Resources — Center for Action and Contemplation

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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 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.

Additional contemplative and music resources:



  • 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
See a list of books and other resources sold onsite at the conference bookstore.

Other References:

Being Together:

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:

CAC staff member Cliff Berrien is curating this growing list of resources on topics such as oppression, white dominant culture, and anti-racist training.
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