March 5, 2020

Greetings Westar community members,

It is with deep regret that I relay to you the decision of the Westar Board of Directors to cancel our annual meeting in Santa Rosa, March 18 – 21, 2020. Though I am sorry for this inconvenience and for a lost opportunity to gather and renew our community ties, I do feel it is the right decision.

After much discussion, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to place a priority on the safety of our membership and to cancel the annual meeting due to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Westar will provide a full refund of your conference registration fee without penalty.
  • Refunds will be issued on March 10, but you can turn your registration into a donation (see Board message below).
  • If you’ve booked a hotel room you must cancel your own reservations. This includes bookings made using the Westar code.
  • Similarly, you must cancel or seek compensation for your own air travel reservations. Individuals are reporting that some airlines are allowing their flights to be deferred to another time.

Please read the statement below from our Board of Directors.

Sincere good wishes to you and thank you for your understanding.

David Galston

Executive Director

Westar Institute

A message from the Westar Board of Directors:

*Your conference registration refund check will be issued on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.*

It probably goes without saying, but proceeds from the Spring Meeting have enabled us to continue the work of Westar, which is to bring cutting-edge religious scholarship to the public. In this present time, the need to increase religious literacy has never been more important.

If you are able to convert your registration fee into a donation, please contact Bill Lehto on or before March 10. You will be issued a formal tax acknowledgment letter for your donation.

Email [email protected] to make this arrangement.
Questions? Email the above or call (651) 200-2372.

We thank you for your consideration.

Jeff Robbins

Westar Board President

Additional information:

Academic papers written for the conference are still available.

Westar will seek alternative ways to present the seminar content of this meeting to the public. Further information will follow.