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Spiritual Emphasis Days 2016

SCHEDULE &Workshop Descriptions


Wednesday, September 28 - GATHER


9:30am;You Are What You Love with James K. A. Smith in Gymnasium

10:45:Coffee Break – refreshments


11:15:You Are What You Love – Session Two & Communion in Gymnasium

12:30pm: Roundtable Lunch*

(hosted by Ambrose Staff and Faculty - FREE)



Afternoon Workshops

1:30pm (see below for additional info)


Thursday, September 29 - SERVE


9:00 – 5pm:Serve Day Events

(info & sign-up board in Atrium)

(various locations)

5:30:BBQ (Free with your Serve Day WRISTBAND) in Cafeteria


Workshops on Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm

“Seek His Face Always” - Augustine’s Confessions as a guide for the Christian Spiritual Life

The Confessions of St. Augustine, arguably the most influential text in the history of Christianity after the Bible, works to move our minds towards God in love. As we “listen in” on Augustine’s prayerful confessions of both his sin and God’s glory, we cannot help but join him in seeing our own stories in light of the biblical one.  Join us as we explore this great work, meditate on some of its memorable episodes and key themes, and enter together into prayer and praise with Augustine.

FREE copy of The Confessions to first 12 participants through the door.

Presenters: Derek Geerlof (Theology) is an ex-Calgary Police Officer & Darren Dyck (English) loves to play basketball.

Room:  A2210


Growing Wild: How Sabbath Frees us to Become Our Truest Selves

What comes to mind with the word Sabbath? …going to church or guilt for not going? In truth sabbath is one of the most countercultural, subversive acts we can commit. It is a gift we receive from God, but also a revolt we raise up against our culture of busyness, drivenness, shallowness, and consumption. It is, in fact, one of the ways we embody God’s kingdom in our midst. In this workshop we will explore the nature and practices of Sabbath-keeping.

Presenter: Mark Buchanan (Pastoral Theology) expresses his wildside on his cruiser motorcycle.

Room: A2133


Connecting Mind, Body and Spirit with God: Yoga as Christian Practice

Yoga has been a topic of debate among Christians, yet yoga can be a valuable Christian practice for connecting the mind, body, and spirit with God when carefully understood. This session will explore yoga as a Christian spiritual practice. We will discuss the origins of fear associated with yoga, connect yoga to larger Christian traditions, and have the opportunity to experience several different forms of yoga and meditation practices as a way of deepening our relationship with God. (Please bring a yoga mat or towel)

Presenters: Beth Stovell (Old Testament) loves adventuring on camping road trips. Brianne Collins (Psychology) is a certified yoga instructor who loves cuddling her two cats. 

Room: A2131


Reading the Bible – For the sheer JOY of it

For too many of us, reading the Bible has become one of several items on a menu of spiritual disciplines that every Christian should engage in in order to grow in their walk with Jesus. As a result, too often it has been relegated to the realm of the "have to" or "should do" or "oughta". This session is designed to encourage the participant to consider some practical steps toward moving Scripture reading out of the "oughta" into the "GET TO".  Come and rediscover Bible Reading - for the sheer joy of it!

Presenter: Bill McAlpine (Practical Theology) has been a MK, PK, Pastor and Professor

Room: L2100


Listening to Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber; watching Game of Thrones and The Bachelor: Cultural Discernment as a Spiritual Practice

Jesus says, “Be in the world, but not of it.” What is the Christian calling to engage pop culture supposed to look like?  Some would advise avoiding pop culture, others that it is irrelevant to the Christian life, and still others advise transforming culture through Christian engagement. How might we think about engaging culture with a discerning mind as a spiritual practice that all Christians can engage in? In this session, you will learn some skills, gestures and postures toward popular culture by practicing it, as well as how to understand it from a Christian worldview.

Presenter: Greg Veltman is a pop culture maven. Find out more at:

Room: A2141


Creation Care: Tree-hugging for Christians

The spiritual practice of stewardship invites us to participate in God's work of caring for His creation. This begins with recognizing and finding joy in the diversity of God's works. In this workshop, participants will discuss what stewardship could look like in their local communities and will include appreciation of God's creation in the aspen grove (foul weather alternative in the science lab).

Presenter: Matthew Morris (Biology) has high hopes for his oldest child, who currently loves holding and watching spiders.

Room: A2145


Craft as a Spiritual Practice

This workshop will briefly touch on how quilts express faith, love & struggle and the idea of God-as-quilter.  With the guidance of experienced Ambrose quilters we will teach the basics of hand piecing quilt blocks; needle turn applique and English paper piecing.  Quilt blocks made will then be combined into a collaborative pieced work for use within chapel.  Supplies will be provided however if you have sewing pins and fabric or embroidery scissors please bring them.

