Keith Albans, PH.D, BD
Creativity and Resiliency
on the Pilgrimage of Aging
Jane M. Thibault, MA, MSSW, Ph.D
Pilgrimage: A way of Being
on the Aging Journey
Jane Thibault is an emerita clinical professor of geriatrics and gerontology in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Louisville, KY , where she taught for 32 years. She received her PhD in clinical gerontology from the University of Chicago. A trained spiritual director, she provides spiritual mentoring, workshops, and retreats for adults and their caregivers. Jane is the author of several journal articles and books, including A Deepening Love Affair: The Gift of God in Later Life and 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life.
As Senior Chaplain to Methodist Homes in Great Britain, the Rev. Dr. Albans was co-host of the 5th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality held in Edinburgh in 2013. He read Chemistry at Oxford and took a Ph.D at Southampton. Keith trained as a Minister in the Methodist Church at Manchester, taking a BD, and was appointed as Senior Chaplain to Methodist Homes where he is now Director of Chaplaincy & Spirituality. In 2013 Keith co-edited the book God, Me and Being Very Old.
Ralph Kunz is a Professor in Practical Theology with special focus on Homiletics and Pastoral Care at the University of Zurich. He was ordained as Verbi Divini Minister in Zurich. He conducted significant research into spirituality and the aging process, founded the Center for Church Development in Zurich, conducts radio sermons, and teaches Liturgical Practice and Practical Theology courses. His publications include Religion and Culture and Lively Worship.
Founder of the International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality first held in Canberra in 2001, Elizabeth is both a registered nurse and a priest in the Anglican Church in Australia. She was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra, and is a Professor in the School of Theology, Charles Stuart University. Her recently completed research includes Minimising the impact of depression and dementia for elders in residential care.
Ralph Kunz, M.Th, Ph.D,
Paradox and Promise of the Aging Journey: Dementia as Metaphor
Elizabeth MacKinlay, AM, FACN, Ph.D
Reflections On The Search for Meaning In Later Life
6th International Conference Plenary Speakers
Dayle Friedman MA, MSW
Grace and Grit: Wisdom for the Journey of Growing Older
Rabbi Friedman is founder and director of Growing Older – Wisdom + Spirit Beyond Midlife; the Spiritual Director of Hebrew Union College, New York; and founder of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Her publications include: Growing Older: Sustenance for the Journey; Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources; Jewish Vision for Aging: A Professional Guide to Fostering Wholeness. Dayle was recipient of the Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award from the American Society on Aging in 2011.
Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist. She has taught at Harvard, Amherst, Spelman and George Mason University in the U.S., and also in Iran and the Philippines. Bateson’s books include With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson (1984) and best-selling Composing a Life (1989). Her most recent book, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom, appeared in September 2010, winning the Books for a Better Life prize in psychology. She travels and lectures frequently on aspects of social change, the Abrahamic faiths, and environmental responsibility, and is a visiting scholar at Boston College.