CONSPIRE 2015 — Center for Action and Contemplation

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 For those who see deeply there is only One Reality.
By reason of the Incarnation, there is no truthful distinction

between sacred and profane.

Thank you, co-conspirators, for joining the Center for Action and Contemplation and presenters at CONSPIRE 2015. We pray you continue to have your hearts broken open to the beauty and pain around you. May you know you are not alone in this journey, but the One Reality holds us, and we, in our humanness, hold each other. Conspirare—breathe together.

CONSPIRE 2015 was the third event in the CAC’s series of conferences, “A Conspiracy for God,” based on Richard Rohr’s Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy.

Presenter Information and Resources


Simone Campbell

Organization: NETWORK

Book: A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community

Videos: #NunTrouble (It’s All About That Bus)

The Colbert Report: Radical Feminist Nuns – Simone Campbell


Cchris-heuertz-21hris Heuertz


Organization: A Center for Contemplative Activism

Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission
Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World
Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community

Video: Found by Solitude Silence and Stillness


phileenaPhileena Heuertz


Organization: Gravity: A Center for Contemplative Activism

Living Mission: The Vision and Voices of New Friars
Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life

Video: Silence


Richard-Head-squareRichard Rohr

Organization: Center for Action and Contemplation

Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self

Video: Living School


tim-shriver-dlTimothy Shriver


Organization: Special Olympics

Book: Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most

Slideshow: Tim Shriver’s presentation slides (PDF)


Mirabai-LF4Mirabai Starr


Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation
God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
The Interior Castle: St. Teresa of Avila
Mother of God Similar to Fire
Saint John of the Cross: Devotions, Prayers, and Living Wisdom


Reading Recommended by Presenters

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
Walter Bruegemann
Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane
Adam Bucko and Rory McEntee, The New Monasticism
Rudolf Otto, The Idea of the Sacred
Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns


Liturgy Music

“Table of Plenty” by John Michael Talbot
“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” music by Sebastian Temple
“Here at This Table” by Janet Sullivan Whitaker and James Maxwell Whitaker
“One Bread, One Body” by John Michael Talbot
“Dona Nobis Pacem” music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Companions on the Journey” by Carey Landry and Carol Jean Kinghorn
Singer and guitarist: Marcy Baruch


Iona Prayer

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.


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