"Reel Aging" Opening Reception and Presentation
The first evening of the 6th International Conference began with a reception at the beautiful and historic Kingsley Manor, one of the Front Porch family of retirement communities. From the roof deck, conference attendees had a stunning panoramic view of the Hollywood Hills, Griffith Observatory, and the famous Hollywood Sign. After the reception, "Reel Aging," a presentation about how aging has been portrayed in film, was held at Kingsley Manor's picturesque chapel. Our presenters were Rob Johnston and Cathy Barsotti, authors of Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith (2004) and Reel Spirituality (2006). They have been writing movie reviews for The Covenant Companion and Faith@Work for the last 19 years. Rob is Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where Cathy is Affiliate Assistant Professor. Both of them are ministers in the Evangelical Covenant Church and they regularly teach together in the area of film and theology.
The first evening of the 6th International Conference began with a reception at the beautiful and historic Kingsley Manor, one of the Front Porch family of retirement communities. From the roof deck, conference attendees had a stunning panoramic view of the Hollywood Hills, Griffith Observatory, and the famous Hollywood Sign. After the reception, the "Reel Aging" presentation was held at Kingsley Manor's picturesque chapel.
Special Events at the 6th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality
October 4 - 7, 2015
Robert Johnson and
Catherine Barsotti presenting "Reel Aging"
Sunset on the Kingsley Manor
"Reel Aging" in the Kingsley Chapel
"Inner Voice" Art Workshop & Labyrinth Group Project
Ongoing throughout the conference was the creation of a group art project, together with an "Inner Voice" art workshop conducted by psychotherapist, spiritual director and SoulCollage facilitator Nancy Weiss.
The "Inner Voice" workshop was an intuitive collage-making and journaling process, culminating in a poem or prayer that captured the essence of participants' collages. This experiential activity was designed to help participants celebrate the fullness of who they truly are, illuminating their spiritual potential.
For the group art project, a large outline of the Chartres labyrinth was made available, along with images and other art materials to help participants and observers set an intention for journeying into themselves.
As an enrichment of the Labyrinth Group Project, a walkable labyrinth was available at the conference site.
Labyrinth Art Project
"The Forgiving and the Forgetting"
The West Coast Premiere of a play by Jade Angelica
On Monday October 5, conference attendees had the unique opportunity to see a live reader's theater performance of Dr. Jade Angelica's "The Forgiving and the Forgetting." The play follows Lizzie, her estranged daughter Eva, and her son Tom, a priest, as they all experience Lizzy's struggle with Alzheimer's. The siblings work to manage their mother's illness despite years of bad blood and vastly different ideas of what sort of help Lizzie will need. They are aided in their treatment by a troupe of medical professionals, nursing home residents with Alzheimer's, and the occasional game show host. Together, they learn to accept that their lives and family roles are forever changed. Moving through stormy emotions, they discover that they are more capable of adapting, understanding, and transforming than anyone of them realizes.
"The Forgiving and the Forgetting" Cast
Readers' Theater Presentation of "The Forgiving and the Forgetting"