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Ancaster, ON

Ryerson United Church, in its 210th year, is seeking a full-time minister to lead us on our continuing journey. We are a welcoming and inclusive church located in the village core of beautiful Ancaster. The successful candidate will have strong worship and pastoral care skills, but will also be able to lead us in new directions for expanded community engagement and growth. Our JNAC is available at www.ryersonancaster.ca. Applications will be received until March 30, 2018, at search2017ryersonancaster@gmail.com.

Barrie/Orillia, ON

Good news! Forest Home and Dalston-Crown Hill United churches are forging ahead on a unique path...remaining in their heritage buildings and maintaining their identities while sharing in ministry. In 2016-2017, we worked with a full-time interim minister on developing this new model, continuing to have Sunday worship at each church while adjusting timetabling (to allow for special seasonal services) through our co-operative ministry team. Now, in 2017-2018, we have two ministers who share this full-time position. One has taken responsibility for worship and pastoral care, and one is involved with administration, outreach and special programs. Developing this innovative model has been both challenging and exciting...it is a work in progress! Our churches are working very well together and we now feel ready for a longer commitment. We seek an individual or team to continue this journey with us! Our churches, while located close to Barrie and Orillia, have strong rural roots. We value worship that encourages faith development, pastoral care for all ages, and vibrant community outreach. We are thankful to have choir directors, enthusiastic singers and teams of support volunteers in worship and pastoral care. Our Ministry Position Description (TC 425 PD) and Ministry and Mission Profiles (TC 425 MM) are under Living Waters Presbytery at www.torontoconference.ca/job-opportunities/vacancies-in-toronto-conference. For further information, contact estherk.francisp@gmail.com, or jksk999@gmail.com.

Calgary, AB

Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church is seeking a Community Care Leader/Pastor – Part-time (0.5). We are a small community of diverse Mennonites and other individuals who seek to be part of an inclusive faith community in contemporary society. The Community Care Leader/Pastor provides leadership by connecting with individual members, groups and committees; by facilitating inter-generational community life and by providing pastoral support and spiritual guidance. For full job description, including qualifications, visit www.cimchurch.org.

Calgary, AB

Where suburban Calgary, the wide open prairie sky, and the shadow of the spectacular Rocky Mountains meet, lies the growing community of Springbank United Church. We have a unique opportunity for a motivated and energetic person to help our congregation continue in its growth and support us on our journey of transition from small rural church to a sustainable suburban community. As our congregation grows, we are becoming quite varied with rural farm and suburban families; children, young and older persons; and long-time members and new adherents. As our church transitions, it is important to us that everyone is welcomed and included in our community. In addition, the ability to support and nurture our children’s Christian education (e.g., Sunday school curriculum, programs and story time) and spiritual growth is essential. We require someone who can help bring more life and vitality into our church by helping develop and sustain programs while providing us with inspirational, thought-provoking and socially relevant sermons and bible study that are relevant to all ages and backgrounds. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity of a full-time call as an Ordained Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care or a Diaconal (Commissioned) Minister of Word, Education and Pastoral Care, please apply. Additional information can be found in the Springbank United Church JNAC report. Please forward applications to Evelyn Buckley at xcranch@telusplanet.net or call 403-242-9234. Please also see our website, www.springbankunited.org. Facebook: www.facebook.com/springbankunitedchurch.

Camrose, AB

Camrose United Church is an affirming Central Alberta congregation searching for a 20-30 hour per week minister (Ordained or Diaconal) with a strength in pastoral care. Interested candidates can view our JNAC at the ANWC website, www.albertanorthwestconference.ca, or contact Shelley at hurley47@telus.net, or by phone at 780-679-7947.

Chatham ON

The historic church of St. Andrew's United Church is looking for a full-time minister to lead our thriving congregation. We are looking for someone to assume a strong leadership role to “spark the fire within”. Our worship should feed the soul and teach us how to live with intention, positivity and gratitude. Our professionally led music ministry is second to none and along with many other church programs, supports a deep commitment to outreach. Qualified applicants should apply to the following website: www.londonconference.ca/content/vacancies. For more information on St. Andrew's United Church, please visit our website, www.standrewschatham.org.

