Category Archives: Second Fridays

Hospitality and the Arts – videos from October’s Second Fridays

Jamie Howison and barb janes provided intriguing images of what the relationship between the church, the world, and the arts could be at October’s Second Fridays presentation on October 11, 2013.

barb janes – Hospitality to the Arts

Jamie Howison – What I Learned By Paying Attention to Jazz

jamie-howisonJamie Howison is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada, and the founding pastoral leader of saint benedict’s table in Winnipeg. He is the author of “God’s Mind in That Music,” a book exploring theological themes and ideas through the music of jazz legend John Coltrane.

barb-janesbarb janes currently ministers with the good people of Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church in Winnipeg. Ordained in 1984, barb’s ministry has given her rich experiences in the aboriginal setting, in the inner cities of Vancouver and Toronto, and with congregations in northern Ontario, Saskatoon, Selkirk (Manitoba). An adult-onset runner, barb is also an avid reader of fiction, a movie-goer, Winnipeg Folk Festival fan, and theatre buff.

Humour and Faith – videos from September’s Second Fridays

Second Fridays at CCS got off to a great start last Friday. This fall Second Fridays will focus on faith and the arts, and last Friday the room was full of people eager to discuss the relationship between humour and faith. Lesley Harrison and Scott Douglas offered reflections that were both funny and faithful.

Lesley Harrison – Holy Humour

Scott Douglas – The connection between Humour and Faith

scott-douglas-sqScott Douglas is an award-winning playwright.  His plays include The Touring TestTreading WaterUndiscover’d CountryStrange Angels, andMaybe One?: A Theatrical History of the United Church of Canada.  He is also an actor, animator, co-editor of The Un-official Handbook of the United Church of Canada, and staff member at the Centre for Christian Studies.

LesleyHarrison-150x150Lesley Harrison is Program Staff with EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development of the General Council Office where she spends time coordinating a network of consultants for new ministry development and ministry renewal. Prior to this Lesley served as Presbytery Minister for Winnipeg Presbytery working with congregations exploring their mission and ministry in a changing context. Lesley has also served on Presbytery Staff in Winnipeg, congregational ministry in Saskatchewan, and as overseas personnel with the Moravian Church in Nicaragua.

 

Second Fridays this Fall

second-fridays-logoSecond Fridays is back!  CCS’s monthly noon-hour presentation and discussion series returns, with a focus on Faith and the Arts this fall.  Special guest speakers will reflect on humour, hospitality, social justice, and art.  Bring your lunch and your curiosity.  (If you let us know you’re coming by calling 204-783-4490, we’ll know how many chairs to put out.)  12 noon, on the second Friday of each month, at 60 Maryland Street.

Here’s what we’ve got planned:

Friday Sept 13, 2013 – Humour and Faith

Guests: Scott Douglas and Lesley Harrison

scott-douglas-sqScott Douglas is an award-winning playwright.  His plays include The Touring Test, Treading Water, Undiscover’d Country, Strange Angels, and Maybe One?: A Theatrical History of the United Church of Canada.  He is also an actor, animator, co-editor of The Un-official Handbook of the United Church of Canada, and staff member at the Centre for Christian Studies.

Lesley Harrison is Program Staff with EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development of the General Council Office where she spends time coordinating a network of consultants for new ministry development and ministry renewal.  LesleyHarrison-150x150Prior to this Lesley served as Presbytery Minister for Winnipeg Presbytery working with congregations exploring their mission and ministry in a changing context. Lesley has also served on Presbytery Staff in Winnipeg, congregational ministry in Saskatchewan, and as overseas personnel with the Moravian Church in Nicaragua.

Friday Oct 11, 2013 – Hospitality and the Arts

jamie-howisonGuests: Jamie Howison and barb janes

Jamie Howison is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada, and the founding pastoral leader of saint benedict’s table in Winnipeg. He is the author of “God’s Mind in That Music,” a book exploring theological themes and ideas through the music of jazz legend John Coltrane.

barb janes currently ministers with the good people of Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church in Winnipeg. Ordained in 1984, barb’s ministry has given her rich experiences in the aboriginal setting, in the inner cities of Vancouver and Toronto, and with congregations in northern Ontario, Saskatoon, Selkirk (Manitoba). An adult-onset runner, barb is also an avid reader of fiction, a movie-goer, Winnipeg Folk Festival fan, and theatre buff.

