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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

August, 2003 Intensive
August 24-29 NC

Seminar: Core Readings in Creation Spirituality - # 60006

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: In this course we will survey some key readings in Creation Spirituality as they pertain to compassion, mysticism and embodiment in the global struggle for justice. We will explore trends which bring us to a greater awakening and awareness of our interconnectedness with all peoples and creatures. Specific themes to be explored will include the gifts of awe and compassion, mysticism and the Cosmic Christ as well as the gifts of imagination and creativity. Other topics that emerge during the class will also be considered.

Required Reading:

  1. Fox, Matthew. A Spirituality Named Compassion.San Francisco: Harper, 1990. (bring to class)
  2. Fox, Matthew. Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth. San Francisco: Harper, 1991 (bring to class)
  3. Fox, Matthew. Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam. 2002
  4. Schut, Michael. Simpler Living, Compassionate Life. Denver: Morehouse, 1999.
  5. Uhlein, Gabriel. Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen. Santa Fe: Bear, 1983.
Recommended Books:
  1. Fox, Matthew. The Coming of the Cosmic Christ. San Francisco: Harper, 1988.
  2. Roberts, Elizabeth and Elias Amidon. Life Prayers from Around the World. San Francisco: Harper, 1996.
  3. Ryan, John C. and Alan Thein During. Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things.Seattle, WA: Northwest Environment Watch, 1997.
  4. Swimme, Brian. The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos. New York: Orbis, 1996.

Pre-Class Writing Assignment: Please write a 5- 8 page, double spaced paper. Please cite bibliographical references, when appropriate.
Explore and describe what you would consider an awakened, creative, compassionate life in today's world.

Post-Class Writing Assignment: 5 -15 pages
Will be given in class

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