Chatham-Kent, ON

Guilds Pastoral Charge seeks a full-time minister to serve a two-point charge each with an innate, instinctive sense of community. For anyone who has attended or served in a rural church, you know the experience of small intimate connections found in these awesome congregations. We are looking for the right person to aid and encourage our smaller churches – not so they can become a “big” church, but so we can make a BIG difference. Nestled in southwestern Ontario, about an hour away from each of the two metropolitan cities of Windsor and London and only a short drive to the shores of Lake Erie and Rondeau Provincial Park. Looking for a strong, engaging, spiritual leader who is ready to take on a key strategic role in exploring and possibly implementing a clustering arrangement with other churches in the area. Review our profile and apply through www.londonconference.ca (see Vacancies, Kent Presbytery).

Cowansville, QC

The Cowansville Area Pastoral Charge is located in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec. Located one hour from Montreal, we are an English congregation that worships in Cowansville at Emmanuel United Church. We are looking for a full-time or half-time minister who can bring his/her own talents to share in a team approach. We are looking for a person who can nurture our faith community. Contact Susan Burnham (sueburnham@hotmail.com) for our JNAC report.

Kingston ON

We seek an Intentional Interim Minster who wishes to serve two historic congregations in downtown Kingston. Chalmers United Church and Sydenham Street United Church have chosen to move forward in an innovative model of shared worship, while maintaining the presence and ministry of each congregation in their heritage buildings. We seek a minister who has a progressive, creative and scholarly theological framework; a keen interest in and commitment to pastoral care for all ages; excellent communication skills; a passion for social justice both locally and globally, and the training and ability to support our congregations through a time of transition. One of the churches is an Affirming congregation, the other is examining the process to become officially Affirming. Kingston, located at the east end of Lake Ontario, is a progressive city with a rich educational, cultural, and historic presence. The vacancy was effective January 1, 2018. The Combined JNAC Report, as well as the Chalmers/Sydenham Street Visioning document and other relevant information regarding the life and work of the congregations may be found on either website: www.sydenhamstreet.ca (see About SSUC), or www.chalmersunitedchurch.org. Applications will be accepted until April 16, 2018, and should be submitted to the Combined Joint Search Committee c/o jointsearch.kingston@gmail.com.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Located in the heart of Historic "Old Town," Grace United Church is seeking a full-time minister for our current vacancy. Soon to celebrate our 195th Anniversary, we seek to remain current and engaged. We have a strong association with other churches in our community and are active in outreach both at home and abroad. Important to our congregation is our vibrant music program and skilled accompanist and choir members. The applicants must work well with others, incorporate current issues in sermons, foster friendly fellowship and encourage outreach in a congregation where pastoral care is essential. The candidates should be comfortable and competent with information technology and be multitaskers. Please access our JNAC Report on our website at www.graceunitedchurch.com. Please email applications to lesliewoodward@fairviewfittings.com. Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found.

Ottawa, ON

Kanata United Church is an active congregation, seeking both a full-time ordained or diaconal Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care (for Sept 1, 2018) and a half-time minister for our thriving Children, Youth and Family ministry (for July 1, 2018). We are looking for leaders who are committed and equipped to enable our congregation to be effective followers of Jesus’ way. They will complete a team that includes a full-time administrator and a part time Music Director. For a full job description please visit our website at www.kuc.ca and direct applications to careers@kuc.ca.

Pelham/Dunnville, ON

Bethany United Church and Fenwick United Church in the Niagara Peninsula are looking to move forward together, effective this summer, through shared ministry. Both congregations have agricultural roots and are located about twenty minutes apart by car. Our churches have been served well in the recent past by retired half-time ministers. We are seeking a full-time minister to lead worship and encourage music in each congregation, visit members of the congregations with the assistance of pastoral care committees, and support children and youth activities. We seek to be inclusive faith communities within the broad spectrum of United Church Theology. For more information, please visit our respective websites at www.fenwickunited.com and www.bethanyunited-church.com. Applications are to be emailed to both fenwick.united.church@gmail.com and bethanyucoffice@gmail.com.

