Three times a year (February, May and October) we host top-notch speakers who address current issues in the church and in the world. These day-long events cost only $25 per person and include a hearty hot lunch in Mclean Hall. Pre-registration is required. Please call 1-800-884-1525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week before the event. Fees can be paid by credit card, e-transfer or at the door. Pines suites are available for anyone wishing to stay overnight.
Encountering Henri with the Rev. Daniel Cho
Thursday, February 28 from 10:30 am to 3 pm
The current moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, who knew Henri Nouwen as a personal mentor, will share the profound and lasting impact of Nouwen’s spirituality, authenticity and friendship on his life. Books by Henri Nouwen will be available for purchase from the Henri Nouwen Society.
Daniel is Senior Minister of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church and moderator of the 2018 General Assembly. He has written for the Henri Nouwen Society as well as a book chapter on the theme of spirituality and social constructionist thought. Danial is also a certified pastoral counsellor and certified mediator.
The Power of Welcome with the Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee
Thursday May 23 from 10:30 to 3pm
As the president of the Presbyterian Church Camping and Conference Association from 2015-2017, Rev. Theresa visited sites all over Canada and the United States. She is passionate about biblically-rooted hospitality and has stories to share about vibrant and sustainable Presbyterian ministries. You might even get to sing a few camp favourites!
The Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee is a graduate of the Vancouver School of Theology. She served as the minister of the Monkton-Cranbrook pastoral charge, as director at Presbyterian Camp Douglas in British Columbia and has been the co-director at Kintail since 2007. She is married to Johnathon Lee, who directs the camp with Theresa. They have three fantastic daughters, Ella, Lucy and Anna.
Befriending Death with Michelle O’Rourke
Thursday, October 31 2019 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Join us in the midst of celebrating All Saints and All Souls Days, as we explore the essence of how to live well when we face the final chapter of our lives. We will examine the difference between care and cure; the importance of early access to palliative care; the understanding of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and how to have difficult conversations with our loved ones about our wishes. The writings of Henri Nouwen will help us to navigate this topic with faith and grace.
Michelle is the author of Befriending Death: Henri Nouwen and a Spirituality of Dying (Orbis Books, 2009) and Embracing the End of Life: Help for Those Who Accompany the Dying, (Novalis, 2012) co-authored by Eugene Dufour. In 2014 Michelle was chosen to oversee the design and development of Chatham-Kent Hospice, a ten-bed residential hospice which opened in April 2016 and continued to serve in a shared role as the Program Coordinator for both the Chatham-Kent Hospice and the Palliative Care and Oncology Departments. She retired in 2018 after thirty-three years of service and now has more time to focus on what she truly enjoys - speaking, writing, and consulting.