The Hive Cincinnati is partnering with the Center for Contemplation and Action to host a tristate experience of The Universal Christ: Another Name for Every Thing,” April 5 – 7, 2019. Gather with other local contemplatives to explore the theme, “another name for every thing.” (based on artwork by Janet McKenzie )
In the Contemplative Christian tradition, the word “Christ” isn’t Jesus’ last name. Christ is a cosmic life principle in which all beings participate. The incarnation (made-flesh-ness) is an ongoing revelation of this Life, uniting matter and spirit, operating as one and everywhere. Christ is how Christians describe God’s benevolent self-giving, the abundance; and this isn’t bound to a former time-in-history, it extends to us all.
We know not everyone identifies as religious, much less as Christian, or a Jesus follower. In an overly Christianized midwestern context even the word “Christ” can be a trigger. If you’ve wondered how these traditions integrate into universal, archetypal, and communal practices today you’ll have a lot to offer to our time. This is an intentionally inclusive weekend experience for exploring the ancient Contemplative teaching of Christ Consciousness, Cosmic Christ, and “the God within whom move and have our being”. Talks will touch on the historical Jesus, cultural trappings of “white christendom,” seeing through art, and the challenges of transformation within traditional religion. We are excited to partner again with Franciscan teacher Fr. Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation to present a local expression of their larger “The Universal Christ” conference being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico the week prior to our event. Our midwestern gathering is an opportunity to expand on talks from that event in an intimate group of 40, through facilitated conversations, and workshops.
The weekend event is in four parts, following the progression of the Christian narratives of Jesus, especially his passion as celebrated in Lent and Easter. Register to attend the entire weekend or just one or two sessions. While each session will include a video from either Richard Rohr, John Dominic Crossan or Jacqui Lewis, the intimate setting of small group discussion, prayer practices, readings, and a variety of workshops will make this an intimate experience of learning from within as well as without.
Dip your toes in to learn more about contemplative community, or take a deeper dive! Workshops range from art, to beginning a contemplative practice, to meditative walking, to social justice and more. Space limited to 40 registrants. Buy tickets here.