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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.

Kathy Douglas

Kathy Douglas

Profiles  Commissioned 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 work and...

Tammy Allan

Tammy Allan

Profiles  Tammy 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 Christian Studies...

Joan Tuchlinskly

Joan Tuchlinskly

Profiles  Commissioning      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 Studies newsletter,...

Debra Schweyer

Debra Schweyer

Profiles  Commissioning     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 and crazy...

Mark Laird

Mark Laird

Profiles  Year 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’ College I...

Terrie Chedore

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

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

Caryn Douglas

Profiles  Year 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 that was a...

Eleanor Ethel Ferguson

Eleanor Ethel Ferguson

In Memorium  “Eleanor Ferguson was a woman of iron will who had a very kind and compassionate way about her, all at the same time,” writes Joel Den Haan, a former minister. “She became a really good friend to my son Eric who was still a preschooler when we moved...

Florence Poole

Florence Poole

In Memorium  Florence Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Poole entered the United Church Training School in 1951 in a special 8 month program designed to short track women into new church development work.  The rapid post war expansion of suburban Canada, with thousands and...

Jean Macdonald

Jean Macdonald

In Memorium  Jean Macdonald was a spirited woman.  She loved life.  She had a passion for learning.  She worked hard, led with enthusiasm and bore a positive attitude.  Her faith was deep and abiding.  She served God in everything she did, and notably in 30 years...

Frances (Lodge) Steele

Frances (Lodge) Steele

In Memorium  Frances Steele was by nature a humble woman.  She didn’t like to draw attention to her own accomplishments; rather, she took pleasure in letting the sun shine on others.  She was wonderfully creative, hard-working and energetic.  Frances could have...

Jean (Baynton) Shilton

Jean (Baynton) Shilton

In Memorium  Born October 8, 1918 in Brandon, Manitoba, Jean Irving Shilton was the daughter of Eric and Elsie Baynton and the sister of Harold Baynton. She grew up in Brandon, Moose Jaw and Regina, Saskatchewan, weathering the “dirty thirties” in the heart of a...

Once Upon a Spiral

By Lori Stewart, 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

Audrey Cornell

In Memorium  Graduating 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 circumstances...