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Acton, ON

It’s worth the drive to Acton! Trinity United Church is seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister. Nestled in the middle of the Green Belt, Acton provides unique, small-town living within an hour commute of Toronto. Established 170 years ago, Trinity is a small, family-centric church that is tightly woven into the local community. Our profile is available at vacancy listings for Toronto Conference, www.torontoconference.ca.

Brighton, ON

Trinity-St. Andrew’s is seeking a full-time Minister (Ordained or Diaconal) to fill a vacancy in our solo ministry, as a result of a retirement. We are seeking an experienced, energetic minister who is excited to join us in growing our congregation. TSA is an Affirming congregation that lives a progressive theology. You will be joining an active congregation with teams that work well independently and know when to reach out for support. As Brighton's downtown community church, we work with our community and other churches through our outreach programs to help fill identified needs, always seeking to be united and uniting. You will walk with us as we explore ways to grow our children, youth and young family ministries while continuing to support our current population’s needs. You may review our profile by visiting www.trinitystandrews.ca and clicking “Careers”.  Applications should be submitted to opportunities@bayofquinteconference.ca.

Calgary, AB

Southwood Church is a southwest Calgary, Spirit-led, biblically-based, transformational community of faith, following Jesus on His mission to change the world.  We are seeking a full-time, ordained minister who will provide spiritual leadership and guidance, and work collaboratively with council, staff and teams as we strive to fulfill our mission. The ideal candidate will be energetic and nurturing, with a desire to minister to a diverse congregation. Interested candidates can view our MPR at www.southwoodchurch.ca. Applications, with resumé and cover letter, should be emailed to search@southwoodchurch.ca.

Carberry, MB

Carberry United Church seeks a full-time diaconal or ordained minister to journey with us in Christ-centred worship and to encourage us in faith development and outreach. We have an active congregation (choir, Sunday School, youth group, drama group, prayer group) as well as committees to carry on the work of the church. Situated in rural southwestern Manitoba, we are on the TransCanada Highway and only 50 km from Brandon; 160 km from Winnipeg – but most amenities can be found in our small town. To learn more about this exciting position, contact vacancies@confmnwo.mb.ca.

Carleton Place, ON

Located in the heart of our historic town, Zion-Memorial is a hard-working church that has completed a three-year Interim Ministry. We are seeking a full-time ordained minister. We strive to be a safe place where all are heard; we communicate our ministry to all; to be an inclusive, intergenerational ministry; create linkages to the wider church; and be known as a welcoming, fun congregation making a difference in our community, using our new governance model based on the Holy Currencies. Worship and music are important. Pastoral care is key. Our well-maintained building is constantly engaged by the congregation and community. Our minister will be comfortable with both traditional and contemporary theology, as well as administrative and technological tasks. They will help us define more clearly our ministry now and in the years to come. Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found. Please contact Karen Valley, Search Committee Chair, at 613-882-3114, or zmucsearch@gmail.com

Clifford, ON

As the son of God is shining on the new United Church of Canada, so too he is shining on Clifford Pastoral Charge as we manoeuvre in the new way of calling a full-time Ordained, Diaconal or Recognized DLM. We seek a caring, community-minded, dynamic leader who will help us live out ‘God’s purpose that all people might experience His full love’. We are a two-point charge who work well together under one board. Alsfeldt has a smaller, younger congregation while the larger Knox has a predominantly older congregation. Clifford is located at the hub of the four counties - Wellington, Grey, Bruce and Huron; one hour from Kitchener, Owen Sound and the shores of beautiful Lake Huron. Our JNAC Report can be found at www.cliffordpastoralchargeuc.ca. Your resumé forwarded to clifforduc@wightman.ca is appreciated by January 18, 2019.

Clinton, ON

Clinton United Church requires a new full-time ordained minister to replace our recently retired clergy. Our congregation of 200+ families has an active choir, Sunday school and youth program. A manse is available in town. United Church salary scale is offered. For additional information, please review the vacancy listings for London Conference (www.londonconference.ca), or contact the church directly at 519-482-9553.

