The Path of Descent Is the Path of Transformation – was the theme of Conspire 2018 a conference for those wishing to grow spiritually, and now you can experience some of the highlights via webcast. Brought to you by ReSource for Christian Spirituality the speakers are: Richard Rohr, Mirabai Starr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Barbara Holmes, and Brian McLaren.
The event will take place at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church’s Goodale Conference Room on Saturday, September 8th from 9:00 am until 11:30 am.
A light breakfast will be offered in return for a donation and you can find out more by contacting Phyllis Meighen on 647-4346 or by email at email@example.com and if you’d like to know more about the Conspire series then click here for their website.
‘How do we change and grow? How do we become deeply connected with God and others? Many spiritual teachers describe the path of descent – surrender, self-emptying, dying before you die – as the way of transformation. Our primary teachers are more often uncertainty, failure, replaces, suffering, and roundedness than achievement or success.’
‘We need to deeply trust and allow both our own dyings and our own certain resurrections, just as Jesus did! This is the full pattern of transformation. If we trust both, we are indestructible. That is how Jesus “saves” us from meaninglessness, cynicism, hatred, and violence – which is indeed death. – Richard Rohr’
‘Everything we thought we knew feels like it is unraveling and we have nowhere to turn but into the center of radical unknowing. Like a physical desert, this seemingly barren space teems with spiritual energy. God lives here, hidden under every stone, flaming from the harsh sun, concealed by the crescent moon. – Mirabai Starr’
Through his own journey, Jesus modeled this wisdom: “Unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” We must lose our life to find our life.’