Trinity Divinity Associates' Conference 2014


May 13 & 14


Are you interested in exploring ways to transform the world through the development of meaningful relationships, and the breaking down of walls and barriers that get in our way? If you are clergy or a lay leader, of any denomination, interested in pursuing God’s mission through hands-on solutions to social concerns, then you will want to join us this May 13/14, 2014.

In the presence of like-minded people, you can help us begin the conversation about unique ways that we can work alongside front-line workers and the most vulnerable, domestically and abroad. Let’s talk about ways to build bridges between church and community!


Trinity’s 2014 conference will be a time for us all to look at community mission and ministry in new and exciting ways. Together we will explore ways to engage with the larger community as well as with neighbourhood and/or global organizations—religious and secular—to offer care and concern to those in need.

We will provide practical tools for getting started and for sustaining these ministries and collaborative partnerships. Learning time will include lectures, videos, sharing time, networking and more.


Paul MacLean is an associate researcher with the Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies, examining partnerships involving faith communities for community betterment.

He co-chairs ‘Hands Across the Sands’, an interfaith refugee committee. With other volunteers, he plans and manages a program for young children and a creative liturgy at his local church, St. Mary Magdalene’s, where he is also an honorary assistant. He currently serves as the chair of the Palmerston Area Residents Association and is involved in issues of city planning and development.

In 1995 Paul led the founding of Potentials and guided the organization over the fifteen years of its life, in which it became a highly respected resource for Canadian churches.

Paul is married to Sally-Beth and they have three, married, adult children and six grandchildren. He and Sally-Beth are currently negotiating (in stages) the longest signed cycle route in the world, hoping to finish while their knees are still fit.


Agnes Meinhard serves as Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, and Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies at Ryerson University.

Agnes is the founding and current Director of the Centre. Her research has focused on the formation, growth and demise of voluntary organizations; strategic responses of voluntary organizations to changing policy in the Canadian context; comparative studies of voluntary sector partnerships; volunteer behaviour and development; leadership and organizational change.

Agnes was instrumental in establishing Canada's first undergraduate interdisciplinary curriculum in non-profit and voluntary sector management at Ryerson University. Voluntary organizations are not only of academic interest to Agnes; she has also served on the boards of several non-profit and charitable organizations.


Amanda Gellman is the principal of MANAN Strategy,  a consulting group that serves businesses,  non-profit and faith communities.  Amanda  has  worked  with  Lutheran, Anglican,  Catholic,  Serbian  Orthodox  and  Benedictine  churches, as well as Jewish and Hindu groups. She also serves as an  Advisor  for  the  Anglican  Diocese  of  Huron’s  Renew   initiative.   She is the  past  Chair  of  the  Diocesan  Financial  Development  Committee, and  serves on  Diocesan and Essex Deanery Councils. Involved with the children’s and youth education/ministry programs for her parish, Church of the Ascension in Windsor, she has led a South Africa Project since 1997. In 2011, she organized a fundraising campaign to take eight university and college students on mission to South Africa in May 2013.  

Having degrees in art and business, her key talents are in strategic visioning, team building and community development. Amanda, serving as a senior staff, led social ministry, volunteer and fundraising programs for Lutheran and Catholic non-profit organizations in the US for 15 years. She is a NGO representative to the UN’s Status on the Commission for Women, and was formerly Vice-President Advancement for the University of Windsor.




Tuesday, May 13, 2014
12:30 p.m.                    Registration and coffee, The Buttery
1:15 p.m. Opening remarks; introduction of participants
George Ignatieff Theatre
1:30 p.m.  Presentation: Agnes Meinhard
Challenges of Community Leadership
Followed by Questions and Open Discussion
3:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks, and an introduction to tomorrow’s session topics

Conference attendees are invited to join the Faculty of Divinity’s
Convocation Celebrations.

4:00 p.m.        Eucharist, Trinity College Chapel
8:00 p.m.        Convocation, Strachan Hall

Wednesday, May 14, 2013
9:00 a.m.  Morning Prayer, Chapel
9:30 a.m. Coffee, The Buttery
Registration, George Ignatieff Theatre Lobby
10:00 a.m.  Presentation: Paul MacLean
Partnerships: What’s faith got to do with it?
George Ignatieff Theatre
Questions and Open Discussion
11:30 a.m.   Trinity College Divinity Associates' Annual General Meeting
12:15 p.m. Lunch, The Buttery
1:30 p.m. Presentation: Amanda Gellman
A Faith-Based Response to Social Responsibility
George Ignatieff Theatre
Questions and Open Discussion 
 3:00 p.m.  Concluding Remarks