Fort Frances, ON

Knox United Church is an inclusive and caring faith community. Fort Frances is a Canada/USA border town on scenic Rainy Lake. It is the gateway to Sunset Country, an outdoor destination for individual and family activities throughout every season. The small-town atmosphere offers affordable living close to 3 major cities — Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and Minneapolis. We are searching for a full-time minister (ordained, diaconal or designated lay recognized), one who will lead and inspire our congregation to praise God through caring for one another, as well as offering hope and help to those in need within our church family, the community within which we live, and the world beyond. We look forward to working with a minister who will give us direction, encouragement and creative ideas to help us rejuvenate our ministry with families and all age groups. Now that we have become an accessible, affirming congregation, we also look forward to working with a minister who will help us fulfill our mission of being an inclusive congregation committed to growth and responsible outreach. Applications accepted at elleneand@tbaytel.net.

Halifax, NS

Fairview United Church is a warm and inviting congregation. We are seeking a part-time minister (Ordained, Diaconal or Designated Lay Recognized). Our new leader will help our congregation grow through inspirational worship, pastoral care and community outreach. The ideal candidate will be energetic and nurturing. You can view our JNAC at www.fairviewunitedchurchhalifax.org. Applications, with a resumé and cover letter, should be emailed to grose.kathy@gmail.com.

Hanna, AB

Are you looking for a change - a change of pace from the challenges of city life, or just a change in general? Are you searching for a more relaxed atmosphere, in a town that has a strong sense of what it means to be a community? Hanna First United Church is looking for a full-time ministry personnel (Ordained, Diaconal or Designated Lay Ministry) effective immediately. Hanna is located in East-Central Alberta, approx. two hours from Calgary. We are a community which offers the amenities of an urban centre and the comfortable lifestyle of a rural town. We are willing to become a Supervised Ministry Learning Site. Skills to include: worship; intergenerational education; communication; interpersonal skills to help the church to grow; stewardship; counselling; mediation and motivation; organizational; and collegiality. A manse is located adjacent to the church. This pastoral charge (a part of the Alberta North West Conference, Coronation Presbytery) will become a part of Region 3 in the new provisional restructuring in 2019. JNAC report is available at: www.hannafirstunitedchurch.ca/news/joint-needs-assessment-report-2018. Take a look at Hanna – it’s well worth the drive! Visit www.hanna.ca; www.specialareas.ab.ca and www.returntorural.ca.

Lakefield/Youngs Point, ON

Lakefield-Young’s Point Pastoral Charge, situated in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes, seeks a full-time Ordained Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care to lead our two-point charge. Lakefield United serves as a community and ecumenical hub in the historic village of Lakefield. Young’s Point is a smaller, family church, ten minutes north on the Trent Severn waterway. The two are complimentary and have been jointly served for more than a century. Music is an integral part of both worship services. We seek a collaborative, compassionate, imaginative individual to inspire our worship and our work as we grow together as a vibrant and viable community of faith. More information and our Transformation Project and JNAC reports click here. Please submit your resumé and your Skills, Gifts and Passions Profile document to lypjsc@gmail.com. Resumés will be accepted until the position is filled. Our congregations are open, kind and keen to greet the future with our new Minister.

Mississauga, ON

Westminster United Church is a diverse and caring faith community. We are seeking a full-time ordered minister who will provide spiritual leadership and guidance, and who will work collaboratively with the leadership council as we strive to fulfill our mission. Our new leader will help our congregation grow through inspirational worship, pastoral care and community outreach. The ideal candidate will be energetic and nurturing, with an interest in ministering to a diverse congregation. Interested candidates can view our JNAC at www.westminsterunitedchurch.ca. Applications, with a resumé and cover letter, should be emailed to carmelita.rabanillo@rogers.com.

Morriston, ON

Small but mighty! Mount Carmel-Zion United Church is seeking an inspiring minister to deliver meaningful worship and assist our compassionate, welcoming, fun congregation to continue making a difference in our community. Qualities: good communication skills, community mindedness, pastoral care and counselling. JNAC at www.morristonuc.com. Submit applications to smallbutmighty@bell.net. Deadline - December 14, 2018.

