Keynote Speakers

Ruth King speaks on “Mindful of Race” at our Fall Keynote 2018.

Ruth King speaks on “Mindful of Race” at our Fall Keynote 2018.

Nationally and internationally-recognized thinkers, spiritual leaders, visionaries, and scientists share their expertise in Fall and Spring keynote presentations in various locations around RVA. Past keynote speakers have included Parker Palmer, John Philip Newell, James Hollis, Krista Tippett, and Ruth King. Programs are organized on the basis of semi-annual themes such as Living Fully, Dying Mindfully, What Matters Most and We’re Evolving.

Our keynote series has received readers’ choice awards in Richmond Magazine and Style Weekly.



Past Keynote Speakers

1994: James Hollis, PhD- Jungian Analyst, Director of the C.G. Jung Educational Center in Houston, author

1994: Parker Palmer, PhD

1995: The Reverend Doctor William L. Dols Jr.- Executive Director of the Educational Center in St. Louis

1995: Sarah McPherson, MDiv, PhD 

1996: Nancy Millner, PhD, LPC, Joan Garrabrant, LCSW, Marcus J. Borg, PhD, Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, Maria Harris, PhD

1997: Rev. Jeremy Taylor, Maria Harris, Jean Bolen, Lauren Artress, Marcus Borg, Rebecca Lieser, Parker Palmer, PhD

1998: Rev. Dr. William L. Dols, James Hollis, PhD, Jungian Analyst, Belleruth Naparstek- bestselling author and psychotherapist, Miranda Shaw PhD- award winning author, Rev. Dr. Vienna Cobb Anderson

1999: Elizabeth Shussler Fiorenza - The feminist study of religion, Angelo Spoto, M.A., LMHC, i psychotherapist and author of Jung’s Typology in Perspective, Bob Wilhelm

2000: Dr. Everett Worthington - Exploring the Complex Topic of Forgiveness

2001: Bill Dols, Caren Goldman

2002: Dr. Cliff Edwards, Rabbi Jack Spiro, Dr. Amina Wadud, Chris Phillips, author or Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy and children’s companion book The Philosopher’s Club , Eleanor Wiley, author of A String and a Prayer; Contemporary Prayer Beads, Brewster Beach

2003: Dr. Peter J. Gomes

2013: Dr. Andrew Newberg, Rick Hanson, Dr. Everett Worthington

2014: Dr. Jack Singal

2015: Dr. Jay Ford, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Rev. William Sachs, PhD, Shari Motro, PhD, Rajagonpal Thuppal, Imad Pamaj, PhD, Philip Davidson, PhD

2016: Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love, Devdutt Pattanaik, popular TED Talk presenter

2017: Rabbi Rami Shapiro on “What’s Death got to Do with It?”

2018: Dr. James Hollis on “What Matters Most,” Ruth King on “Mindful of Race”

2019: Rabbi Michael Knopf, Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Dr. Ram Bhagat, and Rachel Douglas on “We’re Evolving”