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The Third North American Conference on

Spirituality and Social Work

“Spirituality and Transformation:
Bridging Wisdom and Research for Effective Practice ”

June 19-21, 2008

St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Michael Higgins, President of St. Thomas University and former President of St. Jerome's University in Waterloo, Ontario, has authored or co-athored over 11 books including Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton and Stalking the Holy: In Pursuit of Saint Making.

Dr. Hilary N. Weaver, Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo (State University of New York), has numerous publications including the recent text Explorations in Cultural Competence: Journeys to the Four Directions.


Highlights:  Thursday, June 19 was a day of experiential workshops and concluded in the evening with Dr. Higgins' Opening Keynote Address. Dr. Weaver's keynote was on Friday afternoon.


Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, included a mix of academic papers and participatory workshops on diverse themes exploring spirituality in the healing process, in social work education, in activism and community work, and in self-nurture for resilience and compassion.  There were several social activities scheduled for Friday evening which included a Drumming Circle and an Historical Walk. 

2008 Conference Brochure


This international conference was sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work, the Society for Spirituality and Social Work (USA), and the Faculty / School of Social Work at University of Calgary, Laurentian University, St. Thomas University, Renison College, Wilfrid Laurier University and Arizona State University.

Conference Planning Committee:

Dr. Susan Cadell, Wilfid Laurier University

(Chair) Dr. John Coates, St. Thomas University

Dr. Diana Coholic, Laurentian University

Mr. Eric Crowther, Algonquin Child and Family Services, North Bay, ON Stephanie Daigle, St. Thomas University

Sabastian Glass, St. Thomas University

Dr. John Graham, University of Calgary

Maribeth MacNutt, St. Thomas University

Dr. Ann W. Nichols, Arizona State University

Prof. Barbara Swartzentruber, Renison College

Dr. Jeannette Waegemakers-Schiff, University of Calgary

Lynsey Wilson, St. Thomas University