«Medicine of the Person»
01 72nd international meeting, 22nd to 25th July 2020
Is postponed until the 28th to 31st July 2021
Dear friends of Médicine de la Personne,
Given the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, we have sadly decided that we must cancel this year’s meeting of Medicine de la Personne at Doorn. The restrictions on social gatherings and travel are unlikely to be fully lifted by July. Until a vaccine becomes available the risk of transmitting the virus to each other in large groups is too great.
As the conference centre is available and our speakers are willing to speak next year, I am pleased to announce that we will be able to meet at Doorn in 2021, from the 28-31st July, with the same programme and the same speakers.
I was to have spoken on Psalm 71 with the title, 'God, our refuge and hope in a lonely world' which seems particularly prescient now that so many of us are confined to home, limited to communicating with family and friends via social media or telephone.
Paul Tournier wrote 'Escape from Loneliness' in 1948 because the emotional isolation of modern men had deeply impressed him. The psalmist pours out his emotions to God in Psalm 71 and we can join with him in proclaiming; ‘though we have seen troubles, many and bitter, God will restore our life again, He will increase our honour and comfort us once again.’ We can find as Tournier did, that taking refuge in the presence of God will ‘lead to the discovery of our true self and to self-confidence. It gives us a clear vision of what we have that we can share with others and heals our fear, so our own worth is affirmed.’ (Escape from Loneliness, page 172)
Whatever your situation, I and the équipe send you our warmest good wishes and look forward to seeing you in 2021 and, in the meantime, do stay in touch.