About two years ago I got a call from Susan McFadden, a key-note speaker and participant in the last International Conference held in Edinburgh in 2013. She suggested in that call that my Center for Spirituality and Aging consider hosting the next international conference so that it could be held in the United States for the first time. The rest, as they say, "is history!"
The process of working with a committee here in the U.S., communicating with past directors of this conference, and communicating with possible presenters and participants of this conference has been a rich and wonderful experience. There were times when I got discouraged. But almost every time I was despairing about a piece that seemed not to be coming together, the right person and/or resource would appear. Beginning this journey was a leap of faith, and all the way along I've learned about trust and trusting the process and the people involved.
In some ways it has felt like a long and winding journey. In others it seems like we just began and it is very hard to believe that the end is in sight. But it is. The Conference will begin in a little over six weeks. I so look forward to meeting those of you who are coming that I haven't met; I look forward to seeing friends and colleagues who have been traveling this preparation road with me.
If you're still on the fence about registering, I hope you will. Take a look at the website and the richness of what we're doing and sign up! And if you have registered, will you think about extending the invitation to someone you know who would find this invigorating? There's nothing like a personal invitation sometimes to cause one to take action.
Thank you for sharing this journey with us. I hope to see you on October 4 in Los Angeles.