THE PROPOSAL IS to
build upon our tenth anniversary video, The
Spirit in Watershed: The First Ten Years, to consolidate
the legacy of Winnipeg’s Watershed Community (1992–Present),
and its two earlier incarnations, the Christian Resource Centre
(1977–1983) and Cornerstone Christian Fellowship (1983–1991),
into a single volume in print.
The book will be self-published in the hope that the story of Cornerstone-Watershed
will not be lost, and that its lessons - in particular its guiding
vision - will be of encouragement to others. Its overarching dedication
would be to offer a lasting tribute to the work of Spirit in Learning
in every spiritual community of faith, there has been much pain
and joy experienced over the years at Cornerstone-Watershed. The
community’s history has been eventful and fruitful, at least
in our particular context, towards engendering a life-affirming
faith in the Spirit’s presence and work among us.
something significant can be gained by
looking back and capturing, if we can,
what the Spirit has brought to bear in our history. Indeed, how
can we move forward with any sense of integrity if
we have forgotten what has been forged in our past? How could it
be that some former members have remarked years later that their
time in Cornerstone-Watershed was their most spiritually formative?
Or, how is it possible that several of those who are locally committed
to the vision have stated that they believe their commitment is
life-long? What is the continuing attraction? And how has this “something” been
lived out, and shared with others?
The Cornerstone-Watershed story, from the outset, it seems, has
been about real life education, and the possibility of transformation.
Who knows what a book telling the community story and its lessons
The perspective into the subject material will not be simple chronology
but narration around and through “touchstone” or “kairos” moments,
specific times of change - shifts in the direction
of the community’s
formation. These period images, as defined by Ira Progoff, if reflected
upon, may well capture the essential spirit underlying the external
events of Cornerstone-Watershed’s history. Each chapter will
seek to flesh out the circumstances that brought these period images
into play along with the lessons to be learned from these pivotal
Issues that may be addressed, either directly or indirectly, include:
a) What has been the driving vision of Cornerstone - Watershed
through its over 20-year history? What are its essential components?
Has the vision remained the same, or has it evolved?
b) What has been the relationship between the group’s vision
and the personality of the community’s founder?
c) What has been the relationship between Cornerstone-Watershed
and its surrounding communities over time?
d) How has spiritual developmental theory been lived out in the
e) Given the decline of institutional religion’s influence
in today’s culture, to what extent is Watershed a model for “post-Christian” social
contexts that strengthen and deepen individuals in community?