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A Little “Outdoor” Time

CCS student Lisa Leffler offers a year of nature to anyone who needs it.

“Please Come Home Now”

CCS student Lorrie Lowes was in Zambia when the pandemic concerns about travel ramped up.

A Virtual Camp

During these times of uncertainty due to Covid-19, CCS students Alana Martin (Minister to the GO Project) and Bri-anne Swan (Community Minister, Living Presence Ministry) are doing what they can to keep youth programming accessible for children across the country. The GO Project had been planning to host day camps for children and youth during …

Making the Call

When Ellen Baynton-Walker’s congregation had to decide how to respond to the pandemic, she turned to the CCS Spiral.

CCS Response to COVID-19

In response to the need to care for one another’s health and safety, we will be moving our our spring learning circles online.


Care for the Hidden Ones

Last year CCS presented Rev. Canon Nancy Ford with the Companion of the Centre Award in recognition of her work as an agent of justice and compassion and for her commitment to the diaconate in the Anglican Church. As we prepare for next week’s Annual General Meeting, we thought we’d check in with Nancy about …

Annual Report 2019

Welcome to the Centre for Christian Studies’ 2019 Annual Report. Feel free to share it widely. You are invited to join us for the CCS Annual General Meeting on March 19, 2020.

First and Last

For John, this was his last theme learning circle. For Hyerim, it was her first.

Theologians Together in Cuba

Three students reflect on their study trips to Cuba.

Faithfully Ours

The United Church’s 2020 Lenten study, “Faithfully Yours”, includes reflections from three current CCS students.

Deb Kigar – at the Hub of Ministry

As “ChurchHub Specialist”, Deb creates space for the Spirit and support to the befuddled.

CCS Took It to a New Level – an interview with Kirsten Earl McCorrister

Kirsten Earl McCorrister started working at the Centre for Christian Studies in 2001 as the Communications and Development Officer.  At that point in her career she had never done development work before.  She and then principal Caryn Douglas attended various workshops and courses on development and she became more comfortable in the role.  The Centre relied (and still …

Strategic Plan 2020

In January the Central Council of the Centre for Christian Studies concluded a visioning and planning conversations and adopted a new strategic plan. The Central Council was ably guided through visioning and strategic planning by Kirsten Earl-McCorrister of KEM Consulting – a name that might sound familiar, as she previously was staff here at CCS! …

My Big Fat Ecumenical Lesbian Wedding

A lot has happened since I last wrote for Common Threads in May. The Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod did not pass the second needed vote to affirm same-sex marriage across the church. This was a heartbreaking loss for all queer Christians in Canada, as we were again reminded how many people view us …

Judy Steers

Equal Access to Beauty – an interview with Judy Steers

Reverend Judy Steers graduated from CCS in 1994 with one of the last cohorts to experience the fulltime 3-year program in Toronto. As part of her studies she took theology courses at Toronto School of Theology, engaged in field work including time with L’Arche communities in Canada and India, and participated in formal academic classes …