A lifelong developmental process involving the total person that addresses issues of ultimate concern, such as the meaning of life and death, the nature of being, the existence and nature of Deity, and the like.
I particularly appreciate the "and the like" bit. Lately, the "and the like" has been the nature of nature; of suffering, of the vast complexity that is the precious innocence of children and their capacity to love and laugh and live in the present. The ability to look to and believe in the future regardless of the condition of their present.
Thank you all for your participation in the 24 hour vigil, whether you were here in the Great Hall or away privately lighting candles and meditating or praying. It was an amazing experience for all, and a developmental moment for me about the nature of humans being present one with another.
Gwen is home, and I believe that It Mattered that we were all paying such close attention to her well being for those hours.