Volunteer organizer Peggy Fitzgerald said by the time she gets to the Coptic Southern Conference this year, she’ll have fielded about 500 phone calls about the event she’s organized for the last 23 years.
Fitzgerald started the Tri-Cities Metaphysical Study Group in 1987 and the Coptic Southern Conference started in 1991 under the help of John Davis, director of Coptic Fellowship International, when just 68 people showed up for the first conference. With similar missions to enable members and potential members a chance to grow to new and greater levels, the yearly conference set out to offer world-class speakers to attendees with no cost for admission, all while putting an emphasis on body, mind and spirit.
“This is a conference that no one in the United States does the way we do it,” Fitzgerald said.
She said she’d attended similar conferences across the country and paid upward of $300 for a weekend that had much less to offer than the Coptic Southern Conference, set to take place at the Holiday Inn, 101 W. Springbrook Drive, from May 16-18. The days will be packed from morning to night with speakers from many different backgrounds and the conference is billed as “Who Are You? Celebrating the Oneness of the I AM of a Powerful Spiritual Being.”
Though there’s no cost to attend, any services offered by providers will come at a cost.
Highlighting this year’s event will be guest speakers Chief Golden Light Eagle, heading a chat titled “11:11 — A Divine Plan By Which One Can Live.” The popularity of lecturers like Chief Golden Light Eagle, Fitzgerald said, is because of the popularity of the topic.
“People are drawn to (Native American) philosophy,” she said.
Roy Martina is set to speak on “Alignment with All That I Am.” Other speakers include Patti Conklin, John Davis, Michael Tamura, PMH Atwater, Sherry Anshara and Robert Huttinga, with musical guests Armand & Angelina.
The wide array of topics covered in the Coptic Southern Conference have been successful in also drawing in people from across the continent. In years’ past, Fitzgerald said they’ve had 27 states represented by attendees with 23 states represented at 2013’s event. Last year, about 350 people came, a bit lower than the most they’d had in the past, when more than 500 came. Because so many people come from states across the country, especially in neighboring states, the price of gas has cut into the conference’s attendance.
Fitzgerald said she’s already hearing from people coming in for the conference that they can’t wait to attend, but the event’s success is measured by the responses she gets after the conclusion.
“This conference has changed my life” is something Fitzgerald says she has heard in the past, because of something the speakers have said that made people think an entirely different way.
For more information on the conference, call Fitzgerald at 477-3339 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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