Perth, ON

Bathurst Pastoral Charge is seeking a half-time faith leader (ordained minister, designated lay minister, diaconal minister or student) to share their faith, friendship and sermons in a traditional style of worship within our two-point charge. The successful candidate must be able to lead the congregations in weekly corporate worship which preaches the Gospel of Jesus, incorporates inspiring hymns and songs and engages people in heartfelt prayer. Our charge is located approximately one hour from both Kingston and Ottawa, with a manse available. Both churches are located in rural communities. The Calvin church is located 15 minutes from the heritage town of Perth, while the Althorpe church is located 10 minutes from the village of Westport on Rideau Lake. Our congregations are multi-generational and have great pride in our faith roots. Interested candidates are asked to forward their resumé to David Timpson at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca until November 30, 2018.

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.

Rideau Ferry/Perth, ON

Bethel United Church is seeking a full-time minister (Ordained or Diaconal) due to current Minister retirement. We are seeking a pastor with deep roots in the United Church and its issues, respect of the traditions of The United Church of Canada, who is open to growth and the introduction of new practices. Meaningful, relevant and spiritual messages to a welcoming congregation will be appreciated, working collaboratively with established committees (Property, Trustees, United Church Women, Stewardship) and a part-time secretary, volunteer treasurer, enthusiastic lay leaders, two music directors and a 12-14 person choir. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2019, or until position is filled. Send applications to Rev. David Timpson at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca.

River John, NS

Come and be part of our dynamic churches and communities of River John and West Branch. We work ecumenically and joyfully to promote the word of God to all. Our two-point charge is a 50% position and there are many volunteers who are excited to promote the ministry of our communities. Find your peace in our manse, overlooking the river with a fabulous view of our famous sunsets. Be with us as we move forward in our exciting ministry! Deadline: February 1st, 2019. Contact: Joan MacLeod, 902-351-2759, or joanandmarie@ns.sympatico.ca.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Harmony St. Marks in Richards Landing and Grace United in Hilton Beach make up a two-point charge located on beautiful St. Joseph Island. The members of these two congregations are seeking an individual who has a strong background in preaching and is willing to make pastoral care a priority. Both congregations are made up of adults and the elderly. The position would be full-time, with members of the congregation helping with worship, community outreach and pastoral care. A manse is located in Richards Landing. Please submit applications to Janet Prodan at janetprodan@gmail.com.

Sicamous, BC

Sicamous United Church Pastoral Charge in BC’s beautiful Okanagan, situated between Shuswap and Mara Lakes, is searching for a half-time ministry personnel, to serve a small, open and caring congregation. It has a thriving thrift shop outreach ministry attached to the church. For more information call Bernice at 250-836-2300 and visit our website, www.sicamousunited.ca. Submit resume’s to k_nickerson@hotmail.com.

Ste. Croix, NS

Ste. Croix-Ellershouse Pastoral Charge seeks half-time minister.  Rural, two-point charge–only bi-weekly services on second point. Located at the threshold of Annapolis Valley, between Halifax (AST) and Wolfville (ADC). Please see our job description and JNAC on Maritime Conference vacancy list: marconf.ca/vacancies. Closing date Dec. 31, 2018.

Toronto, ON

Lawrence Park Community Church (United, Unlimited, Unorthodox), a United Church of Canada congregation, will soon declare a vacancy for a new team minister to begin in January 2019. This position will include preaching, pastoral work and team building with a focus on youth program leadership. The new team minister will play a key role in helping us launch a new evening service which will explore the role of Christianity in the Modern world, with, debates, guest speakers, meals and secular but spiritual music. This bridging of traditional and innovative approaches will require a recruit with flexibility and vision as well as the traditional strong preaching skills. For more information, visit our website: www.lawrenceparkchurch.ca. We invite applications for this position, please email to judi@lawrenceparkchurch.ca.

Toronto, ON

Manor Road United Church, a close-knit, caring faith community, located mid-town, desires a full-time minister to lead us through the next phase of our congregational journey. Our newly-renovated and redeveloped property includes a brand-new playground park immediately adjacent to our church, which calls us to find new ways to engage and serve our surrounding community. We are searching for a minister who is strong in faith and active in spirit to inspire and guide our congregation. Email applications to mrucsearch@gmail.com. Come grow with us!

