Mardi Tindal visits the Learning Circle

Mardi Tindal, Moderator of the United Church, dropped by the Educational Ministry Year Learning Circle today on her way through Winnipeg.  She brought greetings from the United Church of Canada (“Because I can,” she said) and expressed support and encouragement for the work the students are doing in preparing for ministry.

UCC Moderator Mardi Tindal with student and staff of the Centre for Christian Studies
UCC Moderator Mardi Tindal (left of centre, wearing the striped jacket) with CCS students and staff

IY wraps up / Melanie’s last day

The fall Integrating Year Learning Circle wrapped up today.  The students brought in Indian food from Charisma for lunch to share with the staff, in honour of Melanie Borondia’s last day at the Centre as Administrative Assistant.

Among the many gifts that Melanie brought to CCS, the most appreciated were here organizational skills.  In the sometimes chaotic world of a theological school, it was great to have someone who could put things in order.  Melanie is leaving CCS to study to become an English as a Second Language instructor.  All the best, Melanie!

And thanks for the lunch, IY gang!  I hope the Learning Circle was beneficial.  Looking forward to seeing you all again in the spring.

Events with Friends of CCS

There are 2 upcoming events – not CCS events, but led by friends of CCS.

Carolyn McDade, who was named as a Companion of the Centre in 2002, will be leading a singing circle in Winnipeg, on October 22/23.  More information …

Ray McGinnis, a CCS grad, will be leading a workshop entitled “Writing the Sacred” on Friday, October 8 in Winnipeg.  More information…

A New CCS Baby

After exactly nine months of morning (and afternoon, and evening) sickness, baby Ridd was born on August 26th, 2010 at 4:13a.m. Although his full name is Peter Ridd McKenzie, he will go by Ridd. He is named after Jeremy’s (Megan’s partner) wonderful granddad Peter Doerksen and the three Ridd’s who have so profoundly influenced Megan’s life: Karen, Bev, and Carl Ridd. 

In contrast to the two days of labour with Micah, Ridd was born after a ridiculously short labour- about eight minutes after their arrival at the Women’s Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs, 6 ozs and is a healthy, alert little boy and an enthusiastic eater.  Ridd’s big brother says, “Micah yikes Widd and wants give Widd yots big huds.”

Congratulations Megan, Jeremy, and Micah.

Annual Campaign

The Annual Campaign will be launched immediately with a new planned giving program called the Songs of Life legacy book.  This offers participants an opportunity to leave both a financial and historical legacy to the Centre for Christian Studies. Contributors make a promise to leave a bequest to CCS and have their life stories inscribed in the Songs of Life legacy book. The program honours donors who fund either a current or future gift to CCS.   Anyone who is interested in having a story written should contact the Centre. A copy of our new brochure is attached for your reading pleasure.

Companion of the Centre

“Companion of the Centre” is an honour we bestow on people who have made significant contributions to diaconal ministry and/or the Centre for Christian Studies.   We are looking for nominations, so if you have a thought or idea for the perfect person, please let us know.

The Video

We had a lot of fun earlier this year putting together a promotional video to be shown at various Conference annual meetings.