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Belleville-Quinte West (Trenton), ON

Westminster pastoral charge is searching for a full-time ordained minister who is grounded in the theology and ethos of the United Church of Canada, to lead our congregation into the future as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of seven pastoral charges becoming one. We are an urban/rural congregation filled with a spirit of cooperation and volunteerism. We are looking for someone who will engage and challenge the congregation to deepen its spirituality and motivate and empower lay leaders to engage their passions for different ministries of the church. We look forward to hearing God’s message being brought alive and being made relevant to living in today’s world. We require a minister who loves music, as music and our choirs are an integral part of our worship services. Our minister must have strong worship and pastoral care skills, and we need someone who smiles and makes us laugh. This position is currently vacant as our minister has answered the call to serve in a different capacity within God’s many ministries. We hope to fill this position as soon as possible, but no later than January 1, 2019. You may view our profile at www.westminsteruc.ca. Please submit applications to David Timpson at opportunities@bayofquinteconference.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

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).

Comber, ON

Comber St. Andrew’s United Church is searching for a full-time ordained or diaconal minister to come to our church and build from the solid strength our church already has. Comber St. Andrew’s is a financially sound church with an average attendance on Sunday of 55 to 75 worshippers. We are willing to be the first church of a recent graduate or the new church for a minister who has fulfilled their commitment at their present church. We seek a minister who will work with the congregation on all church issues, one who will discuss with the congregation what type of visitation program we want. Comber St. Andrew’s offers the opportunity to build from a solid foundation. The village of Comber is located on the south side of Hwy 401 Hwy, halfway between Windsor and Chatham in Southwestern Ontario. Homes are reasonably priced in Comber and the surrounding area. Review our profile and apply through www.londonconference.ca (see vacancies Essex 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.

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.

Grimsby, ON

Trinity United Church, a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, active congregation, is seeking a full-time ordered minister who is looking for a long-term spiritual relationship to lead our community in living out our Vision "Opening Minds, Opening Hearts, Opening Doors". The successful candidate desires a call in the lovely Niagara region, with access to Southern Ontario's academic, business and cultural centres. We seek an energizing force to steer us in cooperative leadership toward a fulfilling future, while respecting the congregation's heritage and traditions which began in 1831. Applicants will possess inspirational preaching skills that draw strength from the word of God as well as the skills necessary to communicate in 21st century technological society. Our spiritual leader will bring attributes that will benefit present and future congregants attending our inclusive and always welcoming church. Learn more at www.trinityunitedgrimsby.ca. Questions/apply to pjanescholer@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.

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.

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.

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.

Peterborough, ON

Northminster United Church is seeking a full-time minister. We look forward to welcoming an individual who will help us to continue the work of Jesus and advocate for justice locally and globally. He/she should be an enthusiastic leader in our journey of renewal. We have a need for pastoral care, Christian development and outreach. Our new leader should be able to provide meaningful, relevant and inspiring messages at our church services. Our new minister should be comfortable with the use of social media and be able to work collaboratively with other staff and other churches in our area. The beautiful city of Peterborough has a population of 82,000, a university, a community college, a large hospital, and several medical clinics. We are located in the Kawarthas, surrounded by many lakes, rivers and the Trent-Severn Waterway. We have a well-maintained church with offices, meeting rooms and auditoriums. We are a solvent entity with an administrator-secretary, Music Director and custodians. Our JNAC is available online at www.northminsteruc.ca. Inquiries and resumés are invited. Please contact our Search Committee Co-Chair, Joyce Armstrong at wdarmstrong@cogoco.ca, or phone 705-745-9230. Resumés will be accepted until Oct. 1st, 2018, or until a suitable candidate is found.

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.

Saskatoon, SK

McClure United Church is seeking an exceptional minister for the position of Minister of Worship and Renewal. Working in collaboration with two other ministerial team members, this position will have primary responsibility for congregational renewal (including outreach), preaching and worship leadership. This full-time, three-year appointment is open to an Ordained, Diaconal, or Designated Lay minister with a passion for renewal work. McClure has been defined by outreach since its inception and has both a seniors’ high-rise and assisted living complexes attached to the church. The entire church is multi-use with community and church events happening most evenings. We are an Affirming congregation, with active children, youth and young adult ministries. The position is open immediately. For further information or to apply, contact mcclureunitedsearch@gmail.com. A copy of the JNAC report is available at mcclureunitedchurch.org. Deadline for applications is October 1, 2018.

