9th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality

June 8, 2021 - June 23, 2021

The theme chosen for the 9th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality is Vital Connections: Claiming voice and learning to listen, an invitation to explore issues of connection within the context of aging and spirituality. The topic of spirituality and aging is of vital importance to our communities, especially as the population of older adults rapidly increases. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided new concerns, opportunities and urgency in this field.

The conversations will focus on communication (finding language for spirituality, communicating beyond words and across cultures, story-telling and listening), communion (growing in healing relationship with one another, the natural world, and the divine), and community (the role of elders in society, intergenerational relationships, growing old together, dignity and ethics, cultivating hospitable communities for aging). What role is there for the arts, and technology? Finally, what is the state of the field of spirituality and aging? Where have we been and where are we going?

Conference sessions will occur on seven occasions (90 minutes each) between June 8th and June 22/23, 2021. Register here. 

Consider submitting an abstract to share your expertise through a poster, pre-recorded short video or live paper presentation. Student submissions are particularly encouraged. The deadline for submissions is March 15, learn more and submit here. 

To visit the official conference website, click here. 


As the first ‘International Conference on Ageing & Spirituality’ was hosted in a country where ‘ageing’ is spelled with an ‘e,’ this spelling is retained for the conference title. Both spellings are considered correct, and we anticipate both will be used throughout the conference.