CCS receives $7.9M from Britain

CCS receives $7.9M from Britain

Like many theological schools, CCS is concerned with sustainability – both financial and environmental.  Those two concerns came together in an exciting way last week when it was announced that the CCS would be receiving significant funding from England and Scotland for a project on “integration, transformation, and empowerment.”

As denominational support for theological schools decreases, CCS has had to diversify.  A number of new projects and new partnerships have been attempted over the past few years, but none with the potential impact of this one.  The governments of Scotland and the UK will be contributing 4 million pounds (almost 8 million Canadian dollars) toward the CCS project.

“When I wrote the proposal,” says CCS Development Coordinator Lori Stewart, “there were a couple ideas I really underlined.  People want to feel good about organizations they support, so they needed to know that CCS is morally and ethically clean.  And we know how to create energy.  I think anyone who’s been connected with CCS over the years would agree with that.”

Program staff have started working out the logistics of holding an eco-theology event in Grangemouth, Scotland.  “Up until now the furthest East we’ve gone is Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia,” said Program Administrator Scott Douglas.  “Scotland is almost twice that far away.”

Meanwhile Principal Maylanne Maybee hopes that this new partnership with Britain will help raise the profile of CCS with the Anglican Church.  “This is a hopeful way to begin the month of April.” she said.

British Energy Minister Fergus Ewings said, “CCS can remove carbon dioxide emissions created by the combustion of fossil fuels in power stations and in a variety of industrial processes and transport it for safe permanent storage deep underground.”

“Well, um, we can certainly try, I guess,” said Maylanne Maybee.



Comments: 11

  1. Ted Dodd says:


  2. Hubert Den Draak says:

    Wonderful and somewhat mind blowing news! Congratulations to all, and in particular to Lori. Can’t wait to hear more about the planned eco-theology event and other possibilities this grant offers.

  3. Hubert Den Draak says:

    I just learned that, in order to cut back on carbon missions, the CCS team is considering to row across the Atlantic. More details to follow later this afternoon, apparently.

  4. Barbara Barnett says:

    Well, I guess the Development Working Group can disband at our meeting this afternoon. We’ve completed our tasks for the foreseeable future – or at least till April 2

  5. Debbie Coss says:

    Glad to hear that you have the support of England and Scotland. Now to work on Northern Ireland, Wales, and Cornwall. Maybe the rowing team can have some additional stops on their way across the Atlantic. Happy April 1st.

  6. Lori Stewart says:

    We certainly can’t be accused of not thinking big.

  7. David Hewitt says:

    No worries on the water crossing, you can use the new land bridge across the Bering Straight.

    Also, better slap an “April Fool” on this before General Council lifts your funding!

  8. Alice Watson says:

    Lovely start to the day! And thank you for the hints within the message….I’m a bit slow in the morning!Sure wish it were true!

  9. Kristin Wood says:

    Nice one! 🙂

  10. Mary Anne MacFarlane says:

    Well, I guess CCS doesn’t need my planned bequest any more. I guess I’ll redirect it to Emmanuel.

  11. Ray McGinnis says:

    Grateful doesn’t begin to describe how I feel in this nanosecond.

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