2019 BKI SCHEDULE & READING RESOURCES

The basic schedule is available for download here, or below. Note the specific classes and plenaries will be finalized closer to the Institute.


Ched has also provided Ten Suggested Resources for Preparing for BKI 2019 - download here, or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Basic Schedule

Monday Feb 18  

3-5 pm Arrivals, registration, class signups, exhibits (around Allen Hall)

5:15 pm General Orientation & Welcome (Allen Hall)

5:30 pm Dinner (Note: all meals and plenaries in Allen Hall)

6:45 pm Opening Plenary: Welcomes, Introductions, Context, Themes

8:30 pm Signups for 1 on 1s at registration tables


Tuesday Feb 19

7:30 am Spiritual practices (optional): lectio divina, yoga, spiritual direction, pastoral care 1/1s

8:15 am  Breakfast

9:00 am Worship

9:30 am Bible Study

10:00 am Plenary Presentation

11:30 am Small groups

12:30 pm Lunch

2 :00 pm Afternoon Classes (5 choices)

4:15 pm Break

4:30 pm Spiritual practices, caucuses, self-care, 1 on 1s

5:30 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Plenary Presentation

9:00 pm Optional late night


Wednesday Feb 21

7:30 am Spiritual practices (optional): lectio divina, yoga, spiritual direction, pastoral care, 1/1s  

8:15 am Breakfast

9:00 am Worship

9:30 am Bible Study

10:15 am Plenary Presentation

11:30 am Small groups

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Sabbath Time & Optional activities

• Do nothing & relax!

• Self-organized spiritual practices/care, 1/1s

• Hike, beach trip, etc. (self-organized)

• Optional Conversations (5 choices)

4:30 pm Optional caucuses

5:30 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Theatrical Performance: “Discovery: A Comic Lament”; talk back with writer & actors

9:00 pm Optional late night


Thursday Feb 22

7:30 am Spiritual practices (optional): lectio divina, yoga, spiritual direction, pastoral care, 1/1s

8:15 am Breakfast

9:00 am Worship

9:30 am Bible Study

10:00 am Plenary Presentation

11:30 am Small groups

12:30 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Afternoon Classes (5 choices)

4:15 pm Break

4:30 pm Spiritual practices, caucuses, self-care, 1/1s.

5:30 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Talking Circles

8:30 pm Dance Party! (The Avenues DJs) Allen (Alternative “Quiet Party” Hansen)


Friday Feb 24

   8:15 am Breakfast/move out of tents & cabins

 9:00 pm Closing Plenary: Covenanting Ceremony, small groups

10:15 pm Break

10:45 pm Closing Worship

12 pm Adjourn (lunch on your own)


12-1pm Clean up. We appreciate help breaking down the Institute if you have spare time & energy.

1-4 pm Anyone still around is invited to gather at Beach House Tacos on the Ventura Beach Pier.

Ten Suggested Resources for Preparing for BKI 2019

Below are a handful of reflections to help you orient yourself to the theme of the 2019 BKI: “Indigenous Justice and Christian Faith: Land, Law, Language.” Included are a book, a webinar, several short published pieces and some online resources.

  1. Some of us at BCM and Farm Church have been reading Bishop Steve Charleston’s The Four Vision Quests of Jesus, Morehouse Publishing, 2015. Ched and Elaine recommend it highly as “the perfect preparation for this year’s BKI” (read Chapter One online here).  
  2. Read Elaine and Ched’s short article from 2016: “Healing from ‘Lies that Make Us Crazy’: Practices of Restorative Solidarity”: here.  
  3. Watch our 90 minute 2017 webinar with Dr. Randy Woodley here.  
  4. Follow native news at www.facebook.com/IndianCountryToday. For international Indigenous issues: www.survivalinternational.org.  
  5. Learn about the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission here: http://nctr.ca/reports.php. An emerging network on similar issues in the U.S. is The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.  
  6. Read “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of Settler Privilege” by Dina Gilio-Whitaker, posted at RadicalDiscipleship.net last November: here.  
  7. Find out the Indigenous history of the land you live on: here.  
  8. Learn about a 2015 indigenous pilgrimage between the 21 missions of California protesting the canonization of Fr. Serra (here, here and here).
  9. Learn about the “Sogorea Te’ Urban-Indigenous Women-Led Land Trust” in the Bay Area here.  
  10. Read about June Lorenzo’s work on the Doctrine of Dis-covery with the Presbyterian church here, and about the Ted & Co. production “Discovery: A Comic Lament” here

You can learn more about our Indigenous resource persons on our BKI page (scroll down at www.bcm-net.org/study/ki2019).


Additional Resources (suggested by participants):

Art Cribbs’ interview with Navajo activist Christian Mark Charlies on the Doctrine of Discovery: Here (MP3)


From Brooke Prentis & Geoff Broughton: Aileen Moreton-Robinson, The White Possessive, University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Explores the links between race, sovereignty, and possession through themes of property: owning property, being property, and becoming propertyless. Focusing on the Australian Aboriginal context, Aileen Moreton-Robinson questions current race theory in the first world and its preoccupation with foregrounding slavery and migration. The nation, she argues, is socially and culturally constructed as a white possession.


An upcoming series on the Indian boarding school legacy in the U.S.: https://boardingschoolhealing.org/2019-webinar-series/


On UCC reparations to native Hawaiians in the 1990s: https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/what-does-it-mean-to-be-an-american-now/old-pain-new-hope


Summary of U.N. study on the Doctrine of Discovery: Here (PDF)