Category: News

Learn with CCS in 2019-2020

“The best leap of faith I ever took!” CCS student In a few weeks a new group of Learning on Purpose participants will be walking through the door of the Centre for Christian Studies for the first time. Some of them will be carrying on into the Diaconal Ministries program. Others are taking the LoP …

Remembering 1919 from Woodsworth House

While labour unions and other groups in Winnipeg prepare to commemorate the centenary of the Winnipeg General Strike in their own fashion, we thought it fitting to offer you a reminder of the part that the one-time resident of our little house on Maryland St. played in one of Canada’s most explosive social episodes. In …

Minister for the little people

Where are they now? Lori Crocker ~ CCS Grad ~ 1980 Lori Crocker was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Growing up she was involved in Sunday School, children’s choir, Explorers, CGIT, youth group and Sherbrooke Lake United Church Camp in Franey Corner. She remembers loving the music and the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Lori got a …

Stella’s Circle – space to connect

I am a third-year student in the Diaconal Diploma program at the Centre for Christian Studies. I currently live in St. John’s, NL. Ihave been an active member of the United Church in Newfoundland for all my life. I have a deep passion for youth and social ministry. My time at CCS has pushed me …

Book Review: The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

Reviewed by Ray McGinnis “The ideal subject of totalitarianism is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e. the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e. the standards of thought) no longer exist.” (474) Imagine if the Centre for Christian …

A Pilgrimage to Something New

Fairfield United Church is a place that offers a way forward when everything you believe is coming apart.  Here you will find companions on a journey – church burnouts, spiritual refugees, and freedom seekers.  Whoever you are, wherever you’re at on your journey of faith, you are welcome here. – Beth Walker My congregation, Fairfield …

Communications in 3 Regions

I have worked with Michelle Owens, Principal, for a number of years, back when we were both at the London Conference of The United Church of Canada. We were the cyclists who would bike into the office on warm summer days, arriving sweaty and a little musty. But the bike rides home were always the …

A Few Considerations Before Ordering Quail

The International Union for Conservation of Nature counts quail as a “species of least concern.” Kill a quail for Christ. No quandary. Kill the bird known to eat hemlock, before it kills you. Consider the children of Israel, craving cucumbers,  garlic, leeks, complaining of manna.  And God, exceeding expectations said: “Thou shalt eat quail for …

Threads

From CCS to the United Church General Council office to Writing Workshops to Thailand and Beyond: Threads of Educational Continuity by Ray McGinnis As the new chairperson of the Communication and Promotion Committee I was asked to write a few words about what I’ve done since graduating from CCS in 1980. Back then I opted to remain …

Equality for LGBTQ+ Congregants Is Still a Struggle in Some Canadian Churches

by Kaitlin Bardswich I like to describe my spiritual identity as a bit of an “ecumenical mutt.” I was raised Roman Catholic, had all the childhood sacraments, and attended Catholic school in southern Ontario. In university, I struggled with my faith and turned to The United Church of Canada for refuge. I found a home …

Resurrection Day

An excerpt taken from the end of Bob Haverluck’s book “Little Sparrows See God Fall” (and rise). This scene takes place after Mary encounters Jesus in the garden on Easter morning. Running and skipping back into the city, Mary’s mind was running too. “What a good mistake, thinking he was the gardener. He is the …

Circles of power, pain and singing

At the Centre for Christian Studies, we try to put life at the centre of theology. This does not mean that God is not central, only that we recognize that ministry happens out in the world. Over and over we ask, Who is God? Who are we? What is our task? And so it is …

Jesus loved me first

by Karen Orlandi It was late afternoon, at the end of a circle in the darkening days of October and we had to come up with an art installation depicting Christ in Culture. My partner Alana and I were drying up when it came to creativity… till we thought of puppets! Quickly, with the last …

Under the Bridge

a novel by Anne Bishop When stress causes an old trauma to surface, Lucy, a long–time community organizer, teacher and antipoverty activist, loses control of her life. On probation and living on the streets of Halifax’s North End, all she has left is friends. Faithful friends like Judith, her lawyer, who is helping her take …

I am no longer surprised by whom I am learning from. . .

by David Hughes 12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will …