Friday Nov 8, 2013  – The Arts and Social Justice

karen-schlichtingGuests: Karen Schlichting and Bob Haverluck

Karen Schlichting, local artist and activist, is blending her passion for food security, local food and slow food and the crafts of masonry, glass mosaic and artisan baking with her creation of Gretel’s Oven. She created the four thousand pound oven on wheels so she could take her experiential food activism on the road. Using the tactics of the clever witch, Gretel (Karen) is hoping her glittery glass mosaic oven will capture the attention of shoppers and encourage them to stop by for a taste of a different rising economy.

bob-haverluckBob Haverluck is an established award-winning artist and educator who has long combined art and education for social transformation. His work includes a project in ecological advocacy, artist in residence and adjunct professor of art and theology at the University of Winnipeg engaging urban issues, the use of the arts in conflict and peace education. Bob’s artwork has appeared in numerous publications including ‘Harpers’, ‘New Statesman’,‘Border Crossings’.. He has had solo exhibitions of his work in many places including Chicago , Toronto , Vancouver , Kenora , Winnipeg, and Riding Mountain National Park.

Friday Dec 13, 2013 – Songs of the Season

Join us for cookies, carols, and maybe some special guests.

Please download the Second Fridays fall 2013 poster and put it up somewhere.

SUNDAY

Videos from March’s Second Friday – Multiculturalism

CCS was pleased to have Diane Dwarka and Evelyn Broadfoot as guests for its monthly noon-hour presentation and discussion on theological themes on March 8, 2013 at 12 noon.
March’s topic – Theology of Diversity, Multiculturalism

Note: Unfortunately, Adrian Jacobs, who was scheduled to be one of our speakers, had been called away to a funeral for a friend and was not be able to be with us. Evelyn Broadfoot kindly agreed to replace Adrian and join Diane Dwarka sharing her thoughts about the topic.

Evelyn BroadfootEvelyn Broadfoot has served in congregational ministry in White Bear, Saskatchewan, in outreach ministries in Thompson and Winnipeg, in personnel work with the All Native Circle Conference of the United Church, and as an intentional interim minister in Norway House. Presently, she is trying to retire but finds her days still full and volunteers in the hospital with crisis and support visiting.

diane dwarkaDiane Dwarka is a retired librarian and passionate community volunteer. She has held positions as past President of the Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba, Community Legal Education Association, Chair of Red River College Alumni, and the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Winnipeg and others. An active lay member of the United Church of Canada, Diane has served all four courts of the church. Diane has received many awards in recognition for her work the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award , the Red River Distinguished Alumni Award, the Premier’s Award for Volunteerism and the B’nai Brith Human Rights Award.

 

Video from Interfaith Dialogue – 2nd Fridays at CCS


interfaith
The topic for Februrary’s Second Fridays presentation was Theology of Diversity, Interfaith Dialogue with guest speakers Ray Dirks and Manju Lodha.  Here’s some video from that noon-hour discussion. (Note: My camera conked out about halfway through, so you’ll notice that the second half is shot on a cell phone.)

Be sure to check out March’s Second Fridays on Friday, March 8 at noon at CCS.  The topic is multiculturalism and the theology of diversity.

Ray Dirks has been curator at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery since 1998. He believes artists need a place of relevance in the church and believes the gallery, as an institution of the church, can have an important role in an increasingly multicultural society. Having worked in 30 countries, he is passionate about telling the stories of our global family.

Manju Lodha was raised in the culturally rich area of Rajasthan in India, and has lived in Canada for over forty years. The resultant Indo-Canadian fusion is quite visible in her art where elements of prairie life, winter snow, Canada Geese, Rocky Mountains and the Winnipeg River merge with Indian scenery. As an artist
Manju has painted many works based on such contemporary themes as water, environment, peace, war, tolerance, non-violence and multicultural cooperation.
Ray Dirks and Manju have collaborated on projects since 2006. For one project “In the Spirit of Humanity”, they worked with a Muslim artist, which resulted in a book and a short video. In 2012, Ray and Manju produced as creative co- directors the film project Leap in Faith: Glimpses of Spirituality and Beliefs.

Download the Jan-March Second Fridays brochure.

Ecumenical Connections – 2nd Fridays videos

Second Fridays“Second Fridays” for the next three months will focus on the Theology of Diversity.  On January 11th Michèle Barr and Virginia Platt got the ball rolling with their reflections on practical ecumenism.

