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Ministers

Beaconsfield/Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

Merging Waters Pastoral Charge is looking for a forward-thinking ordained or diaconal minister comfortable with traditional and contemporary theology to lead a welcoming and fun-loving two-point charge, situated on the western tip of the island of Montreal. We have a vibrant musical ministry, thriving thrift shop, links to a seniors’ residence, active outreach and social committees and an efficient administrative secretary. The candidate should have the required academic training, experience and a working knowledge of French. We seek a collaborative and imaginative individual who shares our values of inclusiveness, pastoral care, social justice, community outreach and environmental stewardship. Please visit our Merging Waters Pastoral Charge Facebook page (@mergingwatersca) to discover further details about the post available. Send inquiries and applications to Sabrina Di Stefano at SDiStefano@united-church.ca.


Belleville, ON

St. Matthew’s, Pastoral Charge, is looking for a half-time minister due to a recent retirement. We are seeking a pastor who will share their faith, friendship, and pastoral work and lead us into a new future. Our church is located on the West Hill of the growing city of Belleville. Our mission is to serve our community through our food ministry and to share our facilities with other faiths. We are an aging congregation who values traditional worship. For further information please visit our website at www.stmatthewsbelleville.com. We invite applications for this position to be emailed to: stmatt@cogeco.net.


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.


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.


Dundas, ON

St. Mark’s United Church is seeking a ¾-time member of the Order of Ministry. The successful candidate will value our history and join us with enthusiasm and passion as we seek new ways to live out our vision. The ideal candidate will have experience, abilities and energy to help us deepen our spiritual journeys, and strengthen and grow our Christian community. Located within the boundaries of Hamilton, Dundas maintains its small-town appeal. The full JNAC report is available at www.stmarksunitedchurch.ca. Apply in confidence to search@stmarksunitedchurch.ca.


Dundas, ON

St. Paul’s United Church, located in the beautiful valley town of Dundas, is seeking individuals to fill three positions effective July 1, 2019: an ordained full-time minister (as a result of retirement), an appointment for the ministry of Families and Young Adults (half-time) and an appointment for the ministry of Pastoral Care (half-time). You will have the opportunity, together with our minister of music and full-time staff, to lead us in faith development and outreach. We are a strong, active community of faith with some 400 members. Additional details respecting our history and current activities may be found by accessing our JNAC report on our web site (stpaulsdundas.com). Applications for the full-time ordained minister position should be emailed to leadminister.search@stpaulsdundas.com; for the families and young adults position to ministerfamiliesandyoungadults.search@stpaulsdundas.com and for the pastoral care position to ministerpastoralcare.search@stpaulsdundas.com. We would appreciate receiving all applications by February 15, 2019, but will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.


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

Rockingham United Church has a declared vacancy for February 1, 2019, for a full-time ordained United Church of Canada Minister. Rockingham is in a well-established residential area of Halifax, located a few minutes off the Halifax peninsula. This position will be of interest to Ordained Ministers with strong leadership, educational and development abilities. For more information, please consult the JNAC Report available at www.rockinghamunited.org. Please address all inquiries and application, to the Search Committee’s email, rockinghamunitedjsc@gmail.com.


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.


Markdale, ON

Wanted: Experienced Foot Washer. Annesley United Church is seeking a full-time ordained minister. The individual should have a strong Christian faith, collaborative spirit, and the ability to share the gospel to stimulate thought into action. Markdale is a small town in Grey county, approximately 1.5 hours from Pearson airport, close to Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley. The town of over 1,000 is currently experiencing growth, with three subdivisions approved and a new hospital, elementary school and supermarket planned. It is also the home of Chapman's Ice Cream. Annesley’s building, which is available to the community, is the largest accessible venue in town. Please visit the Toronto Conference website at www.vacancyavailability.ca/el-tc-vacancies.php to view and respond to our documents. Interested candidates should email Mark Worthington at annesleyunited@gmail.com.


Milton, ON

Ebenezer United Church is a beautiful country church established in rural Milton in 1833. Ebenezer is an hour from both Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. There is proximity to many amenities including great schools, medical facilities and recreational centers. We are a small, caring congregation, seeking a half-time minister to help us continue to grow and support our work in community outreach, youth ministry and pastoral care. We are strong in our faith and our willingness to work together. We are seeking an Ordained or Diaconal Minister and are open to those having experience and also those who are early in their ministry journey. Further information about Ebenezer Church is available at www.ebenezeruc.ca. Applications, with resumé and cover letter should be emailed to ebenezeruc2274@gmail.com.


