Attendees were drawn from a variety of theological and philosophical perspectives, ranging from the very devout to the atheistic, so it was both a challenge and a pleasure to create a program that would resonate with the participants and illuminate the ways in which each created meaning.
I observed, with fascination, the disparities and similarities that emerged; the joy and relief of those who found, perhaps for the first time, that spirituality is not confined to a set of narrow, dogmatic precepts; the wonderment of one who had previously felt devoid of any spiritual sense; the resistance of another who clung tenaciously to a prescriptive path while cautiously testing the boundaries; the spiritual maturity of others who gently facilitated the process by sharing, with such generosity, the challenges of their own journeys.
The impulse to make meaning is hard-wired into the human psyche. The phenomenon of existence requires us to formulate an explanation for life and death and everything that falls between. It is an ongoing delight to explore this process for myself and to bear witness to the courage and wisdom of those who venture into a deeper exploration of the fundamental ontological questions.