Category: News

2011 Companion of the Centre announced.

The recipient of the 2011 “Companion of the Centre” award will be Mary Ellen Moore.  The award will be presented at CCS’s Annual Service of Celebration on April 3, 2011. Mary Ellen attended Covenant College, graduating in 1964 and was designated deaconess the same year. Her husband, Ralph, was ordained as a United Church minister …

We Are All Treaty People!

Come and learn more about: the spirit and the intent of the treaties the historic and contemporary issues implications for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal People Speaker: Jeff Harris from the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba Wednesday, December 8 7:00 p.m. Room 3M71 – Manitoba Hall, 3rd floor, University of Winnipeg This event was initiated as follow-up …

Website Update

The Centre for Christian Studies website ( ) is being updated this weekend.  For a few hours you won’t be able to access it, but once it comes back online you’ll find it has a fresh new look.  If you have pages on the website bookmarked, you may get a “File Not Found” message …

News from Toronto

Charlotte Caron recently had time in Toronto where she was able to meet with CCS grads, volunteers and supporters. Two highlights were a visit to Belmont Place and a gathering at Trinity-St. Paul’s Church. Three diaconal ministers live in Belmont Place.  Marion Pope took Charlotte around to visit the two others, first visiting Muriel Isaac, …

It’s not too early to think about the Leadership Development Module

We already have two people signed up and it’s only November!  Contact for more info. MINISTRY PERSONNEL: Looking for meaningful continuing education?  Taking a sabbatical?  Searching for renewal in ministry? The LDM will be offered twice this year.  Once in Winnipeg at CCS, May 30 – June 11, 2011.  And again in Nova Scotia …

Cookies and Carols

CCS is opening its doors to folks who will be in and around Winnipeg on December 15th to join us for our annual “Cookies and Carols” celebration.   This event will take place on from 4 – 6 pm at the CCS offices (60 Maryland Street, Winnipeg).

Annual Fundraising Campaign

First of all, let me share some statistics with you… Last year CCS had 33 full-time equivalent students training for diaconal ministry. It costs CCS $15,163.97/year to educate each student. A grant from the United Church of Canada covered $3,800 per student. Each student paid tuition of $4,500. This means, of course, that CCS needs to raise …

Theme Year Fall Learning Circle wraps up

The fall Learning Circle for students in the Educational Ministry Year finishes today.  CCS will seem quiet tomorrow, after having 20 students in and around for the past two weeks.  We wish them well as they head home to continue their learning.

1Hope Winnipeg flash mob

On Tuesday, at the Portage Place mall in Winnipeg, there was a flash mob to raise awareness of 1Hope Winnipeg, a group of five outreach ministries in Winnipeg Presbytery.

Stan McKay podcast

Last Wednesday, the Very Rev. Dr. Stan McKay spoke to around 70 people as part of CCS’s Mindful Munching lunchtime discussion.  The topic was “Truth and Reconciliation: Where Do We Go From Here?”. 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 …

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.

Location Change – Stan McKay

Please note, the location of the lunchhour Mindful Munchin’ talk with Stan McKay on Wednesday, October 13th has been changed to Westminster United Church because of the number of people who wanted to attend.  If you want to come, contact Glenda at and plan to bring a lunch.

Fall Tapestry – Life and Death

The latest edition of Tapestry, CCS’s newsletter, is out.  This edition is on the theme of “Life and Death”.  Check it out.

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 …

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” …