It takes me back to the organisation of the previous conference on Ageing and Spirituality in Edinburgh in 2013, which I remember with great affection: happily, so do others. I'm wondering about how warm the city will be - it probably won’t be a major issue in Los Angeles, but people were geared up to bringing coats and Wellington boots to Edinburgh, and it turned out to be the hottest week we had all summer!
The greatest pleasure was having the opportunity to meet so many active and creative people who are doing marvellous work in different places in the world. There is so much to share and so much affirmation of the importance of the spiritual dimension in the lives of older people.
‘Coming together’ – I know just how this feels in the planning stage! The conference will bring such a diverse group together from all over the place to renew and develop friendships, and I look forward to meeting old and new friends and meeting the challenge of contributing to a workshop. The programme as it is coming together is very exciting, and come the days it will all be so worthwhile. I still feel a warm glow about Edinburgh and have a keen anticipation about Los Angeles, and the opportunity to widen perspectives and ideas and to be part of this evolving worldwide family.
One legacy of the Edinburgh Conference is the "Tree of Life" quilt, designed by Carol Sowton and created by all the participants of the 5th International Conference for Ageing and Spirituality. The "Tree of Life" quilt will come with me to be handed on to the 6th International Conference as part of the theme of the creative spirit.