Job Number: 43-57
Opening/Closing Date: September 20, 2021 to October 28, 2021

We are looking for a minister or someone who can bring a theological perspective to the work of The Manual Committee for the duration of this term. 


The Manual Committee serves the church at the pleasure of, and through the office of, the General Secretary. Its responsibilities are to assist the General Secretary in 

  • preparing changes to The Manual that are required to implement decisions of the General Council 

  • preparing changes to the wording and organization of The Manual where its provisions are redundant, ambiguous, or otherwise unclear in expressing the intention of the General Council 

  • conducting any remits under section 8.6.2(1) of the Basis of Union 


The committee is made up of six appointed members who reflect the diversity of The United Church of Canada (diversity with respect to gender identity, racial identity, age, geography, and vocation). Two of the members will be lawyers or have a law degree. Cynthia Gunn—Legal/Judicial Counsel—is resource staff to this committee. 

Skills and Experience 

Members need to be able to work collaboratively as part of a team and possess a good sense of humour. Specific skills and traits that would be assets to this work include an appreciation of the importance of detail and accuracy, ability to think conceptually and reflect critically on text, and awareness of and sensitivity to the diversity of the United Church. Members must have good writing skills and be comfortable with the plain language style of The Manual. 

At this time we are seeking someone who can enhance the work of the committee by bringing the perspective of being ministry personnel or a theological understanding of our polity.  

This committee would additionally be strengthened by someone who brings an intercultural lens to this work based on 

  • lived experience as an Indigenous, racialized, or francophone person or  

  • leadership with Indigenous, racialized, or francophone communities, or those that include a diversity of cultures 

Committee members will be active participants in a local pastoral charge or ministry 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 

  • 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, 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 committee currently holds a meeting once each year; currently this is conducted by video-conference call. Meetings may occur during the week or on weekends, based on the availability of members. Additional urgent matters may be dealt with by e-mail exchange followed by short video-conference calls. Members are expected to attend all meetings. 

The committee may at times form working groups of members with interests and skills required for particular aspects of this mandate. 

The term of this appointment is until December 2022 with the possibility of reappointment for two additional three-year terms. 


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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