eSpirit June update

What’s happening at BUC?

Job Opportunity

The search continues for a Communications Coordinator at Beach United Church.

This position requires an average of 15 hours per week, at a proposed rate of $25 – $30 per hour, based on qualifications and experience, plus United Church of Canada benefits.

Working in a team environment the ideal candidate will be highly motivated by the opportunity to help foster positive and meaningful change in our community.   We are seeking candidates with excellent interpersonal and communications skills, who can juggle multiple projects simultaneously, and possess a thorough understanding of digital marketing techniques. Graphic design experience and the ability to assist in a re-branding exercise are also desirable attributes.

Applications accepted till noon Friday June 29, 2018. By email – BUCSearchTeam@gmail.com

For more information, please visit www.beachunited.com. 

BUC Green Thumbs

Come and join our gardening group. Help tend the garden and learn about the plants and connect with people who love the earth. Contact: jenniferhlchin@gmail.com

Tuesday June 19, 7 pm

Saturday June 23, 10 am

Tuesday July 3, 7 pm

Communications Coordinator

Communications Coordinator

Beach United Church

$25 – $30 an hour – Part Time

 

Located in the heart of The Beach in Toronto’s east end, Beach United Church (BUC) has embarked on a strategic process of change and is seeking a Communications Coordinator to develop and implement a results orientated communications program leveraging both social and traditional media.

At Beach United Church our vision is to be more engaging to more people, by seeking increased meaning in our lives, fostering a stronger sense of community, and by pursuing environmental and community projects in which we can have a positive and meaningful impact.

This position requires an average of 15 hours per week, at a proposed rate of $25 – $30 per hour, based on qualifications and experience, plus United Church of Canada benefits. Partial working from home is possible.

Working in a team environment the ideal candidate will be highly motivated by the opportunity to help foster positive and meaningful change in our community.   We are seeking candidates with excellent interpersonal and communications skills, who can juggle multiple projects simultaneously, and possess a thorough understanding of digital marketing techniques. Graphic design experience and the ability to assist in a re-branding exercise are also desirable attributes.

This is a newly created position, reporting the Lead Minister. The chosen applicant will help develop the roles and responsibilities of the position in collaboration with church leadership. Applicants should be critical thinkers and self-starters.

 

Responsibilities

  • Work with BUC program leaders to convert their ideas into publishable content-marketing material.
  • With direction from the leadership team, develop and act on an editorial calendar using a content-management system.
  • Develop and work with an Advisory Group for Communications to provide content. Independently develop additional content for publication.
  • Develop opportunities for community engagement via two-way social media interaction.
  • Monitor and report on the effectiveness of our digital marketing efforts using Google Analytics and other tools.
  • Manage and analyze a database of contacts and identify new marketing opportunities.

 

Education & Experience

  • Post-secondary level education in marketing, communications or Digital Media or an equivalent combination of life and work experience.
  • Previous experience in dynamic, creative non-profit environments would be considered an asset.
  • 2 years experience in implementing communications strategies.

 

Required Skills & Job Knowledge 

  • Demonstrated proficiency in creating and executing digital marketing plans. Experience measuring the effectiveness of marketing plans using tools such as Google Analytics and Bit.ly is a must.
  • Ability to synthesize large volumes of information (client reports, media interviews, primary and secondary research data) from a range of sources into an informative and compelling narrative.
  • Ability to use range of business software, digital media tools, publishing applications, and graphic design software.
  • Enthusiastic about working in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • A digital native with a keen interest in the world around them.
  • Willing to work weekends or evenings, as needed.

About Beach United Church

In addition to exploring the teachings of Jesus, BUC offers consideration for other teachings of values of living in harmony. We strive to join with others in exploring faith with curiosity and questions, to offer compassionate support and hope, and to provide opportunities for meaningful contributions to caring for the earth and its peoples.

BUC is an open, equity-supporting church and employer. We welcome applications from all interested persons holding the qualifications outlined. Our building is fully accessible.

 

Applications

Applications should include a resume and a cover letter indicating the position for which you are applying. We thank all those who apply but regret that we may only be able to reply to those who are being called for an interview.

