Partner Consultation on Gender and LGBTQI+ Inclusion, Manila

Partner Consultation on Gender and LGBTQI+ Inclusion, Manila

Opening/Closing Date: 
November 8, 2019 to December 1, 2019
Anticipated Start Date: 
March 14, 2019

Pilgrim In Mission | March 15 – March 22 | $300 | Young Adults (ages 20-35)

The United Church of Canada is seeking one young adult (ages 20-35) to participate in an Asian Consultation on Gender and LGBTQI+ inclusion being held by The United Church of Canada in Manila, Philippines in partnership with the Union Theological Seminary.

The consultation will bring 30 – 35  scholars, theologians, grassroots advocates and activists who pursue gender equality and justice in the region, as well as some from the continent of Africa, and other global ecumenical partners.

This is a Pilgrims in Mission opportunity offered through the United Church’s People in Partnership program.

General Objectives of the Consultation are : 

  1. To host a consultation which brings together scholars, theologians and grassroots advocates/activists in Asia who pursue gender equality and justice.
  2. To provide a safe space for activists and LGBTQI+ to share their personal and collective struggles and gains
  3. To present theologies from the region with a particular focus on the diverse and specific contexts, cultures and challenges in Asia.
  4. To construct a consultation report as a map, a resource, and an action plan for the transformation of churches and societies, with a specific concern for gender justice and to end homophobia.

The United Church of Canada contingent will include three staff people, a representative from Affirm United/S’Affirme Unie and one UCC Young Adult (this posting).


Consultation will be held March 19 – 21, 2020. Opportunity to see the work of partners in Manila will be arranged for a couple of days prior to the consultation (details to be confirmed).


Manila, Philippines


Individual contribution of $300.  Balance of costs (flight, insurance, and in-country costs) to be provided by General Council Office. 

People in Partnership believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in their programs.  If the cost of an opportunity presents a barrier, please contact us at pip [at] to find out more about alternate means of resourcing and financial support.


  • Has a valid passport that does not expire before end of September 2020 and is between the ages of 20 and 35
  • Has a demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionally and/or nationally)
  • Is comfortable with theological reflection and discussion
  • Has some experience of the Asian context, and with UCC Asian partners (asset)
  • Is very familiar with and engaged in LGBTQI+ inclusion within the United Church 
  • Has some knowledge of LGBTQI+ issues in the Asian region
  • Is sensitive to the variety of viewpoints that may be present in an ecumenical consultation on LGBTQI+ dignity and inclusion
  • Is willing to continue leadership within the United Church on LGBTQI+ issues. 
  • Willingness to speak to United Church groups about the experience and its impact on their faith journey


  • Written piece (about 400 words) summarizing the experience, with 3 hi-res pictures and/or alternate communications to share the experience as developed with PIP staff
  • Speaking engagements to UCC communities of faith about the experience. People in Partnership will include you on the posted Speakers List.
  • Ongoing engagement
To Apply

Apply directly to People in Partnership using the online application form by December 1, 2019.

The United Church is committed to equity, diversity, justice, and to creating a positive and supportive environment for people of all identities and backgrounds. ALL qualified people are encouraged to apply!