Each of us present at the Conference can probably recall a moment, perhaps several moments, when something or someone—a presentation, prayer reflection, conversation, evening social, small group discussion, walk through the grounds, etc.—struck a deep chord, and we were changed. Sometimes the simple act of coming together as a body of caring equals is in itself enough.
So much about Father John Sivalon’s very powerful and evocative keynote presentation, which attendees are still talking about, spoke of the cosmic predisposition to come together:
From particle physics, philosophy, social sciences but more importantly, through the struggles of everyday life, we know that the universe is made up of elements and forces that are intimately related to one another in a deep, mutual and intimate fashion. At the same time that we have come to appreciate the level of connectedness and oneness that exists among us and creation, we have also developed a deep appreciation for the diversity and complexity of our human family and creation as a whole. This growing understanding of diversity has nudged us towards an increasing gratefulness for its importance in defining us and understanding God.