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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.

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.

Emerson/Dominion City/Green Ridge, MB

Are you wanting to serve in a rural setting? Valley Pastoral Charge is seeking to fill a full-time minister/team minister position. Located one hour south of Winnipeg, this 3-point charge is situated in the agriculturally-rich and recreationally-diverse Red River Valley. The successful candidate will have strong worship and pastoral care skills, and will also be able to lead us in new directions for expanded community engagement and growth. This position is supported by a local lay worship team to help lead services. Interested applicants can view our Ministry Profile at www.mnwo.ca. Applications can be forwarded to Judy Hare: 1622-B St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 3W7; call 204-233-8911, ext. 228 or 204-233-8911, ext. 228; or email vacancies@confmnwo.mb.ca. For any further questions about the position, please feel free to email tanstett@mymts.net.

Fenwick, ON

Pelham Community Church is seeking a full-time minister for an active and growing congregation in the heart of the beautiful Niagara Region. Our new minister will be part of our team ministry with a full complement of staff. Please refer to the church website www.pelham.cc, for the JNAC report and for further information about our community and ministries. For further questions or to submit a resumé, please contact the Search Committee at pccsearch@outlook.com. Inquires and resumés are invited until a suitable candidate can be found.

Hamilton, Bermuda

Wesley Methodist Church is seeking a spiritual leader who is excited to be part of a congregation that is in transition. We are in need of a minister who not only can feed us with the news of God’s love and care and challenge us spiritually, but we need someone who will help us tackle our challenges straight on. Despite the challenges of keeping us all happy, we would like someone who will smile and who likes to laugh. We would like Jesus amongst us, but understand that we will be getting a human who, like us, needs the Lord in her/his life. If you see change as a challenge and can inspire those searching for revitalization through listening, engaging, observing and learning, and sharing— we need you at Wesley. For our JNAC Report and to submit inquiries, please email Adrian Hartnett-Beasley at ahartnettbeasley@gmail.com, or visit www.facebook.com/WMC.Bermuda.

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.

Minnedosa, MB

Minnedosa United Church, a progressive and affirming community church, seeks an ordained full-time minister who can provide a blend of traditional and modern elements. The minister will journey with us as we seek opportunities for greater engagement with youth, young families and the broader community. We have committed volunteers who perform the work of the church through committees. Our modern and accessible church building is located in the centre of town. We are a rural town located in a scenic valley 30 minutes from a city and a National Park. For more information see our website: www.minnedosauc.ca, OR www.vacancies@confmnwo.mb.ca.

Mississauga, ON

St. Stephen’s on-the-Hill United Church (SSOTH), an active, progressive, intergenerational congregation of 176 families in Lorne Park, seeks a full-time ordained minister to lead our faith community in fulfilling its broad mission both “On and Off the Hill”. Our programs are overseen by Church Council and implemented through an active Committee structure. Kidzone and Junior Youth programs are led by a part-time DLM/Church School Coordinator. Music has always been an integral part of our weekly worship. Our esteemed Music Director leads an 18-member Chancel Choir, plus award-winning community-based Junior and Youth Choirs. Since our inception 60 years ago, we have flourished as a congregation, guided by a series of outstanding Ministers, who each served for a decade or more. To carry on this tradition, we are seeking an individual with a strong theological background, excellent preaching skills and experience in worship design and leadership. Pastoral Care, Christian Development and Community Outreach are also key components of our ministry. Please access our recent JNAC Report on the website www.ststephensuc.ca/jnac.html. Our Facebook page provides an excellent overview of our church activities. Interested applicants are asked to forward a cover letter and resume to ssoth2018@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.

Oakville, ON

Maple Grove United Church is seeking an energetic and forward-thinking Intentional Interim Minister for a period of transition following the retirement of our minister of more than 30 years. Maple Grove is a vibrant, active community of faith with strong worship, music, outreach, pastoral care and children’s ministries. We are looking to maintain our solid worship traditions while introducing new worship experiences. We are working to respond to change in our local community, maintain and further develop community connections/partnerships and renew focus on growth. The congregation highly values inclusiveness and relative informality. Our Intentional Interim Minister will have great people, leadership and communication skills and preach inspiring sermons relevant to the everyday lives of members. We have actively engaged with the EDGE foundation and neighbouring congregations on church revitalization and identification of community needs, in addition to conducting our own visioning activities. We need an organized and creative-change leader who can work with us to consolidate this work and move to implementation, while helping us prepare to call a new minister. The starting date is September 1, 2018. Please submit applications to mguclib@gmail.com.

