Opening/Closing Date: January 12, 2024 to February 26, 2024
Governing Board of the Canadian Council of Churches (2 vacancies)
We are seeking two people who have a strong commitment to ecumenism and an understanding of the United Church’s theology and polity to serve as the representatives of The United Church of Canada on the Governing Board of the Canadian Council of Churches.
The Canadian Council of Churches is the largest ecumenical body in Canada, now representing 26 churches of Anglican, Evangelical, Free Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic traditions. Together it represents 85 percent of the Christians in Canada.
The Canadian Council of Churches responds to Christ’s call for unity and peace, seeks Christ’s truth with affection for diversity, and acts in love through prayer, dialogue, and witness to the gospel. The Council’s purposes are to
- engage in ecumenical education, training, and action
- study, speak, and act on issues of justice, liberty, peace and war, and human rights and relationships
- challenge the member churches in matters of common concern
- promote understanding and relationships among member churches and with other religious bodies in Canada
The Governing Board reviews ecumenical life in Canada, reflects on its significance, identifies needs, and directs the affairs of the Council to express the unity that member churches desire. It reflects on the common mission of the churches, long-range planning and policy formation, and the relationship between or among the commissions reporting to the Council.
The Governing Board consists of one to three representatives of each member church along with the officers of the Council. The United Church of Canada appoints three members to the Governing Board, one of whom is Japhet Ndhlovu, Executive Minister for the Church in Mission Unit. In appointing these representatives, the United Church pays attention to the diversity of the church, its equity commitments, and the presence of both lay people and ministry personnel from across the geography of the church.
Member Skills and Experience
Specific skills and experience that would be assets to this role include a good understanding of and personal commitment to dialogue with different denominational expressions of Christian faith; a strong capacity to participate in theological dialogue, knowledge, and understanding of cross-cultural experience; and in-depth knowledge and understanding of The United Church of Canada ethos, theology, doctrine, and polity. The representatives will possess an openness to learning and communicating the work of the Canadian Council of Churches within the United Church, locally, regionally, and nationally.
Expectations and Term
The Governing Board meets twice each year for three days in May and November (Wednesday noon to Friday noon). Generally, the fall meeting is in Toronto (Mississauga) and the spring meeting is in Ottawa. During the three-year triennium one meeting may be held elsewhere in Canada. In case of necessity, meetings may also be held virtually.
The representatives submit a short written report after each meeting to the Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee which has oversight of ecumenical and interfaith work for the United Church, and may be invited to meet online with the committee to share about the work of the Governing Board and the Canadian Council of Churches.
The term of appointment is three years, beginning June 2024, with the possibility of reappointment for a second three-year term.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity, 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:
Toll-Free: 1-800-268-3781, ext. 2211
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