Job Number: 43-61
Opening/Closing Date: January 5, 2022 to January 27, 2022

We are seeking an individual with the skills and experience to assess the merits of various applications. This committee awards grants and scholarships for theological and academic work, including the McGeachy Scholarship. 


The mandate of this Sub-Committee is to provide recommendations to the Joint Grants Committee on awarding scholarships, bursaries, and academic awards. The Sub-Committee provides expertise and insight on the suitability of applicants for awards. The Joint Grants Committee oversees appropriate recognition of awardees and may request the assistance of the Sub-Committee in those celebrations. The Sub-Committee is responsible for 

  • reviewing applications for grants from the McGeachy Senior Scholarship Trust, the V. Blatherwick Trust, the W. Norman McLeod Trust, and other similar long-term funds from time to time 
  • recommending to the Joint Grants Committee the most suitable candidate for each award, the amount of the award, and the rationale for that amount 
  • making recommendations to the Joint Grants Committee for improving the application and adjudication processes 

The Sub-Committee is guided by the terms of each fund, the donor’s intent, and the annual award amount available.  


The Sub-Committee is made up of three to five members who reflect the diversity of The United Church of Canada. Sarah Charters (President of the Foundation and Director of Philanthropy) and Erik Lo Forte (Grants Officer, Foundation) are resource staff to this Sub-Committee. 

Member Skills and Experience 

Members of the Sub-Committee will 

  • have the capacity to discern and reflect on emerging theological trends and directions within the United Church 
  • have expert knowledge of theological education and academic excellence; some members will have postgraduate education 
  • have broad knowledge of The United Church of Canada and be involved in the work of the United Church beyond the community of faith 

Sub-Committee members will be active participants in a local community of faith who are 

  • passionately committed to the mission of the United Church and willing to discern God’s yearnings for this work 
  • committed to right relations, the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and their relevance to ministry personnel, the vision of becoming an intercultural church, and the journey to becoming an anti-racist denomination 
  • predisposed to collaboration and teamwork 
  • comfortable with and able to participate in electronic meetings 

The United Church is committed to working toward the full participation of people with disabilities, youth and young adults, and those who are Indigenous, racialized, francophone, Deaf, or from other marginalized communities, particularly those identities not currently present on the committee. Individuals with these identities and experiences are encouraged to express interest. 

Expectations and Term 

The Sub-Committee meets by video-conference usually between April and May of each year. Occasionally there is an additional meeting in the fall (October or November) that is also held by video-conference. To prepare for each meeting, members are expected to thoroughly review and evaluate each application, bringing their professional expertise, objectivity, and thoughtful consideration to all deliberations. This time commitment is anticipated to be between 10 and 15 hours for each annual granting cycle. The next meeting will occur by video-conference call in the second week of April. 

The term of this appointment is three years, beginning March 2021, with the possibility of reappointment for an additional term. 

For more information about this vacancy, please see the complete description, below.

To Express Interest

To apply for this vacancy, please express interest or nominate someone.

All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. If you do not receive acknowledgement, please contact Member Engagement. Incomplete or late submissions cannot be considered.

For further information or assistance in expressing interest or nominating someone, please contact:

Member Engagement
The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor St. West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Tel: 416-231-5931, ext. 2211
Toll-Free: 1-800-268-3781, ext. 2211
Fax: 416-231-3103 attn: Member Engagement


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