Michèle has worked on ecumenical worship through the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and Virginia has worked ecumenically on social justice issues with Kairos (and its forerunner, Ten Days for World Development.)

 

Topic – Theology of Diversity, Ecumenical Connections
Speakers – Michèle Barr and Virginia Platt

Michèle Barr, a diaconal minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, has lived out her ministry through leadership music and worship in Winnipeg. As well, she has worked with pre-school children in the inner city. For almost a decade, she has been actively involved in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Virginia Platt’s first active involvement with ecumenical social justice work began in 1978, when Canadian Churches, through Ten Days for World Development, endorsed the boycott of Nestle products because of the corporation’s aggressive promotion of infant formula in developing countries. She has served as staff person for the regional Ten Days group and a volunteer with KAIROS, the successor to Ten Days and other Canadian church-based social justice coalitions. Ecumenism came naturally to her as she grew up with a Methodist mother, Presbyterian father, Episcopalian cousins, and Evangelical United Brethren grandparents. Presently she is a member of an Anglican church in Winnipeg.

Download the Jan-March Second Fridays brochure.

Theology of Creation – videos from November’s Second Friday

November 9th was the second friday of the month, which meant the return of CCS’s Second Fridays.  Joining us for lunch hour reflections were Shaun Loney of BUILD, Paul Gehrs from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and Fjola Hart Wasekeesikaw, nurse, educator, and co-chair of the board for the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre.  Their reflections on Creation and the personal connections to the earth and nature were full of wisdom and insight.  But you don’t have to take my word for it…

Thanks to everyone who turned out.  Next month’s Second Fridays is on the Theology of Simplicity.

Theology of Justice and Liberation – October’s “Second Friday” videos online

The videos from last month’s Second Friday presentation on the theology of justice and liberation, featuring Maylanne Maybee, Barbara Lloyd, and Yoon Ok Shin, are now online.  And if you’re in Winnipeg at lunch time tomorrow (second Friday of November) why not bring your lunch to CCS and take in this month’s Second Friday – Theology of Creation, featuring Fjola Hart Wasekeesikaw, Paul Gehrs, and Sean Loney.

 

Accompaniment and Solidarity Videos

The videos from September’s “Second Fridays at CCS” presentations are now available, so even if you weren’t in the room at lunch-time on the second Friday of the month, you can still be part of the experience.

Dianne Baker, who served with the Ecumencial Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, and Louise Simbandumwe, social justice and human rights activist and community economic development worker, each reflected on the theme of Accompaniment and Solidarity.

What you get in the videos is their brief introductions/reflections.  These were followed by a time of conversation and discussion.  If you really want to be part of the conversation, the next Second Friday will be held in Winnipeg on Friday, Oct 12 at Young United Church (as part of CCS’s 120th anniversary weekend).  The theme will be “Theology of Justice and Liberation”, and will feature Barbara Lloyd, Maylanne Maybee, and Yoon Ok Shin.

Louise Simbanduwe

Dianne Baker

Volunteer Opportunity

Scott says:  If you watch the Second Fridays videos with closed captions (CC), you’ll notice that Dianne’s starts off, “The photos I’m going to show you are from my most recent overseas experience of accompaniment.”  Louise’s starts off, “Speak with you today and says technician vicki’s and background.”  Huh??  That’s because when I uploaded Dianne’s I included a transcript – basically I listened to the video and typed out everything Dianne said.  I haven’t done one for Louise’s video yet, so her close captions are computer generated.  Voice recognition programs are, how shall we say, less than a hundred percent accurate.

While mis-translations can be amusing, we think our Second Friday guest speakers have important things to say that should be accessible to people who need close captioning.  So if you’ve been looking for a way to volunteer with CCS without leaving the comfort of your own home, here’s your chance.  I’m looking for someone who will do transcriptions of our Second Fridays videos as they come out each month.  All you have to do is listen to a video and type out, word by word, what the people in the video are saying, and then send it to me to attach to the video, so that “between empty nest and scientists cherry adult education” becomes “the training that we do is based on participatory adult education.”  It’s a bit time-consuming, but you can think of it as a meditative practice of really focusing on the words of our inspiring speakers.  Email me at sdouglas@ccsonline.ca if you’re interested.