CONSPIRE 2016 — Center for Action and Contemplation

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See the schedule and event session details for the final CONSPIRE conference (Sep. 24 – 26)


Videos of CONSPIRE 2016 are available from the CAC bookstore.

Everything belongs.
No one needs to be punished, scapegoated, or excluded.
We cannot directly fight or separate ourselves from evil or untruth.
Darkness becomes apparent when exposed to the Light.

How do we face injustice and evil? We must begin with a foundational “yes” to who we are and what is. Once we experience the loving foundation of all reality, we are able to embrace our own shadow and the darkness in the world. Once we receive Love’s gaze for ourselves, letting it illumine the log in our own eye, we can then see others through the same compassionate lens. This inclusive gaze has the power to heal and transform all who come before it.

CONSPIRE 2016 is the fourth event in the CAC’s conference series, “A Conspiracy for God,” based on Richard Rohr’s Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy. Learn more about CONSPIRE 2014,  CONSPIRE 2015, and CONSPIRE 2017.

Presenter Information and Resources

Richard RohrRichard Rohr
Twitter: @RichardRohrOFM
Organization: Center for Action and Contemplation
Suggested Resources:
Gil Bailie, Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads
Richard Rohr, Culture, Scapegoating, and Jesus (CD, MP3 audio download)
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer and William Paul Young, The Shack

Christena Cleveland
Christena Cleveland
Twitter: @CSCleve
Suggested Resources:
Christena Cleveland, Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart
Christena Cleveland and Richard Rohr, Imagining Another Way (CD, MP3 audio download, MP4 video download)
Samuel L. Jackson mistaken for Laurence Fishburne (video shown during the first CONSPIRE 2016 session)

James AlisonJames Alison
Websites: and
Suggested Resources:
James Alison, Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice (four book set)
James Alison, On Being Liked
James Alison, The Joy of Being Wrong
Margaret Barker, Temple Theology

Mirabai StarrMirabai Starr
Twitter: @MirabaiStarr
Ram Das, Be Here Now
Nikos Kazantzakis, St. Francis
Mirabai Starr, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation
Mirabai Starr, Mother of God Similar to Fire


Chants (led by Cliff Berrien, Joelle Chase, Forrest Evans, and Gigi Ross)
“Oseh Shalom” by YofiYah
“Ishq-Allah” by Deva Premal 

Liturgy (composed or arranged by David Haas)
“All the Ends of the Earth” 
“Blest Are They”
“Down to the River to Pray”
“The God of Second Chances”
“Jikelele: God Is Everywhere”

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