Shellbrook, SK

Knox United Church is seeking a half-time minister, to serve approximately 50 families in a one-point charge. This is a congregation who are surviving (and thriving) after a year without clergy to call our own! Our jugband has elicited laughter and smiles in regional care homes. Our musicians are tops. We have dedicated folks who sit on church council, the worship and music committee, the local ecumenical ministerial association, and lead workshop in the local long term care home and on Sunday mornings. When folks are asked to participate in worship, “no” is a word we have not heard. When there is a call for a work party, it feels like a party, and the work is accomplished. Our UCW discusses Observer articles each month. Shellbrook has excellent recreational, educational and health care facilities. We are close to two urban centers, Prince Albert (47 km east) and Saskatoon (150 km south). A manse is available in Shellbrook, which has a population of about 1,400 people. If you are an enthusiastic worship leader, and have an interest in pastoral care, direct enquiries to Deb Mervold, Box 351, Shellbrook SK S0J 2E0; d.mervold@sasktel.net or (306)747-7580. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

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.

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!

Toronto, ON

Metropolitan United Church seeks an experienced, full-time Intentional Interim Minister (ordained) for 1-2 years, starting no later than February 1, 2019. Metropolitan has a team ministry with specific accountabilities for each minister as they work together to support the Metropolitan community and programs. The IIM will fill the role of Minister of the Congregation, assisting congregation and staff as they deal with the end of a long-term ministry, preaching three times per month, and working with the Transition Team to guide the exploration of new opportunities for the future. Ministerial team members include the Minister of Congregational Care and Development and the Minister of Music. Metropolitan is an affirming congregation in downtown Toronto with a tradition of learned, contemporary preaching that relates the Bible and Christianity to spirituality in our world today. Metropolitan has strong lay leadership and dedicated volunteers. Its heritage building will be under renovation for part of the tenure. Necessary skills include strong preaching and worship leadership, competencies in pastoral care, and the effective communication and interpersonal skills needed for inclusive consultation. For the position description and DFC, contact boardsec@metunited.ca. Those interested should contact the Toronto Conference Personnel Minister at DHildebrand@united-church.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 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

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.

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


Church Related

Church Website Service

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

A Marriage Preparation Video Resource

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

The Church and Migration: Global (In)Difference?

Marks the 12th international meeting of the Ecclesiological Investigations Research Network. It is hosted by the Dominican Institute of Toronto and four colleges of the Toronto School of Theology: St. Michael’s (Basilian), Regis (Jesuit), Emmanuel (United Church of Canada), and Trinity (Anglican). Co-sponsoring institutions include: the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs; The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union; The Christian-Muslim Studies Network, University of Edinburgh; Georgetown University; Pontifical Scalabrinian Institute for the Study of Human Mobility; Institut de pastorale, Montreal; International Institute for Method in Theology; Ripon College, Oxford; Tübingen University; St Mark’s College; and the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto. www.dominicantoronto.org.

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

The Quest Centre for Religious Literacy...

is an Incorporated Ministry of the United Church of Canada.  Its purpose is to promote religious literacy.  At Quest the Bible and other literature inspires discussion, free thinking is valued, and the teachings of the Historical Jesus are paramount.  Listen to our bi-monthly talks or read our blogs at www.questcentre.ca, or find us on Facebook.


Metropolitan United Church 1818-2018

Toronto, ON – Metropolitan United Church 1818-2018 – Please join us in celebrating our 200th Anniversary: Sunday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. - Anniversary Worship Service. “A Focus on Community” guest preacher: The Rev. Dr. Catherine MacLean, Senior Minister, St. Paul’s United Church, Edmonton, Alberta. Sunday, September 23, 12:15 p.m. - Our Annual Fall Fair. Celebrating community with our heritage partners with specially commissioned carillon music and arts activities. 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.

