Conclave 2018

The Apostolic Johannite Church is proud to present the nineteenth annual AJC Conclave – May 17-22 in Portland, Oregon

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 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. Conclave is also rich in social time, time to eat, talk, pray and practice together. It’s like a retreat and a conference all rolled into one.

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

The Apostolic Johannite Church is excited to welcome and present Stephen O’Shea, author of the Perfect Heresy and the Friar of Carcassonne, to Conclave 2018. He will be speaking on the Cathars and the movements they inspired in the 19th and 20th Centuries. 

Toronto-born author and journalist Stephen O’Shea moved to France in the early 1980s. There, he took up journalism, shortly after completing postgraduate degrees in politics at the Université de Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne) and the prestigious Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. In 1989, Elle magazine relocated O’Shea to New York to be a senior features editor of their American edition.

In 1993, he returned to Paris, where he worked as Variety’s film critic, and published articles on French culture and politics for American, British, French, and Canadian magazines, including The Observer, The Times of London, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Allure, and Mother Jones.

To research The Perfect Heresy, O’Shea moved to Perpignan in southern France in 1997, where he spent two years immersing himself in Cathar lore. In 2011, he continued his exploration on the Cathars and the Inquisition in France with the Friar of Carcassonne. In addition to The Perfect Heresy, O’Shea is also the author of the widely acclaimed Back to the Front (Walker & Company, 1997), a hiker’s meditation on the trenches of World War I and most recently, The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond. (via Bloomsbury Publishing)

The Dr. Juliana Eimer Memorial Lecture

Continuing the tradition begun at Conclave 2017, we are also proud to present to you this year’s Dr. Juliana Eimer Memorial Lecture- M. Isidora Forrest on The Divine Feminine.

For several years, the Rev. Subdeacon Juliana Eimer, Ph.D was an active presenter and participant at our Conclaves- speaking on a variety of topics, from female Saints to the nature of Divinity. Her passing a mere months after Conclave 2016 was difficult for our community, and the Apostolic Johannite Church has chosen to remember her work here with us through an annual lecture in her name.

M. Isidora Forrest has been devoted to Isis ever since the Goddess told her, in no uncertain terms, that she was not yet ready to be Her priestess. (Isidora respects a Goddess Who doesn’t coddle.) More than twenty years—and a lot of research, ritual, agony and ecstasy—later, Isidora has earned the title of Prophetess in the House of Isis. She is also a priestess of the international Fellowship of Isis, a Hermetic adept, a maenad for Dionysos, and a founder of the Hermetic Fellowship, a non-profit religious organization devoted to spiritual development through ritual and education in the Western Esoteric Tradition (via goodreads).

 

Program of Conclave Lectures and Workshops

In addition to our Keynote and the Dr. Juliana Eimer Memorial Lecture, 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:

  • The Shem ha-Mephorasch with Fr. Joseph Wolf
  • Music and Magic with Tasha Danner
  • The Order of the Temple and Saint John II: Templarism in the AJC with the Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation with the Primate of the United States, HG Mar Thomas
  • Magic and the Liturgy with the Primate of the United States
  • St. Cyprian the Mage with Monsignor Jordan Stratford, OSE
  • Divine Guidance: The Practice of Divination with Monsignor Scott Rassbach, AC
  • The Friary and the AJC with Monsignor Scott Rassbach, AC
  • Marian Gnosticism with the Rev. Father Joseph McCauslin
  • The Congregant in the AJC with the Rev. Father Joseph McCauslin
  • Gnosticism in the Far East with Rev. Deacon Jason Campbell
  • Contemplative Practice and the Oblates of St. John with Prior Mark Donato, OTSJ
  • The Demiurge in the Gospel of John with the Rev. Mr. Jonathan Stewart

Costs and Registration
Lodging is not included and is the responsibility of the attendee.