Milverton, ON

St. Paul’s United Church is a fun, musical, caring traditional faith community in rural southwestern Ontario (within 1.5 hrs of Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, London and Guelph). We are seeking a full-time minister (ordered or DLM) who will provide spiritual leadership and guidance, and who will work collaboratively with the official board 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 friendly, outgoing, have a sense of humour and be musically-inclined. Interested candidates can view our profile at www.londonconference.ca/content/vacancies under Milverton, (St. Paul’s) Pastoral Charge and check out our website at stpaulsuc.wixsite.com/milvertonontario.  Resumés and cover letters should be emailed to Pam Paradis at pdparadis@cyg.net.


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.


North Battleford, SK

Third Avenue United Church is seeking a full-time Ordained or Designated Lay Minister. Information about our Church family, our ministry, and our JNAC report may be found on our website at: www.thirdavenueunitedchurchnb.ca. North Battleford is a growing community of 16,000+. Our congregation of approximately 200 families is seeking a dynamic team leader. The successful candidate will possess the ability to connect effectively with people of all ages and promote a welcoming church environment. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2019. To submit your resumé and/or to request further information, please contact our Corresponding Secretary, Ken Holliday, at 9702 – 97th Drive, North Battleford, SK S9A 0L4, or holliday.k@sasktel.net.


Onaping Falls, ON

Onaping Falls is a vibrant two-point pastoral charge located in the beautiful northwest corner of Greater Sudbury. We are seeking a full-time minister who is happy to work with actively involved and creative worship committees to provide spiritual leadership and outreach for our congregations. For JNAC or other questions, please contact our Search Committee at cunninghamcloss@hotmail.com.


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 Elgin, ON

Come grow with us! Port Elgin United Church - A caring Christian community of faith: growing, living and sharing God’s love! Located on the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Huron, Port Elgin United Church is seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister, as our current minister approaches retirement. Located in the Town of Saugeen Shores, a place to enjoy all seasons and a recreation lover’s dream, our community is experiencing tremendous growth. We are a diverse community of faith looking for someone who can appreciate a breadth of theologies and who is able to offer inspiring, thought-provoking worship services. Pastoral care is important to us, as is a minister who is able to offer care and support to those engaged in our Christian Education ministries. Your love of Jesus Christ, passion for music, and ability to collaborate and connect with people of all ages would make you an ideal candidate to join us during this exciting time. Our Living Faith Story (JNAC report) may be found on our website at www.portelginunitedchurch.ca. Please visit www.churchhub.ca for additional information and to apply for the position, by March 31, 2019.


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.


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.


Wallaceburg, ON

Trinity United Church in is conveniently located between Windsor and London, with close proximity to the 401, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair. We are a small-town community in Ontario’s agricultural heartland. With one of the most affordable housing areas in Canada and a temperate winter climate, we are a desirable location for a full-time minister seeking a new opportunity. The primary role of our Minister will be to lead and enable a team ministry which promotes growing and sharing our faith through regular worship, pastoral care, mission and outreach, stewardship and educational ministries of the Church. Our community offers public and secondary schools, a Christian school, French immersion availability, childcare facilities, and we are a short commute to St. Clair College and Lambton College. Our small town also offers an arena, curling rink, organized sports (baseball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, basketball), outdoor tennis and fitness facilities. Our secondary school also has a public pool available for use. We welcome your application and look forward to meeting you. For additional information on our church please visit www.trinityunitedwallaceburg.com. To apply and see our Church profile, please review the vacancy listings for London Conference (www.londonconference.ca) and search for Wallaceburg.


Waterford, ON

Waterford United invites you to consider working with us in ministry as we explore the future of our church. This position, which arises from a two-year interim period, is open to diaconal and ordained ministers of the United Church. Discover more about Waterford United, located in Norfolk County, including our JNAC report at www.waterforduc.org. Please send inquires and applications in confidence to Waterfordjsc19@gmail.com.


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

Camlachie, ON

Camlachie United Church (www.camlachieunited.ca) is seeking a qualified Music Director to lead and support our dedicated choir and play the Clavinova for Sunday worship. We need you… a team player who communicates effectively, will encourage musical gifts and will plan music with the minister. Please direct inquiries or submit resumé in confidence to the M&P Committee at tsalexander@cogeco.ca.


Oakville, ON

Glen Abbey United Church is inviting applications for a Music Director. Glen Abbey is a welcoming and inclusive faith community. Music, both modern and traditional, is an important part of the spiritual life of Glen Abbey. Key responsibilities are: provide leadership, direction and accompaniment for the choir, and lead weekly rehearsals; choose anthems and other music based on themes provided by the minister; provide worship leadership through musical accompaniment for the congregation, including Sunday worship services, and other services (e.g. weddings and memorials, for which additional fees will be paid); plan prelude, postlude and other musical offerings; co-ordinate and support other musicians and vocalists within annual music budget; encourage congregants to develop and share their musical talents (vocal and instrumental) and work collaboratively with the larger worship team, especially for Easter and Christmas seasons. This part-time position is based on approximately 8 hours/wk (6 hours/wk in July and August). The successful candidate will plan 52 weeks of music and be available to play for 46 Sunday services, providing a replacement when not available. Required Education, Skills and Qualifications: Mastery of piano and competency of organ, to accompany congregation, choir, soloists; ability to program and play a wide variety of musical genres; strong organizational skills; strong leadership abilities and previous church experience or experience working with the United Church of Canada is advantageous, but not a prerequisite. Glen Abbey has a Kawai GE-30 grand piano and an Allen MDS-36 digital organ. For further information about Glen Abbey United Church, please visit our website at www.glenabbeyunitedchurch.com. Resumes can be sent to keward@cogeco.ca.


