …

Power and Pain

This March brings two opportunities to dig in to issues that profoundly affect us all. Power and Privilege From March 20-26, 2019, the Centre for Christian Studies will be offering a social justice learning circle on Power and Privilege. Anybody who wants to create positive change in the world needs to have a working understanding …

Logged in to Learning

Last week the Centre for Christian Studies started something new. CCS students have been using technology for years, to access course materials, submit assignments, connect with each other and with staff. But last week the first completely online learning circles were launched. Ministry as Listening is an online version of the Centre’s in-person Ministry as …

Scholarships for CCS Students and Grads

Thanks to generous donors, CCS has a few scholarships available for our students and/or CCS graduates pursuing further education. The deadline for applications is April 1. For more information, contact info@ccsonline.ca Gertrude Rutherford Scholarship – A scholarship to further the studies of a graduate(s) of the Centre for Christian Studies, who is proceeding to a Degree …

We sang, we ate! Cookies and carols 2018

It’s always a joy to gather with friends, to share delights of the season and sing in community. As one person who missed this year’s gathering commented, “ I love coming to Cookies and Carols because we sing the less familiar carols.”  This year was no exception.  In fact, as people came and went, sometimes …

Deb Hinksman: one voice at the table

If we were to glance around the table of the new Denominational Executive appointed at the 43rd General Council of the United Church of Canada, we would note, perhaps, the diversity that was there. With intention, this executive draws from people who bring different backgrounds and complexity in ethnicity, ministry in the church (paid accountability, …

1979 Core group

“A better fit”: finding diaconal ministry

In 1977, Deb Hinksman was a young theology student and candidate for ordination when she met CCS principal Marion Niven at a conference. When Marion asked Deb what she planned to do after graduation, Deb described to her a ministry of working with people (children, family, youth work), programming and education and learning. She remembers …

Announcing the 2019 Companion of the Centre – Nancy Ford

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Companion of the Centre recipient will be Rev. Canon Nancy Ford.

Cookies

Cookies and carols 2018

Hark! The herald angels, aka those of us gathered, sing! This includes you. If you are in or around Winnipeg, join us at Woodsworth House on Friday, December 14 for our annual open house carol sing. There will be hot beverages and tasty snacks and a chance to hang out and sing some of your favourite …

Making space for grace

It was a gorgeous fall afternoon in October. My partner and I wanted to celebrate the day, find a wonderful place to be outside. We remembered an area of woods in Winnipeg, inside the city but what seems like miles away, the Bois des Esprits. The Seine River runs through it and it’s watched over …

A modern, old-fashioned tea party!

Tea parties are not a thing of the past at the Centre for Christian Studies. It’s always fun to gather in celebration with people who love this place. A tea was held at the Centre for Christian Studies on Friday, November 16.  Approximately 30 people — friends, graduates, and volunteers — attended as guests.  

Preach it!

Each day began with a sermon. It`s customary to start the morning with worship at a CCS learning circle. Usually this involves singing a hymn or two, a prayer, maybe a scripture reading and a reflection question or activity. Seldom does morning worship include a sermon. But for last month`s theme learning circle on Worship, …

A Tea Party to Celebrate 20 Years!

The Centre for Christian Studies has been in Winnipeg for 20 years! On November 16 CCS will host an Anniversary Tea Party, physically for friends who are near enough to drop by and virtually for those who are farther away. Enjoy tea and cupcakes at Woodsworth House if you’re in Winnipeg. Join us virtually if you’re not. …

Patrolling with the Bear Clan & other moments from fall learning circles

The traditional “back to school” time means that students have been gathering this fall at Woodsworth House to explore, challenge and be challenged, laugh and cry and wonder together.

On the minds & hearts & desks of Integration Year Students

This time of year is both exhilarating and nerve-racking for our Integration Year students as these four prepare for their United Church final Candidacy interviews. One of the tools that helps them prepare is the Credo assignment, which asks them to write a one-page personal faith statement and a 10 page explanatory paper on what informs …