What is the Wisdom School?

All people hunger for spiritual meaning in their lives, whether they affiliate religiously or not. The Wisdom School at Saint Mark’s, now entering its sixth year, was created with a broad vision to invite people on diverse spiritual journeys to listen to and learn from each other in a vital practice of collaborative engagement.

Our mission is to “[Offer] a balanced path for spiritual transformation grounded in prayer and practice, drawing on the Christian contemplative tradition while respecting the diversity of experiences born from contemplative practices of other traditions.” The space for reasoned discourse, lifelong learning, and spiritual renewal is held sacred for all seekers, whether they worship at the cathedral or not.

Each year’s programming includes free offerings and a few that require a registration fee. The Wisdom School has hosted Walter Brueggemann, Mirabai Starr, Ed Bacon, Gertrud Muller Nelson, and others who bring their acclaimed gifts to share with participants, as well as being a host site for CONSIPRE webcasts, which feature teachers like Richard Rohr, Barbara Brown Taylor, angel Kyodo williams, Ken Wilber, and Barbara Holmes.

 

2022/23 THEME FOR THE YEAR: AN EMBODIED SPIRITUALITY

Building on last year’s theme (Spirituality of Desire), the body is home to the complete human being; we stand in a long tradition of mystical wisdom that rejects epistemologies inclined to separate physical from spiritual, or other dualisms that distinguish the embodied experience as “bad.” The body is the realm of spiritual transformation; it is at once a microcosm of subjective experience and an integral part of the universal Mystery that is spiritual union with the Ground of Being. 


UPCOMING OFFERINGS

Note: Schedule and descriptions subject to change

Becoming and Belonging:
Embodied Spirituality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

NOTE: This presentation had been postponed from its original date and will instead be offered DECEMBER 7 & 14, 2022.

TWO WEDNESDAYS, DECEMBER 7 & 14, 6:45 p.m.–8:15 p.m., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason

We are in a paradigm shift of seismic proportions. Drawing on the evolutionary theology of Teilhard de Chardin and the ground-breaking postulations by Ilia Delio, we will explore what embodied spirituality means in a post-human world where climate change, artificial intelligence, and modern medicine converge to create an altered dynamic in which humans exist and evolve. What is the role of spirituality in this increasingly complex and complicated world?

Program is free; register here for Zoom link; no need to register for in-person attendance. Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).


Addiction and Love:
Reclaiming Our True Identity

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Facilitated by Killian Noe

Most of us suffer from mistaken identity. We identify as the trauma we have endured or the behaviors that emerge from that trauma. The spiritual journey is the life- long journey of reclaiming our truest identity, which is Love. We will reflect on the many ways we numb our pain instead of staying present to and being transformed by our pain and we will celebrate the hope/joy of living from Love.

Killian Noe is the Founder of the Recovery Café Network, and is the author of Finding Our Way Home and Descent Into Love. Read more about Killian here.

Program is free; register here for Zoom link; no need to register for in-person attendance. Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).


The Art of Pilgrimage:
A Workshop on Sacred Journey

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2023, 6:30–8:30 P.M.
and SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2023, 9:30–2:30 P.M.
in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom; registration required for either option

Facilitated by Phil Cousineau

A pilgrimage is a spiritually transformative journey to a sacred place. This workshop will focus on seven spiritual practices intended to augment your travels, whether sacred or secular. Each practice is designed to help the traveler be present in the moment, to experience the miracles of the world with all the senses, to show respect and reverence for the sites you visit, and to honor those who walked there before you. Richard Neibuhr once said: “Pilgrims are poets who create by taking journeys.” Using photography, brief film clips on pilgrimage, contemplative music and other media, participants will explore this sacred work together. Please bring a journal, pen or pencil, and a favorite spiritual poem or passage pertinent to an upcoming journey.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, story consultant and editor, travel leader and inspirational speaker on myth in the modern world. He has published more than 40 books, including The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work, The Oldest Story in the World, and The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred. Learn more about Phil here.

