The United Centre for Theological Studies officially opens at UWinnipeg
An inclusive multifaceted event today marked the official opening of The United Centre For Theological Studies at The University of Winnipeg. A smudging, pipe ceremony, ecumenical service, and drumming circle on the campus front lawn preceded formal remarks by The Very Reverend Dr. Stan McKay, past Moderator of the United Church of Canada; Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of UWinnipeg; and Dr. Dean Peachey (Acting) Principal of the Global College at UWinnipeg. The event culminated in a symbolic journey, as guests filed from the campus front lawn in front of Wesley Hall to the Centre’s new facility across the street at 520 Portage Avenue.
The newly-created United Centre for Theological Studies includes UWinnipeg’s existing Knowles-Woodsworth Centre for Theology and Public Policy, as well as the Research Chair in Peace, Justice and Eco-Theology; it is co-located with Global College, which already hosts the Ridd Institute for Religion and Public Policy.
“Today’s event marks an exciting new chapter in our institution’s rich history,” said Dr. Axworthy. “As the university continually evolves to meet the ever-changing needs of students, the renewal of our theological education through enhanced programming and community outreach ensures that we will continue to build upon our longstanding tradition of excellence in this realm.”
The Centre offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as diploma and certificate programs. It also engages in robust community outreach by developing programs, conferences and events that go beyond campus boundaries and into the wider community. Earlier in 2013, Theology’s graduate education program was re-accredited by the Association of Theological Schools for five years.
The United Centre for Theological Studies will house the Master of Divinity/ Bachelor of Theology; the Master of Arts, Theology; the Master of Arts, Spiritual Disciplines and Ministry Practice; and The Master of Sacred Theology, a post-Master of Divinity professional degree which enables students to specialize in one area of theological study. Additionally, the two-year Diploma in Indigenous Spiritual and Pastoral Care, and the Certificate In Ministry will continue to be offered; there are plans to enhance the Certificate program by offering particular streams in Spiritual Leadership, and in Peace, Justice and the Environment.
“Our Centre is committed to excellence in theological education and providing a safe and respectful environment for critical reflection,” said The Reverend Dr. Terry Hidichuk, Executive Director of The United Centre for Theological Studies. “We welcome the UWinnipeg community and our neighbours to visit us in our new home.”
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