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Asilomar 2019 Bible and Spiritual Life Conference
Opening Talk held in Monterey, CA
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Saturday Morning Audio:  Click HERE to listen (audio only)
“The Kingdom of God and Changing the Horizontal Qualities of Our Spiritual Life”

*Lola:  Opening Song
*Richard:  Conference Theme, Today’s Focus on the Horizontal
*Barry: The Centrality of Connectedness in the Kingdom of God Explore this topic from Paul’s development of the body of Christ, as well as First Corinthians, the gifts of the Spirit, and his baptismal formula (Galations 3:26-28.)
*Helen: Thy Kindom Come “Community today can no longer be a single tradition. It has to be the planet.” (Huston Smith) Finding our relationship with God in our relationship with our neighbor.
*Barry: Overview of Themes of Connectedness Overview of themes of inclusivity, diversity, and creation care in the Bible, along with repentance in Job as a means of deepening a sense of connectedness to God, one another, and creation

Saturday Afternoon Audio:  Click HERE to listen (audio only)
“The Kingdom of God and Changing the Horizontal Qualities of Our Spiritual Life”

*Helen: Rooftop Visions and Liminal Spaces
Standing on the threshold: “God has shown me…” God spoke to Peter on the rooftop activating a major disruption that catalyzed and authorized a whole new direction for the early Church. A close look at the strategies, approaches and ingredients employed by Paul and Peter and James to successfully integrate their visions into existing traditions and structures (Acts 10, 11, 15).

*Barry: Biblical Visions of Inclusivity and Diversity
During the years after the Babylonian exile when leaders like Ezra and Nehemiah were excluding those they deemed “other” from the Jerusalem community, the authors of Job, Ruth, Jonah, and Isaiah 56-66 emphasized foreigners’ devotion to God and God’s embrace of all people. Explore how these postexilic biblical texts can broaden our expression of community.


Thank you for visiting our community. We celebrate with love and joy the grace evident in Jesus’ life with God and his relationships with an amazing variety of people.

We are coming to see our lives in the Jesus-patterned narratives of the Bible. The Biblical stories and teachings are seen in their most authentic and spiritually helpful light as they are viewed through the lens of Jesus. If a biblical text doesn’t reflect the character and values of Jesus, if it doesn’t encourage active participation in the Kingdom Jesus proclaimed, then those passages are of less importance.

Jesus said:
You have your heads in your Bible constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.
– John 5:39,40

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
– John 10:10

Our Educational Ministries

As you tour our site, you will see many different ways to visit our community. We offer:

  • Physical events around the country throughout the year…some are three day conferences with multiple speakers, others are day long workshops with one or two speakers, and sometimes just an evening talk by a single speaker
  • Virtual events from Fireside talks, book groups, and skyped offerings
  • Online, print, video, and audio resources that include our expanding Foundation Stones Bible study curriculum for groups or individuals, in paper as well as a digital format with audio commentaries

bsl community logoCentral to our mission is the dual effort to both nurture the Bible study and spiritual life of those who are already a part of our community, as well as to create bridges between spiritual pioneers of a variety of religious paths. We are actively working with frontier thinkers who are engaged in re-thinking traditions that are more tied to religious cultures than enduring spiritual practices, and who are actively engaged in compassionate and inclusive efforts to heal and repair the world, such as Tikkun Olam.

Thank you

We again thank you for spending some time exploring who we are, how we approach our ministries, and what values move us in doing so. We invite you to become a partner with us by dropping us a note via the CONTACT US page.  We look forward to hearing about what activities and information you might want to know about.

Richard Davenport
Executive Director


Please Note:  The above videos shows images of some of the speakers throughout the years of our conferences at Asilomar and elsewhere.


Fireside Chats are so convenient. I can join the community from the comfort of my own home. The gentle, compassionate, and very knowledgeable speaker helped me to understand the need to recognize and respect feelings — my own and others’ — when pain, sorrow, or lack appear in human experience. I was inspired to incorporate the ideas from this chat into my life and am looking forward to the next speaker to share a Chat!
~Mary Jo Beebe: Dallas, Texas

“I love the scholarship, warmth, fellowship, sharing and caring, openness, boldness, inclusiveness (no judgment), music, laughter, and learning”
~Community participant

“The location, people and message were such a haven to me this year and every year.  I have appreciated the sense of solid ground I have found, which has been very illusive in my life this year.”
~Community participant