What if Christ is a name for the transcendent within of every “thing” in the universe?
What if Christ is a name for the immense spaciousness of all true Love?
What if Christ refers to an infinite horizon that pulls us both from within and pulls us forward, too?
What if Christ is another name for every thing—in its fullness?
What if every human being is anointed, Messiahed, Christ? What if the most fundamental aspect of our identity is that we are each anointed and appointed by The Holy One, by Spirit—to preach good news to the poor, liberty to the captive, and sight to the blind? What if we take seriously being the body of the Christ—that we are the hands, feet, and heartbeat of the Living God? What if we are Word made flesh, Love made flesh, Light made flesh?
Why are all the major events in the life of Christ directly described in the Gospels except for his resurrection? Why does Western Christianity depict an individual resurrection but Eastern Christianity, a universal resurrection? Could it be that the West gutted the heart of Christianity’s understanding of the resurrection by rejecting a once-common universal iconography in favor of an individualistic vision?
—John Dominic Crossan
Why is it important to see ourselves and our loved ones in sacred imagery? When we look at a work of art and our eyes fill with tears, could this be the hand of God reaching out to us?
The Universal Christ: Another Name for Every Thing
Christ is more than Jesus’ last name. Jesus is a person whose example we can follow. Christ is a cosmic life principle in which all beings participate. The incarnation is an ongoing revelation of Christ, uniting matter and spirit, operating as one and everywhere. Together—Jesus and Christ—show us “the way, the truth, and the life” of death and resurrection.
If Christ is the kite, Jesus is the person flying the kite and keeping it from escaping away into invisibility.
If Jesus is the person holding the string, Christ is the great banner in the sky, from whom all can draw life—even if they do not recognize the one flying the kite.
Jesus does not hold the kite to himself as much as he flies it aloft, for all to see and enjoy.
Join us as we explore the central themes of Father Richard’s new book (available March 2019) and discover the roots of the universal Christ in the rich history of the Christian tradition. Experience Easter in a new way as we consider Holy Week through a larger, cosmic view of Christ, drawing upon theology, practices, conversation, and liturgy. How might this vision impact our own lives and communities?
Franciscan Richard Rohr will be joined by historian John Dominic Crossan and public theologian Jacqui Lewis in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and online via live webcast.
Conference Details (subject to change):
- Conference begins: Thursday, March 28, 3:00 p.m. (US MDT)
- Conference ends: Sunday, March 31, 12:00 p.m. noon (US MDT)
- Woven throughout the conference are contemplative practices, liturgies, and opportunities for group and individual reflection.
- A detailed schedule will be available closer to the event.
Learn more about the speakers here.
Watch keynote presentations via online webcast from anywhere in the world (high-speed internet connection required). View the event live and/or watch the replay online any time through Monday, May 6, 2019.
You are responsible for making your own lodging arrangements. More information regarding nearby hotels will be available soon.
A locally-sourced banquet dinner is included with registration for the in-person conference. All other meals (on your own) are opportunities to reflect alone or meet with other attendees. Locally-sourced meals are available for purchase from Albuquerque Convention Center (there are limited restaurants within walking distance of the venue, so we encourage you to pre-purchase these meals when you register).
To register a guest for the banquet only (no conference registration), please click here.
You will receive access to the edited, downloadable videos when they become available (included with registration for both the in-person and webcast conference).