Call for Nominations – Companion of the Centre

Companion of the Centre nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Companion. 

The “Companion of the Centre” award was established in 2001 by the Central Council of the Centre. Through this award, CCS honors, at the Annual Service of Celebration, one or more persons:

  • graduates who through their life and ministry, have brought distinction and honour to the Centre for Christian Studies, or,
  • members of the Centre for Christian Studies community (friends, volunteers, staff, students, and so on) who have made a significant contribution to the work of CCS, or,
  • individuals in the wider community whose life and work epitomizes the ideals of CCS.

Nominations are welcome from graduates, students, friends, volunteers and staff. The Companion is presented with a “pin” in keeping with the tradition of both the Anglican and United Churches and CCS’s predecessor schools, to give graduates and Deaconesses pins. Nominations must be received by September 30th each year.  Nomination form is available on line at
A list of all Companions is on the CCS website.  Think about who might be a good nomination for CCS’s 120th anniversary and make it happen!  It is not too soon to start to collect the materials now in order to be ready for the September deadline!

Reception for Charlotte

You are invited to a “Real and Virtual” Reception for Charlotte!

We are planning a “Real and Virtual Reception” at Woodsworth House to honor and thank our Acting Principal Charlotte Caron, CCS’72

… as she transitions into her departure from CCS and paves the way for the in-coming Principal – Maylanne Maybee – on August 1st. This come-n-go event will be held on Wednesday, June 29th from 4:00 – 5:30 PM

If you can drop in, please do so:
CCS at 60 Maryland Street at Wolseley Ave., in Winnipeg

If your location prevents you from doing so, we invite you to send Charlotte a virtual ‘e-greeting’ directly to her:

Charlotte had previously spent much of her career working in theological education. In 2003, she retired from St. Andrew’s Theological College in Saskatoon and had subsequently been involved with the United Church Lay Pastoral Minister in Training
programs operating out of United Theological college in Montreal. She has served on several CCS committees, and was also instrumental to bring CCS policies up-to-date in 2009. This past year has focused Charlotte in the capacity of Acting Principal; shortly, she is looking forward to return to her life of “retirement”, to some much-deserved
relaxation and to her hobby passion and to enjoy her expertise in bird-watching…

Tatamagouche LDM is a GO!

Registration for the August Leadership Development Module at the Tatamagouche Centre in Nova Scotia was lower than we were hoping, but we’re going to do it anyway!  The LDM runs from August 8-20, 2011.  The deadline for application has past, but if you’re desperate to attend, we can accommodate you.  Give us a call (204-783-4490) or send an email ( ).

Special note to Anglicans: If you are an Anglican and wishing to attend this LDM (or any in the future), CCS offers a bursary especially for Anglicans.  Contact us for more info.

PAR Challenge

We want YOU to help us grow the CCS Ministry in pastoral care, education and social transformation

During the summer months, CCS staff and volunteers continue their program development, governance and planning for the Fall and Winter ’12 activities. As we gear-up for the exciting seasons ahead, we are mindful that your financial and prayerful support are the necessary ingredients which will keep CCS relevant and of real value to the United and Anglican Churches in Canada.

Without our community of supporters, this ministry could not be accomplished.

CCS provides Education for ministries of pastoral care, education and social transformation throughout the entire year, and we need your support all year long too!

Help CCS “grow and bloom” with a monthly “PAR”!

a PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance donation) is the most convenient and easiest way to give…

June – August’11 (3-month) PAR Goal Challenge from 61-to-81 participants!

We currently have 61 “PAR” participants who provide a monthly, pre-authorized gift to CCS. Our Spring and Summer’11 GOAL is to GROW our PAR donors to 81 participants  Will you be one of those who will take up the challenge? We need 20 ‘new’ supporters to reach our goal

  • It is so-o-o convenient and simple to set-up!
  • The donation is automatically debited once each month, from your account (of choice), for your donation amount (of choice
  • Income tax receipts (for Canada Revenue Agency) are issued at year-end
  • Example 1: a $10.00 / month PAR donation = $120.00 year-end tax receipt!
  • Example 2: a $25.00 / month PAR donation = $300.00 year-end tax receipt! Amazingly-effective!

To set-up a PAR remittance, please contact me – Marc Desrosiers – ( or call me at 204-783-4490 ext. 22 for your confidential discussion

DUCC National Gathering June 21-24 at the University of Winnipeg

“Courageous Engagement: Forging New Relationships” is the theme for the Diakonia of the United Church National Gathering being held at the University of Winnipeg. Conference participants will be exploring ways to build bridges and relationships with aboriginal brothers and sisters in community while deepening our understanding of Aboriginal and First Nation cultural understandings.

