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The Apostolic Johannite Church is proud to present the twenty-fourth annual AJC Conclave – May 31st to June 2nd, 2024

After a review of costs involved for attendance at our host cities, the Apostolic Johannite Church has opted in favour of accessibility and affordability – Conclave 2024 will be entirely online

Each year the people of the AJC, friends and family gather together to socialize, learn, build our skills and deepen our community. It is an amazing opportunity for spiritual growth and insight to modern Gnostic practice. Conclave is a rich opportunity to deepen your practice, education and experience of Gnosticism and the Apostolic Johannite Church. 

Conclave offers lectures, workshops and panel discussions selected to develop ministry skills, support the work of church leaders both lay and ordained and deepen and enrich the spiritual lives of attendees. 

As always, we welcome you, no matter who you are or what your spiritual path, to join us for this unique weekend. You can come for all or part and participate as much or as little as you’d like. However you choose, we welcome you into our household.

 

Keynote

Dr. Justin Sledge – The Cunning of Wisdom: The Valentinian Demiurge

Dr. Sledge’s work engages with Religious Studies specifically in the so-called “Western Esoteric Tradition” or Hermetic Tradition in religious and philosophical thought.  In this line of research he seeks to grasps the philosophical commitments which underpin the alleged workings of magic, esoteric influence, spirit possession, alchemy, etc.  This field of inquiry brings him primarily into contact with philosophers and intellectuals regrettably disregarded by the modern philosophic canon.

Conclave Presenters

Dr. Sasha Chaitow – Beauty, Charity, Subtlety: Joséphin Péladan’s Way of Mystical Aestheticism 

Dr Sasha Chaitow is a British-Greek author, artist, and cultural historian. She is the only modern, English-language scholar to have completed an in-depth, academic study of the life and work of Joséphin Péladan:  Son of Prometheus: The Life and Work of Joséphin Péladan (Theion, 2022). She is currently working on a three-volume scholarly anthology of Péladan’s work for Theion Publishing, annotated translations for Black Letter Press, and editing health education volumes for Elsevier. Sasha has taught on esoteric topics at universities and in adult education for over 20 years. A practicing artist and gallerist, Sasha trained in an icon-painting workshop in Corfu, Greece, later attending the Vakalo School of Fine Arts in Athens. She has exhibited internationally and her art draws on her early training as well as her scholarship of esotericism. More info: www.sashachaitow.co.uk/about-2

The Rev. Dr. Siobhán Houston – The Gnostic Restoration in Modern France

Rev. Dr. Siobhán Houston was ordained as an independent Catholic priest in 2003 by Bishop Martha Shultz. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and studied Western esotericism at the doctoral level with Dr. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke. She is the author of Priests, Gnostics and Magicians: European Roots of Esoteric Independent Catholicism, as well as two other books. She has also written for numerous periodicals, including Theosophical History, GNOSIS, and Parabola.

 His Grace, The Most Rev. William Behun, Ph.D, Primate of the United States –
A Gathering of the Summoned: The Ecclesia from the Bronze Age to Today

His Grace Dr. William Behun is Archbishop of Wisconsin and Primate for the United States of America for the Apostolic Johannite Church.  He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from De Paul University, and is the author of The Historical Pivot:  Philosophy of History in Hegel, Schelling, and Hölderlin as well as articles on a wide range of philosophical topics.

In addition to his duties within the AJC, His Grace also teaches philosophy in the Chicago area, specializing in Ethics and the History of Philosophy.

His Excellency, The Most Rev. Scott Rassbach, Auxiliary Bishop of the United States –
Stirring the Coals: Group Ritual to Feed the Sacred Flame

Bishop Rassbach has a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked on a thesis on Philip K. Dick and his works. He also holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from St. Raphael’s seminary, where he has delved into many topics in Modern Gnosticism.

He is an avid student of magical and mystic orders, modern ways of understanding ancient ideas, and the intersection of the traditional and the current.

His Excellency, Most Rev. Bray Weaver, Auxiliary Bishop of the United States – Consciousness of Self-Organizing Systems in Western Esotericism

Bishop Jeremiah “Bray” Weaver has been a psychotherapist since 1997 and has taught hypnotherapy and counseling at a number of trade schools and colleges.  He was raised in the shamanic Church of Seven Arrows before studying Tendai Mikkyo Buddhism and finally finding a home within the Apostolic Johannite Church where he serves at the Parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Colorado.  Bray brings a lifelong study of the mind and subconscious from Soul Retrieval to modern hypnosis and psychotherapy.

The Rev. Fr. Brenden Humberdross –  Ora et Labora: The Religious Life in Spiritual History and Practice

Brenden Humberdross is a native of Queensland, Australia experiencing its vastness as his family moved for his father’s work. His parents always encouraged an open approach to religion as a personal matter. His curiosity has taken him through many different phases of personal development and has led to a deep personal faith, a life long love, and an academic interest in religion and spirituality.

Brenden has an interest in the Western Mystery tradition having taken degrees in a number of Masonic bodies, is a member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, and a Neophyte in the tradition of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

In his secular life Brenden has studied education at both an undergraduate and post-graduate level and has 18 years of teaching experience across a variety of schools and subjects. Brenden and his wife Monique live in Maryborough where they raise their blended family of 6 children.

Brenden serves the communities of southern Queensland as the first Rector of St Theresa Parish (Brisbane); with missions in both Maryborough and Toowoomba.

