CONSPIRE 2020: Teachers

Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. Cynthia is a core faculty member at the Center for Action & Contemplation, and the author of numerous books, including The Heart of Centering Prayer, Love is Stronger than Death, and The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three.

James Finley

James Finley is a contemplative practitioner and clinical psychologist. Drawing from his experience as a former monk and spiritual directee of Thomas Merton, Jim offers trustworthy guidance for the spiritual journey through this website, online courses, occasional retreats. He is a core faculty member at the Center for Action & Contemplation, and is the author of several books, including Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation.

Barbara A. Holmes

Barbara A. Holmes is a spiritual teacher, activist, and scholar focused on African American spirituality, mysticism, cosmology and culture. She is President Emerita of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (2012-2016), and also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Memphis Theological Seminary (2005-2010). She is also a core faculty member of the Center for Action & Contemplation. Among her publications are Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church, Liberation and the Cosmos, and Race and the Cosmos.

Brian D. McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” — just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is a core faculty member of the Center for Action & Contemplation, and the author of several books, including The Great Spiritual Migration, A New Kind of Christianity, and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Richard Rohr

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.

Featured Artist

Rose B. Simpson

Rose B. Simpson is a mixed-media artist from Santa Clara Pueblo, NM. Her work engages ceramic sculpture, metals, fashion, performance, music, installation, writing, and custom cars. She received an MFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2018, is collected in museums across the continent, and has exhibited internationally. She lives and works from her home at Santa Clara Pueblo, and hopes to teach her young daughter how to creatively engage the world.

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