For much more program and conference information, please visit: for full details and registration information. We encourage your attendance and look forward to welcome friends.

June Leadership Development Module

Seven men and women from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, gathered for two weeks at Woodsworth House in Winnipeg for the Leadership Development Module. There was lots of learning, great singing, profound moments of worship, creative play, hard work, and LOTS of laughter. One interesting feature of this LDM group was that they ate communally for the most part – going out on the first day to buy groceries, and replenishing stocks as they went on. It was a fine community and they brought a lot of life to Centre.

Of the seven participants, two plan to carry on into the Pastoral Care Year in the fall, and two others are thinking about coming back for a certificate year in Social Ministry in 2012.

CCS at MNWO Conference

Charlotte Caron, Ted Dodd and Ann Naylor from CCS attended the United Church Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario meetings in Kenora, ON during the last weekend in May. Ted chaired the Conference Visioning and Critical Reflection Committee which helps the Conference keep grounded in its theology. Charlotte participated in a presentation called “A Prairie Banquet” outlining the resources for theological education in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. These two provinces have five United Church schools / centers with a rich and varied array of learning opportunities—Centre for Christian Studies with its focus on preparation for diaconal ministries, Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Centre with its dual focus of training people for Aboriginal ministries and cross cultural work, University of Winnipeg which offers courses, certificates and degrees in theology, Calling Lakes with the Designated Lay Ministry program, continuing education and lay training, and St. Andrew’s College which emphasizes preparation for ordained ministry in rural settings. We, the five institutions collectively and individually, have much to offer the Church in these areas!

Coming out the other side

The last couple of weeks at CCS has been Leadership Development Module time. An intense, profound, and BUSY time. As a result, I haven’t been able to get the updates up on the blog. Luckily Marc has still been keeping the constituency up to date through email, so if you get the bi-weekly emails, a lot of this will be “old news”.

Mindful Munching – World Parliament of Religions

Lynda Trono will speak about her recent participation at the World Parliament of Religions in Australia on Friday, May 6, 11:45 AM – 1 PM at the CCS House, 60 Maryland Street in Winnipeg.  Bring a lunch, and RSVP to Marc if you’d like to come.

Lynda will share her experience of the Parliament of the World’s Religions using video footage, power point and the ancient art of conversation. Come and share her excitement at encountering other faith traditions and learning about their efforts towards peace and justice. The Charter for Compassion, the Children’s Charter for Compassion and the Peace Next social network will also be part of the discussion.

New Principal Announced

The Centre for Christian Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Maylanne Maybee as its new Principal. 

“The Centre for Christian Studies is an exceptional school of experiential learning for people dedicated to the Church’s ministry of service, mission and justice. I look forward to the adventurous days ahead – days of exploration, collaboration and deep learning”, noted Maylanne.

Maylanne Maybee brings a lifelong passion for social justice and a deep understanding and lived experience of servant ministry. Educated at Trinity College, The University of Toronto and Oxford University, her more recent studies have focused on racial justice and reconciliation, just and responsible tourism in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, transformational leadership, and conflict mediation.

An Anglican deacon for over thirty years, Maybee has worked to promote the renewal of the diaconate as a distinct order and ministry within the Anglican Church.  In mentoring a growing body of Anglican deacons, she has developed her own capacities as a theologian particularly in the areas of ecclesiology and mission.  Maybee also has several publications to her credit, including All Who Minister: New Ways of Serving God’s People, a collection of case studies of innovative models of ministry.

Prior to her appointment at the Centre, Maybee worked for a decade and a half for the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, first as Coordinator, Mission and Justice Education and then as Coordinator for Ecojustice Networks;   Earlier, she worked for the Diocese of Toronto as Coordinator for Diaconal Ministry, as Deacon in charge, St. Matthias, Parkdale (Toronto), and for the Canadian Non-Profit Housing Foundation as Founding Executive Director; with the Urban Core Support Network as Staff Coordinator, and with the Parkdale Community Ministry as Coordinator.  She also worked as a chaplain and educator at a private girls’ school in Oakville.

