Companions of the Sacred Flame,
This night we gather in vigil, to commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ, recalling with it, the history of our spiritual path, seeing in it, our own journeys from life to death, and experiencing through it, the initiation from death to life.
Divine Beloved, out of the tomb of separation you have called us, to rise into the Kingdom of God. The ancient mysteries of sacrifice speak to our journey.
Incarnate in each one of us, the Sacred Flame is transfixed upon the cross of space and time, May we never fear to descend into our lowest reaches, like the Logos and the harrowing of hell, to reconcile the lower with the higher- that we may rise transformed in this very life, and in the fullness of time ascend into perfect union.
– Easter Vigil of the Apostolic Johannite Church
These are the opening words of the Easter Vigil ritual that our communities undertake each year at this most solemn time. This year, our physical vigil is one that only a few of our communities can undertake in person due to the continued pandemic but nevertheless our clergy continue to celebrate through a variety of means corporately and individually on behalf of not only their own communities but all members of the Apostolic Johannite Church wherever they are found.
The past year has been one of challenge, compromise, and inventiveness – but also one of life, light and purpose given by the Sacred Flame itself – a beacon from one to another as we have continued to navigate the unknown together. With the light of Easter morning comes the hope of an eventual ending to the pandemic or at least a safer path through it in the year to come. In the light of that hope, I offer on behalf of our Church, our Easter Blessing.
My blessings, good wishes and prayers for all the Johannite Parishes, Narthexes, Missions, Oratories and Chapels, our solitary sisters and brothers who keep the flame burning in distant places, and all those who call the Apostolic Johannite Church home, deepening and sharing their journey here.
My thanks and gratitude on behalf of the Apostolic Johannite Church to the Johannite Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Seminarians, the Grand Master and Initiates of the Friary, the Prior, Oblates and Knights of the Order of the Temple and Saint John, and the Gnostic Wisdom Network team, for all their hard work and dedication- not only to the people we work on behalf of, but also in their own spiritual paths and in their service to each other. At all times, but especially as we continue our march through difficult terrain.
Blessings and good wishes also from the Apostolic Johannite Church to the many Churches and spiritual communities of good will, especially the Ecclesia Gnostica Mysteriorum, Ecclesia Gnostica, Ekklesia Neoplatonismos Theourgia, l’Eglise Gnostique Apostolique (New York), and the Community of St. George – Young Rite as well as the many Martinist Orders and Lodges, Ordre Martiniste, Ordre Martiniste Souverains, Ordre Martiniste of North America, and our Masonic sisters and brothers, and also the many individual friends, family, laity and clergy of good will.
May the coming year find your work and paths rich and rewarding with fruitful challenge and blessing, and balanced with rest and reflection. May your work be noble, your spirits be humble, and your hearts always full. Most of all, may you each continue to come through this time of trial with happiness and health.
+ IOHANNES IV
Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch
The Apostolic Johannite Church
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 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.
Our theme this year is Modern Gnosis
The Apostolic Johannite Church is excited to welcome and present Dr. Glen Fairen as our Keynote speaker- and he will be presenting on 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).
Program of Conclave Lectures and Workshops
In addition to our Keynote, we are also excited to bring you an engaging list of speakers and activities throughout the Conclave program.
Without further preamble- here are some of the talks and workshops we have at the time of this announcement:
Dr. Glen Fairen – The Meaning of the Occult
Dr. Stuart Douglas – Gnosticism and Jung
Rev. Rick Beck – Spiritual Direction: Another Way of Knowing
The Primate of the United States – Why Gnosticism Now?: Myth in the Age of Scientism
The Primate of the United States: Constant Chevillon: Modern Martyr
The Bishop of New South Wales – A Deeper Gnosis: An Integral Approach to Gnosticism
Msgr. Scott Rassbach – The Gnosticism of Philip K. Dick
Msgr. Bray Weaver – Deep Millennial Currents
Rev. Deacon Jonathan Stewart – The Gospel of John and Sufism
Rev. Deacon Bryan Garner – The Church and Medieval Magic:: Liturgy and the Classic Grimoires
Rev. Deacon Angie Wisk-Nowell – Knowing Better, Doing Better – Spiritual Direction and Preventing Cult Formation
Rev. Mr. Joe Revels – Evangelical Christianity and Gnosticism
Jason Mehmel – Modern Gnosticism and Narrative
Costs and Registration
Full Registration: All Talks and Workshops – 100 USD
Individual Talk or Workshop – 25 USD
Full Refund Available until May 21 (Start of Conclave)
We look forward to seeing you there and sharing your journey. Registration opens soon