Johannite Conclave 2016

I always have such a great time at my church’s annual Conclave. It’s historically been a gathering for the clergy to learn new things, share what’s working in the parishes, and recharge our batteries a bit. Conferences are always good for reminding us what made us excited about a thing to begin with, and Conclave is no exception. In the last several years, however, more and more laity have been attending Conclave, and it’s been a real infusion of energy and new ideas into it.

I’m very proud of the Johannite Church’s commitment to its members. We try really hard to make sure that the work we’re doing as a community benefits people in the real world, and not just online. Both parts are important, but, in my opinion, nothing beats coming together as a religious family and actually talking face to face. I actually miss active ministry quite a bit. Since Saint Martin’s Parish in NYC closed, I haven’t said mass in public outside of Conclave and a few times filling in for Fr. Donald at St. Sarah’s. There’s something very special about participating in the mass, and since the work Bishop Mansfield and Rev. Mr. Stewart have been doing on Temple Theology, the eucharist has taken on an even more profound significance.

Anyway, I’m excited to see where that work goes, but in the meantime, I made a vlog while at Conclave, and I hope it gives you an idea of what it’s like to attend. Maybe you’d like to join us next year in Denver!

Review of Aeon Arcanum

This morning I woke up to a post asking me to watch the Aeon Arcanum video podcast. This will be my review of their latest episode “On the book of Revelation”

The hosts are very knowledgeable, and they demonstrate that knowledge by covering a different topic every 5 minutes. The whole show is an hour and a half. They seem to use the book of Revelation as a jumping off point to talk about all sorts of  different historical movements and modern theories.

Comparing it to Talk Gnosis, which is what I have to go on… We made a conscious decision to keep that show short (15 minutes is the goal) and highly scripted. We decided on that format for the specific reason that people don’t usually want to sit at their computers watching a long video. I guess Aeon Arcanum started as a podcast, and the format can be, in my opinion, much longer.

I’d love to hear more from these guys, and I have the luxury of having a job where I’m at a computer most of the day and I can have a video going. I don’t think most people do. My suggestion to them would be to adjust the format if they intend to commit to video. But despite all that, the content is pretty good and worth a listen.

Something I pay attention to: they have fewer subscribers but more video views than GnosticNYC’s channel, so I believe they are doing a much better job of marketing than I am. I know I could be doing better in that department, and I have no excuse.

Other than it being in desperate need of an editor, the show was entertaining and informative.  I’m looking forward to watching more episodes, and I’ve subscribed to the channel. I believe that
+Miguel Conner could probably sue them for stealing his shtick, but they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.