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International Conferences as Surrogate Universal Spiritual Celebrations

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International Conferences as Surrogate Universal Spiritual Celebrations
Comparison of features of religious assemblies and international conferences

Introduction

In centuries past there were few events resembling what are now called conferences, esepcially those of an international nature. And when these did occur they tended to have a religious focus. Much more frequent were assemblies within the framework of a religion, whether in churches or temples. Despite exceptions, the decline in regular attendance at such events is much deplored. However this has perhaps been matched by a rise in attendance at international meetings. And although attendance at religious celebrations may have drifted for many towards an occasional occurrence (weddings, funerals, Christmas), attendance at meetings also tends to take place on an annual or less frequent basis.

On the assumption that gatherings perform a special and perhaps little understood function in society, it is therefore useful to explore the parallelism between conferences and religious gatherings.