Truro, NS

Brunswick Street/North River Pastoral Charge is offering a half-time Minister position (Ordained, Diaconal or Designated lay minister) the opportunity to oversee both an urban and rural congregation. You will find Brunswick Street United to be the larger of the two congregations, located in the east end of Truro. North River United Church is a small but mighty congregation, nestled in a rural community just minutes away from Truro. Both congregations share a strong sense of community and a willingness to work together to accomplish what needs to be done. We are looking for a new leader to help our congregation grow through inspirational worship and pastoral care. Please contact Faye Smith at truropresbytery@seasidehighspeed.com.

Williamstown, ON

Welcome to our corner of paradise, St. Andrews United Church in Williamstown – a storybook church set in a village steeped in Celtic tradition, century homes, wrap around porches and most importantly residents who are actively involved in the community and are proud of it. Located in the middle of a strong and vibrant agricultural area, benefitting from the values of rural living, just 15 minutes east of Cornwall and within commuting distance of Ottawa and Montreal, we call it home. As we continue on our faith journey, we are in search of a full-time Ordained Minister to be part of our church family and community. If you are interested in becoming part of our family, we would love to hear from you. You can find us on the web at www.standrewsunited.org, or on Facebook @standrewsunitedwilliamstown. For more information on how to apply, contact us at standrewschurchsearch@gmail.com, or visit the conference website at www.montrealandottawaconference.ca/pr-rp.

Virden, MB

St Paul's United Church is close to a beautiful valley, and halfway between Regina, Sask., and Winnipeg, Man., on #1 Highway. We are a small rural community looking for a full-time minister. If you are an Ordained Minister, Diaconal Minister, or Designated Lay Minister, please apply. Full information can be found in the St Paul's JNAC Report, on the MNWO Conference website, www.mnwo.ca.

Yellowknife, NWT

Do you feel the winds of God? Is it time for an adventure in a great church family in the Northwest Territories? Yellowknife United Church is a welcoming and affirming congregation and we are seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister to lead us in our congregational ministry. We are looking for a minister with excellent worship and preaching skills, an interest in creative outreach, pastoral care, and Christian education for all ages. Our church is located in Northern United Place, built in the 70’s as congregational outreach to the community providing subsidized housing and commercial rental space. Yellowknife, (pop.18,000) the capital of the NWT, is an exciting and challenging small city. An abundance of services such as recreation, health care and education are available here and are comparable to most cities much larger. We are a financially-stable church; offering a manse and an attractive remuneration package. This position can be available as soon as November 2018. Do you feel those winds? For our JNAC package and more information please contact ykucministersearch@gmail.com.

Ministry of Music

Nelson, BC

The affirming congregation of Nelson United Church seeks a Minister of Music – a skilled musician who can play the organ, the piano and direct our choirs. We are the proud owner of a Keates Pipe Organ, a Yamaha Grand Piano and a set of handbells. You will be responsible for the overall music leadership of the congregation, providing direction to the chancel choir. This position is for 15 hours per week; salary will be determined by experience and based on salary schedule set by the RCCO. All interested candidates, please contact: office@nelsonunitedchurch.ca, see more at nelsonunitedchurch.ca.

St. Catharines, ON

Elm Street United Church seeks a creative music director and organist for an enthusiastic volunteer SATB choir of approximately 20 members. The organ is a world-class 3-manual Allen Renaissance, the piano a new Roland LX7 digital. The successful candidate will provide a versatile, spiritually uplifting and enlivening music program. Once part of our ministry team, the music director will be expected to plan and work with our pastor and pianist. Position is available immediately. Please contact us at heathermargaretjohnson@gmail.com.

Windsor, ON

Bedford United Church is seeking an organist/choir director. Bedford is a friendly church located in Old Sandwich Towne, near the University of Windsor (www.bedfordunited.ca). We have an enthusiastic choir and dynamic minister. Please contact Linda Smith at llsmith@uwindsor.ca, or 519-256-1131.

Other Positions Available


Church Related

A must have resource for Lectionary Year C!

