Meaning Conference 2002

August 5, 2016

The 2nd Biennial International Meaning Conference was held July 18-21, 2002 in Vancouver, Canada with the theme “Freedom, Responsibility, Justice.”

Building on the same theme of meaning and spirituality for the first conference, this theme was especially timely in a post-9/11 world. Special features for this conference included Art Exhibits, music throughout the conference, a Philosophers’ Café, open sessions, and the Templeton Couse on Spirituality and Healing.

Keynote speakers included Arun Ghandhi, PhD, James Garbarino, PhD, Howard Gardner, PhD, Harold G. Koenig, MD, Alfried Längle, MD, PhD, Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, Mary Pipher, PhD, Ernesto Spinelli, PhD, and Jeffrey Zeig, PhD.

Invited speakers included Adam Blatner, MD, Richard Bradshaw, PhD, Audrey Cook, MPhil, Michael Donahue, PhD, Alvin Dueck, PhD, Robert Emmons, PhD, John Calvin, PhD, Drew Leder, PhD, Dmitry Leontiev, PhD, Daniel Helminiak, PhD, Lois Holzman, PhD, Ishu Ishyama, PhD, Silvia Längle, PhD, Robert Leark, PhD, Salvatore Maddi, PhD, Paul B. Pedersen, PhD, Larry Pennings, Jordan Peterson, PhD, Christina M. Puchalski, MD, Kirk Schneider, PhD, Richard Tedeschi, PhD, Bernard Weiner, PhD, and Paul T. P. Wong.

Presentations included nine Summer Institute workshops; 16 symposiums with topics ranging from suffering and post-traumatic growth to character education and organizational justice; and along with two public lectures among eight keynote sessions.

Sponsors included Trinity Western University, John Templeton Foundation, Milton H. Erickson Foundation, the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning, BC Council for Families, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the individuals P. Austin Wong, Don Jenkins, and Canadian Springs Water.