Second Fridays – The Context of the Land

Videos from September’s Second Friday!

Second Fridays at CCS is back for its third year, and once again we are partnering with the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre to bring you aboriginal and non-aboriginal voices addressing themes of spiritual and political importance to us all.

On Sept. 12th we were invited to re-connect our faith to our natural context, the land.  Melanie Kampen unpacked the biblical image of “living water” and Stan McKay encouraged us to move beyond an anthropocentric theology that is like a potted plant, never rooting itself in its natural setting.  Through storytelling and exegesis, Melanie and Stan sparked deep reflection on “The Context of the Land.Continue reading Second Fridays – The Context of the Land

Music – Image – Sabbath

Ann Naylor was on sabbatical from April to August this year.  During her time away from CCS she explored the use of image in theological education, the role of music in building justice-seeking community, and the place of sabbath in a life of spiritual balance.  Her presentation to the rest of the CCS staff on her return took the form of a powerpoint slideshow incorporating some video clips and some music.  Much of the presentation is silent, inviting a contemplative reflection appropriate to the theme of sabbath. Continue reading Music – Image – Sabbath

CCS Pecha Kucha

BC Conference experimented this year with inviting presenters at the annual meeting to use a pecha kucha — or 7-21 — slideshow format:  each presenter could show 21 slides, each slide playing for 20 seconds (adding up to 7 minutes, hence “7-21”).  Kimiko Karpoff presented on behalf of CCS and wove in her own experiences and perspective.  The video below shows the whole Friday afternoon session, but Kimiko shows up around the 38:12 minute mark.

Because They Married

At the Manitoba & North Western Ontario Conference annual meeting last week, Ted Dodd, Caryn Douglas, and others led a worship, lament, and apology to women who were “disjoined” from paid ministry because they got married. (Presentation starts around 4 and a half minutes into video.  There’s a sound problem at the beginning, but it doesn’t last very long.)

Videos from March’s Second Fridays – Reconciliation

Last Friday was a powerful finish to the Second Fridays season at CCS.  The third session in our Second Fridays partnership with the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre focused on Reconciliation.  Steve Heinrichs challenged us to think what reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada would look like, and whether talk of reconciliation has any value if it doesn’t address material realities, land, and power redistribution.  Stefan Richard drew on personal experience to tell of his journey toward reconciliation, with his father, with his culture, and with himself.

(Also check out Steve Heinrichs’ pamphlet “Paths for Peacemaking with Host Peoples“)

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Videos from February’s Second Fridays – Community

Last Friday — yup, it was Valentine’s; feel the love — guest presenters Karen Jolly and Sister Mary Coswin honoured us with their reflections on the meaning and experience of “community,” as part of our Second Fridays series of noon-hour presentations and discussions.



Guests: Mary Coswin and Karen Jolly

Mary CoswinMary Coswin has been a part of the St. Benedict’s community since 1963, when she studied high school at the Academy. Entering the Monastery at a young age, she completed high school and teachers’ training and then taught academic subjects and religious studies in junior and senior high; later she worked as a school counsellor. Sister Mary spent five years in Edmonton offering spiritual direction, retreats and training new spiritual directors. The monastic community gave her the opportunity to work in vocation and formation work, as Director of the St. Ben’s retreat centre where she shares the sisters’ beautiful home and grounds and spirituality with hundreds of people who come through their doors.

KarenJollyKaren Jolly is a graduate from Providence Theological Seminary with a M.A. Educational studies.  Her husband Howard Jolly pastors at First Nations Community Church in Winnipeg.  (“So I guess that makes me a pastor’s wife,” she says.)  Born and raised on Gift Lake Metis Settlement in Northern Alberta, Karen comes from a family of 12 children 7 girls and 5 boys. She has two grown children Joel and Tobi Anne.


Videos from January’s Second Fridays – Respect

Doug McMurtry and Adrian Jacobs inspired us with their wise and insightful commentary on the concept of Respect.  Doug reminded us that the in the Bible, God is no respecter of person, and Adrian used the two-row wampum to illuminate a culture of respect.

Second Fridays, for the first part of 2014, is a partnership between CCS and the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre.  We’re overjoyed to be hosting an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal guest each month to reflect on common themes.