Maylanne’s work in the church and community is testimony to the centrality of her commitment to social justice.  Her skills as an educator have been employed to engage others in the work of justice and mission.  Her involvements have fostered her own analytical thinking from a feminist and liberationist perspective.  She brings vision for future directions, gifts as an educator and communicator, and solid administrative and management experience. Much of her work has been ecumenical including her leadership experience and collaborative involvement with the United Church of Canada.   Thus she has a solid grounding in the ethos and polity of both denominations which should serve the Centre well.  In addition to looking ahead, Maybee can also offer some historical perspective on the Centre, having served as a Co-Chair of Council at the time the Centre’s moved to Winnipeg in 1998.

Annual Service of Celebration

This Sunday (April 3rd) at 3pm at St. George’s Anglican Church Crescentwood, 168 Wilton Street, Winnipeg, the Centre for Christian Studies holds its annual Service of Celebration to acknowledge the students who are graduating from the Diploma in Diaconal Ministries program this year, and to honour Mary Ellen Moore who is being named a Companion of the Centre.  All  are welcome.  If you’d like to leave a congratulatory message for the grads or companion, please feel free.

We have posted video and audio from the service.  You can click here to listen to an MP3 of the Service of Celebration (or right click to save the target to your computer).  [Apologies – the sound quality is not as good as I would have liked.]  Here is the order of service, if you’d like to follow along at home!

Here is the graduation and the blessing of the grads from the Saturday night banquet:

A reflection on the absurdity of being called to diaconal ministry, by the grads at the Annual Service of Celebration:

Acknowledgement of the graduates and presentation of grad pins and towels.  (The towel is a traditional symbol of diaconal ministry.) :

Honouring the 2011 Companion of the Centre – Mary Ellen Moore:

Leave a Message for our Grads and Companion

This upcoming weekend is a big one for the Centre for Christian Studies.  This is the weekend when we celebrate the graduation of five students who have completed their training in diaconal ministry – Vicky Aldersley, Mary Elliott, Kimiko Karpoff, Debra Kigar, and Mary Elizabeth Piercy.  It’s also the weekend when we celebrate Mary Ellen Moore for her contributions to ministry, the church, and the Centre for Christian Studies by naming her as a Companion of the Centre.

The celebrations take place this Saturday night at a banquet, and Sunday afternoon (3 pm) at a worship service being held at St. George’s Crescentwood Anglican church in Winnipeg.

Mary Ellen is from Red Deer, Alberta.  Vicky comes from Oakville, Ontario.  Kimiko comes from New Westminster, BC.  Mary Elizabeth is from Bracebridge, Ontario, and both Mary and Deb are from Hamilton, Ontario.  No doubt they have friends and supporters from all over who would like to express their congratulations and best wishes.  Here is your opportunity!

Leave a comment below for any of our grads and Companion (or all of them as a group!).  Let them know you’re thinking about them and wishing them well.

(If you would like to send a greeting but you don’t want the whole world to see it, you can email Scott at and he will pass it along to the appropriate person.)

Arts & Hospitality Podcast

The podcast from last month’s Mindful Munchin’ presentation by barb janes on The Arts and Hospitality is now available.  Barb spent her sabbatical researching various ways that churches have formed hospitable relationships with the arts and artists.  She is working on a book (maybe) which will be called (maybe) “Inviting Wonder” (maybe).  She accompanied her presentation with slides from the Refinery at St. James Anglican in Saskatoon, Old Stone Church and Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, and Trinity St. Paul United in Toronto.

The audio podcast of this presentation is now available.  Just right-click on the link below (ctrl-click if you’re on Mac without a right click button) and choose “Save target as…”  Or you can just click the link and it will play in your browser.  The podcast is a 47 minutes MP3 (25 MB).

“The Arts & Hospitality”

The next Mindful Munchin’ is tomorrow with Amy Crawford discussing Children’s Spirituality.

Marc Desrosiers – Development and Community Relations

The Centre for Christian Studies is pleased to announce that Marc Desrosiers will be joining our staff on March 15 as the Development and Community Relations Coordinator.  Marc has many years of development experience.  Most recently he has served as Director of Development and Alumni, The Salvation Army Booth University College in Winnipeg.  Previously he has worked for Lutheran and Roman Catholic fund raising projects, as well as for University of Manitoba, Brandon University and the Red Cross.  CCS has long used a relational style of fund raising and alumni/ae relations which makes Marc a good fit.  He is highly trained, experienced and award-winning in the fields of Philanthropy, Alumni Relations and Institutional Management at the University College level.  We are delighted to welcome Marc to our team!