Written by David Sparks, Responsive Prayers Year C, offers a year’s worth of responsive prayers that can be adapted to a variety of circumstances. Using these will nurture the growth and engagement of everyone in the community. Purchase this powerful congregational resource at www.woodlakebooks.com!

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.

For sale!

We’ve moved into our new church and we have some leftovers! Three choir pews, totalling 63 ft. of red-cushioned seating, wing-style ends. Blond finish in contemporary simple ‘60’s style. Also 3 dark finish altar chairs with red upholstery. Twenty-five tone electronic tubular chimes (to be wired into organ console). Photos available – call 519-348-9977. Best offer, or pay what you can.

Retired Clergy?

All Seasons Weddings, an event planning company, needs experienced licensed clergy, or wedding commissioners (JP) to perform wedding ceremonies in Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. This is a great part-time project for friendly, internet savvy, LGBTQ-friendly individuals. Interested? Email Casey at casey@allseasonsweddings.com, or call 1-800-545-3681

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


Metropolitan United Church 1818-2018

Toronto, ON – Metropolitan United Church 1818-2018 – Please join us in celebrating our 200th Anniversary: Sunday, September 30, 7:30 p.m. - Special Evening Service. Friday, October 19, 7:30 p.m. - Anniversary Organ Concert. Dr. Ryan Jackson. Saturday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. - Arts Event and Reception. A multi-media event presenting the history of Metropolitan with drama, music and visuals. Sunday, November 4, 11:00 a.m. - Anniversary Worship Service. The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair, Minister of the Congregation. Special musical commissions by the Metropolitan Choir and the Metropolitan Silver Band. Located at 56 Queen Street East, Toronto. For more information, visit www.metunited.ca, or call 416-363-0331.

Spiritual Health

Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Three-Day Silent Retreat - November 13-15. Spend time in this sacred space. Relax, rest and re-focus in an atmosphere of beauty, peace and solitude. Take time to receive the gifts of silence waiting for you. Accommodation, home-cooked meals and spiritual direction are offered as part of these days.

Whispers and Shadows, Guided Retreat - November 30 - December 2. Waiting in hope for new life and light to be revealed... with guided reflections in a quiet atmosphere. Facilitator Jane McDonell, ibvm.

Call 905-476-4013, or email booking@lorettomaryholme.ca to register, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca for more details.

Loyola House Retreats & Ignatian Training

Loyola House Retreats & Ignatian Training is a welcoming space for directed & guided retreats, the Full Spiritual Exercises Experience (40-Day), plus training programs in Spiritual Direction & Retreat Ministry. Loyola House is at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, located one km north of Guelph on 600 acres of beautiful farmland, with walking trails through rolling hills, woods and wetlands – all of it an integral part in retreats and programs. A perfect venue for hosting retreats, conferences and meetings; and just 45 minutes from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Find out more by visiting www.loyolahouse.com, or email registration@ignatiusguelph.ca. Tel: 519-824-1250, ext 266.



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Great gift idea!

Great gift idea! – Looking for a great retirement gift, or the ideal Christmas gift for someone who is in, or has entered the second half of life? Seeking a new book and video study for your Bible study group (video resources for group studies are also available)? Want to deepen your own spirituality, or maybe just understand your Boomer parents and bosses better? ReDesigning Your Life. A Practical Spirituality for the Second Half of Life is perfect for any of these instances. Many churches have also added this to their resource library – find out why they are using it in their book study groups! To order, visit www.boomerality.com/buy-the-book.




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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by Jocelyn Bell

It may not be Canadian Press style, but it shows respect and recognizes a shared identity and experience among Black people.

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by Observer Staff

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The first Black moderator of the United Church faced racism that still resonates today

by Mugoli Samba

Very Rev. Wilbur Howard didn't speak about the discrimination he experienced in the church. Decades later, Black clergy are opening up about what is still a big problem.


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Anti-Semitism is why I’ll always be a proud Jewish atheist

by Joshua Ostroff

On the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, this Canadian Jew reflects on the ongoing hate that has helped define his identity.


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Interfaith conference illuminating, but those who needed it most weren't there

by Will Pearson

Observer editor Will Pearson learned a lot at the Parliament of the World's Religions gathering in Toronto, but wondered about its long-term impact.

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