Pre-registration required (registration link will be posted here when it is available).


A Not-So-Quiet Day

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 9:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M., in person only, throughout the cathedral campus

Facilitated by Wendy Claire Barrie, Cathedral Canon for Intergenerational Ministries

This offering for children, youth, and adults is an intentionally intergenerational exploration of embodied spiritual practices. Experiences include walking the labyrinth, Praying in Color, Ignatian imaginative prayer, silence, music-making, movement, and yoga. Come for the morning, or the afternoon, or stay for the full session. A schedule will made available, and a light lunch will be provided.


Do I Stay Christian?:
A Day for Doubters, the Disappointed, the Disillusioned (and anyone pondering this question)

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2023, 9:30 A.M.–3:30 P.M., in cathedral nave; registration required

with Brian McLaren

Join renowned leader Brian McLaren for a dynamic interactive event exploring the future of Christian faith in the 21st century by living the question: Do I Stay Christian?

Participants are invited to register for just one or both of the two sessions:

  • 9:30 A.M.–12 P.M.: SESSION ONE—“NO”
  • 1:30–3:30 P.M.: SESSION TWO—“YES”

Students (Two Sessions), $29 | Regular (One Session), $39 | Regular (Two Sessions), $69 | "Bring a Friend" (Two Sessions), $99.

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity”—just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is the author of many books, including A Generous Orthodoxy (2004), A New Kind of Christianity (2010), The Great Spiritual Migration (2016), and Faith After Doubt (2021). Learn more about Brian here.

Pre-registration required.  (Registration information will be posted here when it is available.)


Sacred Listening as a Transformational Practice

TWO WEDNESDAYS: APRIL 26 & MAY 3, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Facilitated by The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker & The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Sacred listening is more than the hearing of words and sounds. Sacred listening is an invitation into relationship and an honoring of the ways in which the Divine presence is felt and responded to in our lives as a source of transformation. In these sessions, we will learn about, and practice, various ways to cultivate sacred listening, how to notice and recognize the resistances and avoidances that may hinder our transformation, and we will create spaces together that honor the sharing of our stories and the fostering of transformative relationships as a way to enhance and expand our relationship with God.

Program is free; register for Zoom link (registration link will be posted here when it is available); no need to register for in-person attendance. Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).


The Wisdom of Your Body:
Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection Through Embodied Living

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023, 9:30 A.M.–3 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom; registration required for either option

with Hillary L. McBride, Ph.D.

Many of us have, unknowingly, been sold the story that our minds are superior to our bodies, and that our bodies are barriers to “pure” or “true” spirituality. Together, we will examine how these ideas continue to keep us from wholeness. We’ll explore practices that help us repair the fragmentations we care inside of us, so that we can truly remember our bodily selves.

 

Hillary L. McBride is a therapist, researcher, speaker and writer. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, with a focus on women’s experiences in and of the body, particularly at significant transitions points. She is the author of Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are (2017), Embodiment and Eating Disorders (2018), and, most recently, The Wisdom of Your Body (2021). Learn more about Hillary here.

Pre-registration required (registration link will be posted here when it is available).


A Weekend Retreat for Women

FRIDAY–SATURDAY, APRIL 21–23, 2023, at St. Andrew’s House Retreat Center, Union, WA

Facilitated by The Rev. Canon Jennifer king Daugherty & the Rev. Linzi Stahlecker

Laying aside the things of daily life, on retreat we step into an intentional time of spiritual care and awareness. During this time away we will rest deeply, and honor our relationships with one another and with God. Time on retreat is shaped to create a spaciousness within, and an opportunity to discern and encounter the movement and call of the Spirit in each of our lives

(Information about how to register will be posted here when it is available).


Mothered by God:
Divine Feminine and the Black Madonna

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2023, 9 A.M.–2:30 P.M.

with Chistena Cleveland, Ph.D.

