Performing Church: St. Andrew's College Winter Refresher 2016

Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell will be the theme speaker for St. Andrew’s College Winter Refresher 2016 set for Feb. 29-March 2.

Craigo-Snell, a Professor of Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will speak on the theme Performing Church. The dates are Feb. 29-March 2, 2016. A celebration of the 80th anniversary of the ordination of Lydia Gruchy will also be held during the event.

According to the biography on the seminary’s website, Craigo-Snell is a constructive theologian who is committed to bringing theology alive in the context of the global church. Her ability to engage students in theological conversations that are simultaneously Christian, biblical, historical, systematic, doctrinal, theatrical, multi-religious, and multi-cultural are well-suited to the Seminary’s mission of preparing men and women for ministry in a multi-religious world.

She earned degrees (PhD, Mphil, MA, and Mdiv) at Yale University and Yale Divinity School. She taught in the Religious Studies department at Yale University from 2001 to 2011, where she also earned several Yale fellowships and professional research grants. Her students have included undergraduates with diverse religious backgrounds in the secular context of the University; denominationally diverse Divinity School students; and doctoral students in religious studies. These varied contexts have been part of her formation as a constructive theologian.

Her writing spans a similar scope of interdisciplinary diversity. In addition to several articles for journals such as The Ecumenist, Quaker Religious Thought, Jump Cut and Modern Theology, she has written The Empty Church: Theater, Theology, and Bodily Hope (Oxford University Press, 2014); Silence, Love, and Death: Saying Yes to God in the Theology of Karl Rahner (Marquette University Press, 2008); and Living Christianity: A Pastoral Theology for Today (Fortress, 2009) with Shawnthea Monroe.

In 2014 Craigo-Snell was ordained to the Office of Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Taizé Prayer for Christian Unity

Taizé Prayer originated in the ecumenical monastery of Taizé in France. As a prayer form, Taizé has grown in popularity the world over. Typically offered in retreat houses, Taizé is making its way into the corporate prayer life of churches and offers Christians of all stripes and colours the opportunity to pray together.

Come to experience a simple form of meditative prayer with Taizé music, Scripture reading, and a time of silence in a candle-lit atmosphere.

Taizé Prayer for Christian Unity will be held:

1st Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 pm in the Queen of Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of the Holy Family

2nd Tuesday of each month from 8-9 pm in the Chapel at Queen's House of Retreats

L’Arche Prayer Nights

Join L'Arche Saskatoon for prayer and fellowship, Wednesday nights at 7pm. For details contact Wyndham Thiessen at

L’Arche Saskatoon is an ecumenical Christian community. Each community member is encouraged to deepen in his or her spiritual life according to his or her particular faith tradition. Those who have no religious affiliation are also welcomed. Together, we are working to build a community of hope and love.

L’Arche is an international federation of communities in which people with and without intellectual disabilities work and share life together. L’Arche communities usually consist of homes, workshops, and day programs. In L’Arche homes, people with disabilities and those who assist them live together and are equally responsible for the life of their home and their community.

L’Arche communities are communities of faith, and while most are Christian and ecumenical, some communities, such as those in Japan and India, are multi-faith. As a faith-based organization, L’Arche recognizes the spiritual and religious needs of all of its members, and welcomes and respects people from all faiths, as well as those with no religious affiliation.