The Apostolic Johannite Church is proud to present the twenty-first annual AJC Conclave – May 21 – May 23rd, 2021.
After twenty years of in person Conclaves – owing to a global pandemic and our wish to provide education and fellowship in a safe environment – Conclave 2021 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..
The venue and circumstances of our present moment may be unique but like with every year preceding it, Conclave remains 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 week. 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 Speaker: Dr. Glen Fairen – The Meaning of the Occult
Dr. Glen J. Fairen is an instructor at the University of Alberta in the program of Religious Studies, where he teaches classes ranging from Method and Theory, the Historical Jesus, Apocalyptic Themes, and Studies in Witchcraft and the Occult. He also is the author of As Below, So Above: Apocalypticism, Gnosticism and the Scribes of Qumran and Nag Hammadi (2009).
Dr. Stuart Douglas – Gnosticism and Carl Jung
Stuart Douglas has had a life-long interest in the mysteries and completed his PhD in transpersonal psychology in parallel with a career as a systems analyst. His specialist areas of interest include the intersection of Jungian psychology and Gnosticism and, more generally, ancient wisdom, shamanic practice and contemplative traditions. When not pursuing these interests, or rendering unto Caesar, he spends his time hiking in the mountains somewhere or plotting his escape from the matrix
The Rev. Rick Beck – Spiritual Direction: Another Way of Knowing
Rev. Rick Beck is a retired Moravian Pastor, serving for fourteen years with Good Shepherd Moravian Church in Calgary, Alberta. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1986.
His current ministerial and spiritual focus is on the practice of Spiritual Direction, which he has explored for the past decade, now serving as an Instructor and Supervisor with the FCJ Centre in Calgary, Alberta
His Grace, Dr. William Behun, Primate of the United States – Why Gnosticism Now?: Myth in the Age of Scientism and Constant Chevillon: Modern Martyr
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, Dr. Tim Mansfield, Bishop of New South Wales – A Deeper Gnosis: An Integral Approach to Gnosticism
Bishop Tim Mansfield was ordained a priest in the Apostolic Johannite Church in May 2008 and a bishop in May 2012. He serves as rector of the parish of Saint Uriel the Archangel in Sydney, Australia and bishop of the diocese of New South Wales. In 2018, he created Johannite School – an online learning platform for introductory courses about the AJC, gnosticism and spiritual practice. Tim is passionate about communicating advanced spiritual and theological topics in understandable ways to a lay audience.
Bishop-Elect Scott Rassbach – The Gnosticism of Philip K. Dick
Bishop-Elect Rassbach has a degree in English from the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked on a thesis on Philip K. Dick and his works. He also holds a Sacred Licencate of 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.
Bishop-Elect Jeremiah ‘Bray’ Weaver – Deep Millennial Currents
Bishop-Elect 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. Deacon Jonathan Stewart – The Gospel of John and Sufism
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.
The Rev. Deacon Bryan Garner – The Church and Medieval Magic: Liturgy and the Classic Grimoires
Bryan Garner has been an active member of the Apostolic Johannite Church for many years and is a practicing occultist and Grimoire traditionalist who has been involved in Western ceremonial magic since 1999. He is the author of Gateways through Stone and Circle, a manual of evocation for the planetary intelligence. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife and son. Besides his occult pursuits, he enjoys the outdoor activities of Colorado, studying Celtic myth and legend, and teaching at Kashiwa Bujinkan Ninjutsu Dojo, his Japanese martial art center.
The Rev. Deacon Angie Wisk-Nowell – Knowing Better, Doing Better: Spiritual Direction and Preventing Cult Formation
Angie was raised in a non-religious family but has been captivated by spirituality for as long as she can remember.
She has practiced in a variety of forms of Christianity ranging from Evangelical, Mysticism, and Gnosticism. When she discovered the concept of the feminine divine in Christianity she was hooked and has been exploring this deeply since 2006. Angie has been a member of the Parish of St. Joseph of Arimathea since 2017.
She holds a B.A. in History and an MBA. She lives with her husband and two small children in, Calgary, Alberta.
The Rev. Mr. Joe Revels – Evangelical Christianity and Gnosticism
Rev. Mr. Revels has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Berry College and is a member of St. Raphael’s Theological Seminary. He currently holds Minor Orders within the church and is undergoing review for Consecration to Major Orders. He is happily married with one daughter, a kitty, and a hamster.
Jason Mehmel – Gnosticism and Narrative
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 21st, 2021
- 9:00am Deep Millennial Currents with Bishop-Elect Bray Weaver
- 10:30am Gnosticism and Jung with Dr. Stuart Douglas
- 1:30pm Spiritual Direction: Another Way of Knowing with Rev. Rick Beck
- 3:00pm A Deeper Gnosis: An Integral Approach to Gnosticism with The Bishop of New South Wales
- 4:30pm The Gnosticism of Philip K. Dick with Bishop-Elect Scott Rassbach
Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
- 9:00am Medieval Magic and the Liturgy with Rev. Deacon Bryan Garner
- 10:30am Gnosticism and Narrative with Jason Mehmel
- 1:30pm The Meaning of the Occult with Dr. Glen Fairen
- 3:00pm Why Gnosticism Now?: Myth in the Age of Scientism with the Primate of the United States
- 7:00pm Q & A with the Hierarchy of the Apostolic Johannite Church
Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
- 9:00am The Return of the Divine Feminine in the Modern Age with Rev. Deacon Jonathan Stewart
- 10:30am Evangelical Christianity and Gnosticism with Rev. Mr. Joe Revels
- 1:30pm Knowing Better, Doing Better: Spiritual Direction and Preventing Cult Formation with Rev. Deacon Angie Wisk-Nowell
- 3:00pm Constant Chevillon: Modern Martyr with the Primate of the United States
- 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 21 (Start of Conclave)
- If you have questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us via [email protected]
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