Highlights of World Diakonia

The 2017 Assembly of the Diakonia World Federation was held in Chicago, from June 28 to July 5 July, 2017.  Many CCS staff members, alumni, and friends were in attendance.  Lori Stewart offers reflections on the gathering…

On the first morning of the World Diakonia Federation gathering I was among an excited, colourful group of members, gathered on the sidewalk in anticipation of the start of a procession into the building where we would hold our meetings for the coming week.

Preparing for World Diakonia procession

Yolly, a deaconess from the Philippines, introduced herself and took a selfie with me—I felt like I was among friends.  That initial experience carried through the whole conference.  There were friends there that I hadn’t met yet, for sure, but each of the conversations I had started from a place of familiarity.   We held in common not only our calling to diakonia, but also a depth of purpose as people who follow Jesus out of the church and into the community.  Knowing that there are sisters and brothers all over the world who share the joys and struggles of this commitment, is heartening in the midst of my own! Continue reading “Highlights of World Diakonia”

Continuing Studies at the Centre for Christian Studies

Are you interested in the kind of learning that goes on at the Centre for Christian Studies?  Do you wish you could explore specific themes and topics in spiritual care, or social justice, or Christian education and/or worship as part of a circle of learners?  But you don’t want to be a deacon or diaconal minister?  Or maybe you already are in ministry, but you’d like to keep learning.  Maybe you’re a CCS alumni who misses the community of a learning circle.

Continuing Studies at CCS may be for you.  Apply to be a Continuing Studies student, and you can register for theme learning circles with diaconal students – reading, discussing, exploring, connecting. Continue reading “Continuing Studies at the Centre for Christian Studies”

An Invented Life

CCS grad Terrie Chedore reflects on her calling as a diaconal artist…

“What are you doing these days?” That was the question everyone was asking at World DIAKONIA 2017. What an amazing event! About 450 women and men from over 31 countries! I wasn’t sure how well I would fit in because I am one of those diaconal folk who serve on the edge of the church. That was not a problem. I met other diaconal folk who are also doing new things and describing themselves with titles like ‘spiritual animator,’ ‘arts and environment coordinator,’ and ‘healing facilitator.’  I call myself a ‘diaconal artist.’ When I explained what that meant to me, one woman suggested that I live ‘an invented life.’ Yes, perhaps that is true. Continue reading “An Invented Life”

Welcome to the New Principal

The Centre for Christian Studies invites you to attend a Covenanting Service and Reception for Michelle Owens as she begins her role as the new Principal at The Centre for Christian Studies

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Westminster United Church
745 Westminster Ave at Maryland Street, Winnipeg
Please enter by the Westminster Avenue door. Lift available.

Refreshments will be served
Service of Installation at 8:00 pm.

RSVP to Cheryl Thiessen by Sept 5
204-783-4490 or office@ccsonline.ca

If you are not able to attend, you are invited to offer your welcome and greetings by phone, e-mail, or mail.

Wishing Maylanne Well

The Centre for Christian Studies invites you to a celebration of Maylanne Maybee and her time as Principal.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

St. Luke’s Anglican Church
130 Nassau St. N., Winnipeg
(corner of Nassau and Stradbrook)
Entrance at rear of church.  Lift and wheelchair parking available.

Refreshments will be served.
Presentations at 6:30 pm.

RSVP to Cheryl Thiessen by August 30
204-783-4490 or office@ccsonline.ca

In recognition of Maylanne’s commitment to Anglican diaconal studies, you are invited to make a gift in her honour to the Marion Niven Bursary Fund through the Centre for Christian Studies.  This fund was established to support Anglican students at the Centre for Christian Studies.

