Who is Donna Morrison-Reed?

Born in Ottawa, Donna grew up in Toronto and Montreal. During the 1970s she received a B.A. (History) from McGill and then moved to Chicago to complete an M.A. (Divinity) at the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Meadville/Lombard Theological School.

From 1979 until 2005 she and her husband raised two children while serving as Unitarian Universalist parish ministers, for ten years in Rochester NY followed by sixteen years in Toronto. During those twenty-six years Donna had extensive experience as the spiritual leader of two large urban congregations working with diverse multi-aged populations. She was engaged in pastoral care with families, the elderly, couples and individuals. Her experiences included crisis response; memorial services and grief counselling; marriages and couples counselling; children’s religious education and work with parents; hospice care; adult programming and life transitions.

During the summer of 2005, Donna’s world took a complete change in direction. She left the ministry. In June she and her husband sold their house, in August their youngest child moved to Michigan, and in September Donna began the Analyst Training Program with the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts. Over the next five year she led a wandering, homeless existence while working her way through the opus of Jung. A change of underwear, a couple of T-shirts, a pen, a notebook, a cup of coffee in the morning and the next volume of the Collected Works were all she carried (held on to) as she slowly put herself back together. Five years into the program she moved into a new home and began seeing clients.

Donna is a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts. She is also a patron of Child Haven International and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association. She is a “closet” violinist and has helped build schools, visited children’s homes and backpacked in many parts of the world. Married to Mark Morrison-Reed, minister and writer, they have two grown children.