Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26, 2002

Diarmuid O’Murchu
Horizon of Possibilities: Implication for Spirituality

Diarmuid O’Murchu has developed a startling and challenging theory that we live in an age of transition, where the old ways of relating to the world and each other are now redundant. He argues that the coming together over the last thirty years of ecological concerns, scientific exploration, human seeking and spiritual consciousness is the only way forward if we are to continue to be able to live on this planet.

Despite the decline in religious practice and influence, O’Murchu contends that spirituality evokes a widespread interest in our time. People within and outside the formal religions search for new spiritual meaning within this age of transition. He asserts that we need to retrieve and draw upon the long-lost subverted tradition of spirituality and re-establish its primary significance in the human search for meaning and purpose in life. This emerging spirituality will be a new paradigm that encompasses a multi-disciplinary point of view.

The title for O’Murchu’s 3 keynote presentations at this convention is HORIZON OF POSSIBILITIES: IMPLICATION FOR SPIRITUALITY. He will explore three aspects: the shift from boundaries to horizons; the unfolding spiritual landscape of our time; and the justice implications of the emerging spirituality.

Diarmuid O’Murchu is a member of the Sacred Heart Missionaries, and works as counselor and social psychologist in London, England. He is widely sought after internationally as a speaker and lecturer and has written extensively on spiritual issues of our time. Amongst the books that he has authored are Quantum Theology, Our World in Transition, Reclaiming Spirituality and Religion in Exile.

Thursday, January 24, 2002

Maureen Wild
Discovering Our Selves in a Sacred Universe

Maureen Wild is passionate about her belief that we are one body, one life community, one interacting web. In this critical time of ecological and spiritual crisis, Earth calls us to recognize and reclaim our kinship, our inherent oneness with and as Earth, and to honor all of our ancestors and relatives, human and other-than-human, as sacred. She proposes a holistic, partnership approach to bringing about a healthy society that is about the restoration of damaged ecosystems and damaged human communities. It embraces healing with a perspective that includes us as individuals, societies and the universe. It is about reclaiming the lost spiritual dimensions of health and healing, and a return to the memory of wholeness. In striving to “do no harm”, this mission is extended to the life systems of the planet. This is all part of the great awakening.

Discovering Our Selves in a Sacred Universe is the title of Maureen Wild’s keynote presentation. She will explore the emerging worldview of our radical interconnectedness and interdependence with the Universe and Earth community and its implications for evolving comprehensive compassion.

Originally from the Peace River country of northern Alberta, Maureen Wild is a member of the Sisters of Charity (Halifax). She served seven years in inner city ministries in Edmonton and Boston. Her graduate studies focused on Earth Literacy and the New Cosmology, and she is a voice and guide for these themes. She was educator and Director of Genesis Farm, an Ecological Learning Center and Community Supported Garden in NJ. Maureen presently lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, and is engaged in a bioregional land/people transformation and healing project.

Thursday, January 24, Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26, 2002

Carolyn McDade
Connecting Head, Heart and Voice

Carolyn McDade is committed to the power of the voice to deepen human consciousness of ourselves as an intimate part of a living planet and a wondrous Creation. Through her words, music and her very presence, she will encourage us to find the power of our own voices to deepen our consciousness. She will be present throughout the convention and will have many opportunities to assist us in expressing our theme in song.

Carolyn McDade describes herself as “a woman of faith seeking with others, to touch what matters.” Her words and music express what really matters to her. She sums this up by saying: “The best of our ancients teach us of truths that bend the road beneath our feet and structure our day’s rising, that call us to ways that deepen our humanity and teach us that to cleanse the waters is to wash the soul. I often wonder what it would be like if we dared to love this life – the fragile and the vulnerable, the endangered; daring to be humble before the magnitude of our beginnings, daring to lean our species into a stubborn and pliant wonder, until reverence shines in all that we do – until we live an economics of reverence, a theology of reverence, a politics of reverence.”

Carolyn McDade is a “lover of language and sound.” Her three CDs, Sorrow and Healing, As We So Love , and We Are the Land We Sing, have been born in, and grown out of, diverse communities of women connected to the land and committed to right relationship together and with the earth.