The Divine is not limited to one specific gender or race but for many people, the dominant or exclusive image of God they’ve experienced is that of a white male. Such a poverty of metaphor limits not only our understanding of the Holy One who overflows all human categories but also reinforces white supremacy and patriarchy. Join Dr. Christena Cleveland as she explores the Divine Feminine, especially in the context of her 400-mile walking pilgrimage across central France in search of ancient Black Madonna statues.

Dr. Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and activist. She is the founder and director of the Center for Social Justice and Renewal as well as its sister organization, Sacred Folk. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart (2013), and God is a Black Woman (2022). Learn more about Christena here.

Pre-registration required (registration link will be posted here when it is available).

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Lent 2023

MARCH 3–13, 2023

Led by The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason & The Rev. Katherine Sedwick

At this time this pilgrimage is at capacity, but you may contact Erik Donner to put your name on a waiting list. For more information, click here or contact Dean Thomason.

ONGOING OFFERINGS

 

Cathedral Yoga

Every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the cathedral nave.

In the soaring sacred space of the cathedral nave, this practice encourages health, releasing tension and deepening spirituality—in a welcoming style for any experience level. Learn more here. A freewill offering is appreciated.


Contemplative Eucharist

Sundays, 7 p.m., Thomsen Chapel

This evening Eucharist offers periods of silence for reflection, simple meditative music, and lots of candlelight, with anointing and healing blessings offered after the service.


Compline

Sundays, 9:30 p.m., cathedral nave

A beloved Seattle tradition since 1956, the Compline Choir leads this meditative choral service of nighttime prayers. Broadcast each week on KING 98.1 FM, or streaming at king.org, and as a podcast, and livestreamed.


Centering Prayer

Most Tuesdays*, 7 p.m., cathedral nave (*check calendar for schedule)

A weekly time of silent meditation, followed by group conversation.

Centering prayer is inspired by the writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative tradition, including the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux and Thomas Merton. Through the silence, we open our minds and hearts—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, reaching beyond thoughts, words, and emotions, that we might experience God’s presence within us. Learn more here. Email Phil Fox Rose with questions: phil@philfoxrose.com


Evening Prayer

Monday–Friday, 6:00 p.m., in person in Thomsen Chapel on Wednesdays only, via Zoom Mon-Tue-Thur-Fri

Every weekday, lay readers from Seattle-area congregations including the cathedral lead a spoken service of daily prayer following the form of the Book of Common Prayer 1979. In the quiet of evening, we give thanks for the day just passed, and offer our praise to God. Learn more here.


Taizé Service

Service offered seasonally at 7 p.m. in the cathedral nave. Upcoming offerings:

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2022

Named for the village in France where a monastic community developed music for contemplative prayer services, Taizé services at Saint Mark’s have a strong meditative quality and are comprised of silence and song, candlelight and stillness, prayer, and contemplation. As participants sing and sit in silence, we listen to the “still, small voice” within. The mind calms and the soul opens up. God speaks and the heart hears. Learn more here.


SEASONAL OFFERINGS

Advent Quiet Morning at St. Andrew's, Green Lake

Saturday, November 26, 2022, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s, 111 NE 80th St., Seattle

Lenten Quiet Morning at Saint Mark’s Cathedral

Date TBD, 2023, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at Saint Mark’s Cathedral

These two special Quiet Mornings help us move deeply into the sacred seasons with morning prayer, centering prayer, walking meditation, and unstructured time for reflection held in shared silence. Freewill donations gratefully accepted ($10–15 suggested).

 


New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk

December 31, 2022, 6 p.m to midnight 

By candlelight and contemplative music, come mark the turn into a new year by engaging in this deep spiritual practice. With pews removed, the labyrinth is laid down in the center of this sacred cathedral, allowing people to “circle to the center” as a practice designed to illuminate the inner path of wisdom. At midnight, Holy Eucharist is celebrated at the center of the labyrinth. All are welcome. (Suggested donation: $5 per person; $15 for families.)


