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Ed Year Fall Learning Circle

The Fall Learning Circle of the Educational Ministry Year at CCS started today.  Twenty students from across Canada are gathered at Woodsworth House for the next two weeks to explore educational theory, preaching and worship, interfaith dialogue, and other themes. Because CCS Theme Years are offered on a 3-year rotation, there are some students attending …

Location Change – Stan McKay

Please note, the location of the lunchhour Mindful Munchin’ talk with Stan McKay on Wednesday, October 13th has been changed to Westminster United Church because of the number of people who wanted to attend.  If you want to come, contact Glenda at gknoll@ccsonline.ca and plan to bring a lunch.

Fall Tapestry – Life and Death

The latest edition of Tapestry, CCS’s newsletter, is out.  This edition is on the theme of “Life and Death”.  Check it out.

Prayers for Wednesday, October 6

From staff worship: Oh most blessed light, fill the innermost hearts of your faithful. Without your power, nothing in in humans, nothing innocent. Clean what is dirty, water what is dry, heal what is wounded. Bend what is rigid, heat what is cold, lead what has gone astray. (From the Latin, 13th Century) O lux …

IY wraps up / Melanie’s last day

The fall Integrating Year Learning Circle wrapped up today.  The students brought in Indian food from Charisma for lunch to share with the staff, in honour of Melanie Borondia’s last day at the Centre as Administrative Assistant. Among the many gifts that Melanie brought to CCS, the most appreciated were here organizational skills.  In the …

Events with Friends of CCS

There are 2 upcoming events – not CCS events, but led by friends of CCS. Carolyn McDade, who was named as a Companion of the Centre in 2002, will be leading a singing circle in Winnipeg, on October 22/23.  More information … Ray McGinnis, a CCS grad, will be leading a workshop entitled “Writing the Sacred” …

Integrating Year Fall Learning Circle

Deb, Kimiko, Mary, Vicky, and Mary Elizabeth are halfway through their fall Integrating Year Learning Circle.  Reports are that it is going well.

Truth & Reconciliation: Where Do We Go From Here?

Stan McKay will be the guest for CCS’s “Mindful Munchin’” lunchtime discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The Very Reverend Dr. Stan McKay was the United Church of Canada’s first Aboriginal moderator.  He is a well-respected educator, advocate, and spiritual leader.  He attended residential school in Birtle, Manitoba.  He will be leading a conversation about next …

Prayer for September 15

In the midst of routine and rest of sabbath and sunsets of travel and time off of contemplation and calm In the complex mix of our days of agendas and appointments of time zones and to do lists of stress and schedules we gather to do the work of this organization. In the complicated muddle …

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 …