Consciousness & Christogenesis:
Mind, Matter & Emerging Wholeness
with facilitator Ilia Delio, OSF
& musician Sara Thomsen
Friday, May 5, 7–9 p.m.
& Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
at St. Ludmila Catholic Church
(211 21st Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404)
“All my relations, come! Every nation, come, all my relations under the sun. We are one!”
—Water is Life, music and lyrics by Sara Thomsen
A new era celebrating convergence is upon us! Humanity is at the precipice of an evolutionary watershed, one in which loving union is the oceanic flow that buoys our emergent future. We are intentionally evolving into a species that reveres the inter-connection of all life, consciously choosing the breadth and depth of our predilection for love and wholeness. We are opting for all that unites us for the good of all creation.
In this year’s edition of Spirituality in the 21st Century, Ilia Delio, OSF, will steer us into the trembling waters of God’s magnificent, emergent creation through the lens of evolutionary consciousness. Drawing upon the work of evolutionary philosopher and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, Ilia will offer her reflections on Teilhard’s notion of “Christogenesis,” or the advent of the Cosmic Christ, whose Body inheres in the whole of creation. As the universe expands and evolves with greater complexity, it tends toward fuller and more profound union. With the convergence of consciousness, we are becoming the very extension of God’s creative and loving impetus—alive and active—in the unfolding of the universe.
Complementing the profundity of the weekend gathering is the musical accompaniment of the soulful Sara Thomsen, whose acoustical renderings are soothing waters for the parched spirit, and whose melodies sing through us, reaching out to all our relations and crying out with abundant joy: “We are one!”
Ilia Delio, OSF, is a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC, and American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience, and the import of these for theology. Ilia currently holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University and is the author of seventeen books. More information about her can be found at www.OmegaCenter.Info/Ilia-Delio.
Sara Thomsen is an artist of the melody, whose music touches the soul and invites us to respond for the good of the global community. Sara’s gentle, soulful and uplifting acoustical renderings celebrate the beauty of the cosmos and call us into fuller communion with the global family. Check out Sara’s website at www.SaraThomsen.com.
The cost of the two-day conference is $75 and includes Saturday lunch. (After April 15, the cost is $80.) Friday only is $25, and Saturday only is $50, including lunch.
Lodging at Prairiewoods is full. However, lodging is available at Country Inn & Suites (Cedar Rapids North) for $92 per night for one king bed or $94 for two queen beds (includes hot breakfast) by calling 319-294-8700 and asking for the Prairiewoods block.