2022 Clergy Symposium –  Resilience Through Renewal

Date: June 6-8, 2022
(Start time afternoon of Monday, June 6. Ending with lunch on Wednesday, June 8)


BiographyRev. Diane J. Strickland, M.A., M.Div., O.M. Ordained for over thirty years, Diane (she/her) is also trained to support people through natural and unnatural disasters as a Certified Community and Workplace Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Critical Incident Responder. She was the United Church’s person on the ground after the Calgary/High River floods of 2013 and wildfires in Fort McMurray in 2016. Diane spent pandemic time creating and delivering trauma-informed workshops, video and print resources, as well as providing one-on-one care to ministry personnel. Both of Diane’s Master’s degrees are from the University of Toronto—an M.A. in Psycholinguistics and an M.Div. Returning to her roots after twenty years in Alberta, Diane and her partner live on fifty acres of Canadian Shield north of Kingston with an old Border Collie and a Tuxedo Cat.


Theme: “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith

“Ministry is marinating in trauma. God, Jesus, Spirit are always at work. And people come alongside to participate in that work.” Diane J. Strickland, Trauma Informed Ministry, A Primer for Ministers and Ministries

Presentation and Discussion:

1.     The Marinades
2.     God remaining and a relentless Gospel
3.     Participating in God’s love for us and all creation


BiographyRev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean, Senior Minister at St. Paul’s in Edmonton, has served churches in the Maritimes, Toronto, Yellowknife, and Canmore. Currently she is offering leadership in reVITALize, Then Let Us Sing!, and Preaching The Big Questions webinars with John Young. She is one of the authors of The Theology of the United Church of Canada and A Song of Faith and is one of two United Church delegates to the upcoming World Council of Churches Assembly. Catherine earned her degree for ministry at Harvard, an earlier literature and languages degree at Dalhousie, and a doctorate in preaching from McCormick for which she received the top award. She is a Past President of the Canadian Theological Society and a two-time Louisville Grant recipient. Catherine was happy to be a Guinness Book Official Witness (one of the perks of ministry!) for the Biggest Dodgeball Game in the World. See Magazine called her Most Passionate Sermonizer in its annual “Best Of Edmonton” issue – on the same page as the best chef and the best goth store in the city! Catherine reads voraciously and loves to sit on an ocean-side verandah whether it’s sunny or foggy. She is looking forward to meeting you and hearing about your lives and challenges and what kindles your imaginations.


Theme: Preaching The Big Questions


2022 Clergy Retreat – Awakening the Spirit from Within

Date: June 8-10 2022
(Start time 2:00 pm on Wednesday, June 8. Ending with lunch on Friday, June 10. If you need to stay an extra night, please let us know)

Registration Deadline for Both Events:

May 27, 2022

  • $200 per event or $350 if attending both events (includes accommodations, meals, nutrition breaks and program fees)

  • Participants are required to pay for their own travel.
  • With prior approval, financial assistance up to a maximum of $500 may be available to help those travelling from Labrador (contact Alison Piercey apiercey@united-church.ca).


  • Will be posted when finalized
  • Please bring warm clothing for a bonfire (weather permitting)
  • Bedding is provided
  • If you play an instrument and would like to share your gifts, please bring it along
  • Bring comfortable clothing and shoes. There are beautiful trails to discover.
  • Map – Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp, NL-360, Bishop’s Falls, NL: Within the boundaries of Central Newfoundland, approximately 12 km from the town of Bishop’s Falls. Turn off located 6 km from TCH on Route 360, situated at the Great Rattling Depot on the Exploits River.
  • These are Continuing Education events.


Thank you to the Coughlan College Trust Fund for subsidizing this event