CONSPIRE 2018 - Live Webcast of Centre for Action and Contemplation Conference

Upcoming & Annual Events
08.31.2018 - 09.02.2018


Come to McKillop United Church and join the live webcast of CONSPIRE 2018 from Friday, August 31st to Sunday, September 2nd (See Schedule Below).   CONSPIRE 2018 is organized by the Centre for Action and Contemplation and features Richard Rohr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, and Barbara Holmes, and Mirabai Star.  Suggested donation of $10/person to cover costs of hosting the event.  You are more than free to come and go to the sessions that interest you or attend the whole live cast conference.

Hope to see you!

CONSPIRE 2018 Theme: The path of descent is the path of transformation.

How do we change and grow? How do we become our most whole selves, deeply connected with God and others? How do we learn to experience ourselves as interconnected so that we can truly love? The mystics of many spiritual traditions teach the path of descent—surrender, generative self-emptying, dying before you die—as the way of transformation. More than ideas or success, uncertainty, failure, relapse, suffering (personal and communal), and woundedness are our primary teachers.

The pattern of down and up, loss and renewal, enslavement and liberation, exile and return is quite clear in the Hebrew Scriptures. Through his own journey, Jesus modeled this counter-intuitive wisdom: “Unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” To avoid the death of our small, separate self is to avoid transformation into God, into union with one another, into something more. We must lose our life to find our life.

Join us for a weekend of contemplative teachings, practices, reflection, and conversation with Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, Brian McLaren, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Mirabai Starr. Conspirare. Let’s breathe together. Inhale and exhale, listen and share, let go and receive. Open heart, mind, and body to the surprising wisdom to be found in darkness and descent.

We invite you to reconsider darkness as sacred and find companionship, community, and courage for your own unique journey of becoming Love in our world. Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your path, you are welcome. . . .

If you are doubting, welcome!
If you are hurting, welcome!
If you are angry at injustice, welcome!
If you are afraid but longing to let go, welcome!
If you feel far from home, welcome!
The Beloved will meet you here.

Friday, August 31

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Opening, welcome and orientation

2:00-2:15 p.m.

Community contemplative practice

2:15-3:00 p.m.

Session 1: Richard Rohr

3:00-3:15 p.m.


3:15-3:30 p.m.

Community contemplative practice

3:30-5:15 p.m.

Session 2: Barbara Brown Taylor


Saturday, September 1

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Opening contemplative practice: Mirabai Starr

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Daily welcome

9:15-9:30 a.m.

Community contemplative practice

9:30-11:00 a.m.

Session 3: Barbara Holmes

11:00-12:00 p.m.

Visio Divina/Reflection time

12:00-2:00 p.m.

*Lunch on your own

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Workshop with Mirabai Starr

3:00-3:15 p.m.


3:15-3:30 p.m.

Community contemplative practice

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Session 4: Richard Rohr

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Processing and Reflection


Sunday, September 2

12:45-1:00 p.m.

Community Contemplative Practice

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Session 5: Brian McLaren

2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-3:45 p.m.

Panel discussion: Brian McLaren and Barbara Brown Taylor

3:45-4:00 p.m.


4:00-5:00 p.m.

Panel discussion: Barbara Holmes and Richard Rohr

5:00-6:00 p.m

Closing and Blessings


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