Presenter: Marlene van Berkel (Special Event & Guest Services Manager) Fun Fact: I have a twin sister

Room: A2212


"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth." (Pablo Picasso)

We live in a time when our capacity for imagining is being thwarted by television programs and video games that encourage us to tune out of life and become passive consumers rather than active imaginers. We have become paralyzed by our own busyness. Come reacquaint yourself with your imagination and explore how theatre and church intersect.

Presenter: Val Lieske (Associate Director Theatre program & Artistic Director of Fire Exit Theatre visits the zoo in every city she visits and believe animals are the best argument for God.

Room: G2195


Food for Thought

What do you eat? How do you eat? With whom do you eat? If “you are what you eat” then who are you? Jesus ate at the home of sinners. He broke bread that fed 5,000. He cooked fish on the beach for his friends. Every week Christians “eat Jesus”. But it doesn’t always translate to living like Jesus the rest of the week. In this workshop we will talk about practices that help connect “eating Jesus” to living like Jesus.

Presenter: Andrea Hensen (Manager of Accessibility and Support Services) Fun fact: I eat insects on purpose and love living in intentional Christian community.

Room: L2084


Our SED 2016 Guest Speaker

James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker, his work building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.

The author of a number of influential books exploring provocative themes—Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? and You Are What You Love to name two—Smith also regularly writes for magazines and newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Slate, First Things, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and The Hedgehog Review. 

He and his wife, Deanna, are elementary school (!) sweethearts with four children in college. Natives of Stratford, Ontario, they lived in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before settling in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids where they are committed urban dwellers who enjoy gardening and curling up on the couch with their two maltipoos, Daisy and Kirby.


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Spiritual Emphasis Days: SERVE DAY Sept 29

Be Sure to sign up for one of the Serve Day Opportunities in addition to participating in the Tuesday Wednesday elements of SED!

See opportunities below - sign up in lower Atrium!

The SERVE DAY Opportunities (next Thursday, 29 Sept.)


The Mustard Seed Sorting Centre – 12:15pm-4:15pm

The Mustard Seed helps meet the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, and acceptance for men and women experiencing poverty and works with them to find sustainable housing and employment. Partner with the Mustard Seed in a meaningful way by sorting donations for the clients they work with and preparing a meal.


Jesus Loves You Society – 9:45am-2:15pm

Help serve this family-focused organization as they meet the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of Calgarians by cleaning and maintenance work around their facilities.


Calgary Drop In Centre Downtown – 8:15am-11:15am OR 1:15pm-4:15pm

The Calgary Drop In Centre aims to prevent homelessness where possible, offer care and shelter when needed, and provide opportunities for people to rehabilitate and rebuild their lives. Give back to this organization by doing kitchen prep and sorting donations for clients and staff of Calgary DI


Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre – 9:45am-3:15pm

The Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre is a non-profit agency offering assistance for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy or experiencing post-abortion stress.  Volunteer at CPCC by deep-cleaning this wonderful organization’s facilities—vacuuming, washing windows, etc.


Habitat for Humanity – 8:30am-1:30pm OR 12:30pm-5:30pm

Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a safe, affordable place to live. Their mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty. Spend several hours volunteering in Habitat for Humanity’s “ReStore” – a store providing discounted building supplies for homeowners looking to escape the cycle of poverty.




Closer to Home – 10:30am-4:00pm

Closer to Home Community Services (CTH) is a charitable organization located in Calgary that offers a wide range of services designed to meet the unique needs of children, youth and families.  Spend the day helping with Community Day, providing childcare and additional support to the organization.


Tree-Planting for City of Calgary at Griffith Woods Park– 8:30am-12:30pm

Partner with the City of Calgary on one of their many park projects and plant some trees in Griffith Woods! This will help the environment and better our community.


Sonshine Community Services – 10:30am-2:30pm

Sonshine Community Services works with struggling families by providing day homes as a viable option for families seeking quality childcare. They empower families and individuals to move from unsafe, harmful ways of interacting to healthy, respectful, and safe relationships that enable them to become positive contributors in their communities. Through providing services and community education, Sonshine functions as an integral part of a coordinated community response to domestic violence. Partner with them by spending the day helping clean and organize their facility for families and staff.


Hope Mission – 10:30am-2:30pm

Hope Mission is working to break the cycle of poverty for Calgary kids, providing hope and a brighter future. Partner with them by helping care for their facilities here in Calgary.



