The capstone conference in a seven-year series on Richard Rohr’s alternative orthodoxy

Discover your place in the emerging contemplative community of people committed to the intentional work of personal transformation, embodied practice, and engaged living.

Presented by the Center for Action & Contemplation
Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17
Albuquerque, New Mexico

We knew CONSPIRE 2020 was going to be special — only we didn’t realize just how many people felt the same way. At a time when so many conferences and events around the country are cancelling or discontinuing, we are truly humbled. Our Events team has been hard at work to accommodate more people, and thanks to them we now have additional in-person registration spots available!

A Capstone Experience

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit. —Zechariah 4:6

CONSPIRE 2020 will be a capstone experience uniting Richard Rohr’s seven themes of alternative orthodoxy to create a gateway into practical and authentic contemplation—a way of life rooted in radical openness to God’s loving presence. From this vulnerable place, things like adversity, disruption, and suffering become sources of transformation, greater love, and connection. We cannot think ourselves into a new way of living; rather, we must live ourselves into a new way of thinking.

Our Global Community

Truth sees God, and wisdom contemplates God, and from these two comes a third, a holy and wonderful delight in God, who is love. ―Julian of Norwich

This spring thousands of people from around the world will gather online and in person to learn from and dialogue with the core-faculty of the Center for Action & Contemplation—Cynthia Bourgeault, James Finley, Barbara Holmes, Brian McLaren, and Richard Rohr—teaching together for the first time.

Discover your place in the emerging contemplative community of people who are committed to the intentional work of personal transformation, embodied practice, and engaged living—the manifesting dynamism of God’s love in the world.

Experience the joyful depths of connectedness! Our teachers can only point to the Path; we are the ones who walk it—alongside all known and unknown mystics, saints, and everyday holy people who have come before us—together as One.

From out of the Past We Look to the Future

I know Thee by revelation, Oh Thou Mother, Thou Spirit of Wisdom, I was begotten in Thee and brought forth, though I knew Thee not. They that have revelation must live it, that they may see the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Oh, how I love thee, my Mother! —Rebecca Cox Jackson

It is a time of planetary disruption and great change. Institutions, ideologies, and religious rituals feel increasingly out of sync with the experiences of everyday life. Yet even amidst uncertainty and confusion, we see the Spirit at work, freeing the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative traditions from the storehouses of the past in service to the healing of our world.

This is the story of Richard Rohr and alternative orthodoxy, the foundational faculty of the Living School, and the Center for Action & Contemplation, the nonprofit organization founded by Rohr in 1987. It’s also the story of every one of us with the courage to let go our sense of control over life and trust in the working of God’s radical grace.

We stand in the place where opposites come together, awaiting the birth of what is to come—a new genesis, one more beginning in a series of starts trailing backwards in time to the very first day; God’s generous rhythm of life, death, and resurrection moving in and through all things—the very breath and source of the cosmos itself.

Conspirare. Breathe with us.