Saturday Seminar Led by Mark Canfield - Richard Rohr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Mirabai Starr, and Barbara Holmes at Conspire Conference

  Shalom Center for Continuing Education
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Excerpts of Richard Rohr’s Conspire 2018 Conference
Led by Mark Canfield retired sociology professor and UCC Minister

Saturday, September 15th
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Break for lunch (brown bag or order from May’s Cafe upon check-in)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Conspire Conference is a weekend of contemplative teachings, practices, reflection, and conversation. It looks at questions such as How do we change and grow? How do we become our most whole selves, deeply connected with God and others? How do we learn to experience ourselves as interconnected so that we can truly love?
The Shalom audience will view extended segments and discuss ideas presented during the Conspire Conference in Albuquerque ( The speakers include: Richard Rohr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Mirabai Starr, and Barbara Holmes.

These are among the most popular and thoughtful contemporary religious speakers/authors with significant insights on how uncertainty, failure, relapse, suffering (personal and communal), and woundedness are our primary teachers. The mystics of many spiritual traditions teach the path of descent—surrender, generative self-emptying, dying before you die—as the way of transformation. Barbara Brown Taylor has written “I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.”

Through his own journey, Jesus modeled this counter-intuitive wisdom: “Unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” To avoid the death of our small, separate self is to avoid transformation into God, into union with one another, into something more. We must lose our life to find our life.

Shalom Center for Continuing Education
  Meeting at Adheads Hall (lower level of Fletcher House, Uplands Village campus), 86A Church Drive, Pleasant Hill, (just off Main street across from Pleasant Hill Elementary)
There is no charge to attend, although a freewill donation is suggested.