Port Colborne, ON

“New days, new ways, come join us in the journey.” Central United is seeking a full-time ordered minister to join us in our journey in a community located on Lake Erie in beautiful Niagara. Our new leader will be part of a team ministry with a half-time DLM on staff. We have a tradition of great music and active mission work in our community. We seek a caring, dynamic leader to energize our mission “To know Christ, and to make Him known”. Our JNAC Report can be found at www.centralunitedchurch.ca. Please submit applications to Lori Smith at lorir1952@gmail.com.

Selkirk, ON

Faith Centennial United Church is a rural, traditional, Christ-centred congregation. We are “family-sized”, welcoming and mission focused. The village of Selkirk is situated along the north shore of Lake Erie, in Erie Presbytery of Hamilton Conference. We have an immediate opportunity for a three-quarter time ordained minister to lead an eager group of lay leaders and followers into a new phase of spiritual growth and Christian service. Manse available. To view our JNAC report visit www.fcuc.ca. Please send resumés to johnnyretail@sympatico.ca.

Simcoe, ON

A rewarding opportunity awaits you at Old Windham United Church. We seek a full-time minister to guide us in being a Christ-centred community, responding to the needs of others. We have a strong music ministry and active youth involvement. Details can be found in the JNAC report at www.oldwindham.ca. Please send resumés to ralphrobinson1@hotmail.com.

Southampton-Mount Hope, ON

We live our mission of Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Hands. We are looking to welcome a full-time minister who will work with us on our two-point pastoral charge. Southampton is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron, with Mount Hope in a nearby rural setting. To view our JNAC Report, visit www.smhuc.ca. Applications will be accepted until March 30, 2018. Send resumés to Sue Duliban at sduliban@hamconf.org.

Toronto, ON

Humber Valley United Church seeks an Intentional Interim Minister to work with our congregation to develop an innovative plan for growing HVUC by identifying new ways to provide modern and relevant spiritual growth to those in our community that we are not currently reaching, while sustaining and advancing the traditional programs that are important to our largely older current membership. The IIM will have great people and communication skills, and preach sermons both inspiring and relevant to the everyday lives of members. HVUC is situated in a beautiful treed area of west Toronto near the Humber River. Kindly submit applications to hvuc@rogers.com.

Wesleyville/Valleyfield Charge, NL

We are a three-point pastoral charge located on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Close to beautiful beaches and rich in Newfoundland culture, our communities offer modern conveniences: hospital, supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, stadiums, etc. We are only 1.5 hours from Gander, a major shopping center in Central Newfoundland.  We are seeking a full-time Ordained Minister to serve our three congregations. Our welcoming and vibrant congregations reflect a blend of traditional theology, and at the same time we are open to exploring new concepts and contemporary styles of worship. For more information, check out the vacancies on the Newfoundland and Labrador Conference website,  www.newlabconf.com. We will be accepting applications until April 30, 2018. Contact Mr. Eric Sturge: 709 536 -3151, cell 709 536-7315 or email sturgeeric@hotmail.com.

Windsor, ON

Westminster United Church is seeking a part-time minister. We are embarking on an exciting faith journey. We have recently signed an agreement to sell our building and we are exploring alternatives to continue and grow our ministry. We are a downtown urban church with an exciting future. If transition and transformation appeal to you, please check us out on the London Conference website, www.londonconference.ca. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. 

Ministry of Music

Grimsby, ON

The music coordinator position at Trinity United is available. This role offers flexibility since volunteer musicians readily cover one Sunday each month. Compensation range is $800 to $1000 monthly for 35 hours of commitment. Come play and lead! Learn more at: www.trinityunitedgrimsby.ca/about/music-director-vacancy. Send questions to: musicfortrinity@gmail.com. Deadline April 13, 2018

Queensville, ON

Queensville Holland Landing United Church is located just north of Newmarket (take Highway 404 north to the Queensville Sideroad exit – we’re about four minutes away on Leslie Street). We are a small church looking for a Music/Choir Director. This part-time position is approximately 10-12 hrs per week, and includes keyboard practice, preparation and practice with our 6-7 member choir, choosing hymns with the Minister and our Sunday morning worship service. Salary is $20/hr (vacation and sick leave to be discussed). We have a 2-manual Rodgers electric organ, a Kawai piano and a Roland E-600 keyboard. Please contact Gerri at quchurch@bellnet.ca.

