Clergy Retreat May 2022

Clergy Retreat 2022

Life together

16–20 May 2022
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, 267 Wellington Street, Ormiston

Retreat leader: The Rev'd Mike Uptin

Based around Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together, and Scriptures which speak on ‘the church’, we will be reminded again that, as frustrating and difficult and annoying and obstinate and slow-to-learn and … that our congregations are, communal life is a gift of grace from God. It is the ‘roses and lilies’ of the Christian life. My prayer is that we will return from this retreat with renewed hope and energy to lead our people in the joys of knowing Jesus and meeting in His name.

This will be a partially silent retreat with participants asked to maintain silence during the afternoons.


  • Each day will begin with Morning Prayer and an address.
  • Time will be provided for discussion and individual application of what has been covered.
  • Participants will be encouraged to take time out with God in the afternoons.
  • Evenings will be spent growing in community with one another as frustrating, difficult, annoying, obstinate and slow-to-learn disciples.

Arrival and departure
The retreat will commence on Monday afternoon with arrival any time from 2 pm and pre-dinner drinks at 5.30 pm. The retreat will conclude on Friday morning after a closing Eucharist.

$690 (includes four nights’ accommodation in own room with ensuite, and all meals).

About the retreat leader
Mike Uptin was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Brisbane in December 2001 after 15 years working in the field of accounting. He has led congregations in Toowoomba, Dalby and Surfers Paradise, and is now the Regional Officer for QLD/NNSW with The Bush Church Aid Society – seeking to ensure God’s good news reaches those in regional, rural and remote Australia as well as in the capital cities.

He has been married to Sandra for 30 years and they have one child, David, who is in first year university at QUT Kelvin Grove.

For retreat enquiries, please contact Belinda Macarthur on phone (07) 3835 2284 or [email protected].

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The Rev'd Mike Uptin