PAST OFFERINGS


Liturgy and Intersectionality: Appropriation or Appreciation?

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 9:30 A.M.–3 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom; registration required for either option

with The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, Saint Mark’s 2022 Theologian-in-Residence

How do we pray and worship in a way that fully reflects the fullness of the Kin-dom of God while also honoring the integrity of identity? How can our liturgies be shaped with appreciation of all people vs. appropriation without true integration? Reconciling liturgical traditions that were shaped from a primarily white viewpoint takes the ability to have open and honest conversations around creativity and change, and requires alliance on the Holy Spirit’s call to be one in Christ. Learn more about this event, including a tentative schedule, here.

The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining is an Episcopal priest, liturgical scholar, educator, and author. She is a citizen of the Sault Ste Marie Band of Chippewa Indians of Michigan. This is her final offering as Saint Mark's 2022 Theologian-in-residence; she has previously led a series of workshops on intergeneration trauma and intergenerational blessingspiritual practices, and Mary Magdalene and spiritual healing.

Fee $35 (for both online and in-person participants). Includes a light lunch and snacks (scholarships available).

UPDATE: A complete video is now available here


The Paradoxical Friendship of Grief and Joy

TWO WEDNESDAYS: OCTOBER 19 & 26, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Facilitated by Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Grief and joy can seem like opposites—experiences of sadness and loss are profoundly different from those of happiness and delight. Yet, both grief and joy reveal our vulnerability and capacity to love; they both soften our hearts and make us aware of our dependence on God. In this two-week series, Canon Jennifer King Daugherty will explore the paradoxical kinship of grief and joy and how the wisdom and grace we gain from either experience deepens our understanding of the other—and our relationship with God.

UPDATE: Video and slides from parts 1 and 2 are now available here.

Mary Magdalene—A Tower of Lineage

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2022, 9:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom

A Saturday gathering led by The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

Mary Magdalene has rightly been called “the Apostle to the Apostles” because of her important witness to the life, ministry, and resurrection of Jesus. However, few people today truly understand the sheer magnitude of her contribution to the Jesus movement itself. Recent scholarship counts her as one of the shapers of many of the rites and rituals of Christianity thanks to her deep firsthand knowledge of Jesus’ healing ministry. Indeed, she is often called “The Magdala” or “The Tower” by those who understand her to be the lineage-bearer of some of Jesus’s most important teachings on healing, anointing, exorcism, and giving witness.

Join this engaging workshop, in which The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, Saint Mark’s 2022 Theologian-in-Residence, will share some of the latest research on Mary Magdalene’s lasting impact and engage in spiritual healing practices based on her towering lineage.

Fee $35 (for both online and in-person participants). Includes a light lunch and snacks for those participating in person (scholarships available). Pre-registration required.

NOTE: Dr. Raining will also offer a guest sermon at the 9 and 11 a.m. services on Sunday, August 21.

UPDATE: A complete video of this event is now available here:


2021–2022 PROGRAM YEAR

CAPSTONE

Following in Celtic Footsteps: A Pilgrimage to Iona and Ancient Missions of Britain

JULY 17–29, 2022

Led by The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason & Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Rescheduled from August 2020 due to the pandemic, but open to anyone at this point, the shape of this 11-day trip is contemplative and communal, drawing on the ancient wisdom of Celtic spirituality and the monastic rhythms of worship, prayer, and life in community, while also delighting in the serene beauty of the landscape. We will fly to Glasgow where we will spend one night before heading to the island of Iona, known as a “thin place” of holy presence. Four nights on Iona will create the space for the contemplative spirit to awaken. From there we travel to Edinburgh for two nights, attending Sunday worship in the great cathedral and visiting historic sites in the region. We depart early to time our visit to the Holy Island of Lindsfarne and the tidal rhythms that allow safe passage before heading to Durham for four nights, with lodging just down from magnificent Durham Cathedral, containing Cuthbert’s shrine and Bede’s tomb. With Durham as our base, we will move about the ancient missions of Northumbria. Inspiration along our journey will draw on the lives of early saints like Columba, Aidan, and Bede as well as writings by modern spiritualists like John Phillip Newell, John O’Donohue, and Esther de Waal. There will be two pre-pilgrimage gatherings for those who make the trip.

