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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

October, 2003 Intensive
Week 1: Oct. 27-31

Seminar: Reinvention of Work - # 60004

Instructor: Fred Matser (honorary doctorate), Matthew Fox, Ph.D

Faculty Bio: Fred Matser is a businessman and spiritual person, founding president of several foundations in Europe dedicated to help people connect with their source of inspiration, encouraging the human spirit. He has reinvented his work of doing philanthropy, among other things. He has worked in helping grow creative projects in Africa, Bosnia, Russia and other troubled spots around the world, as well as in his home country of Holland. He has been a personal advisor to Michael Gorbachev and is one of the founders of the World Forum. Fred resides in Holland, which is his native country, but he is a citizen of the world in every sense of that term today.

Matthew Fox is founding president of the University of Creation Spirituality, co-director of the Master of Liberal Arts program in Naropa, Oakland, and author of 24 books including Reinvention of Work, Original Blessing, One River, Many Wells, and A Spirituality Named Compassion.

Course Description:How do we reinvent work? Matthew Fox, joined by international businessman based in Holland, Fred Matser, will discuss the role of spirit in their work and how they have witnessed it in others. The course will include dialogue with the students on the same and related topics. Topics such as the following will be treated: Time, Space and Beyond; Love and Fear; Human (finite) and Being (infinite); Outside learning vs. inside learning. Questions discussed will include: How do we deal with inspiration and activity? How can we heal the overvaluing of our mental faculty and the undervaluing of our senses? Is feeling as real as the mental? Examples will flow from Matser’s work with his Foundations. How does the creation spirituality tradition, including its pedagogy, assist us in answers to these and other issues that are raised?

Required Reading: * (4 books in total)

    1. Matthew Fox, The Reinvention of Work.
    2. David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World.
    3. Meg Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science.
    4. Anita Roddick, Business as Unusual.


    Recommended Reading

    Other books by David Korten and Meg Wheatley and Paul Hawken.
    Matthew Fox, Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest.

    Pre-Class Assignment:          5 - 8 pages                  

    Choose from one of these three options.

    1. Apply one or more of the four paths of spirituality to issues of work in your life or profession. (You may use Reinvention of Work to assist you).
    1. In your opinion, what are the most outstanding issues in reinventing your particular profession-and how do you see creation spirituality assisting in that reinvention.
    1. Comment on the following statement by Meister Eckhart: “A person works in a stable. A person has breakthrough. What does he/she do? She returns to the stable.”


    Post-Class Assignment:        5 - 15 pages                 

    To come out of the discussions of the class.

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