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Spirituality of Fandom update

by Tracy Robertson So far, my rudimentary research project into the Spirituality of Fandom in preparation for my Sabbatical in January has gone very well. I’ve been able to visit and participate in seven events since the start of 2019. Two Comic Expos, Otafest, Two Furry Conventions, and a Superhero and Religion seminar through the …

Gather and celebrate: DUCCs across the country

Regional meetings traditionally include celebrations of ministry. Five CCS graduates were commissioned this year in the United Church of Canada. Congratulations to Lynn McGrath, Marion Martin, Keith Hall, Tammy Bleue, and Terrie Chedore. DUCCs flocked together at Regional meetings. And a gathering of intrepid students in a truly cross country class.

Language of the land

by Karen Orlandi I spent hours trying to learn to say the name of the place where I was staying in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the people who live there. It is Asubpeeschoseewegong, and even now, as I hear it come off my Anglo lips, it sounds completely unlike any language I know. It is …

“In a good way”

Learning at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centreby Kim McNaughton “In a good way” is a phrase Elder Rev. Bernice Saulteaux used during prayer and teaching at the Christology learning circle in April.  I am a 4th-year student in the diaconal ministry program at The Centre for Christian Studies (CCS); in September I will be entering the Integration (and …

Learn with CCS in 2019-2020

“The best leap of faith I ever took!” CCS student In a few weeks a new group of Learning on Purpose participants will be walking through the door of the Centre for Christian Studies for the first time. Some of them will be carrying on into the Diaconal Ministries program. Others are taking the LoP …

Remembering 1919 from Woodsworth House

While labour unions and other groups in Winnipeg prepare to commemorate the centenary of the Winnipeg General Strike in their own fashion, we thought it fitting to offer you a reminder of the part that the one-time resident of our little house on Maryland St. played in one of Canada’s most explosive social episodes. In …

Minister for the little people

Where are they now? Lori Crocker ~ CCS Grad ~ 1980 Lori Crocker was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Growing up she was involved in Sunday School, children’s choir, Explorers, CGIT, youth group and Sherbrooke Lake United Church Camp in Franey Corner. She remembers loving the music and the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Lori got a …

Stella’s Circle – space to connect

I am a third-year student in the Diaconal Diploma program at the Centre for Christian Studies. I currently live in St. John’s, NL. Ihave been an active member of the United Church in Newfoundland for all my life. I have a deep passion for youth and social ministry. My time at CCS has pushed me …

Book Review: The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

Reviewed by Ray McGinnis “The ideal subject of totalitarianism is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e. the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e. the standards of thought) no longer exist.” (474) Imagine if the Centre for Christian …

A Pilgrimage to Something New

Fairfield United Church is a place that offers a way forward when everything you believe is coming apart.  Here you will find companions on a journey – church burnouts, spiritual refugees, and freedom seekers.  Whoever you are, wherever you’re at on your journey of faith, you are welcome here. – Beth Walker My congregation, Fairfield …

Communications in 3 Regions

I have worked with Michelle Owens, Principal, for a number of years, back when we were both at the London Conference of The United Church of Canada. We were the cyclists who would bike into the office on warm summer days, arriving sweaty and a little musty. But the bike rides home were always the …

A Few Considerations Before Ordering Quail

The International Union for Conservation of Nature counts quail as a “species of least concern.” Kill a quail for Christ. No quandary. Kill the bird known to eat hemlock, before it kills you. Consider the children of Israel, craving cucumbers,  garlic, leeks, complaining of manna.  And God, exceeding expectations said: “Thou shalt eat quail for …

Threads

From CCS to the United Church General Council office to Writing Workshops to Thailand and Beyond: Threads of Educational Continuity by Ray McGinnis As the new chairperson of the Communication and Promotion Committee I was asked to write a few words about what I’ve done since graduating from CCS in 1980. Back then I opted to remain …

Equality for LGBTQ+ Congregants Is Still a Struggle in Some Canadian Churches

by Kaitlin Bardswich I like to describe my spiritual identity as a bit of an “ecumenical mutt.” I was raised Roman Catholic, had all the childhood sacraments, and attended Catholic school in southern Ontario. In university, I struggled with my faith and turned to The United Church of Canada for refuge. I found a home …