UPDATE: The Pilgrimage is at capacity at this timeDownload the pilgrimage brochure here.  


Men’s Retreat: In Returning and Rest We Shall Be Renewed

FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY NOON, JUNE 10–12, 2022, at St. Andrew’s House Retreat Center on beautiful Hood Canal

Registration required. Capacity is limited to 25, first-come, first-served.

Facilitated Dean Steve Thomason

All great spirituality is about letting go. Instead, we have made it about taking in, attaining, performing, winning, and succeeding. —Richard Rohr, Adam’s Return

We hear a lot these days of “toxic masculinity” and the ways men are raised to behave in culturally-expected ways. We are taught to perform, but it’s a show God does not need, and it does not sustain us. Nor is it life-giving to those whom we love and serve. God is calling us to something else, to be someone else—to be our true selves.

This weekend retreat is designed to create the space for quiet reflection, time away from the burdens of daily life, spacious time in nature, conversations with other men of faith, and worship. It will be a time of spiritual reflection and renewal. Drawing on wisdom set forth by Fr. Richard Rohr and others, Steve Thomason, Dean of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, will facilitate the weekend to which men of all ages are welcome.

Fee: $250; includes two nights lodging (single rooms in the conference center) and all meals. Partial scholarships are available. Space is limited to 25. There are a few spots remaining, available first-come, first-serve. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. Payment in full is due May 1, 2022. Contact Erik Donner (edonner@saintmarks.org) to reserve your spot.

Register here.


Women’s Retreat—Desire and Holy Longing

UPDATE! NEW DATES: APRIL 29–MAY 1, 2022, at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island

Facilitated by Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

What is God’s desire for you and how might you live more fully into God’s holy longing for you? Spend a weekend away with Saint Mark’s clergy women to connect with each other and listen for the movement of the Spirit in our lives. Time will be set aside for prayer, reflection, creative expression, worship, and enjoying each other’s company. 

Learn more here.

Fee: $250; includes two nights lodging (single rooms in the conference center) and all meals. Partial scholarships are available. Space is limited to 25 and is first-come, first-serve. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. Payment in full is due April 15, 2022. Contact Erik Donner (edonner@saintmarks.org) to reserve your spot.


Ravished by Nature’s Beauty—Longing for God

A two-part workshop led by Belden C. Lane

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022, 6:30–8:30 P.M.
and SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 9:30 A.M.–3 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom. Registration required.

The Christian mystical tradition can be deeply earthy and sensual in its yearning for union with the Divine. Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Avila found a wondrous God in trees and flowing water. Catherine of Siena and Ignatius Loyola were drawn by the wild energy of fire and the darkness of the cave. These mystics call us back to a “Great Conversation” with the natural world, reconnecting our spiritual lives with the earth. Renowned theologian and best-selling author Belden Lane will guide this wholesome exploration through images, storytelling, poetry, and guided meditation.

The confluence of Earth Day, the Easter Season, and springtime delight affords a spectacular opportunity to engage in conversation with nature, and through it, with God. Dr. Lane will offer four reflections:

  1. The Great Conversation: Listening to Trees
  2. Wilderness, Storytelling, and the Power of Place
  3. Catherine and Teresa, Women of Spirit: Fire and Water (Feeding one’s Desire for God)
  4. Ignatius Loyola and the Cave as Teacher

Space and time are integrated to allow contemplative time in the urban green space, journaling, and plenary conversations. Fee is $60 which includes snacks and light breakfast and lunch Saturday for those in Bloedel Hall.

