Joyce Rupp, OSM John Pollard, MA The Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes
We are honored to announce the Keynote Presenter for the 2013 conference: Joyce Rupp, OSM. She is known for her work as a writer, “spiritual midwife,” and an international retreat leader. Joyce currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. She has been a spiritual director for over thirty years and is currently co-director of the Institute of Compassionate Presence.
John Pollard, MA, will serve as Conference Spiritual Director. He is a social researcher and psychotherapist and teaches at the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Since the 1970s, he has studied with a number of Buddhist teachers and feels most called to metta (loving-kindness) practice.
The Reverend Dr. Barbara A. Holmes will speak at the Free Community Event on Thursday evening. Dr. Holmes, president of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, USA, is a dynamic leader in theological education and an inspiring teacher and speaker. She holds numerous degrees including a PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University and a JD from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. A published author, Dr. Holmes is passionate about spiritual direction. She has assisted in ministries in Kenya and Japan and her local involvement includes HIV/AIDS and homeless missions.
Come, learn, and grow with us in St. Paul. Experience and feel the flow of the spirit toward justice and compassion. Receive the rejuvenating stream of love and allow it to quench the thirst for compassion in your community, in your hospital, in your congregation, in your ministry, and in the service of becoming people of peace.