Father Richard welcomes you to The Universal Christ conference in this 2-minute video.
Janet McKenzie painted the beautiful icons hanging in the conference gallery. Visit janetmckenzie.com to see many of these and other art.
Universal Christ Theme:
We invite conference participants to support two special nonprofits in the spirit of the Universal Christ.
The colorful scarves worn by staff members were made by a women’s cooperative in Juarez, Mexico, Centro Santa Catalina.
Music and Contemplative Practices:
Music for the conference liturgies was written and performed by David and Winona Poole. David is the Executive Director of the men’s a cappella ensemble De Profundis.
- Universal Christ Liturgies (PDF)
- Webcast Participation Guide
- Walking meditation led by Jonathon Stalls (Intrinsic Paths) and Walk2Connect
- Self-guided walking meditation (PDF)
- Yoga led by Gloria Drayer (Yoga Simple and Sacred)
- T’ai Chi Chih led by Doug Spence (T’ai Chi Chich Association)
- Music playlist on Spotify (including songs played during breaks, curated by Cliff Berrien)
- Sara Bareilles, “Brave”
- John Dominic Crossan, “Resurrecting Easter” (free lecture)
- John Dominic Crossan, “The Challenge of Jesus” (DVD)
- Jacqui Lewis, Christmas Eve Service, Middle Collegiate Church (Watch the full service or Jacqui Lewis’ sermon.)
- Janet McKenzie, “Hope” art images and music
- Richard Rohr, introducing The Universal Christ Book
- The Universal Christ book trailer
- Workshop: Facilitating a Book Study on The Universal Christ
- “Becoming” by Jan van IJken (Learn more about the making of this short film in an article by National Geographic.)
- John Dominic Crossan, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Is God Violent? An Exploration from Genesis to Revelation
- John Dominic Crossan, Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision
- Jacqueline J. Lewis with John Janka, The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation
- Jacqueline J. Lewis, The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leading Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations
- Richard Rohr, Just This
- Richard Rohr, The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe
- Anonymous, The Cloud of Unknowing
- David Bohm (the passage on Holomovement appears to be a distillation rather than a direct quote; see, for example, The Essential David Bohm, ed. Lee Nichol, pages 78-138)
- Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable (on crisis contemplation)
- Josephus and Tacitus (on Jesus Christ)
- Kataphatic and apophatic ways of knowing
- Brendan Kennelly, “A Giving,” Familiar Strangers (poem)
- Pseudo-Dionysius, Corpus Areopagiticum (on nondual consciousness)
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2018 report
- “The Racial Wealth Gap: Addressing America’s Most Pressing Epidemic,” Forbes
The Center for Action and Contemplation welcomes all who wish to experience the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition. We are committed to overcoming dehumanizing systems of oppression and cooperating in the healing work of Love. As we do this work, we hold one another accountable to reject inequalities and cultivate a new reality where all people can live fully and well, where everyone can belong.
- You Belong (a statement of welcome for all)
- Sharing Resonance (a guide for small group reflections)
- Affinity Groups: During the conference, attendees are invited to self-organize into small groups (“Birds of a Feather”) based on interests or life experiences. Some groups may ask that only those who identify as a person of color or as LGBTQ+ join; we ask that you respect this request. (See this article: “Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People“)
- Feedback: Following the conference you will receive a survey. We hope you’ll take some time to share your ideas, questions, and experiences with us! We recognize that we still have much to learn, especially when it comes to race, equity, and inclusion. In particular, we invite feedback from POC and other people who have been marginalized.
Race, Equity, and Belonging:
- Mindful of Race (race and equity work from a mindfulness perspective by Ruth King)
- Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change (anti-oppression resources)
- Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide (Annie E. Casey Foundation)
- Racial Equity Here (compilation of resources on leading/doing racial equity work by Race Forward, GARE, HAAS Institute, and Living Cities)
- Hope in the Cities (beautiful model of a racial reconciliation and equity program in the formerly confederate city of Richmond VA)
- Why People of Color Need Spaces without White People (article by Kelsey Blackwell)