Experiencing The Universal Christ Conference Online
Webcast Participation Guide
Did you know that more than 2,200 people from 34 countries are participating in The Universal Christ conference webcast? We are delighted that you are one them! Thank you for joining our blended online and in-person community. Welcome.
The CAC believes that spiritual growth happens through the combination of:
- Deepening our understanding or insights about who we are and who God is;
- Being more attuned to our own bodies and experiences; and
- Contributing to the creation of healthy, loving, diverse community.
With that in mind, you will see a balance of different activities throughout the conference. These include speakers talking from stage, contemplative practices, community liturgy, and sharing experiences in triads.
Throughout the event there will be many opportunities for audience members to actively participate. We hope this webcast participation guide will help you experience the conference to its fullest.
Schedule: This webcast guide highlights interactive portions of the conference. Please refer to the detailed schedule for a full outline and times of each session. Find your time zone here.
Technical Info: The livestream will begin 30 minutes before the conference start time (which is 3:00 p.m. US MDT, March 28). We encourage you to tune in a few minutes early to adjust your volume and troubleshoot any technical issues. Find helpful info about accessing the webcast here.
Live Chat: As you’re watching the live webcast, click the chat icon (looks like a speech bubble) to dialogue with other viewers and our staff team. There will not be a Q&A session for presenters; however, feel free to pose questions about the content for other participants to respond. Note that chat will not be available after the live session has ended. Learn more about participating in the live chat here.
Sharing on Social Media: Post favorite quotes, personal reflections, and pictures publicly on social media using #UC2019. Make sure you have permission from people in photos to share their faces.
Get Technical Support: In addition to posing technical questions in the live webcast chat, you are welcome to email [email protected] for assistance.
Throughout the conference there will be several group practices that take the form of guided discussions in groups of three. When that occurs, we suggest one of these methods for participating:
- If you’re watching the webcast in-person with others, break into pairs or triads.
- Connect with one or two people who are also watching the webcast and share your reflections privately with them via email or a messaging app.
- Chat with all of the webcast viewers in the Livestream chat.
- Post your reflections within the conference Facebook group.
- Journal on your own.
- Take a walk.
- Practice any other method of self-reflection on the processing questions.
Each time, the discussion questions will be the same:
- Reflect on your own: What insight, word, or phrase touched your heart in the last teaching? How does it/might it connect with your life?
- Share with the group the insight, word, or phrase from your heart and how it connects/might connect with your life.
- Resonate: The listeners then share a brief “resonance” affirmation by saying: “I really resonated when I heard you say….” or “I was right there with you when….”
The full text of all the liturgies is available here for download. If you wish to participate in any or all of the liturgies, gather these elements ahead of time (if you’re hosting a group viewing, plan to have adequate items):
- Rock (one per table or group; any rock will do)
- Oil for anointing (plain olive oil is fine)
- Napkin (one per rock)
- Bread and wine or grape juice (enough for everyone to have a small sip or bite)
- Fresh flowers, herbs, or sprig of greenery (per rock)
Liturgy materials are noted in bold in the interactive schedule below.
We invite you to incorporate whatever form of contemplative practice is familiar for you every day. For example, you might choose to do Centering Prayer, yoga, Tai chi chih, or simply focus on your breath.
If contemplation or meditation is new for you, see this collection of short videos and resources we put together for Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations.
On the conference schedule, each “Contemplative practice” led by Richard Rohr will be livestreamed. Fr. Richard will speak for a few minutes, followed by 20-30 minutes of silence. At the end of the practice, Richard will ring the bowl.
Schedule of Interactive Sessions:
Thursday, March 28
4:30 p.m. Introduction to Group Practice
Following Richard Rohr’s first talk, “Introduction to The Universal Christ,” we’ll introduce the group discussion process and allow time for pairs or triads to reflect.
6:00 p.m. Liturgy: A Christ-Soaked World
We will anoint a rock with oil and then anoint each other. You may wish to anoint someone else, a pet, or an object in which you can recognize the sacred. (With all of the conference rituals and practices, if it doesn’t work for you to participate physically, you can always connect to the essence or spirit of the practice in whatever way fits for you.)
Friday, March 29
8:00 a.m. Contemplative practice led by Richard Rohr
11:45 a.m. Group Practice
Following Jacqui Lewis’ talk “Where Is the Crucified Body of Christ Today?” we’ll reflect in pairs or triads.
3:30 p.m. Choice of workshops
Note that only Janet McKenzie’s workshop is livestreamed. However, a video recording of the workshop on facilitating a book study will be available online after the conference.
5:00 p.m. Liturgy: It Can’t Be Carried Alone
This liturgy involves the same elements as Thursday (rock and anointing oil), plus a napkin to cover the rock. The liturgy includes a grief ritual; we encourage you to find a partner or triad to share with. If you can, after this liturgy spend some hours in silence and reflection.
Saturday, March 30
8:30 a.m. Liturgy: Christ In The Tomb Is Still Christ
Same elements as before. We will uncover the rock together then enter 30 minutes of silence. The entire experience will be livestreamed. Richard will ring the bell to conclude the sit.
12:00 p.m. Group Practice
Following Jacqui Lewis’ talk “Sitting In Liminality,” we’ll reflect in pairs or triads.
4:30 p.m. Liturgy: This Is My Body
This liturgy includes the same elements as before, with the rock still covered. It concludes with Eucharist or Communion, so you may wish to include bread and wine/grape juice and companions to share them with you.
5:30 p.m. Vigil For the Body Of Christ
While the vigil is not livestreamed, the text is included in the liturgy booklet. If you wish to host your own vigil, you might do so alone or with others, outdoors or in a quiet room, lighting a candle and offering worded or silent blessings. Consider sharing a photo in the conference Facebook group.
Sunday March 31
8:30 a.m. Contemplative practice led by Richard Rohr
10:00 a.m. Easter Liturgy: We Shall All Be Changed
Same elements as before. If possible, we encourage you to add fresh flowers, herbs, or greenery next to the rock.
11:30 a.m. Group Practice
12:00 p.m. Blessings and Dismissal