Full Registration

Individual- January 1st to April 1st: Early Bird: $450

After April 1st: $500

Couple- January 1st to April 1st: Early Bird: $750
After April 1st: $800
Full Registration includes All Activities and Eight Meals:

Thursday: Dinner
Friday: All Activities, Lunch and Dinner
Saturday: All Activities and Lunch.  Dinner excursion at own cost
Sunday: All Lectures, Workshops, and Dinner
Monday: All Activities, Lunch and Dinner
Tuesday: All Activities, Lunch

Weekend Package  includes All Activities and Four Meals
Individual- January 1st to April 1st: Early Bird: $200
After April 1st: $250

Couple- January 1st to April 1st: Early Bird: $350
After April 1st: $375

Friday: All Activities, Lunch and Dinner
Saturday: All Activities and Lunch.  Dinner excursion at own cost
Sunday: All Lectures, Workshops, and Dinner
or
Saturday: All Activities and Lunch.  Dinner excursion at own cost
Sunday: All Lectures, Workshops, and Dinner
Monday: All Activities, Lunch and Supper

$100 Individual Per Day Registration (Includes activities and scheduled meals excepting Saturday Dinner)

Refund Policy

From Now until April 1st- 100% Refund
April 2nd to May 1st- 50% Refund
After May 2nd- No Refund will be issued

Registration closes May 2nd

 We look forward to seeing you there and sharing your journey. Registration opens soon

 

New Mission: Stella Maris Mission, Baltimore, MD

The Archdiocese of Wisconsin of Apostolic Johannite Church and St. Eve’s Apostolic Johannite Church are happy to announce the genesis of Stella Maris Mission, another local Johannite community and a home for gnosis, discussion and spiritual opportunity for the souls of Baltimore City.

St. Eve’s has been a sanctuary in Harrisburg, PA for over 5 years, delivering a message of world-positive, soul-loving, guilt-free Gnosticism to those who wish to hear it.  Seeking God and Wisdom through the unspoken language of the physical senses, the event-patterns of the life-experience, and logical investigation of human emotions and thought, St. Eve’s has worked hard to be a place where the mundane is not just respected as a manifestation from the Divine, but is instead wholly indiscernible from it.  Now that message is coming to Baltimore, bringing a spiritual freedom to another corner of the world.

Stella Maris Mission is located at 209 S. Pulaski St, Baltimore, MD.  The space and times to worship, commune and learn have been generously donated by the William Blake Lodge, located at the same location, whose members wish for the citizens of Baltimore to have a wide spectrum of spiritual experience available to them, right in their own city.  Stella Maris Mission currently offers monthly Liturgy and education sprinkled with a healthy dose of community, humor and wisdom.  While Stella Maris tries to meet consistently and regularly to make it easier for those wishing to participate with us, dates and times are subject to change based on availability.

You can find out more about Stella Maris Mission at the St. Eve’s website at chapeloftheapple.org or you can look us on Facebook.

Signals vs. Noise- A Reflection on the Order of the Temple

The Liturgical Calendar of the AJC always has much to meditate and contemplate in every season, yet I find some of my own personally moving calendar days come in the latter half of the year.

One of these days is the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Knights Templar, for its many noble qualities, for the lineages we possess which legend tells us moved through their ranks, for divine hopes and of course, for human frailty and failure.

There are many heroic deeds to be celebrated, many qualities to admire when it comes to the legendary Order of warrior monks. Yet not all of their history is rosy, or kind, or worthy of emulation-and not every one of their leaders, or those who followed them were noble nor upright.

Still, it isn’t the contemplation of heavenly aspirations, heroic deeds or human failings in the Order itself that I turn to with my contemplation this year, but rather, the contemplation of the fears and forces outside of it which brought them to the dungeons, torture chambers and the stakes.

In our time, much as in theirs, the idea of the ‘Other’ looms large on our landscape – advances in education, communication, science and so forth have not immunized us against demonization or ignorance when it comes to our fellow sentient beings.

Sadly, some of these advances have been turned to the ability to more efficiently promote ignorance. A 24 hour news cycle, new and independent media through podcasting, video streams, blogging, social media and the like have enabled ignorance to travel faster than ever with less pesky obstacles such as fact checking, empathy and skepticism to slow it down. Why examine? There’s a picture with a caption from someone ‘important’ to show you the light.

(Yes I’m aware I this post could fall into this category right here and now save myself being important)

I wonder what the Order of the Temple would have thought of such things?

On October 13th, 1307, warrants were given to the men of Phillip IV of France and were opened simultaneously. Beginning with the words “”Dieu n’est pas content, nous avons des ennemis de la foi dans le Royaume”- (“God is not pleased. We have enemies of the faith in the kingdom).

Rapid. Deceptive. Authoritative.

The motives for which Phillip le Bel affixed his seal, and the ones which the soldiers likely assumed based on the text were probably two very different things.