Royal York Road - 75th Anniversary!

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

Engage transitions by attending to dreams and utilizing depth psychology

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, provides Jungian analysis in Renfrew, ON. Private and accessible consulting room in professional office building. Free parking. Contact 613-635-2127, or uccdan@sympatico.ca.

Loretto Maryholme Retreats

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.

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



Canadian Boomerfest

Want to Attract the Millennial and Younger Generations to Your Church? Studies Show the Best Way is to Start with Boomers! Join us for 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. For more information and to register, visit www.canadianboomerfest.siloamunitedchurch.org. We hope you will join us for a groovy and swell time! Sponsored by The Alfred J. Mitchell Fund, The United Church of Canada Foundation, Middlesex Presbytery and Siloam United Church.

Thomas Merton in Rome - September 16 – 22, 2018

In this 7-day pilgrimage, we will visit the places in and around Rome that 20th century Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton visited, read his accounts of those visits, and discuss the later parts of his life to which they point. We will also consider how Merton’s legacy has influenced our own spiritual journeys. Accommodation is at Casa Per Ferie “I Cappuccini,” which is located in the heart of Rome, within walking distance of the Spanish Steps. We invite you to make your own way to Italy so you can combine other travel plans before or after Thomas Merton in Rome. Leaders: Dr. Christine M. Bochen is Professor of Religious Studies at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York. She is co-author of The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia; the editor of Courage for Truth, Learning to Love, and Thomas Merton: Essential Writings; and co-editor of Cold War Letters and Thomas Merton: A Life in Letters. Judith Hardcastle is an ordained Minister at St. Andrew’s United Church in North Vancouver, BC, and Program Director, Thomas Merton Society of Canada. She has co-led TMSC pilgrimage programs to the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, New York City, Cuba, France, and Rome. For more information, visit www.merton.ca, or contact the Thomas Merton Society of Canada at tmsc@telus.net.

Church Supplies

Church Cushions, Waggoners, Inc.

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

Church Folding Tables & Chairs

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

Crownex Ltd. Robe Makers & Tailors,

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

Book Releases

The Perfume Beyond the Veil

Rev. Sally McShane has written a novel about eternity. A well-known stage actress, Genia O’Donovan, has bought an old manor house on the edge of the Irish Sea. Surrounded by the mystical secrets of the Irish countryside, she begins to sense her new home has its own secrets.  She is kept sane by the presence of her dear friend Dimitri of Greek opera fame and a visit from a few of her stage friends. In the background are the surprising revelations about her ancestor who left Ireland during the Great Famine. The scene has been set for a mysterious and thrilling summer in Ireland. Published by Axial Press and posted on Amazon.ca for $12.95.




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.


Walking the Way!

Walking the Way: El Camino de Santiago - May 25 - June 12, 2019. Join us on this pilgrimage walking two portions of the French Way (256 km). Your challenge and purpose await you as we walk together through the beautiful landscape and ancient villages of northern Spain. We’ll build a community of Pilgrims sharing the journey together. Cost is $3,795 Canadian, includes accommodation, most meals, guides, support vehicle, all trip organization and GST. For more information visit www.worldpilgrim.ca, or email worldpilgrims@gmail.com. World Pilgrim offers educational travel experiences to Guatemala, Cuba, India, Thailand, Mexico and more!


Moderator nominee Colin Phillips gives his nomination speech at General Council. (Credit: Richard Choe)

Hey, United Church — we could have talked about my disability

by Colin Phillips

A moderator nominee says the majority of commissioners at General Council weren't comfortable enough to truly engage him.

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Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

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ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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August 2018

Why Canada’s first-ever minister for seniors is long overdue

by Julie Lalonde

A gerontologist says she hopes that a ministry dedicated to elder issues will mean that seniors finally have a voice in policy making.


August 2018

Hey, United Church — we could have talked about my disability

by Colin Phillips

A moderator nominee says the majority of commissioners at General Council weren't comfortable enough to truly engage him.


August 2018

'Photography was the way that I could share different Indigenous realities'

by Emma Prestwich

Award-winning photographer Nadya Kwandibens wants to change the perception of Indigenous people through her work.

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