About Creation Spirituality
Creation Spirituality (CS) honors all of creation as an original blessing. Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures with the emerging post-modern scientific understanding of the universe and the awakening artistic passion for creativity which reveals the inter-relatedness of all beings. The Creation Spirituality movement seeks to integrate the wisdom of western spirituality and global indigenous cultures with the emerging scientific understanding of the universe and the passionate creativity of art.
The Four Paths
Creation Spirituality is illuminated by the four paths: the "Via Positiva" ö befriending awe and wonder; the "Via Negativa" ö befriending loss and letting go; the "Via Creativa" ö celebrating the artist and artisan in us all; and the "Via Transformativa" ö compassion that transforms and brings about justice in the world.
About Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian who has been an ordained priest since 1967. He holds Masters degrees in philosophy and theology from Aquinas Institute and a Doctorate in spirituality, summa cum laude, from the Institut Catholiques de Paris. A liberation theologian and progressive visionary, he was silenced by the Vatican and later dismissed from the Dominican order. After dismissal he was received as an Episcopal priest by Bishop William Swing of the Diocese of California.
Fox is the founder and president of the University Creation Spirituality (UCS) located in downtown Oakland, California. UCS is unique in its commitment to bring spirit to education and our professions. UCS is deliberately located in the heart of the community as a model of hope and revitalization to the downtown area, as well as diversity and racial harmony. In addition to his work as founder of UCS, writer, and teacher in the San Francisco Bay area, Fox lectures throughout North America, Central America, Europe, and Australia. Much of the inspiration behind UCS stems from the strong responses to Fox's book, The Reinvention of Work, printed in 1996.
Fox is author of 24 books, including the best selling Original Blessing; A Spirituality Named Compassion; Breakthrough: Meister Eckhart's Creation Spirituality in New Translation; Natural Grace (with scientist Rupert Sheldrake), and his most recent, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh. A great deal of credit goes to Dr. Fox for the recent awakening interest in the works of medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen. He was the first to translate her work into English in Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen, 1985, and Hildegard of Bingen's Book of Divine Works with Letters and Songs, 1987.
Fox received the 1994 New York Open Center Tenth Anniversary Award for Achievement in Creative Spirituality. In 1995 he was presented the Courage of Conscience Award by the Peace Abbey of Sherborn, Mass. Other recipients of this award include the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, Ernesto Cardenal, and Rosa Parks. In 1996 he received the Tikkun National Ethics Award in recognition of contributions made to the spiritual life of our society. Fox has twice received the Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence for outstanding books in print: in 1996 for The Reinvention of Work and in 1997 for Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest.
Ten Principles of Creation Spirituality
At the University of Creation Spirituality, studies are immersed in the Creation Spirituality (CS) tradition through the new cosmology, art-as-meditation, community-building, ritual, and ways to transform culture. For the individual, CS recognizes the artist, mystic, and prophet in each of us. At the level of community, CS provides a solid foundation and a holistic hermeneutic to dialogue about the critical issues of our times ö the reinvention of education, religion, work and culture; the honoring of women's wisdom and the feminist perspective; the restoration of and celebration of hope in today's youth; and the promotion of social and ecological justice. As a cosmology, CS celebrates the ongoing and evolutionary universe story, from the infinitesimally small singularity that birthed the original fireball, to the super-novas spewing out the very atoms of our being. This radical inter-connectivity inspires and informs our active participation in that story.
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