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The Hive is partnering with the Center for Contemplation and Action, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to host a tristate experience of “The Universal Christ.” Gather with other local contemplatives to explore the theme, “another name for every thing."

(Imagery is 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. More information to come. Space limited to 40 registrants.

Keynote Videos


Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and academic dean of the CAC’s Living School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An internationally recognized author and spiritual leader, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on incarnational mysticism, nondual consciousness, and contemplation, with a particular emphasis on how these affect the social justice issues of our time. He is the author of numerous books, including Falling UpwardThe Divine Dance, and The Universal Christ (coming March 2019)Learn more about Father Richard.


The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church and President of The Middle Project. She is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial equality, economic justice, and LGBTQ equality. She has been adjunct professor at several seminaries and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is the co-author of The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation, author of The Power of Stories, and is working on a memoir about finding a grown-up God. Learn more about Dr. Lewis.



Dr. John Dominic Crossan is an Irish-American New Testament scholar and historian of early Christianity. He has lectured around the world and been interviewed on numerous television and radio stations. He has written twenty-eight books on the historical Jesus, the apostle Paul, and earliest Christianity, and his work has been translated into thirteen foreign languages. His latest book is Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Vision, co-authored with Sarah Sexton Crossan. Learn more about Dr. Crossan and Resurrecting Easter.


Friday 11am-12:30pm
Registration/Check In

Friday 1-5pm
PART ONE: Universal Birth- Christ for the Cosmos
*Richard Rohr: Intro to Universal Christ
*John Dominic Crossan: Historical Jesus and Beyond Individual Resurrection Small Group Conversations facilitated by Troy Bronsink and Hive Facilitators
Break out **Workshops by Hive Facilitators
Shared Practice

Friday 7-9pm
Happy Hour at the Hive

Saturday 8:30am-12:30pm 
PART TWO: Universal Cross - Christ & Injustice
Jacki Lewis: Where is the Crucified body of Christ Today?
*Richard Rohr: Universal Christ Suffering and Resurrecting
Conversations facilitated by Troy Bronsink and Hive Facilitators
Break out **Workshops by Hive Facilitators
Shared Practice

Lunch onsite for Registrants

Saturday 2pm- 6pm 
PART THREE: Universal Tomb - Christ & Unknowing
*Richard Rohr and Jacqui Lewis; Christ In The Tomb Is Still Christ.
*Richard Rohr: Contemplation, The Tomb And Not Knowing.
Conversations facilitated by Troy Bronsink and Hive Facilitators
Break out **Workshops by Hive Facilitators
Shared Practice

Sunday 10am-1pm 
Inter-Community Worship & Meal (At Incline Missional Community in Price Hill)

Sunday 2pm-6pm 
PART FOUR: Universal Easter - Christ & Transformation
John Dominic Crossan: The Universal Resurrection Tradition
*Richard Rohr: We Shall All Be Changed
Conversations facilitated by Troy Bronsink and Hive Facilitators
Break out **Workshops by Hive Facilitators
Shared Closing Practice

Two lunches provided for whole conference tickets, as well as a free open house event at the Hive on Friday evening, and worship Sunday morning at the event.

Coming from out of town? We are glad to provide suggestions for lodging and other meals.

Questions? Please contact or call (513) 813-8769.

What if Christ is a name for the transcendent within of every “thing” in the universe?
What if Christ is a name for the immense spaciousness of all true Love?
What if Christ refers to an infinite horizon that pulls us both from within and pulls us forward, too?
What if Christ is another name for every thing—in its fullness?

—Richard Rohr

What if every human being is anointed, Messiahed, Christ? What if the most fundamental aspect of our identity is that we are each anointed and appointed by The Holy One, by Spirit—to preach good news to the poor, liberty to the captive, and sight to the blind? What if we take seriously being the body of the Christ—that we are the hands, feet, and heartbeat of the Living God? What if we are Word made flesh, Love made flesh, Light made flesh?
Jacqui Lewis

Why are all the major events in the life of Christ directly described in the Gospels except for his resurrection? Why does Western Christianity depict an individual resurrection but Eastern Christianity, a universal resurrection? Could it be that the West gutted the heart of Christianity’s understanding of the resurrection by rejecting a once-common universal iconography in favor of an individualistic vision?
—John Dominic Crossan

Why is it important to see ourselves and our loved ones in sacred imagery? When we look at a work of art and our eyes fill with tears, could this be the hand of God reaching out to us?
—Janet McKenzie