Thornbury, ON

Grace United Church is inviting applications for Director of Music to maintain a tradition of high-quality music in our worship services, as early as May 6, 2018. We are seeking someone with strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, to lead a diversely talented senior choir. As a team player, accountable to the Worship committee, you will work with the ministerial staff and the congregation to plan for worship and faith development. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to experience a variety of music styles with a well maintained two-manual Keats Geissler pipe organ, a Young Chang grand piano, Casio Privia Keyboard, and a three octave set of Schulmerich bells. There is also an option to negotiate teaching from this location. Applications will be treated with confidentiality. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience based on 12 hours per week following RCCO guidelines. Thornbury is located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay in the Town of the Blue Mountains, the heart of recreation in Ontario. Please visit our website www.graceunitedthornbury.ca and send applications to, accounting@graceunitedthornbury.ca.

Other Positions Available

Oberammergau 2020

An exciting opportunity awaits you. If you are a born leader who loves to travel, are highly organized and can stay calm in a changing environment, Craig Travel would love to hear from you. We are currently seeking applicants for Group Escort positions for our 2020 Oberammergau departures with the possibility of becoming a regular group escort. If you are a pied piper who can encourage people to travel with you, please send your request for an Oberammergau Escort Application Package to rob@craigtravel.com as soon as possible.

Toronto, ON

Lawrence Park Community Church (LPCC) will launch a weekly music, lecture, and catered-meal program in September 2019 that will focus on a generous spirituality for Toronto, and on community building at LPCC. We are searching for a person (full-time) to plan, promote and administer this project with a dedicated team. Candidate will also help LPCC plan current events. Candidates must be respectful of the spiritual aims of the church. A competitive salary will be commensurate with education and experience. LPCC is a LGBTQ-affirming congregation and equal opportunity employer. For a full job description, visit www.lawrenceparkchurch.ca, and follow the link to the Job Postings page.

Toronto, ON

Manor Road United Church, located midtown, is in search of a new Office Administrator to manage the day to day administrative functioning of the church. Our ideal candidate is a professional, dependable, independent worker with strong interpersonal and organizational skills. They have the ability to manage the requirements of various stakeholders, multi-task effectively and prioritize workload to ensure deadlines are met. 30hrs/wk. Salary TBC. For a complete job description, or to submit a job application email mrucmandp@gmail.com.

Church Related

Church Website Service

Church Website Service - Churchweb Canada can help you update and run your church website. Our new sites are secure, fast and optimized for tablet and phone. Our support is unlimited and dependable. 844-541-4212, help@churchwebcanada.ca, or www.churchwebcanada.ca.

A Marriage Preparation Video Resource

More Than Friends is an innovative, inclusive, flexible, and affordable web-based marriage preparation video resource, adaptable to the diverse situations of couples and communities of faith. Convenient. Engaging. Addresses “hard to discuss” issues. Supported by United Church of Canada grants. Visit www.morethanfriends.live for more information.

The Ministers’ Professional Association

Already in place and at work - at no cost to the United Church. Unifor Unifaith Community Chapter is for United Church Clergy, Faith Workers & Family. So much to discuss. So much wisdom to share. Let’s talk! Please contact Robin Wardlaw: President@Unifaith.ca; 416-840-3211 or www.unifaith.ca



Spiritual Health

The Prayer Bench

Nurturing a growing spiritual life. Visit the Prayer Bench for seasonal Small Group Studies and personal Email Retreats. Other resources are available for self-directed continuing education or Sabbath days. Join Janice MacLean at  www.prayerbench.ca, a Chignecto Presbytery Recognized Ministry.

Spend a year living in God’s Rhythm

Women aged 21 and up are invited to “Companions on an Ancient Path,” a free opportunity to experience living in St. John’s Convent, Toronto, an Anglican monastic community beginning September 2018. Application deadline is June 15, 2018. Contact companions@ssjd.ca, or www.ssjdcompanions.org for more information.

3-Day Silent Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Mar. 6-8, Apr. 10-12, May 8-10, June 12-14, 2018 (Tuesday noon - Thursday 1pm) – Come for "me" time in this sacred space. Rest, reflect and re-focus in an atmosphere of beauty, peace, and solitude. Accommodation, meals, and spiritual direction are offered. Call 905-476-4013,  or email booking@lorettomaryholme.ca to register, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca for more details.