Owen Sound, ON

Kilsyth, Keady-North Derby United Church is a two-point charge looking for a part-time (24 hours) minister who will be responsible for the overall life and work of the pastoral charge. The minister will be responsible for leading worship at each of two points that make up the Pastoral Charge and will be responsible for helping to develop innovative forms of pastoral care and faith formation using volunteers from each of our congregations. We are seeking a minister who will promote teamwork so that we might fulfill the mission of our churches. Qualified applicants should apply to the following website: www.torontoconference.ca/job-opportunities/vacancies-in-toronto-conference. For further information contact kkndfind@gmail.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 August 17th, 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.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Iron Bridge Pastoral Charge, is a two-point charge, one located in the town of Iron Bridge and the other in the rural community of Bellingham. We are located in the district of Algoma, east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Highway 17. We are seeking someone with a strong interest in both preaching and pastoral care, who is able to work independently to fill a half-time position of 20 hours per week. The position has been vacant since July 2017 due to the retirement of the minister. Both congregations are adult to elderly and the minister is expected to provide worship in rotation at a local senior’s home. Please submit resumés by contacting Marilyn Billings at rick_marilyn@outlook.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.

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 resumé’s to minister@sicamousunited.ca.

St. John’s, NL

Gower Street United Church, located in the heart of downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland, is seeking a full-time Minister. Primary responsibilities will entail leading various key ministries of the Church in addition to exploring new initiatives which will be responsive to evolving needs. Gower Street United Church, locally known as “Gower”, enjoys a long and distinguished history dating back to 1815 when it was originally established as a Methodist Church. It is highly regarded as a leading religious force of the United Church of Canada within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John’s embodies a rich, cultural history and is regarded as a growing, vibrant cosmopolitan city. Gower offers a wide range of ministries both to its congregation and the wider community. It is an inclusive church. It is particularly heralded for its ministry of music which continues to evolve and flourish under the guidance of both nationally and internationally renowned leaders. In 2015, Gower adopted a long-term, high-level plan entitled Vision 2025 to help guide the direction of the church’s ministry over the ensuing ten years. We are seeking energetic and enthusiastic candidates who are able to relate to, and communicate well with, all age groups and backgrounds. Ideally the candidates will have demonstrated leadership ability and a willingness to serve as a catalyst for change. The successful candidate will possess spiritual conviction as evidenced through strong faith in all endeavors. A Joint Needs Assessment Committee Report providing a description of this position as well as the community, resources and ministry of Gower’s pastoral charge is available on the Church’s web site:  www.gowerunited.ca. Vision 2025 and Gower’s Annual Report for 2017 can also be accessed on this site. Applications for this position may be submitted by mail or email and will be welcomed up to and including June 15, 2018. Applications and questions concerning this position should be directed to: Ms. Gola Roberts, Chair of the Search Committee, Gower Street United Church, 99 Queens Road, St. John’s, NL, A1C 6M6, or by email newtown0302@gmail.com.

Victoria, BC

DEADLINE EXTENSION: First Metropolitan United Church in downtown Victoria is seeking a full-time ordained Coordinating Minister to serve our congregation commencing September 1, 2018.  As “A centre for spiritual growth and Community Engagement” we have had a strong presence in downtown Victoria for many years and are looking for a person who can guide and support us as we move into the future, helping us become a fresh and vital community of Christ in Victoria’s capital city. Click here for the Ministry Profile and Search Report. Applications are to be sent to:  firstmet.applications@gmail.com. For additional questions contact Barry Rolston, at 1-250-652-5501. Website: www.firstmetvictoria.com. Victorians are blessed with the mildest climate in Canada and have a rich variety of cultural and outdoor activities available. It is a wonderful place to live.Application deadline has been extended to May 15, 2018.

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.

