The theme of this conference is Transformation. Transformation is a unique and peculiar process. Transformation is being wholly other than we are now. After we have been transformed, it is easy to look back and point to the probable “causes,” but the reality is that the transformation is only implied, not promised. How then do I transform?
Transformation can occur in an incremental manner or a radical one. Incremental transforma- tion is akin to the growth of a pearl. It starts out as a grain of sand, and, over a long process of building layer upon layer, it becomes something beautiful to behold. Many people are like the pearl. Starting out rough and throughout their life they build up layers of personality and good until they become someone wholly other than they were.