Writing Retreat at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

May 6 - 8, 2018 – Join us for a fun, creative, beautiful and deeply inspiring weekend "Reconnecting with Earth and Self: A Writing and Ritual Retreat". Facilitator: Brenda Peddigrew, RSM. To register call  905-476-4013, or email booking@lorettomaryholme.ca, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca for more details.


Must Read!

For lovers and despisers of Paul, here is the book for you! St. Paul for the Perplexed (Revised Edition) is now available at Amazon, both in hard copy and Kindle. The author, Charles P. Anderson, is a retired Religious Studies Professor and longtime member of the United Church of Canada. Using Paul’s seven authentic letters and a critical reading of Acts, the author creates an image of Paul as mystic, storyteller, community developer, spiritual guide/counsellor, and activist for breaking down ethnic, gender, and class divisions, all motivated by his mission to spread the love ethic through the imitation of Christ.



Church Supplies

Church Cushions, Waggoners, Inc.

Full line of church pew and kneeling cushions direct from the manufacturer. Call toll-free at 1-800-396-7555, or visit us at www.pewcushions.com.

Church Folding Tables & Chairs

Are you looking for folding tables and chairs for your next church function? Are your current tables and chairs old, beat up and too heavy to handle? Look no further. National Event Supply is a leading Canadian supplier of quality folding tables and chairs. We have stress-tested our plastic folding tables and routinely ship our products from coast to coast. Give us a call at 905-795-1667, toll free 1-800-827-8953, or send an email to info@NationalEventSupply.com. Check out our full product lineup online at www.NationalEventSupply.com.

Crownex Ltd. Robe Makers & Tailors,

Custom-tailored clergy apparel, choir gowns and vestments. Highest quality, low prices. Tel: 416-503-1288, email: info@crownex.com, website: www.crownex.com. Address: 1270 The Queensway, Toronto, ON, M8Z 1S3.




Accounting and bookkeeping services

Extensive experience with United Church record keeping and reporting. Help with annual reports, UC statistics, CRA charitable information return, payroll, HST rebate. Reasonable rates. Email fiscalassistants@gmail.com, or call 647-333-9078.

Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble...

is a national organization for those of differing sexual orientation or gender identity in The United Church of Canada, as well as their families and friends, offering educational resources, advocacy and support. We encourage UCC ministries including congregations, courts and associated organizations to engage in the Affirming Ministries program endorsed by General Council. For more information contact Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble, PO Box 57057, Ottawa, ON, K1R 1A1. Email: affirmunited@affirmunited.ca. Website: www.affirmunited.ca.




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Observations: My last conversation with Nanny

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ObserverDocs: Playing by Heart

by Observer Staff

Kara Shaw was born prematurely, became almost totally blind and was later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The 28-year-old also has a unique musical ability, serving as a United Church music director, and performing piano on local and national stages.

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March 2018

Egerton Ryerson: The legacy of a tarnished hero

by Mike Milne

He founded public education in Ontario — and this very magazine — while also promoting residential schools. How should we judge Ryerson today? Some students want his name and image gone.


March 2018

Church organist has been leading worship for 86 years

by Wendy Lowden

And Louise Pelley is still going strong at 98 years old.


February 2018

Pro-choice advocates still at risk despite Ontario’s new abortion law

by Jackie Gillard

Threatening messages spray-painted on their doors and lawns won’t stop those advocating for reproductive rights. If anything, they feel even more determined to help protect those seeking an abortion.


March 2018

The biggest threat to women in South Africa is their partners

by Kristy Woudstra

An investigation of why one woman is murdered every eight hours by her husband or boyfriend in this African country — and how advocates are trying to stop it.


March 2016

The fighter

by Richard Wright

When he was 13 years old, Willie Blackwater stood up to his abuser at a B.C. Indian residential school. His defiance would eventually help change the course of Canadian history.


March 2018

14 writers share their moving final conversations with loved ones

by Various Writers

These stories will make you laugh, cry and rage. Maybe they’ll spark a fond memory. Or perhaps they’ll prompt you to consider the things you need to say now, before it’s too late.

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