University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program
August, 2003 Intensive
Week 1: August 4-8 2003
Seminar: Introduction to Creation Spirituality
- # 60001
Instructor: Alexandra Kovats, Ph.D.
Faculty Bio: Alexandra has a Ph.D. in Ecological Spirituality from the Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio; Adjunct instructor at Seattle University in the School of Theology and Ministry; a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace; a retreat and spiritual director for over thirty years. She is committed to supporting and challenging others into a fuller and freer life of interconnectedness.
Course Description: This overview and introduction to Creation Spirituality will explore the following topics: The four paths of Creation Spirituality; some themes connected with each path; the difference between fall-redemption attitudes and creation spirituality attitudes; elements of post modern as distinct from a modern world view and where creation spirituality is situated in relationship to them. Other topics emerging during the class will also be considered.
- Fox, Matthew. Original Blessing. Santa Fe: Bear, 1983.* (bring to class)
- Fox, Matthew and Rupert Sheldrake. Natural Grace. New York: Doubleday, 1996.
- O'Murchu, Diarmuid. Religion in Exile. New York: Crossroad, 2000.
- Roberts, Elizabeth and Elias Amidon. Earth Prayers. San Francisco: Harper,1991.
- Berry, Thomas. The Great Work: Our Way into the Future. New York: Bell Tower, 1999.
- Goodenough, Ursula. The Sacred Depth of Nature. New York: Oxford UP, 1998.
- ODonohue, John. Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
Pre-Class Writing Assignment: Choose one option. Please write a 5- 8 page, double spaced paper. Please cite bibliographical references, when appropriate.
- Fall/redemption attitudes in my work place; or fall/redemption attitudes in the
work place or in our culture in general.
- Values and ways that encourage creation spirituality principles in my work world.
- Apply the Four Paths of creation spirituality to a specific topic: a creative project, a spiritual dynamic or a personal journey. (E.g. food, healing, your work, your life)
Post-Class Writing Assignment:
Will be given in class