The papers published in this special edition of the JRSA are based on oral papers presented at the eighth International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality, October 2019, Canberra, Australia. The theme for this conference was: ‘Changing Cultures of Ageing and Spirituality’. The conference was held back in Canberra, almost 20 years from the date of the first conference in this series. It was a time of excitement, of delegates some who had attended most of this conference in various parts of the world, reminiscing on that first con-ference in January 2000. There was a new band of practitioners and scholars, learning and growing in their respective disciplines. All were united in their quest for knowledge and sharing, researching and providing care for older people.