Sudbury ON

St. Andrew’s United Church is seeking a full-time Minister of Worship & Congregational Outreach, due to the retirement of one of our ministers. St. Andrew’s occupies a unique place in a unique city. The church is at the city’s heart, housed in St. Andrew’s Place, a 10-storey church/residential/commercial complex that was one of the first of its kind when built in 1973. Sudbury leads the way in environmental transformation, having re-greened and resuscitated its lands and lakes over the past 40 years. Residents here can live beside one of 330 lakes within the city limits, and still get to work in a matter of minutes (which may help explain why in 2015 Stats Canada reported Sudbury to be the happiest city in Canada.) Sudbury has grown far beyond its mining roots to become the largest city in Northern Ontario, with three post-secondary institutions (including schools of medicine and architecture), a regional centre for health care and research, and commercial, arts and culture and recreational opportunities. St. Andrew’s has a long history of shared/team ministry, achieved through creative and respectful cooperation between order of ministry staff and associate lay positions working in conjunction with other church members, volunteers from outside the congregation and community partners. For example, we are actively involved in an inter-denominational downtown churches’ association and have joined forces with several other churches to offer a hot meal program from November to April, which we began more than 20 years ago. The full-time minister we are seeking will be part of a ministry team with a part-time Minister of Pastoral Care & Outreach (14 hours/week). Together, they will lead the congregation to live out our vision of what it means to be a 21st century Christian community in downtown Sudbury. Click here for JNAC report. Please email applications by May 25, 2018, to Dale Myslik standrewstaffing@gmail.com.

Ministry of Music

Greenbank, ON

Greenbank United Church seeks a creative and technically competent person to assume the position of Music Director/Organist. The congregation is established and growing. The sanctuary has a well-maintained Artisan Classic #240 Custom Church Organ and a Yamaha Grand Piano. The Chancel Choir is comprised of SSAT voices. There is one weekly rehearsal and one weekly service. It is estimated that this part time position will demand 8 to 10 hours per week. Applications will be treated in strictest confidence. Please direct inquires or applications to debbiewatson123@hotmail.com. Our congregation’s profile and further details are available at www.greenbankchurch.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

Lindsay, ON

Cambridge Street United is a warm, caring church family, looking to increase support for our youngest members through a part-time Children, Youth and Young Families Coordinator position. Key duties of this 14-hour-per-week position include planning and overseeing Sunday school, youth group and special events oriented toward young families, as well as recruitment and training of volunteers to help with these activities. The ideal candidate will have a mature and inclusive personal faith, lots of energy and creativity (and patience!), a flexible schedule and above all a love of working with children and youth. More information at www.theunitedchurch.com, or request a job description via csuc@nexicom.net. Applications must be received by Friday, June 15, 2018.

Lindsay, ON

Put your faith into action as a part-time Pastoral Care Provider at Cambridge Street United – a caring church family. We seek a compassionate, kind, empathic lay or ordained person for 14 hours per week/60 hours per month, to visit with members who are no longer able to participate actively in the life of our church, visit new members, lead monthly worship services at area nursing homes and more, in support of our church’s commitment to care for all. If you’re a good listener and a strong communicator who is organized and works well as part of a team, visit www.theunitedchurch.com for more information, or request a job description via csuc@nexicom.net. Applications must be received by Friday, June 30, 2018.

St. Albert, AB

St. Albert United Church, a progressive, open and inclusive community, seeks a part-time lay Program and Operations Coordinator to provide coordination and support to the church’s ministers, programs and volunteers. Responsibilities include assisting ministerial team in implementing their ideas and initiatives, coordinating events, attending meetings and coordinating worship service logistical needs. With a related degree, diploma, or equivalent education/experience, together with an understanding of the United Church of Canada, you’ll have intermediate computer literacy, be proactive, work both independently with minimal supervision as well as collaboratively, and manage multiple priorities. You’re a creative thinker with strong oral and written communication skills. You’ll take active interest in the life/work of SAUC and be visible to congregants regularly before, during and after most worship services. Some evening/Saturday work required. Apply with resumé and cover letter in a single file to progc@stalbertunited.ca. More info here. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Church Related

Apartment for Rent Toronto

Located in the downtown core, above College Street United Church (corner of Bathurst). Newly renovated two-bedroom unit on second floor. This lovely apartment is located close to everything: transit, shopping, hospitals, schools, universities and restaurants. For more information contact Margaret Theis by email at, hmtheis@rogers.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.

