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Humor, Laughter, Foolishness: Performing Love, Resilience and Resistance

Apr 14, 2023 - Apr 15, 2023


The Centre for Christian Studies is excited to be offering a 2-day continuing education event with Cláudio Carvalhaes

Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15, 2023

To be able to laugh, to have humor and to be foolish are all tremendous forms of resistance, of showing love/compassion and affirming life in a time where depression, anger, sadness and disasters are mounting. This course follows a various resources engaging humor, laughter and foolishness through play in worship and preaching forms. Together, we will engage play as a fundamental way of living our faith and daily lives in our communities.

Workshop cost: $200 *

Hosted by The Centre for Christian Studies

Location: Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Ave, Winnipeg, MB

Public presentation: “When Joy Came To Town” – Saturday, April 15 at 7pm.

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Register online

Registration deadline: April 7

Online option: We can set up a zoom link for registered participants who aren’t able to be there in person. Email Scott at sdouglas@ccsonline.ca if you have questions.


Friday, April 14

  • 9:30-12:30 – Session 1
  • 2:00-5:00 – Session 2
  • 7:00-9:00 – Session 3

Saturday, April 15

  • 9:30-12:30 – Session 4
  • 2:00-5:00 – Session 5
  • 7:00-9:00 – Public presentation “When Joy Came To Town” with Q&A

Cláudio Carvalhaes is an Associate Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. A much sought after speaker, writer, performer, and consultant, Dr. Carvalhaes has preached at Wild Goose FestivalFestival of HomileticsForum for Theological EducationChild Defense Fund – Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy MinistryAcademy of Homiletics and many other places. He has given lectures at the Liturgy Symposium Series at Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, the Buddhist-Christian Conference at Denison University, the 7th Aasta Hansteen Lecture on Gender and Religion in Oslo, Norway, the Jubilee 800 Order of Preachers of the Dominican Order at the Vatican, Italy, Societas Liturgica in Belgium, Liturgical Conference in Germany, and the International Academy of Practical Theology in Brazil. He led worship for the All African Council of Churches in Mozambique, taught at the Global Institute of Theology of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and leads worship and teaches at the Hispanic Summer Program since 2013.

Recently he has been working on a global project called Re-Imagining Worship As Acts Of Defiance And Alternatives In The Context Of Empire. With a grant from the Council of World Mission, he is leading a workshop on liturgy amidst the poor with scholars, pastors and students in four continents: Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe.

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*”Humour, Laughter, Foolishness” is part of CCS’s Worship 2023 learning circle, which runs from April 12 to April 18. Diaconal ministry students will be exploring the meaning of worship, skills in preaching, and the theology of sacraments. Tuition for the week-long learning circle is $810 and can be taken for continuing studies. For more information, email Scott as sdouglas@ccsonline.ca


Apr 14, 2023
Apr 15, 2023


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