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Asilomar 2016 Schedules

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    Asilomar Bible and Spiritual Life Conference
June 23-25, 2016
Overlooking Monterey Bay in Central California

Theme: The Sermon on the Mount, Matt 5-7

Explore the depths of what would make the reading of this sermon
alone each Sunday “enough for Christian practice”
(Mary Baker Eddy)

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BIBLE CONFERENCE DAILY SCHEDULE (scroll down to see Pre-conference offering)

*DAY RATE PRICING:  $350 per day (not including meals or lodging).   Please call AmiLynne (646-580-9774) if you need to register for a single day.

Thursday, June 23

2:30 pm:  Conference Registration Opens

A Workshop on the Power of Matthew’s Gospel with Helen Mathis
Location: Nautilus Room

3:00 – 3:45 pm:  The Importance and Relevance of the Gospel of Matthew What is it about this gospel, placed first in the New Testament, that made it so central for the maturation of the early Church

4:00 – 4:45 pm: A Case Study Examination of Matt 18 – Why the Matthew Code, (verses 15-17) required of us in the Church Manual, is more easily talked than walked

5:00 – 5:45 pm: What is the Radical Spirituality of the Sermon on the Mount? The simple but profound ideas expressed in these meager three chapters continue its hold on humanity—both challenging and elevating thought

6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner (All meals are served in the Dining Hall)

7:00 pm Conference Registration Continues

7:15 – 8:30 pm at the Fred Farr Forum:  Living the Sermon with Richard Davenport & the BSL Band, including BSL Musical Director John Gilmore, Lola Toben, and Natalie Davenport —

What relationship and life with God and each other is God calling us to in Jesus’ words on the Mount? A focus will be on the Sermon’s record of Jesus’ response to his disciples’ request “Lord, teach us to pray.”

8:30 – 10:00 pm Refreshments, Fellowship, and Live Music in our courtyard at the BSL café

Friday, June 24

7:30 – 9:00 am   Breakfast

8:45 am :  Morning Song and Daily Prep

9:00 – 9:40 am:  Opening Ourselves to the Sermon with Sandy Wilder — How do we live the sermon in the radical ways commended by Jesus? What would make our reborn lives more awe-inspiring, purpose-giving, and nourishing of joy, gratitude, and hope within us?

9:45 – 10:25 am: Seeing the Sermon Directing Our Life and Study of the Bible with Helen Mathis – How do Sermon theology, priorities, and practices influence how we read the whole Bible? What should be central in our study and life? What resources help us on that journey?

10:25 – 10:50 am:  Break in Courtyard with Refreshments and Music

10:50 – 11:30 am From the Valley to the Mountain Top and Back Again with Richard Davenport — How do we continue to pray when we feel in darkness? How might we better feel the divine promise and holy presence of the Sermon when our demonstration seems arrested, limited, delayed, or not evident? After receiving the Sermon, the hearers left the summit and went back to their homes and lives. What did they take with them that would make a difference, that might transform their hearts and minds (Romans 12:2)

11:30 am – 12:00 pm  Panel & Dialogue on Prayer and Practice with the morning speakers. Richard authored the lead article in the December 2015 issue of Natural Awakenings, the largest mind-body-spirit magazine in the U.S. (over four million readers) Helen and Sandy were quoted in the article regarding their own practices of centering prayer and meditation. Richard will interview them about these practices and the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 pm:  Breakout 1 Courtyard Living Rooms – all three morning speakers will be offering a workshop format exploring their ideas further in three living rooms surrounding the Courtyard

3:00 – 3:30 pm: Break in Courtyard with Refreshments and Music

3:30 – 4:30 pm:  Breakout 2 Courtyard Living Rooms — all three speakers will repeat their 2:00 pm workshop exploring their ideas further in three living rooms surrounding the Courtyard

4:45 pm:  Optional Ranger Walk, Beach explore, Shopping, Napping

6:00 – 7:00 pm:   Dinner

7:15 – 8:00 pm:  Keynote Talk: Getting to the Heart of the Biblical Message with Helen Mathis — After a decade writing two volumes in BSL’s Foundation Stones Bible curriculum, and editing all ten of our other volumes, Helen will explore the central biblical themes for prayer and practice from this BSL series (her Coda on the series will be included in the new volume on Matthew that will be released at Asilomar).

