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Christmas Wedding Cake

This story was passed  on to us by one of our students, Kimiko Karpoff.  It is a re-write of one of her grandmother’s memories from her time in Oyen, Alberta in the early 1940s.  Kimiko’s grandmother, Florence Karpoff, was a deaconess, and later a minister’s wife.  But, as Kimiko says, “her deaconess-ness never really left her.”  Enjoy. …

Advent Candle Prayers

Here are some advent candle prayers I wrote a number of years ago. They won’t be much use for this year but maybe some other time. Advent 1 – Hope Luke 1: 35-38, Matthew 1:20-23, Luke 1: 46-55, Luke 1: 76-79 Advent is a time of waiting. With anticipation, we await the coming birth. With …

2011 Companion of the Centre announced.

The recipient of the 2011 “Companion of the Centre” award will be Mary Ellen Moore.  The award will be presented at CCS’s Annual Service of Celebration on April 3, 2011. Mary Ellen attended Covenant College, graduating in 1964 and was designated deaconess the same year. Her husband, Ralph, was ordained as a United Church minister …

“It Gets Better”

Patrick Woodbeck from Rainbow Ministries will be speaking at CCS’s “Mindful Munchin’” event on January 21 2011.  He will be discussing the “It Gets Better” campaign, and the role of the United Church.  There will be more information to come. If you haven’t heard of “It Gets Better”, it’s a project designed to combat the high levels …

Another LDM testimonial

Joan Kennedy attended the Leadership Development Module in 2010, and is headed toward a ministry of Word, Sacrament, and Pastoral Care. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in the Centre for Christian Studies’ Leadership Development Module this past summer in Calgary. As a Candidate for Ordination, I found the content …

We Are All Treaty People!

Come and learn more about: the spirit and the intent of the treaties the historic and contemporary issues implications for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal People Speaker: Jeff Harris from the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba Wednesday, December 8 7:00 p.m. Room 3M71 – Manitoba Hall, 3rd floor, University of Winnipeg This event was initiated as follow-up …

Website Update

The Centre for Christian Studies website ( www.ccsonline.ca ) is being updated this weekend.  For a few hours you won’t be able to access it, but once it comes back online you’ll find it has a fresh new look.  If you have pages on the website bookmarked, you may get a “File Not Found” message …

News from Toronto

Charlotte Caron recently had time in Toronto where she was able to meet with CCS grads, volunteers and supporters. Two highlights were a visit to Belmont Place and a gathering at Trinity-St. Paul’s Church. Three diaconal ministers live in Belmont Place.  Marion Pope took Charlotte around to visit the two others, first visiting Muriel Isaac, …

It’s not too early to think about the Leadership Development Module

We already have two people signed up and it’s only November!  Contact info@ccsonline.ca for more info. MINISTRY PERSONNEL: Looking for meaningful continuing education?  Taking a sabbatical?  Searching for renewal in ministry? The LDM will be offered twice this year.  Once in Winnipeg at CCS, May 30 – June 11, 2011.  And again in Nova Scotia …

Cookies and Carols

CCS is opening its doors to folks who will be in and around Winnipeg on December 15th to join us for our annual “Cookies and Carols” celebration.   This event will take place on from 4 – 6 pm at the CCS offices (60 Maryland Street, Winnipeg).

Annual Fundraising Campaign

First of all, let me share some statistics with you… Last year CCS had 33 full-time equivalent students training for diaconal ministry. It costs CCS $15,163.97/year to educate each student. A grant from the United Church of Canada covered $3,800 per student. Each student paid tuition of $4,500. This means, of course, that CCS needs to raise …

Tell us what you are doing

CCS is getting a new database sometime fairly soon.  And one of the things we’ve realized is that we don’t know what some of our graduates are currently up to.  We’d love to know.  If you’re working, where are you working?  If you retired, where did you retire from?  Are you volunteering in your retirement?  …

Theme Year Fall Learning Circle wraps up

The fall Learning Circle for students in the Educational Ministry Year finishes today.  CCS will seem quiet tomorrow, after having 20 students in and around for the past two weeks.  We wish them well as they head home to continue their learning.

1Hope Winnipeg flash mob

On Tuesday, at the Portage Place mall in Winnipeg, there was a flash mob to raise awareness of 1Hope Winnipeg, a group of five outreach ministries in Winnipeg Presbytery.

Stan McKay podcast

Last Wednesday, the Very Rev. Dr. Stan McKay spoke to around 70 people as part of CCS’s Mindful Munching lunchtime discussion.  The topic was “Truth and Reconciliation: Where Do We Go From Here?”. The audio podcast of this presentation is now available.  Just right-click on the link below (ctrl-click if you’re on Mac without a …