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


Toronto, ON

Metropolitan United Church 1818-2018 – Please join in celebrating our 200th Anniversary: Saturday and Sunday, May, 26, 27 - Doors Open Toronto - Doors are open to the public to visit our historic church with its’s significant Gothic Revival architecture. Saturday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. - Show Tunes for 200 Concert. Join a quartet of singers on a multimedia journey through music for the theatre that has crossed the world’s stages from 1818 to today. Admission $20/$10 ages 18 and under. Sunday, May 27 11:00 a.m. - Anniversary Worship Service “Where is the Spirit Today?” Guest preacher: Rev Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York. Sunday, May 27, 1:30 p.m. – Special 200th Anniversary Metropolitan Silver Band Concert. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Located at 56 Queen Street East, Toronto. For information visit www.metunited.ca or call 416-363-0331.

Toronto, ON

Royal York Road United Church is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. You are invited to join us on October 28, 2018, for a special worship service, followed by a congregational luncheon. Other festivities are planned for October 27, as well. We warmly welcome you to this special occasion. Visit www.ryru.ca for full details.

Spiritual Health

Loretto Maryholme Retreats

3-Day Silent Retreat: June 12-14, 2018 and 5-Day Silent Retreats: July 9-13, Sept. 8-12, 2018. Spend time in this sacred space. Decompress, rest, and refocus in an atmosphere of beauty, peace, and solitude. Accommodation, meals, and spiritual direction are offered.

Silence as a Way of Rest: July 3-7, 2018, Facilitator: Brenda Peddigrew, RSM. Experience how silence can be healing and focusing in daily life. Allow your senses and soul to find rest.

Let Mercy Flow... Embracing a Life of Abundance and Blessing: July 16-19, 2018. Facilitator: Kathy Murtha. Through input, media, poetry, guided reflections and meditative practices explore how steeping oneself in the flow of Mercy unleashes a life of abundance and blessing.

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

Loyola House Retreats & Ignatian Training

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.

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.

Spiritual guidance through dreams and depth psychology

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



Canadian Boomerfest

A Celebration and Colloquium on Boomers and Spirituality. Interested in growing your spirituality in the second half of life? Want to discover how you can support baby boomers and older adults in their quest for meaning, health and well-being? Keen to learn how you and other boomers in your faith community can better connect with younger Canadians? If so, join us for the inaugural Canadian Boomerfest and Spirituality Conference. October 17-19, 2018, Siloam United Church, London, Ont. Visit www.canadianboomerfest.siloamunitedchurch.org. We hope you will join us for a groovy and swell time!

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.

Book Releases

New Book: Re-Designing Your Life: A Practical Spirituality for the Second Half of Life by Sheila Macdonald Macgregor is a timely and engaging book for living out the second half of your life with spiritual integrity. In this study you are invited to think about your life as a house undergoing renovations where, with God’s grace, you get to design something new and life-giving. Through practical exercises, thought-provoking discussion topics and memorable anecdotes, Re-Designing Your Life will guide you through: coping with endings, empty-nesting and retirement; caring for self while caring for elderly parents and grandchildren; letting go of the things that get in the way of becoming your true self; creating a spiritual legacy; strengthening relationships; and finding your passion in your second half of life. Re-Designing Your Life is a must-read for pastors, congregations and individuals who want to discover God’s calling in the second half of life. Video resources for group studies are also available. To order, visit www.boomerality.com/buy-the-book


Live-in Caregiver

Wanted: a capable, empathetic woman to live in our home near Ottawa and help to care for my wife who has dementia, providing alternate companionship for her, and relief for me. Caregiver background is good but not essential, just be willing to do the necessary. You get a private suite, meals and remuneration to be agreed. Email me at labmix233@gmail.com, tell me enough about yourself so I know to send the details. Use a pen name for now if you like.


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.




Song leader, police and gate blockers in front of the Kinder Morgan gates. Photo by Kimiko Karpoff

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

A faith leader reflects on protesting the pipeline with the Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation.

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The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. Photo: Lindsay Palmer

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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ObserverDocs: Playing by Heart

by Observer Staff

United Church music director Kara Shaw was born prematurely, became almost totally blind and was later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Today, the 28-year-old showcases her unique musical ability, performing piano on local and national stages.

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June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.


May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.


June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.


June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.


May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.


June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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