Monday, September 28, 2015

CLH Center for Spirituality and Aging to Host 6th Annual International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality

Four-day conference in Los Angeles this fall to feature internationally known speakers and experts

Issues and topics related to aging and spirituality will take center stage this fall as the
California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging hosts the 6th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality.

“The CLH Center for Spirituality and Aging is excited to host the 6th International conference,” said Nancy Gordon, the Center’s director. “Our goal is to give participants unique insight into the spiritual journey of aging as well as practical suggestions on how to better serve the needs of older adults.”

The 6th International Conference, to take place October 4-7 2015 at the California Endowment's Center for Healthy Communities in Los Angeles, continues a series of international conferences which began in Canberra, Australia in 2000. This year’s conference titled Paradox and Promise in the Pilgrimage of Aging will be hosted in the United States for the first time.

The 2015 event will include a mixture of keynote speakers in the areas of gerontology, spirituality, workshops and the presentation of papers of interest to those coming from a faith-based approach and to those approaching spirituality from a secular viewpoint.

Plenary speakers scheduled to attend are Jane M. Thibault, MA, MSSW, Ph.D, emerita clinical professor of geriatrics and gerontology in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Louisville, KY; Keith Albans, PH.D, BD, senior chaplain to Methodist Homes in Great Britain; Elizabeth MacKinlay, AM, FACN, Ph.D, professor in the School of Theology, Charles Stuart University; Ralph Kunz, M.Th, Ph.D, Ph.D habil, professor in practical theology with special focus on homiletics and pastoral care at the University of Zurich; Rabi Dayle Friedman MA, MSW, MA, founder and director of Growing Older – Wisdom + Spirit Beyond Midlife; and Mary Catherine Bateson BA, Ph.D, scholar, writer and cultural anthropologist.

“We chose the workshop theme because many cultures and religions have ‘pilgrimages’ to sacred places as part of their tradition,” Nancy said. “A pilgrimage is more than arriving at a destination; it includes the process of the journey—the delays, the inconveniences, the joys, the company in which one travels. The aging experience itself is paradoxical. The 6th International Conference will explore these themes as well as others.”

For more information about the conference, visit or contact Nancy Gordon at or 714-507-1370.


California Lutheran Homes and Community Services (CLH) is a not-for-profit social ministry organization founded in 1947. CLH’s mission is meeting needs through ‘faith in action’ including support for residents of affordable housing communities managed by partner CARING Housing Ministries, and residents of Front Porch retirement communities, care centers and active-adult communities. CLH-sponsored retirement and active-adult living communities include Carlsbad By The Sea in Carlsbad, CA; Walnut Village in Anaheim, CA, England Oaks in Alexandria, VA and Cecil Pines in Jacksonville, FL. Among the programs and services supported by CLH are the CLH Center for Spirituality and Aging, whose mission is to meet the needs of older adults based on the understanding that aging is a spiritual journey; the Front Porch Gallery, which creates community by promoting an understanding of aging through art; the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, which enhances wellbeing and quality of life through the adaptive use of technology; the CLH Auxiliary; and the Charitable Care Fund, which supports residents in need who have outlived their finances.