CONSPIRE 2018: Resources


CONSPIRE 2018: Resources

A list of resources featured or referenced throughout the CONSPIRE 2018 conference by presenters and staff

The path of descent is the path of transformation.Richard Rohr:

Barbara Brown Taylor:

Mirabai Starr:

  • Mirabai Starr, Mother of God, Similar to Fire, iconographer William Hart McNichols (Orbis Books: 2016)
  • Mirabai Starr, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation (Sounds True: 2015)
  • Saint John of the Cross, “Living Flame of Love,” Dark Night of the Soul, trans. Mirabai Starr (Riverhead Books: 2002)
  • Teresa of Avila, The Book of My Life, trans. Mirabai Starr (New Seeds: 2008)
  • Shlomo Carlbach, “Return Again” 
  • Shabbat Customs
  • Denise Levertov, “Eye Mask,” Evening Train (New Directions Books: 1992)
  • Loreena McKennitt, “The Dark Night Of The Soul”
  • Linda Pastan, “The Five Stages of Grief,” The Five Stages of Grief: Poems (W.W. Norton & Company: 1978)
  • Marie Howe, “Annunciation,” The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (W.W. Norton & Company: 2008); Listen to Marie read this poem

Barbara Holmes:

  • Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church (Augsburg Fortress Publishers: 2004)
  • Barbara Holmes, Race and the Cosmos: An Invitation to View the World Differently (Bloomsbury T&T Clark: 2002)

Other Authors  

  • Anthony Pinn, Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion (Augsburb Fortress: 2003) 
  • Victor Turner, The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-structure (Aldine: 1969) 
  • Larry Rasmussen, Earth Community, Earth Ethics, in the series Ecology & Justice (Orbis Books: 1997) 
  • Yi-Fu Tuan, Passing Strange and Wonderful: Aesthetics, Nature, and Culture (Kodansha USA Inc: 1995)  
  • Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, The Dark Mother: African Origins and Godmothers(iUniverse: 2002) 
  • Edward Bloom and Paul Harvey, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (The University of North Carolina Press: 2014) 
  • Janet McKenzie, Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie, ed. Susan Perry (Orbis Books: 2009) 
  • Rachel Yehuda, Epigenetic Biomarkers as Predictors and Correlates of Symptom Improvement Following Psychotherapy in Combat Veterans with PTSD  (Frontiers in Psychiatry: 2013) 
  • Joy DeGruy, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing(Uptone Press: 2005)
  • Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (Penguin Books: 2015)
  • Howard Thurman, Commencement Speech (Spelman College: 1980) 
  • Toni Morrison, “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear”



Brian McLaren:

Contemplative Community Practices:

Welcome Presentation by Brie Stoner

Closing Presentation by Brie Stoner

Music led by Cliff Berrien and Brie Stoner with Joelle Chase, Eric Metzler, Paul Opperman, Yvette Trujillo, and friends

Contemplative practices panel with Cliff Berrien, Brie Stoner, Paul Swanson, and Yvette Trujillo

Yoga Simple and Sacred with Gloria Drayer

T’ai Chi Chih with Doug Spence

Self-Guided Walking Meditation

Kyle Steed, “Stations of Jonah” artwork

Beautiful Chorus, “Faith’s Hymn,” Hymns of Spirit

Kamasi Washington, “Will You Sing?”

Wade in the Water:

Kelsey Blackwell, “Why People of Color Need Spaces without White People,” The Arrow, August 9, 2018

Iona Liturgy:

An Invitation

The table of bread and wine is now to be made ready.
It is the table of company of Jesus, and all who love him.
It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world,
with whom Jesus identified himself.
It is the table of communion with the earth,
in which Christ became incarnate.
So come to this table,
you who have much faith
and you who would like to have more;
you who have been here often
and you who have not been for a long time;
you who have tried to follow Jesus,
and you who have failed; Come.
It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.

Iona Abbey Worship Book (Wild Goose Publications)

Additional Resources:

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