 

Applications accepted till noon Friday June 29, 2018

By email:

Search Team c/o                                            BUCSearchTeam@gmail.com

By mail:

Beach United Church

140 Wineva Avenue

Toronto, ON M4E 2T4

eSpirit for June

Rainbow colours

For the month of June, we will be celebrating the diversity of creation and humankind as “earth-born & rainbow-hued”. This connects to the celebration of PRIDE month in Toronto and the variety of events available for us to enjoy.

I offer this prayer, which connects the colours of the rainbow to different expressions of the spirit. You might like to take the time and consider what each colour stands for in your life and spiritual journey.

Blessings, Karen

 

Rainbow God, you embody all the colors of the earth.

Red is for life, the root of spirit.. We give thanks that God created us just the way we are.

Orange is for sexuality, the fire of spirit. Kindle a fire of passion in us.

Yellow is for self-esteem, the core of spirit.. Help build our confidence.

Green is for love, the heart of spirit. Fill our hearts with untamed compassion for all beings.

Blue is for self-expression, the voice of spirit. Motivate us to call for justice.

Violet is for vision, the wisdom of spirit. Connect us with others and with the whole creation.

Rainbow colors come together to make one light, may we embody all the colours of the earth! Amen.

adapted from prayer by Peter Cheng and Kittredge Cherry

eSpirit May 20

Spirit of love

Pentecost is a commemoration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church. Today, in many Christian churches, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated to recognize the gift of the Holy Spirit, that continues to be present in our lives. This year, May 20 is designated as Pentecost Sunday but you will not have seen that written on our posters or in the Heartbeat newsletter.

You might be wondering why not or perhaps you haven’t even noticed its absence. I have pondered for quite a few years now about the relevance of some of these liturgical titles. This year I have tried to use more everyday language that connects with our lives. So Pentecost has become “Spirit of love” and we will be exploring that theme through contemporary music; in what we call “Worship Amplified”.

One of the songs you will hear is Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a dangerous time” which he wrote in 1983 after spending time in Central America. Bruce is speaking out against Reagan’s policies of support for violent dictatorships in the area. Through his music and lyrics he is exploring how the “spirit of love” acts in difficult, war-torn times.

Spirits open to the thrust of grace

Never a breath you can afford to waste

When you’re lovers in a dangerous time.

Come and listen, sing along and tap your feet as the band [ guitar, bass, percussion & keyboard] play contemporary songs with a spiritual twist.

Blessings, Karen

eSpirit May 6

Friendship

 Friendship can be a God-given way of beginning healing with those who are broken-hearted – if only we remember that sometimes words can get in the way.

The church is good with words

smooth words, comforting words, impressive words;

glorious words, moving words.

Words roll off the tongue.

Words make things manageable, controllable, tidy.

 

What can we say in the face of the inexpressible?

I don’t know what to say

I feel tongue tied

I was going to write

I was thinking of you

How can I say that I care? 

Give me a hug!

“I care” without words.

When I’m suffering, I don’t need words,

I just need to know you are there,

That someone would notice if I disappeared.

And if I matter to you, and I matter to God,

then life is worth living.

May these words of Rae Williams, help us along the path of developing deep, healing friendships.

Blessings, Karen

eSpirit April 29

When something terrible happens – – –

I become momentarily frozen, unable to take in the enormity of the situation I am hearing described by an anxious voiced reporter, over my car radio. How about you; where were you when you first heard about the terrible tragedy of people killed and injured on Yonge St on Monday afternoon?   How did you feel?

Perhaps the most difficult question for me is “What can I do?” In the midst of the carnage that ripples out effecting more and more people, there doesn’t seem a whole lot I can do. I am in awe of the actions of others – the police officer who refused to meet violence with violence – the person who performed CPR at the scene – those opening up space for people to gather.

My silent, awkward prayers seem insufficient :but then I remind myself that I believe in the power of prayer. Prayer has power because in those moments I am focusing my energy on something beyond myself. I move from being self centered to becoming present to others.

This is not a direct interaction but it does create change. It changes the only thing I have some control over, myself. In the face of this tragedy I choose to live with love in my heart. I hear God singing to me through the words of John Bell

Don’t be afraid. My love is stronger, my love is stronger than your fear.

May it be so, Karen