The People in Partnership program enables United Church people and global partners to encounter each other, accompany each other in God’s mission, and learn more about each other’s contexts. The program provides a framework for the exchange of people (from Canada to global partners, and from global partners to Canada).
Participants will immerse themselves in a program of the Amity Foundation in China for one year. Experiences focus on hands-on serving in a cross-cultural setting to gain new ideas and perspectives on China. The program includes service to NGOs and schools in China, Chinese language classes, visiting Amity rural projects, and attending the Amity Winter Conference.
The United Church affirms a vision of an intercultural church that is welcoming, relational, adaptive, justice-seeking, intentional, and mission-centred. The church affirms that right relations are at the heart of God’s mission, and that global partnerships are opportunities for expressions of relationships that are respectful, equitable, just, and mutually accountable. As a denomination, the United Church understands that for transformation, love, and justice to happen we need to understand each other’s contexts more deeply, and how those contexts impact each other for good or harm.
For more information on the Amity Foundation and the Amity Teacher Program (ATP), please visit their website.
Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Active commitment to, and articulation of, the gospel of Jesus Christ and participation in The United Church of Canada with solid knowledge of the mission and ministry of The United Church of Canada, its partnership in mission policy and practice, and support of the ecumenical movement;
- High school diploma. Two years teaching experience preferred, along with degrees in language teaching, but will accept native English speakers who pass a short TESOL course prior to placement;
- Ability to work in co-operation with placement school and Amity staff; supporting, tolerating, and co-operating with other Amity teachers is essential;
- Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required;
- Ability to exercise self-awareness, sensitivity, and compassion often working within areas of cultural difference. Personal integrity, maturity and respect for others essential;
- Lived cross-cultural experience an asset, preferably in Asia;
- Language skills in addition to English a strong asset, particularly Chinese;
- Intellectual discipline and alertness. Good physical condition, mental and emotional stability and maturity; good self-esteem; in touch with one’s own needs, strengths, and limitations;
- Willingness and ability to move to China and to work under the direction of the partners; ability to live a simple lifestyle; and
- Willingness to work in a faith-based environment and participate in the life and worship of that community.
Two-year or longer appointments will include a home assignment at the midway mark.
All appointments are subject to the following conditions:
- a positive recommendation for overseas service from the Church in Mission Unit’s medical consultant based on a thorough medical examination, and approval of application for insurance from the overseas medical insurance carrier;
- a satisfactory outcome from a police records check through the Canadian Police Information Centre via the RCMP; and
- global partner approval