Likewise with much that passes before our eyes attempting to tell us that our neighbors, our coworkers, our friends, those that share our flag and those that don’t, are less than, should be feared, or treated with suspicion- it is not for our safety or our betterment but for agendas that aren’t so rapidly, truthfully or plainly stated.

We fear what we do not understand, and ensuring a lack of understanding is frequently high on such agendas. Sometimes the ‘others’ we are encouraged to fear are people, sometimes it is a culture, sometimes it is a religion, sometimes it is science.

There are legitimate problems in the world- extremism, greed, epidemics, most of which are in the headlines today. Combating these dangers with education, compassion and understanding is a worthy cause. The world is not always a nice place, but we can make an effort to bring that around for individuals with what we have as individuals, such as we are able.

The seeming insurmountable nature of the task lessens not our obligation towards effort.

There are many things however which aren’t worth our time, or are intended to direct our time, thoughts and energy to perpetuating ignorance, fear, that ‘otherness’ and so forth under the appearance of better motives.

The medieval Order of the Temple no less was taken down for greed and fear dressed in the clothes of apostasy and ‘devil worship’.

The 24 hour news cycle, new and independent media through podcasting, video streams, blogging, social media mentioned above can afford us an opportunity, one as transformational as the printing press- to connect, be more human and learn more.

Every day we are confronted with a mass of information whose signal to noise ratio is degrading at a significant pace- and in that information we are being offered a handful of choices.

Increasingly it seems, more and more of those choices involve someone asking you to be afraid.

There are many legitimate things to be scared of in the world- let our fellow sentient beings not be among them for as long as we are able.

 

 + IOHANNES IV
Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch
The Apostolic Johannite Church

 

 

 

 

Office of the Hours: Printing and Availability

As announced earlier, the text of the Office of the Hours of the Apostolic Johannite Church was completed shortly before Conclave 2017. We are now pleased to inform you that the first printing of the first edition of the Office of the Hours has now been completed. 

The Office of the Hours of the Apostolic Johannite Church will be made available to Parish, Narthex and Mission members and participants directly through local Rectors, leaders and clergy. The text of the Office of the Hours will also be made available to Oblates of the Order of the Temple and Saint John.

If you are located near a parish, narthex or mission of the Apostolic Johannite Church, and wish to explore the rich tradition of the Office of the Hours and its practice within the AJC, come and share your journey with us by contacting your local group and getting involved.

Episcopal Statement on Same-Sex Marriage in Australia

Australia is in a long, painful process of considering the legalization of same-sex marriage.

At this time in Australia, the Commonwealth Government is carrying out a voluntary, national, postal survey asking whether Australians believe that the Marriage Act ought to be amended to permit the legal union of same-sex couples.

For many socially-conservative Christians, this is a time of crisis which requires vocal activism in a effort to ensure that society both affirms and reflects values which they see as inherent in the sacrament of marriage as they understand it. We also see a need to be vocal as we contemplate the possibility that the state’s definition of legal marriage may one day come to be inclusive of LGBTI families. 

Since its foundation, the Apostolic Johannite Church, has affirmed the full equality of all persons and has always offered the sacrament of matrimony to any sincerely, loving couple. Rooted as it is in the reality of the Sacred Flame present in all beings, this isn’t an extraordinary application of the sacrament, but rather its fullest expression. 

Marriage equality isn’t a departure from of the meaning of Matrimony, but a fulfillment of it, and a recognition of the strength and the value that it can bring to the loving and committed relationships that we both desire and honour. That we should long to see the commitments we make before the Divine affirmed and reflected in the nation and society which we hold dear, is also a natural extension of these values. 

It is because of our commitments, because we believe in the sanctity of matrimony, because we believe the Sacred Flame is inherent in every human being and because the reality of loving same-sex couples raising beautiful, healthy children is right in front of us in our own communities – as a church, we yearn for this change to be completed.

Loud arguments are being made and strong invective used on both sides and, since this decision is being delegated to citizens, these arguments are being made within families and between friends as well as in the public arena. This will leave scars.

We pray that our relationships with those we love might survive this trial. We pray that our nation weathers this latest storm. We pray for the wisdom and strength of our leaders. We pray for those who feel victimised in the debate, that they may feel themselves surrounded by love. We pray that, in the end, love prevails

With Love,

+ The Most Reverend Timothy Mansfield
in ecclesia Mar Timotheos
Bishop of New South Wales
Apostolic Johannite Church