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Financial Aid Office News


Financial Assistance Applications are open for 2016/17 Academic School Year

If you have a financial need for fall or winter semester, apply for Ambrose’s Financial Assistance

Deadline is Oct. 15, 2016


Jason Lang Scholarship

Student Aid Alberta awards $1000 for Albertan students whose GPA for 2015/16 was 3.2 or higher. Undergrad Arts and Science Programs are eligible. Read more here:

If you are eligible, Financial Aid office automatically nominates you in mid Oct.


The Dalton Camp Award 2017

Are you a great essay writer? Then apply for this scholarship:

·        Established to honor the late Dalton Camp, a distinguished commentator on Canadian 
Public Affairs.

·        $10,000 prize and $2,500 second prize

·        Deadline Dec. 1, 2016

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Attention School of Ministry and Seminary Students:

Attention School of Ministry and Seminary Students:


If you are nearing the end of your education and are considering working with the Christian & Missionary Alliance in the future, either in Canada or overseas, PLEASE come to an informational meeting to find out how the process works.  Tim Moore will be there to talk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.

                Approval for Ministry (Licensing) Orientation Meeting

            Monday, Sept. 26 at 12:12:50

            A1085-2 (Airhart Theatre)

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Tenors and Basses Needed

Chamber Singers needs Tenors and Basses

Contact Don Quantz in Music Department asap!


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Soul of the Next Economy Forum

Ambrose Students: You are invited to attend the 2016 Soul of the Next Economy Forum on September 30th & October 1st! Learn more at: Upper year students (2nd year and higher) are invited to the entire Forum and 1st year students are invited to the Saturday events and the Friday evening film screening. You can register as a student on the Forum website ($79 for the whole event) or fill out the registration form here by September 15th and you may qualify for free admission. Priority is given to business students, certain minors, and Ambrose student leaders BUT if you really want to attend for free and are not in one of those categories, fill out the and email with why the Forum is relevant to you.
Soul of the Next Economy Forum - September 30 - October 1, 2016. The Soul of the Next Economy Forum is where the non-profit sector, government, business, and educational institutions converge. People come together to: learn about local and global social and development issues, connect with peers, industry experts and other sectors addressing these issues and engage in sustainable business oriented solutions to these issues, fueled through innovation, collaboration and corporate social responsibility.
Highlights include:
-          CSR Roundtable on Friday afternoon – talk with Calgary business leaders on corporate social responsibility and the role business has in enhancing communities both locally and globally during the Executive Roundtable moderated by former Dragon Arlene Dickinson. Then hear from Phillip Haid at Public Inc. on profit & purpose with responses from Suzanne West and another Calgary business leader at CSR in Focus.  
-          Lion’s Den is back on Saturday – what is your social innovation? Compete for prizes and possible funding.
-          Yunus Social Business Brazil country director joins us on Saturday morning to talk with us on solving social problems through social entrepreneurs.
-          Session topics for Soul Forum 2016 include Poverty in Canada, incorporating the global SDGs into business strategy, international development best practices, collaboration with First Nations, social impact investing, collective impact in action, creating resilient organization, B Corps, now is the time for CSR panel and more.
-          Helle Jorgenson, President of Global Compact Network Canada, will be offering a feature session on incorporating human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption into business strategy and governance. A host of other session topics will also be offered.

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Club Fair!

The annual Ambrose Club Fair 2016 is coming this Wednesday the 14th. Many of the Ambrose clubs will be represented in the lower Atrium from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Come check out the different booths for more information on how you can get involved with like-minded people here.

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Setting up student e-mail on your mobile device?

Many of you will be setting up your Ambrose student e-mail account on your phones and tablets for the first time.

Students are asking what type of account this is when prompted by their device. Please be sure to select Exchange, Microsoft Exchange, or Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync from the list of choices.

Have a great day!

- The I.T. Department

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Internship Orientation Meeting and Interviews – School of Ministry Students | Seminary | onSite



Are you planning on doing an internship during the 2017 - 2018 school year?  If so, we need to hear from you! 

Internship Orientation Meeting

The meeting will be on Tuesday September 20th from 12:00pm – 12:30pm in A2131.  Bring your lunch and join us to learn more about pre-requisites, required documents, Internship Seminar & more.


An interview schedule has be posted on Tim Moore's office door (L2047).  Please sign up for an interview time as soon as possible as interviews will take place between September 21st – October 6th.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Kinloch, Field Education Assistant, at or (403) 410-2000 ext 6923.

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Ambrose Music Academy!

The Ambrose Music Academy offers lessons in piano, voice, guitar, drums, violin, and flute. These lessons can be 30 or 45 minutes, or hour long sessions. Lessons are usually taught on Monday to Fridays in the late afternoon/early evening and are taught in the Music Wing! Cost varies depending on length of the lesson, but if you have any questions you can just contact Margot at!

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