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!

Marion Pope is Alive!

OK, this is not news to anybody, least of all to Marion herself, but an error in an early draft of the CCS annual report had her included among the list of CCS alumni and friends who had passed away in 2010.  We corrected this mistake fairly quickly, but not before a couple of people read her name there and were suprised.  Luckily they had the wherewithal to check first before sending flowers and letters of condolence.

Marion was honoured as a Companion of the Centre in 2003 and has been a good friend of CCS.  We take this opportunity to celebrate Marion and the fact that “rumours of her death are greatly exaggerated” and to apologize for the mix up.

Banquet tickets

Final year students at CCS are eagerly awaiting the weekend of April 2-3.  We anticipate a great celebration that weekend to give thanks for the completion of the program by final year students and to recognize Mary Ellen Moore as a Companion of CCS.  The Annual Service of Celebration will take place at St. George’s Anglican Church, 168 Wilton St., Winnipeg on Sunday, April 3 at 3 PM.  All are welcome to attend. 

Anyone wanting tickets to the Saturday evening banquet or wanting to send greetings to the graduates should contact

United Church Ministry Statement

Our diaconal colleague Denise Davis-Taylor who sits on the Theology Inter Church Interfaith Committee of General Council of the UCC asks that the updated Statement of Ministry report be sent to the wide CCS community for response.  The draft statement is available at 

Denise notes:

You will see that this paper continues to focus on functions of ministry which we (Diakonia) have tried to broaden to include approach, ethos, focus, philosophy over the years. It wouldn’t hurt to use this opportunity to raise these issues and any others you have in response to this most recent attempt to define the difference between the streams of Ministry in the United Church of Canada.

Staff Changes

Last month we said goodbye to CCS Community Resource Coordinator Glenda Knoll.  As you may know, Glenda has moved on from CCS to work with the Mosaic Newcomer Resource Centre.  We certainly appreciate her warmth and commitment, and we wish her well.

The Human Resources has hired a new staffperson for that position – which is now known as the Development and Community Relations Coordinator – and we should be able to announce that person’s name soon.

Annual Report

The Annual Meeting is next Wednesday.  If you’re interested in the Centre for Christian Studies, you might want to think about attending.  It starts at 6:00 pm (Manitoba time), with friends of the Centre gathered in Winnipeg and many more joining in by conference call from all over Canada.  And this just in:

Anglicans attend for free!

OK, it’s actually free for everyone.  But we always have a little push to get Anglicans to come, since our quorum for the meeting requires at least 5 Anglican participants and at least 5 United Church participants.  UCC folks are easy to round up.  You can’t shake a stick without hitting one or two United Church people around here (who will understandably say, “Hey, stop shaking that stick at me”), but making sure we have enough Anglican representation is sometimes a trickier task.

The 2010 Annual Report of the Centre for Christian Studies is available for downloading and online viewing.  Check it out.  It was a busy year!

Principal Search

CCS is looking for a Principal.  Know anybody with deep commitments to justice, to the empowering of others through transformative learning, and to a collaborative, collegial and non-hierarchical work-style?  Check out the job posting on the CCS website for more info.

CCS Annual General Meeting

 The Centre for Christian Studies’ AGM will be held Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 6-8 pm CST.  The meeting will be held by conference call (unless you live in Winnipeg, in which case you are invited to the CCS offices at 60 Maryland St.).

The gathering will include worship, business (receipt of reports, and election of officers), and a fun quiz about happenings at CCS. The meeting is geared to Friends of the Centre – that is, people who are supporters as volunteers, donors, field educators, ambassadors, readers of the CCS emails, and generally anyone who wants to share in a couple of hours with other wonderful people. It is the time when the Council and staff are accountable to the constituency. The Annual Report will be available on the website one week before the meeting.

Please register ahead by emailing Charlotte Caron or phoning Liz at 204-783-4490. When you register we will send you the information about how to join the Conference call. Those in Winnipeg are invited to 60 Maryland St.

Donalda Jardine (1908-2011)

The oldest living graduate of the Centre for Christian Studies (United Church Training School at the time of her graduation) has died at the age of 103 years. Born in Centre Napan, New Brunswick, Donalda Jardine became a teacher and principal of New Brunswick Schools until 1936 when she entered the United Church Training School with the hope (as per her application) of becoming “better fitted for the work winning the world for Christ.” Donalda graduated in 1937 and worked as a Women’s Missionary Society Worker and Deaconess in the United Church of Canada. She especially enjoyed her work with youth and at summer camps. Donalda remained a friend of CCS. In her file, we have a lovely letter acknowledging her delight in receiving a scroll of messages prepared by folks celebrating the 2007 graduation ceremonies of CCS that wished her well on the 70th anniversary of her graduation. It was a very moving experience for all of us who signed the scroll and felt connected to her through UCTS/CCS. A photo of Donalda with Charlotte Caron taken in November 2010 appeared in an earlier email update. We give thanks for Donalda’s life and for the Christian witness she offered in it.

Mindful Munchin’: The Arts and Hospitality

The guest speaker for February’s Mindful Munchin’ event will be United Church minister and artist barb janes.  She spent her recent sabbatical exploring ways that churches can offer hospitality to the arts.  She is working on a McGeachy scholarship on Inviting Wonder.  On March 16th she will be at CCS to ask, How might churches expand as places of sacred experience by using our gifts of space and hospitality for local creative communities?  Bring a bag lunch and join the discussion.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm.  RSVP to Glenda. ( )  Download a poster.

Patrick Woodbeck Podcast

Last Friday, Patrick Woodbeck of Winnipeg’s Rainbow Ministry, spoke to a group as part of CCS’s regular “Mindful Munchin'” lunchtime lecture series.  His topic was the “It Gets Better” campaign and the role of the church in supporting GLBT youth (and others) who experience bullying.

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 37:52 minutes MP3 (17.3 MB).

It Gets Better: The Church’s Role

The podcast doesn’t include the comments, questions, and discussion with the audience.  The video clip that was shown as part of Patrick’s presentation can be found on the It Gets Better website.