The Rev. Mother Angie Wisk-Nowell – Divination as Community Practice

Angie has been fascinated by spirituality throughout her life. She has explored various forms of Christianity, including Evangelical, Mysticism, and Gnosticism. Angie is inspired by Female Mystics writers from through the centuries ranging from Julian of Norwich to the modern Mystic Bernadette Roberts. Her main esoteric interests lie in Traditional Astrology and Tarot.

In addition to the enjoyable aspects of spiritual life, Angie and her spouse are cult survivors. From this challenging experience, she is passionate about exploring what aspects of spiritual life can lead to community cultic dynamics. Additionally, she is continuously exploring ways to embrace a full spiritual life within a community while maintaining each individual’s dignity and autonomy.

Angie has been a member of the Parish of St. Joseph of Arimathea since 2017. She achieved ordination to the Diaconate in September 2020 and to the Priesthood in 2023.

Angie holds a B.A. in History and an MBA and lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband and two children.

 The Rev. Deacon Jonathan Stewart –  A Modern Gnostic Church is Impossible, Which is why we must do it

Jonathan Stewart is a Montreal based writer and editor, originally from Canada’s East Coast. He grew up on Prince Edward Island and attended university in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and moved to La Belle Province in 2006. After four years of writing 9-5 in a corporate environment he’s now working in the terrifying land of freelancing.

He’s long had a passion for all things Gnostic, esoteric, and mystical, some of this started with him reading Phillip K. Dick when he was 12 and moving straight onto the Nag Hammadi Library when he was way too young to understand any of it. He came across the AJC in 2011 and has been in love with the welcoming and supportive Johannite community ever since.

He joined the church in 2013 and was admitted to the minor orders in 2014 and the Subdiaconate in 2018 and ordained to the Diaconate in 2019.

 Rev. Mrs. Christina RockeyMutual Aid as Spiritual Practice

Christina (Lengyel) Rockey is in her first year of seminary after a considerable hiatus. Currently a hospice volunteer, she hopes to one day serve in the area of death work. In her professional life, she is a writer and editor, publishing most frequently as a journalist and most happily as a fiction writer and poet. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing from the University of Baltimore and a BA in Anthropology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she focused in linguistics. She is a tarot reader, wife, and mother of twins. She resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the United States.


Jason Mehmel
Gnosticism as Art, Gnostics as Artists

Jason Mehmel is a writer, producer and director living in Calgary. He is the Artistic Director for Sage Theatre. His directing work includes A Year of Magical Thinking, Legislating Love, King Kirby, A Beautiful View (Sage Theatre). He is also a speaker curator and coach for the TEDxYYC event. He has produced and directed short films, and writes comic books, including the anthology book FIGHT COMICS! (fightcomics.ca)

Jason discovered Gnosticism through a friend using the Nag Hammadi Codex as inspiration for D&D. That seems like a perfect encapsulation of his approach and connection to gnosis. He is continuously exploring mysticism and how it intersects with art.

 

Schedule is subject to change. All Times are US Mountain Daylight Time, GMT-6. All Registrations include access to a recording of registered session(s) once they are available (please allow time for processing and upload).

Friday, May 31st, 2024

  • 1:30pm Beauty, Charity, Subtlety: Joséphin Péladan’s Way of Mystical Aestheticism  with Dr. Sasha Chaitow
  • 3:00pm Consciousness of Self Organizing Systems in World Esotericism with Most Rev. Bray Weaver
  • 4:30pm A Gnostic Church is Impossible, Which is why we must do it with Rev. Jonathan Stewart
  • 7:00pm Ora et Labora: The Religious Life in History and Spiritual Practice with Rev. Fr. Brenden Humberdross

Saturday, June 1st, 2024

  • 1:30pm Lent: The Start and End of the Liturgical Year with the Most Rev. William Behun, Primate of the United States
  • 3:00pm The Gnostic Restoration in Modern France with Dr. Siobhán Houston
  • 4:30pm Gnosticism as Art, Gnostics as Artists with Jason Mehmel
  • 7:00pm Stirring the Coals: Group Ritual to Feed the Sacred Flame with Most Rev. Scott Rassbach

Sunday, June 2nd, 2024

  • 1:30pm The Cunning of Wisdom: The Valentinian Demiurge with Dr. Justin Sledge
  • 3:00pm A Gathering of the Summoned: The History of the Ecclesia from the Bronze Age to Today with Most Rev. William Behun, Primate of the United States
  • 4:30pm Mutual Aid as Spiritual Practice with Rev. Mrs Christina Rockey
  • 7:00pm Divination as Community Spiritual Practice with Rev. Mother Angie Wisk-Nowell

 

Registration

Notes:

  • We are using Zoom for conference sessions. To participate, you need to be able to use Zoom on your device.
  • Registrants will be emailed conference room links 24 hours prior to the start of their registered session(s).
  • All Registrations include access to a recording of registered session(s) once they are available (please allow time for processing and upload).
  • Refund Policy – Full Refund Available until May 31 (Start of Conclave)
  • If you have questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us via [email protected]
How to Register:

Step 1: Tell us how you’re participating

Email [email protected] to tell us:

  1. The name and the email you use for Zoom. If either of these are different from the name and email you pay with, please tell us.
  2. If you have purchased one or multiple Individual Session Registrations, tell us which session you have chosen.

Step 2: Pay your registration fees 

Full Registration – All Talks, Workshops (+ Recording) – $100 USD
Student Registration – All Talks, Workshops (+ Recording) – $50 USD
Individual Registration –  Single Talk or Workshop (+ Recording) – $25 USD