8:05 – 9:00 pm:  Bonfire at Surf &Sand’s fire pit with sing-along, hot chocolate & marshmallow roasting

9:05 – 10:00 pm:  Fireside Chats Informal discussions with the day’s speakers next to fireplaces in three Courtyard Living Rooms

Saturday, June 25

7:30 – 8:30 am:   Breakfast

8:45:  Morning Song and Daily Prep

9:00 – 9:40 am:   Trusting the Process of Transformation with Sandy Wilder – The Sermon envisions significant change and transformation in individual hearts and communities of those practicing its message. How can we surrender to such movement and change, not fear or obstruct, but truly let go and discover an authentic, new space?

9:45 – 10:15 am Fueling the Sermon Back Home and Year Round with Richard Davenport – How may we as individuals and the BSL community experience the Holy Spirit’s nurture of the Sermon message as we move from this conference back to the marketplaces of our lives? Hear about new virtual “touches” with the community coming this fall, online resources, and future conferences.

10:15 – 10:45:  BSS Board Remarks

10:45 – 11:15 am:  Break in Courtyard with Refreshments and Music

11:15 – 1155 am:  Christian Christian Scientists or Christian Science Christians – What’s the Difference? With Richard Davenport — The central themes of the Sermon instruct the ethos and spiritual life of the BSL community. We cherish the Tenets of Christian Science as a theological center that support the message of the Sermon in a very explicit way.

In light of the First Tenet, and many actions such as Mrs. Eddy’s self-definition of standing in relation to her age as a “Christian reformer” and originally wanting to name her denomination the Church of Christ, many in our community are reflecting on the meaning of the title for this talk and whether there is more than just a semantic difference in intentionally choosing the name of “Christian” as a noun rather than an adjective.

This discussion undergirds the character of our mission to the changing Christian Science field – our embrace of those involved in the denomination and those who presently are not – as well as our growing connection with the rest of Christianity, spiritual seekers, and humanity.

12:00 – 1:00 pm:  Lunch

1:30 – 2:30:  Closing Session  You are invited to be a vital partner in the continued ministries of BSL — virtually, online, and at physical conferences. How can we
*honor God,
*know and share the Bible,
*broaden the tent of our community,
*and bless humanity?

Learn more about our upcoming 5th Midwest conference at Cedars Camps in the foothills of the Ozarks September 8-11 – tentatively scheduled with Madelon Maupin and Shirley Paulson as lead speakers, and a host of other contributors and resource people. There is special pricing available for anyone wanting to attend both!

We will finish with our commencement exercises.

2:30 pm Conference concludes. Individuals may choose to book their own rooms to remain on site from this evening on…and to come early for a pre-conference offering outlined below.


A Tapestry of Grace
Optional One-Day Pre-conference Retreat

with Sandy Wilder


Dates and Times
Wednesday, June 22: 1:30–5:30, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 23: 9:00–Noon

Initial Focus: Deep Honesty
What is the role of honesty for a spiritual warrior? What does if mean to honestly face your current fears and anxieties? Are you willing to look with honesty at what deeply motivates you? What if honesty had to do with the willingness to be completely vulnerable?

After registering, you will be sent the opening piece will be exploring together.

Would you like to join our Circle of Trust as we dialogue and weave a Tapestry of Grace? After we dialogue on the opening piece on deep honesty, you will have plenty of time for your questions. Sandy will have a number of handouts to draw from depending upon where Grace takes us. Handouts will be different from those given out in previous years.

Join us for:

  • A taste of Educare Unlearning
  • A refresher
  • A deepening… of your purpose
  • A wake-up call
  • An opening to new views of Grace
  • Answers to your big questions
  • Questions to your big answers
  • Listening in deep silence
  • Dictation space

What is the fee?

The Educare Unlearning Institute has a sliding scale for all their offerings in an effort to keep their services affordable to a wide range of people. They set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what he/she feels is appropriate. The fee for this Retreat is $150–$245/person.