CONSPIRE 2018: Presenters


CONSPIRE 2018 Presenters


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, Immortal Diamond, The Divine Dance, Essential Teachings on Love, and a forthcoming book on the Universal Christ (fall 2018). Learn more about Richard.


Barbara Holmes received a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion (Ethics) from Vanderbilt and also holds degrees in divinity, sociology, theater arts, education, and law. She is a spiritual teacher and writer focused on African American spirituality, mysticism, cosmology, and culture. Barbara says, “My life is committed to the struggle for justice, the healing of the human spirit, and the art of relevant and radical creativity.” She has worked with homeless missions, HIV/AIDS support groups, and international ministries in Kenya and Japan. Barbara’s most recent publications include Dreaming, Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders and Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church. Learn more about Barbara.


Brian McLaren, a public theologian and former pastor, advocates and works toward “a new kind of Christianity”—just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. Brian is a leader in the Convergence Network, developing an innovative mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders. Brian has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including All Things Considered and On Being; his work has been covered in Time, New York Times, Christianity Today, and elsewhere. Brian’s books include A Generous Orthodoxy; Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?; We Make the Road by Walking; and The Great Spiritual Migration. Learn more about Brian.


Barbara Brown Taylor is a best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. Her first book, a memoir, Leaving Church, explores faith, doubt, and vocation. Her most recent book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, invites readers to consider the spiritual meaning and generativity of darkness. She has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Arrendale State Prison for Women, and other institutions. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Mercer University and is working on her fourteenth book, Holy Envy, forthcoming from HarperOne in April 2019. Learn more about Barbara.



Mirabai Starr’s passion is sharing the inter-spiritual teachings of the mystics. She is well known for her translations of the Christian mystics John of the Cross, Teresa of Ávila, and Julian of Norwich. Mirabai is a bridge builder—between religious traditions, between contemplative life and compassionate service, between cultivating an inner relationship with the Beloved and expressing that intimacy in community, between the transformational power of loss and longing for the sacred. She is the author of numerous books, including God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation. Learn more about Mirabai.