Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and academic dean of the CAC’s Living School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An internationally recognized author and spiritual leader, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on incarnational mysticism, nondual consciousness, and contemplation, with a particular emphasis on how these affect the social justice issues of our time. He is the author of numerous books, including Falling Upward, The Divine Dance, and The Universal Christ (coming March 2019). Learn more about Father Richard.
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church and President of The Middle Project. She is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial equality, economic justice, and LGBTQ equality. She has been adjunct professor at several seminaries and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is the co-author of The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation, author of The Power of Stories, and is working on a memoir about finding a grown-up God. Learn more about Dr. Lewis.
Dr. John Dominic Crossan is an Irish-American New Testament scholar and historian of early Christianity. He has lectured around the world and been interviewed on numerous television and radio stations. He has written twenty-eight books on the historical Jesus, the apostle Paul, and earliest Christianity, and his work has been translated into thirteen foreign languages. His latest book is Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Vision, co-authored with Sarah Sexton Crossan. Learn more about Dr. Crossan and Resurrecting Easter.
Artist Janet Mckenzie‘s paintings will provide opportunities for contemplative reflection at The Universal Christ conference, and she will offer a one-hour workshop discussing her journey. Janet’s painting, “Jesus of the People,” was selected winner of the National Catholic Reporter’s competition for a new image of Jesus at the Millennium. Revealed on the Today Show, her interpretation of Christ (modeled by an African-American woman) received fierce opposition. Janet’s interpretations of Jesus and biblical figures pay homage to many groups usually left out of such imagery. Her imagery is regularly carried in demonstrations in support of racial justice, gender equality, and the LGBTQ community. She is a native New Yorker and currently resides in Vermont. Learn more about Ms. McKenzie and her artwork.