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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 …

Imagine the Christmas Story Differently

The staff of CCS re-imagine the ancient story of Christmas.

Remembering Bessie Lane

Companion of the Centre Bessie Lane passed away at the beginning of December.

Anne Manikel

Announcing the 2020 Companion of the Centre – Anne Manikel

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Companion of the Centre recipient will be Anne Manikel

A Room Full of Mentors

CCS students in Ontario joined a meeting of diaconal folks from three regions.

What I Learned at CCS and Why Our News Reading Habits Matter

Ray McGinnis reads the news with a critical eye

Images from Spiritual Practice 2019

The spiritual care learning circle on Spiritual Practice is wrapping up today. For many of the students it was their second of two learning circles this fall. Over the course of a week students experienced various spiritual practices (prayer, moving meditation, silence, etc.) and explored the theology of spiritual practice in the Christian tradition, the …

Re-Imagining church

by Marcie Gibson As staff at CCS, I am often on the lookout for events, especially close to home, that offer deeper thought, new networking, and fresh content for our programming. Last Friday and Saturday, I attended the ReImagine Conference, in Hamilton, ON, organized by the Parish Collective, in partnership with the UCC EDGE network, among …

Images from Ministry as Storytelling 2019

The Ministry as Storytelling learning circle wraps up today. It has been an intensive week of of sharing biblical stories, personal stories, community stories, and reflecting on the power of story to make meaning, build bridges, and bring healing.

Bear Clan Patrol: community people working with community people

by Kimiko Karpoff It’s Friday evening. An eclectic group of people gathers at Silver Spire United Church. They are preparing to spend the next several hours together roaming the streets of St. Catharines. This is not a parade, not a street party. This is Bear Clan Patrol.  Karen Orlandi is both a minister with Silver …