Adrian-JacobsAdrian Jacobs is Cayuga First Nation of the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. In his home community, he founded and maintained an Indigenous church that continues to be self-governing, self-supporting, and thriving. In 2012, Adrian began work as the Keeper of the Circle/Principal of the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. Previous to this appointment, Adrian was working at the University of Alberta to promote Aboriginal Health. Adrian Jacobs possesses over thirty years experience in networking and training of ministry candidates and Aboriginal leaders for organizations in Canada and the United States. During his presentation on respect he will reflect on The Two Row Wampum Treaty between the Five Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Dutch in 1613. He believes it can be seen as foundational to all treaty agreements as it articulates three foundational values for respectful relationships.

doug-mcmurtryDoug McMurtry served The United Church of Canada for over forty years before retirement in 1985. He was raised in various towns in Saskatchewan and ministered in several pastoral charges there. As a conscientious objector, McMurtry was excused from service in the war. After the war he worked in China with the Canadian Friends’ Service Committee. Throughout the years, Doug has been active in ministry with indigenous peoples, at Round Lake Mission, as Superintendent of Home Missions, with the Native Ministry Board, Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Resource Centre and the Stella Group. He finished his official ministry as pastor to Immanuel Church in Winnipeg. Doug has also been elected president of two United Church Conferences.

Videos from December’s Second Fridays – Music and Faith

Charlotte Caron and Barbara Barnett struck a number of chords with the audience during their reflections on Music and Faith at the Second Fridays / Cookies and Carols gathering on Friday, December 13, 2013.  Charlotte focused on the role of music in worship, and how Christmas carols fit in.  Barbara looked at music in terms of silence, breath, and embodiment.

Following the presentations and discussion, we sang Christmas songs new and old, sipped cider and noshed on cookies, enjoyed a “Twelve Days of CCS” parody by Maureen McCartney and a moving version of “I Wondered As I Wandered” by Tim Sale.


Charlotte Caron is an theological educator, former acting principal of CCS, former professor of pastoral theology and co-president of St. Andrew’s College, and a scholar in the areas of feminist theology, worship, disability and feminism.  She is the author of “Eager for Worship: Theologies, practices, and perspectives on worship in the United Church of Canada.”  She is also an avid birdwatcher.

Barbara Barnett has been a long-time collaborator and organizer around the music of Carolyn McDade, a certified Labyrinth facilitator, and a director of Spiritual Care at Deer Lodge Centre.

Cookies and Carols at CCS
Cookies and Carols at CCS

Videos from November’s Second Fridays – The Arts and Social Justice

Fenella Temmerman and Bob Haverluck inspired us with images of wholeness and resistance as they explored the use of art in social change, awareness, and justice at the November 8, 2013 Second Fridays at CCS.

Bob Haverluck is an established award-winning artist and educator who has long combined art and education for social transformation. His work includes a project in ecological advocacy, artist in residence and adjunct professor of art and theology at the University of Winnipeg engaging urban issues, the use of the arts in conflict and peace education. Bob’s artwork has appeared in numerous publications including ‘Harpers’, ‘New Statesman’,‘Border Crossings’.. He has had solo exhibitions of his work in many places including Chicago , Toronto , Vancouver , Kenora , Winnipeg, and Riding Mountain National Park.

Fenella Temmerman, is a fabric artist who combines color, texture, light, and a love of nature to create an immersive experience.  Her work has been displayed in conjunction with performances by Carolyn McDade and the Sacred Web / Earth Charter Singers.  The “Beings” are twelve foot long panels depicting birds, animals, and plants, and are designed to be experienced by people walking through them as they enter a space, they are created to be touched and experienced.

Hospitality and the Arts – videos from October’s Second Fridays

Jamie Howison and barb janes provided intriguing images of what the relationship between the church, the world, and the arts could be at October’s Second Fridays presentation on October 11, 2013.

barb janes – Hospitality to the Arts

Jamie Howison – What I Learned By Paying Attention to Jazz

jamie-howisonJamie Howison is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada, and the founding pastoral leader of saint benedict’s table in Winnipeg. He is the author of “God’s Mind in That Music,” a book exploring theological themes and ideas through the music of jazz legend John Coltrane.

barb-janesbarb janes currently ministers with the good people of Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church in Winnipeg. Ordained in 1984, barb’s ministry has given her rich experiences in the aboriginal setting, in the inner cities of Vancouver and Toronto, and with congregations in northern Ontario, Saskatoon, Selkirk (Manitoba). An adult-onset runner, barb is also an avid reader of fiction, a movie-goer, Winnipeg Folk Festival fan, and theatre buff.

Humour and Faith – videos from September’s Second Fridays

Second Fridays at CCS got off to a great start last Friday. This fall Second Fridays will focus on faith and the arts, and last Friday the room was full of people eager to discuss the relationship between humour and faith. Lesley Harrison and Scott Douglas offered reflections that were both funny and faithful.

Lesley Harrison – Holy Humour

Scott Douglas – The connection between Humour and Faith

scott-douglas-sqScott Douglas is an award-winning playwright.  His plays include The Touring TestTreading WaterUndiscover’d CountryStrange Angels, andMaybe One?: A Theatrical History of the United Church of Canada.  He is also an actor, animator, co-editor of The Un-official Handbook of the United Church of Canada, and staff member at the Centre for Christian Studies.

