Seminar: Immersion in Creation Spirituality © - # 60001 A
Instructor: Alexandra Kovats, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Ecological Spirituality from the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio; Adjunct professor at Seattle University in the School of Theology and Ministry; a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace; a retreat facilitator and spiritual companion for over 30 years; a dancer of life. She is committed to supporting and challenging others into a fuller and freer life of interconnectedness.
This overview and immersion into Creation Spirituality will explore some of the key themes of this spiritual tradition to bring us to greater awakening and awareness of our interconnectedness with all creation in light of the new scientific, evolutionary cosmology. Some of the themes include: the Four Paths (moments), mysticism, compassion, creativity and embodiment in the planetary struggle for justice. Other topics that emerge during the class will also be considered.
1. To become conversant about the Four Paths (moments) of Creation Spirituality.
2. To deepen appreciation for the sacredness of all creation.
3. To identity and develop attitudes and behaviors that enhance the embodiment of Creation Spirituality.
4. To apply insights of Creation Spirituality into ones life and work dynamics.
Session One: Introduction to Course: Overview of Creation Spirituality and the Four Paths, Insights from Cosmology
Session Two: The Path of Creation, Mysticism,
Session Three: The Path of Letting Go, Insights from Post Modernity
Session Four: The Path of Creativity, The Cosmic Christ
Session Five: The Path of Transformation, Compassion and Justice, Embodiment of Creation Spirituality at home and at work
Fox, Matthew. Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of Earth.
San Francisco: Harper, 1991
Fox, Matthew. Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet.
New York: Tarcher, 2002.
OMurchu, Diarmuid. Evolutionary Faith: Rediscovering God in Our Great Story. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 2002.
Schut, Michael. ed. Simpler Living, Compassionate Life. Denver: Morehouse, 1999.
Swimme, Brian. The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos. New York: Orbis, 1999.
Fox, Matthew. A Spirituality Named Compassion. San Francisco: Harper, 1990.
Fox, Matthew and Rupert Sheldrake. Natural Grace. New York: Doubleday, 1996.
ODonohue, John. Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom. New York: Harper, 1997.
Roberts, Elizabeth and Elias Amidon. Earth Prayers. San Francisco: Harper, 1991.
Pre-Class Writing Assignment: Choose one option. Write a 5-8 page reflection paper. Please cite bibliographical references.
1. Reflect on how Creation Spirituality has enabled you or is enabling you to more beyond a dominant focus on al fall/redemption worldview.
2. Explore a specific work dynamic or a personal relationship/concern in light of the four paths or in light of the themes and principles of Creation Spirituality.
3. Choose a topic which you want to explore in relationship to any principle of theme of Creation spirituality.
Post-Class Writing Assignment: (5 10 pages)
Will be given in class.
© - Fulfills Core required class
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