UPDATE: Video of this event will be posted here when it is available. 


Spirituality of the Meal

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2022, 9:30 A.M.–12 P.M., in person only. Registration required—limited to 20 attendees.

Facilitated by Chef Marc Aubertin & Dean Steve Thomason

Food is a profound portal into spiritual growth even as it often carries trappings of stress and shame for many. It doesn’t have to. Sharing a meal is a holy experience, if we avail ourselves of the opportunity to practice presence and to see the bounty before us as opportunity to practice gratitude. Brief reflections across the day will include history of the meal, reflecting on food as spiritual metaphor, and participants will engage in sensate tasting and will share a meal prepared by all present.

Fee: $25, includes resources and food. Registration required. Capacity is limited to 20 attendees, so register early!

Register using this link.


Celtic Spirituality: Delight, Wonder, & Reverence

TWO WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 16 & 23, 2022, 6:45 p.m.–8:15 p.m., in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom

Facilitated by Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Join Canon Daugherty over the course of two Wednesday evenings to explore the riches of creation-based spirituality in the Celtic tradition. She’ll share some of what she learned while on sabbatical in Ireland and Iona, and we’ll practice rhythms of embodied prayer and openness to daily encounters with the holy. 

No registration required. Join using this Zoom link.

The pdf of scripture that was distributed at Part 1 may be found here: Celtic Prayers and Scripture Passages

The complete slides from Part 1 may be found here: Celtic Spirituality part 1 2.16.22

A video of part 1 is now posted here.

 


Following Jesus to a New Counter-Cultural, Post-Pandemic Normal

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

A Saturday gathering led by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

The year 2022 is already being called “the year of all things,” as the world attempts to catch up on two years of pandemic postponements. But Jesus, ever attentive to the present moment, calls us to liberation from the tyranny of being overcommitted and offers us the invitation to rest, heal, and be well. This workshop will explore the resources of our faith tradition for grounded and connected life and ministry for all of God’s people.

Slides and a complete video of this offering are now available here.


OPENING PLENARY

A Spirituality of Desire

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021, 6:45 P.M.–8:15 P.M., Bloedel Hall and via Zoom

Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason

Drawing on art, poetry, science, and theology, including writings of the mystics, we explore desire as a deeply-seated (and perhaps divinely hard-wired) spiritual gift that enables us to engage the Other in life-giving union while also reflecting on ways we fall prey to false attachments meant to fill the spiritual whole that only God can fill. 

No fee. In-person attendees must be vaccinated.

A complete video and materials from this presentation are now available here.


THE FIRST WISDOM SCHOOL OFFERING OF THE 2021–22 PROGRAM YEAR

UPDATE: Due to safety considerations around gathering in one space for eight hours at a time, the cathedral has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person gathering for CONSPIRE. All registrants will be invited to participate virtually. Please note that those who have registered through Saint Mark's will not be able to experience the interactive elements of the weekends events. (Previous years' CONSPIRE offerings have not had interactive elements.) For the full interactive experience, you will need to register through C.A.C. directly. Please contact Dean Thomason with questions.

CONSPIRE 2021: The final in a seven-year series

SEPTEMBER 24–26, 2021
A livestreamed conference hosted locally at Saint Mark's 

PLEASE NOTE: Bloedel Hall has reached capacity and registration is now closed for in-person participate. Register at the link below to join in virtually from home.

Join Richard Rohr and friends in this capstone experience building on Richard Rohr’s alternative orthodoxy to create a gateway into practical and authentic contemplation—a way of life rooted in radical openness to God’s loving presence. Saint Mark’s Cathedral serves as a host site for the virtual conference, or you can register through saint Mark's and join from your own. Learn more at the website of the Center for Contemplation and Action here.

Advance registration required. Fee: $20, includes refreshments across the three-day conference.