Peterborough, ON

Mark Street United Church is seeking an Organist/Choir Director who will become an integral part of the renewed growth of our congregation and choir. The successful candidate will bring leadership and enthusiasm to the position and will be experienced in playing a 2-manual pipe organ, piano and carillon. This is a part-time salaried position (8-10 hours per week). Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience, and is expected to be above RCCO guidelines, up to $23,000 annually. Please visit our website www.markstreetunited.ca  for a complete job description. Interested candidates are requested to forward a resumé via e-mail to the church office at markstreetchurch@bellnet.ca, or by mail to 90 Hunter St. E. Peterborough, Ontario, K9H 1G5.


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.



Other Positions Available

Director of Spiritual Care

Oliver Lodge is a non-profit corporation that operates a long-term care home for 139 individuals who are no longer able to be cared for at home and require special care. It was founded by The United Church of Canada and is currently operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. It retains its close contact with The United Church of Canada through its local church partners. The facility completed an expansion and major renovation approximately eight years ago. We have an opening for a Director of Spiritual Care to provide for the spiritual care needs of the residents of Oliver Lodge. While we are an Affiliate Special Care Home of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Oliver Lodge’s values reflect a foundation of Christian faith. We strive to recognize and respect the spiritual, social and cultural beliefs of everyone living here and to facilitate the ministry of other denominations and religious groups as residents choose. To request more information, or to apply in confidence, please contact brandon.little@saskhealthauthority.ca, or debbie.funk@saskhealthauthority.ca. The deadline for applications is February 18, 2019.



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.


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



Celebrations

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Spiritual Health

Jungian analysis and spiritual direction

Daniel A. Hansen, Registered Psychotherapist, ThD, MDiv, GrDip, BMus, Advanced Candidate in Training with the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts, and United Church minister for over 20 years. Private and accessible consulting room in Renfrew, ON. Contact 613-635-2127, or uccdan@sympatico.ca.


Winter Silent Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Feb. 5-7, Mar. 5-7, 2018 (Tues. 11am - Thurs. 1pm). 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. Call 905-476-4013, or email booking@lorettomaryholme.ca to register, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca for more details.



Announcements


Events

AOTS Men’s Clubs

AOTS Men’s Clubs hold their annual Ontario Roundup April 26-28 at Salvation Army Conference Resort on Lake Simcoe. Rev. Ross Carson (retired) gives the keynote address Friday evening on The New Creed - Its 50th Anniversary.  Workshops, songs and evening entertainment highlight the Saturday program along with fellowship and lakeside walks. Roundup 2019 concludes with Sunday communion. Visit www.aots.ca, or call 905-252-6971 for more information.



John Dominic Crossan

John Dominic Crossan on Salt Spring Island (BC) Friday-Saturday March 22-23, 2019. Join us to explore how we can rescue a non-violent God from warring religions. "I Shall Not Hate," is a two-day symposium featuring Dominic's insights from his latest book, workshops on reconciliation, and creative explorations of peace-making. It is packaged with other optional days of stress management and recreation to fashion a Spring refresher course for church leaders: saints and seekers. Arrangements are made for limited, free accommodation (first come first serve) and transportation while on the island. E-mail Chris at chris.levan4@gmail.com for more information, or to register, and to inquire about special group rates. Or call Salt Spring Island United Church office: 250-537-5812. Registration is limited to 150. 



Church Supplies

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.



Books

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Connecting

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Services

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.



Travel


Editorials

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Editorials

The Observer has a bright future ahead

by Jocelyn Bell

Change is as vital to the publication's history as our founding Christian values are to our future, says editor and publisher Jocelyn Bell.

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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Ethics

January 2019

Where to donate your unwanted stuff so it actually goes to those who need it

by Glynis Ratcliffe

It may be tempting when you declutter to just drop off all your items at Value Village, but sticking with local organizations is a better option.

Faith

January 2019

Former fundamentalists describe the trauma of leaving their faith

by Anne Bokma

At a weekend retreat, participants find the strength to reclaim their lives.

Columns

January 2019

I worry the United Church doesn't want evangelicals like me

by Marilyn Myhre

While the church community says it accepts everyone, one woman wonders if that is still true.

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