Rev. Cindy Bourgeois
I was born in Winnipeg and lived there well into adulthood. I
attained a degree in Computer Science and after working
several years as a programmer/analyst I started a business that taught computer
programming to children. The growth of this business led me to Toronto.
However, the prairies have always held a special draw because looking out into
the horizon has always brought me peace. As my friends and I used to say, “Big
Sky Big Mind!” So, accepting the call to Wesley is in some way accepting a call
to come home.
With respect to my faith journey my family drifted away from
the church when I was a child and I was not a church goer for many years. A
significant life event brought me back to the church and it was transformative.
There is something about church community that feeds my soul! Eventually I was
forced to change careers and a friend suggested ministry. After much prayer and
reflection it just felt right. So I enrolled in Emmanuel College and in due
course received my Master of Divinity.
I love preaching and leading worship, but I believe that the
role of the minister includes that of a community developer. The minister is
there to companion the community as it lives into its vision. Moreover,
community does not just mean the community here at Wesley but also the communities
of the Hillsdale neighbourhood and Regina. We don’t exist just for those within
the walls but for those outside the walls. Creative integration into community
is one way we can participate in the co-creation of the kin-dom of God.
My theology can be described as an amalgam of Process
Theology and Liberation Theology. I believe in a God who is never coercive but
always persuasive. Also, I believe that God really has a preferential option
for the poor and the oppressed.
I am deeply honoured to companion the community at Wesley
United Church as we grow into what it means to be church in a post-Christendom