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A New CCS Baby

After exactly nine months of morning (and afternoon, and evening) sickness, baby Ridd was born on August 26th, 2010 at 4:13a.m. Although his full name is Peter Ridd McKenzie, he will go by Ridd. He is named after Jeremy’s (Megan’s partner) wonderful granddad Peter Doerksen and the three Ridd’s who have so profoundly influenced Megan’s …

Annual Campaign

The Annual Campaign will be launched immediately with a new planned giving program called the Songs of Life legacy book.  This offers participants an opportunity to leave both a financial and historical legacy to the Centre for Christian Studies. Contributors make a promise to leave a bequest to CCS and have their life stories inscribed …

Fall Learning Circles

Beginning September 22nd CCS will have five students in Winnipeg preparing for their “Integrating Year”. The Integrating Year is a time when students have the opportunity to incorporate their learning’s – theory and practice, faith and action. We are preparing for a full house this October when 22 students will be coming to Winnipeg for …

Mindful Munchin’

Our friends in the Winnipeg area are very fortunate because The Very Reverend Stan McKay is coming to CCS to share his thoughts on, “What happens now?  Life after the Truth and Reconciliation Process”.  This event will be taking place on October 13th.  Stay tuned for more details.

Field Placement Orientations

Throughout this month Ted and Ann will be traveling to various sites across Canada doing “field placement orientation” with students in the Educational Ministry year and their Learning Facilitators, Diaconal Mentors, and Local Committees.  Students in the Ed Year are doing field placements in congregations and Christian educational settings, and the field placement orientation is …

Living in the midst of dying

The next CCS Tapestry newsletter will be about “Life and Death”.  We are grateful that so many people are willing to share their experiences and ideas.  We are hoping to have an article on the topic of living in the midst of dying; this could be someone who has been identified as terminal and willing to discuss their …

Companion of the Centre

“Companion of the Centre” is an honour we bestow on people who have made significant contributions to diaconal ministry and/or the Centre for Christian Studies.   We are looking for nominations, so if you have a thought or idea for the perfect person, please let us know.

Calgary LDM wraps up

The two-week Leadership Development Module held in Calgary finished up on Saturday.

How’s your summer going?

The idea of including discussion questions on the blog is to draw on the experience of our wider community.  Maybe we’ll ask something like, “How do keep from getting burned out when you’ve been in ministry a long time?” and invite you to post your ideas and stories as comments.  Or maybe we’ll ask, “What’s …

The Video

We had a lot of fun earlier this year putting together a promotional video to be shown at various Conference annual meetings.

Leadership Development Module – August 2010

The second LDM of the year is currently underway in Calgary.  Ted Dodd is leading a group of 16 who are meeting at Parkdale United Church from August 8 to August 21.

Welcome to CCS Blog

I’m looking at a large black and white photo that sits on the floor of my office, leaning against the wall.  It shows a small group of First Nations men and women, old and young, clustered together in prayer.  They are leaned into each other.  Some kneel, some sit.  Some stand, reaching out to lay …