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Focolare centre to host conference on spiritual needs of older people
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¬†The Focolare Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, is hosting a conference on the spiritual needs of older people. on Saturday, 11 February. The day: "Soul Matters ≠ the Spiritual Needs of Older People" will bring together faith-based and secular organisations concerned with the welfare of senior citizens. Keynote talks will be given by Mr Gerry Burke of Age Concern UK, Dr Flavia Caretta, a specialist in geriatrics and gerontology at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome and the Reverend Margaret Goodall, a Methodist Minister with experience of working in a Methodist Home for those with dementia. There will be contributions ffrom the local Muslim community in Welwyn Garden City and personal testimonies by carers and by older people. Flavia Caretta said: "I have experienced that the interior life of older people becomes more refined, helped by the falling away of many attributes they possessed as young people: it is like witnessing a pruning of what has already been lived so as to bring forth or emphasise what is truly essential. The older person can better grasp the essence of what we perceive." The day is being organised by New Humanity, the branch of Focolare concerned with the application of Focolare's spirituality of unity to various spheres of working life and aspects of life in society. The invitation to the event poses a number of questions: Do you care for an elderly person? Do you consider yourself to be elderly? As an elderly person, what are your spiritual needs? How old is 'old'? Do you think soul really matters? The day will offer interesting reflections and insights in response to these questions. The Centre for Unity is at: 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 7JG. The conference is on Saturday 11 February 2006, from 10am to 5pm. Cost of the day: £12 per person (£7.50 extra for lunch). For details contact: celiablackden@yahoo.co.uk.
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