You are invited to create an 8.5 X 11 page with greetings, memories, stories, or pictures to be part of a book to be presented to Maylanne.  Bring it with you, e-mail it to info@ccsonline.ca, or send it to the Centre for Christian Studies, 60 Maryland St, Winnipeg, MB R3G 1K7

CCS Program Redesign – the Anglican Angle

logo of the Anglican Church of Canada

When we launched the project for evaluation and redesign of the Centre for Christian Studies program, we wanted to use the particular expertise of new Program Staff and to respond to the emerging needs of students, churches, and society. As things have evolved over the years since the current program was introduced, there has been less and less call on it by Anglicans.

There are a number of reasons for this: Continue reading “CCS Program Redesign – the Anglican Angle”

Hold the Dates

Wednesday, Sept. 6th

from 5:30-7:30 pm, at St. Luke’s Anglican Church (130 Nassau St N).
An opportunity to say farewell and express our appreciation to retiring principal Maylanne Maybee.  More details will be forthcoming.

Wednesday, Sept. 13th

from 7-9 pm, at Westminster United Church (745 Westminster Ave).
A welcoming event for new principal Michelle Owens.  Again, watch the CCS website in August for more details.

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The New Program Is Here, The New Program Is Here!

After a year and half of reviewing and redesigning, the Centre for Christian Studies is excited to be unveiling the new shape of our educational program!

Anglican FoundationWe are grateful to the nearly forty volunteers who helped discern a path, especially the members of the Program Review Coordinating team.  We are also grateful to the Anglican Foundation, who provided funding for the program review and redesign process. Continue reading “The New Program Is Here, The New Program Is Here!”

Quaker Farewell

Last Sunday the staff of the Centre for Christian Studies hosted a refreshment time for the Winnipeg Quaker meeting following their worship service.  For the past number of years the Quakers have been renting space at at Woodsworth House for their meetings, but their ranks have now grown to the point where they need to relocate.  They’ll be moving down the street to a housing co-op that has a large gathering space.  CCS has appreciated having the Quaker community in our building, and were glad to have the opportunity to wish them well in their move.

CCS’s other tenant, Nathanial Kaplan, who rented an office in Woodsworth House for his Reiki practice, has also moved out.  Best of luck, Nathanial.

If you or someone you know is looking to rent space – either office space or meeting space – feel free to contact the CCS office.

Happy Aboriginal Day

Happy National Aboriginal Day!  Are there any events or opportunities for you to connect with Indigenous people and communities in your area today?  Any ways to actively reflect on solidarity and decolonization?  Or just to celebrate the contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples make to our shared culture.

Maybe you’re staying in today.  If so, here are some of our favourite videos from the Second Fridays series we ran at the Centre for Christian Studies a few years ago, where we invited indigenous and non-indigenous speakers to challenge and inspire us… Continue reading “Happy Aboriginal Day”

CCS Grads Receive UW Degrees

Congratulations to Kristin Woodburke (CCS grad 2014)  and Josh Ward (CCS grad 2017), who received degrees from the University of Winnipeg’s United Centre for Theological Studies this weekend.  Kristin received her Bachelor of Theology and Josh received a Master of Arts in Theology (Spiritual Disciplines and Ministry Practice).  Josh was also awarded the Nisbet Memorial and Winchester Prize for the second highest standing in Theology.

Kristin Woodburke, BTh
Josh Ward, MA Theology

Nominations for 2018 Companion Now Open

The CCS Awards Working Group is inviting nominations for the 2018 Companion of the Centre Award.  The Companion of the Centre Award was established in 2001 by the Central Council of the Centre. Through this award, CCS honours at the Annual Service of Celebration, except for exceptional circumstances, one or more persons:

  • Graduates, who through their life and ministry, have brought distinction and honour to CCS;
  • Members of the CCS community (friends, volunteers, former staff and so on) who have made a significant contribution to the work of CCS, or,
  • Individuals in the wider community whose whole life and work epitomizes the ideals of CCS.

Nominations are welcome from graduates, students, friends, volunteers and staff.  (Download the form: PDF / RTF ).  Nominations must be received by September 30, 2017.