LesleyHarrison-150x150Lesley Harrison is Program Staff with EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development of the General Council Office where she spends time coordinating a network of consultants for new ministry development and ministry renewal. Prior to this Lesley served as Presbytery Minister for Winnipeg Presbytery working with congregations exploring their mission and ministry in a changing context. Lesley has also served on Presbytery Staff in Winnipeg, congregational ministry in Saskatchewan, and as overseas personnel with the Moravian Church in Nicaragua.


Videos from March’s Second Friday – Multiculturalism

CCS was pleased to have Diane Dwarka and Evelyn Broadfoot as guests for its monthly noon-hour presentation and discussion on theological themes on March 8, 2013 at 12 noon.
March’s topic – Theology of Diversity, Multiculturalism

Note: Unfortunately, Adrian Jacobs, who was scheduled to be one of our speakers, had been called away to a funeral for a friend and was not be able to be with us. Evelyn Broadfoot kindly agreed to replace Adrian and join Diane Dwarka sharing her thoughts about the topic.

Evelyn BroadfootEvelyn Broadfoot has served in congregational ministry in White Bear, Saskatchewan, in outreach ministries in Thompson and Winnipeg, in personnel work with the All Native Circle Conference of the United Church, and as an intentional interim minister in Norway House. Presently, she is trying to retire but finds her days still full and volunteers in the hospital with crisis and support visiting.

diane dwarkaDiane Dwarka is a retired librarian and passionate community volunteer. She has held positions as past President of the Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba, Community Legal Education Association, Chair of Red River College Alumni, and the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Winnipeg and others. An active lay member of the United Church of Canada, Diane has served all four courts of the church. Diane has received many awards in recognition for her work the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award , the Red River Distinguished Alumni Award, the Premier’s Award for Volunteerism and the B’nai Brith Human Rights Award.


Video from Interfaith Dialogue – 2nd Fridays at CCS

The topic for Februrary’s Second Fridays presentation was Theology of Diversity, Interfaith Dialogue with guest speakers Ray Dirks and Manju Lodha.  Here’s some video from that noon-hour discussion. (Note: My camera conked out about halfway through, so you’ll notice that the second half is shot on a cell phone.)

Be sure to check out March’s Second Fridays on Friday, March 8 at noon at CCS.  The topic is multiculturalism and the theology of diversity.

Ray Dirks has been curator at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery since 1998. He believes artists need a place of relevance in the church and believes the gallery, as an institution of the church, can have an important role in an increasingly multicultural society. Having worked in 30 countries, he is passionate about telling the stories of our global family.

Manju Lodha was raised in the culturally rich area of Rajasthan in India, and has lived in Canada for over forty years. The resultant Indo-Canadian fusion is quite visible in her art where elements of prairie life, winter snow, Canada Geese, Rocky Mountains and the Winnipeg River merge with Indian scenery. As an artist
Manju has painted many works based on such contemporary themes as water, environment, peace, war, tolerance, non-violence and multicultural cooperation.
Ray Dirks and Manju have collaborated on projects since 2006. For one project “In the Spirit of Humanity”, they worked with a Muslim artist, which resulted in a book and a short video. In 2012, Ray and Manju produced as creative co- directors the film project Leap in Faith: Glimpses of Spirituality and Beliefs.

Download the Jan-March Second Fridays brochure.

Ecumenical Connections – 2nd Fridays videos

Second Fridays“Second Fridays” for the next three months will focus on the Theology of Diversity.  On January 11th Michèle Barr and Virginia Platt got the ball rolling with their reflections on practical ecumenism.

Michèle has worked on ecumenical worship through the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and Virginia has worked ecumenically on social justice issues with Kairos (and its forerunner, Ten Days for World Development.)


Topic – Theology of Diversity, Ecumenical Connections
Speakers – Michèle Barr and Virginia Platt

Michèle Barr, a diaconal minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, has lived out her ministry through leadership music and worship in Winnipeg. As well, she has worked with pre-school children in the inner city. For almost a decade, she has been actively involved in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Virginia Platt’s first active involvement with ecumenical social justice work began in 1978, when Canadian Churches, through Ten Days for World Development, endorsed the boycott of Nestle products because of the corporation’s aggressive promotion of infant formula in developing countries. She has served as staff person for the regional Ten Days group and a volunteer with KAIROS, the successor to Ten Days and other Canadian church-based social justice coalitions. Ecumenism came naturally to her as she grew up with a Methodist mother, Presbyterian father, Episcopalian cousins, and Evangelical United Brethren grandparents. Presently she is a member of an Anglican church in Winnipeg.

Download the Jan-March Second Fridays brochure.