Past Conferences

Conference 2004

“Needs and Dreams” – November 19, 2004
Lifebridge Christian Church, Longmont, CO.

Keynote Speaker: Father Thomas Keating
“Healing through Contemplative Service”

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Featured Speaker: Eric Swanson
“Social Capital”

Read about “Social Capital” or view Eric’s power point presentation on social capital.

On November 19, 2004 Restoring the Soul Community Partnerships presented its second annual conference on social engagement. The conference “Needs and Dreams” was a great success and met its intended purpose and objectives. The senior faith leaders of over two hundred and twenty congregations were invited to participate as our guests and over twenty percent attended. A survey of the hundred and forty plus participants from service agencies, faith communities and interested citizenry indicated that the majority appreciated the components of the conference and found the keynote speech, the faith leader panel, the presentation on social capital, and the eleven workshops “very helpful.”

Comments by attendees:

The Conference was fantastic on so many different levels! Very thought provoking, well-organized and enjoyable. All the speakers were excellent. The variety of sessions was wonderful – the keynote address, panel discussion, presentation by Eric Swanson, and workshops were all superbly presented and stimulating.

I have attached a description of my program and would appreciate your help in finding a faith based organization to work with.

I want to congratulate you on the successful conference! It was soulful, educational, and motivational. I was glad to be there.

As a result of the conference a significant number of diverse faith communities have asked for our assistance in finding interfaith partners and service collaborations to suit their constituencies.


Conference 2005

“Soul and Service” – Friday, November 4th, 2005
Lifebridge Christian Church, Longmont, CO.

Keynote speakers:

Grant Jones, Executive Director, Metro Denver Black Church Initiative. “Volunteering: Lifestyle, Life Changing”

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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the founding father and spiritual leader of the Jewish Renewal Movement, “Repairing the Social Fabric with the Help of the Spirit”

View a video of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s talk:


Conference 2009

“Turning the Lotus Outward” – October 24, 2009
Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, Boulder, CO

Keynote speaker:

Acharya Judith Simmer – Brown
“The Integration of Spiritual Practice and Service In Daily Life”

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