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- Neighbours ~ a good Samaritan story by Annika Sangster November 20, 2017CCS grad Annika Sangster has published a delightful retelling of the story of the Good Samaritan called Neighbours. We recently talked about the genesis of the book and gaining the confidence to share her creativity. Details for purchasing Neighbours are at the bottom of the article. Neighbours emerged from a Vacation Bible School with … Continue reading […]
- Announcing the 2018 Companion of the Centre – Sue Taylor November 14, 2017“In my understanding, spirituality is about a sense of connectedness or a search for connectedness: Connectedness within ourselves or a feeling of “being at home” within ourselves; connectedness with others in relationships; connectedness within the wider community or the world; connectedness with the universe or creation and the mystery that we might call G […]
- Music, the Bible and connecting to God November 10, 2017CCS program staff person Janet Ross reflects on Music and Spirituality in the Rupertsland News. Music has had a significant place in my life and in some ways has been a “character” or perhaps more accurately a kind of dialogue partner in my life story. Music has invited me into new spaces of existence and existentiality, … Continue reading "Music, the B […]
- Listening brings healing October 24, 2017Racism is not an easy thing to talk about with white people, or so I’ve found. When I was bullied all through grade 7, shoved up against lockers and called “Paki,” my caucasian friends just kept walking, as if they’d seen nothing. I was too ashamed to bring it up myself, so we just acted … Continue reading "Listening brings healing"
- Mamawe Ota Askihk – Sharing Life Together Here on Earth October 24, 2017Diaconal minister Karen Tjaden reflects on a week at the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre with Indigenous community leaders and settler allies to reclaim the homebred, the homespoken, the homegrown, and the homemade. Photographs from Michelle Owen’s experience at the Feast for Friends. Centred around the sacred fire, a wonderful community based on an immers […]
- Ministry in listening, grief and loss October 24, 2017Program staff David Lappano shares thoughts about two fall learning circles. This October the Centre has offered two learning circles – Ministry as Listening and Grief and Loss. Students were surprised at how much they learned from each other by beginning with sharing a significant sound in their lives. The sound of water lapping under … Continue reading […]
- Join us in Vancouver! October 20, 2017Join CCS principal Michelle Owens for an evening with ecumenical and international partners in diaconal ministry. The Central Committee of Diakonia of the Americas and the Caribbean, DOTAC, will be meeting in Vancouver. Along with CCS, they will host an evening gathering on November 9 to celebrate the many and diverse expressions of international and ecumeni […]
- “Café del Soul” serves change and purpose October 17, 2017Meet Pinegrove UC, a medium-sized church in Rosslyn, NW Ontario. Rosslyn used to be a community of farmers, but with Thunder Bay nearby it’s taking on some characteristics of a bedroom community. Pinegrove used to be the thriving community hub, but when I started there 5 years ago it felt more like a rudderless ship. … Continue reading "“Café del Soul” […]
- Ministry as Listening October 17, 2017Above, students in the Ministry as Listening learning circle participate in a mirroring exercise. For the past week, seventeen students have gathered at Woodsworth House to explore Ministry as Listening. Participants include a certificate student, in the ordination stream at the Atlantic School of Theology, a continuing studies student, taking the learning […]
- Living Stones September 26, 2017Recently retired diaconal minister Allison Halstead shares her May 2017 reflection to the Manitoba North West Ontario Conference. I recently hiked Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. A stone wall made of squared stone 120 km long, 3 m wide, 5-8 m high. There’s not much of it left and some think that’s a shame — we … Continue reading "Living Stones […]
- Neighbours ~ a good Samaritan story by Annika Sangster November 20, 2017
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