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News from CCS and the CCS community

The CCS blog is moving

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Second Fridays – Theology of Diversity – Ecumenical Connections

Second Fridays header“Second Fridays” are back.  The Centre for Christian Studies’ popular series of lunch-hour presentations steps in to 2013 on January 11th with a discussion of the Theology of Diversity from an ecumenical angle.  Our guest speakers will be Michele Barr and Virginia Platt.  Come for noon at 60 Maryland St. in Winnpeg.  Bring your lunch and a curious mind.

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.

Want to check out the upcoming Second Fridays?  Download the brochure.  February will focus on Theology of Diversity – Interfaith Dialogue and March will be on Theology of Diversity – Multiculturalism.

Tapestry – 120th Anniversary Edition

Cover of the the Winter 2012 Tapestry newsletter

The final edition of Tapestry has been mailed out to those in the CCS community who don’t have email (or who just like holding things in their hands) and is being sent out electronically.  You can also download it from the Tapestry page.  This special edition features articles from and about our 120th anniversary celebration.

New Look for 2013

people holding hands with 2013

All the best for you in 2013!

It’s a new year, and with a new year comes a new look for the CCS website and blog, a new format for our regular “Common Threads” updates, and new forms for students.  Things might get a little jumbly in the next while as we put all this newness in place, so please bear with us.

(If you’re looking for something on the blog or the website and you feel like it’s been misplaced in all the new year’s cleaning, let Scott know at and he’ll try to help you out.)

Cookies and Carols

Last Friday the doors of CCS were thrown open to welcome our friends and supporters for an afternoon of eating cookies, sipping cider, chatting, and singing well-known and lesser-known Christmas carols.  Thanks to everyone who joined us to make the day merry, and thanks to Michele Barr for her musical accompaniment.

Friday was also the December Second Fridays, on the theology of simplicity.  Some good thoughts for the hectic holiday season.  Watch for video coming soon.

A word from our Treasurer

CCS volunteer treasurer Brian Faurshou writes:

“The generosity of the donors to CCS is exceptional; their past gifts have made CCS a unique community able to provide the message of God’s love, grace and justice to our world. Funds from our donors are fundamental to CCS’s continued mission, and key to a multitude of decisions for CCS. For the current fund raising campaign, we are dependent, hopeful and grateful for the support of the extraordinary people who donate to CCS.”
— Brian Faurschou.

CCS asks for financial support from its friends once each year – in the Fall.  If you would like to contribute a gift to to the Centre, please contact us or make a donation through Canada Helps.


2013 Companions of the Centre Announced

The Centre for Christian Studies has announced the names of three people it will honour as “Companion of the Centre” in 2013: Marion Logan, Jessie MacLeod, and Miriam Therese Winter.

Spiral pin presented to Companions of the CentreThe Companion of the Centre award was established in 2001. Through this award CCS honours people who have brought distinction and made significant contribution to the Centre for Christian Studies and whose lives and work epitomize the ideals of the Centre. (Details concerning the presentation of these honours are being worked out with the recipients and will be announced shortly.)

Want to know more about these fine individuals? Continue reading