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Everything we post on a regular basis in our website in different categories, appears in this index by chronological order, newest entries at the top.

YoonOk Shin-Kang

Profiles  YoonOk Shin-KangCommissioning   I was commissioned June 3, 2000 at MacDougall United Church in Edmonton Alberta. Program of Formation   I studied in the 5-year Regional Program at the Centre for Christian Studies both in Toronto and Winnipeg.  I also...

Kathy Douglas

Profiles  Kathy DouglasCommissioned in 2008 Settled to Huron-Perth Presbytery Youth Minister -full time Living in Blyth ON. (London Conference) Program of Formation CCS: 4 year program in Diaconal Ministries What called you to diaconal ministry? Initially, the...

Tammy Allan

Profiles  Tammy AllanTammy Allan was commissioned in 2000, at McDougall United Church in Edmonton, at the Service of Celebration for Alberta and Northwest Conference. Her Program of Formation was as a member of the Regional ’95 group, at the Centre for...

Joan Tuchlinskly

Profiles  Joan TuchlinsklyCommissioning      2000, in Winnipeg Program of Formation    Diploma in Diaconal Ministries: Studies in Transformation and Action What called you to diaconal ministry?    I remember being at church, picking up a Centre for Christian...

Debra Schweyer

Profiles  Debra SchweyerCommissioning     I was born and raised in Toronto. My home congregation was, as far as I know, the United Church’s first tri-congregational church building, established in the 60’s. It was a cinder block building with three sanctuaries...

Mark Laird

Profiles  Mark LairdYear of Commissioning      Hopefully 2015 Program of Formation      Four year program at CCS What called you to diaconal ministry?  I was called to diaconal ministry through a desire to work in education.  After not being admitted to Teachers’...

Terrie Chedore

“Diaconal ministry is a model of ministry that embraces a strong commitment to lay involvement. I have chosen to work on the edge of the church encouraging a diaconal style of ministry for all people.”

Ted Dodd

“The diaconal community offers accountability for growth-oriented and prophetic questioning, non-hierarchical inclusivity, consultative collegiality, mutuality in accompaniment and I continue to long to be officially a part of this kind of ongoing, intentional feedback and responsible discerning.”

Caryn Douglas

Profiles  Caryn DouglasYear Commissioned, location Owen Sound, Toronto Conference, 1989 Program of Formation I spent 3 amazing (tough and wonderful) years at CCS in the residential program from 1986 to 1989.  I actually lived in residence for 2 of the 3 years and...

Once Upon a Spiral

By Lori Steward, 2011 Once upon a spiral: the story of the Centre for Christian Studies Action/Reflection Model  EdD, International University of the Caribbean with University of Sheffield 2012 A gathering together of the narratives of the “spiral” in the life of the...

Audrey Cornell

In Memorium  Audrey CornellGraduating from the United Church Training School in 1952, Gladys “Audrey” Cornell was a member of the largest class the school had ever had (picture of class).  She came to the school with the hope of a career as a Deaconess, but...

Sharilynn Upsdell

Profiles  Sharilynn UpsdellCommissioned 2003 at Salmon Arm BC and settled to Lax Kw‟alaams (Port Simpson) – a small Tsimshian fishing village on BC‟s far north coast) Program of Formation CCS  4 year program community based program What called you to Diaconal...

Florence Cochrane Butler

In Memorium  Florence Cochrane ButlerFlorence Cochrane Butler was born on October 21, 1923.  While a student at the United Church Training School, Florence had a summer placement at Leask,  Saskatchewan. She met her partner George, also from Leask, at Bloor...

Lynda Gow

Profiles  Lynda GowCommissioned 1978, Maritime Conference held in Sackville, NB Program of Formation  I attended the Centre for Christian Studies in Toronto as a fulltime student in a two-year program. During those two years my field placements were at the North...