6th Biennial Spirituality Conference: “Exploring Hospitality”
Providence Health Care of Vancouver, British Columbia invites you and your colleagues to participate in our sixth biennual conference that explores the integral relationship between spirituality, health and healing.
- Physicians and other health care clinicians;
- Health care executives and managers; researchers;
- Government leaders;
- Instructors especially in medicine, nursing, and other health disciplines;
- Community and social services practitioners;
- Primary care and religious leaders;
- Educators, patients and families and all those interested in the topic.
Operative Definitions for the Conference:
The search for the Sacred. A conscious striving to move beyond isolation and self-absorption to a deeper awareness of interconnectedness with the self, other human beings and the transcendent. (Health Ethics Guide)
Spirituality is the belief system focusing on intangible elements that impact vitality and meaning to life’s events. (Maughans…The SPIRITual History, Archives of Family Medicine, 5:11-16)
Healing is more than curing a disease. Healing takes into account the wholeness of the person, recognizing the interrelationship of body, mind and spirit. It involves the restoration of balance and acknowledges the role spirituality and/or religious belief can play in the healing process.
The conference will be held at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites in the heart of Vancouver’s colourful and cosmopolitan West End. On your doorstep is the 400-hectare Stanley Park, with walking and bicycle paths and a pedestrian seawall that takes you to the beaches and the world-famous Vancouver Aquarium. Less than a kilometre away, the city’s downtown financial, business, shopping and entertainment centre await you.
Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy