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Matthew Fox On The Road

Techno Cosmic Masses and Rituals

Howard Thurman Ritual Center

UCS/Naropa Events

For recorded info. about public events call 510-835-4827 ext. 7. For advance ticket sales and general inquiries call 510-835-4827 ext. 10.

University of Creation Spirituality (UCS)/
Naropa University--Oakland Campus:
2141 Broadway Ave., Oakland, CA 94612

Howard Thurman Ritual Center (HTRC):
1933 Broadway Ave., Oakland, CA 94612

UCS/Naropa Oakland Events Calendar
All Events held at University of Creation Spirituality/Naropa University Oakland unless otherwise indicated

Community Meditation Sessions
Time: Thursday Evenings 6:00 - 7:00 PM

We welcome you to share peace and tranquility communally. Take a moment to be still and silent, as you breathe deeply during sitting meditations or allow your body's Chi to flow freely through meditative movements. Let the gentle sound of falling rain and relaxing music carry you to a space where you can regain harmony and balance. Come in Peace.
For more information please call: (510) 835-4827 x31 or (510) 321-8408

Facilitated by Idris Hassan, MA
Idris Hassan is Program Coordinator for the Community Learning Program and is an artist and founder of the Artistic Healing Project, which promotes health in the community through artistic expression.


Saturday & Sunday, March 31-April 1

Creating Sacred Cinema:
An Introductory Overview of Digital Documentary Filmmaking

Join award-winning cinematographer Kevin Peer for his popular weekend intensive.
Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fee: Registration & Information: 510-486-1480

Sunday, April 1
New Cosmology Gathering: Energy Flows, Synergy Sculpts
Network with Master's students and others inspired by the New Cosmology. Bring food and ideas to share.
Time: 4:00-8:00 pm
RSVP: 925-254-9198 by Mar. 26

Wednesday, April 4
Urban Spirituality Forum: Incarceration of America
Activists and artists shed light on the growing prison industrial complex.
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Fee: Free

Monday, April 16
Information Evening
Programs in Creation Spirituality: Masters degree, Certificate, Sabbatical
Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

Monday, April 16
Indigenous Mind, Ancestral Remembrance
Experience a taste of our new Fall Masters Degree Concentration: Indigenous Mind
Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Wednesday, May 2
Urban Spirituality Forum: Arts and Activism
Participants will reawaken consciousness of the role of artists in social transformation. Opening of art exhibit honoring Cinco de Mayo.
Art Reception: 6-7:00pm
Forum: 7-9:00pm
Fee: Free

Thursday, May 3
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Why Spirit Matters to Social Transformation
A provocative lecture/discussion with Publisher of Tikkun Magazine, based on his latest book, Spirit Matters.
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Fee: $12

Friday & Saturday, May 4-5
Grand Opening - The Black Box Theatre
A community art gallery and performance cafe for local artists.
For info and times call 451-1932
Location: 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland.
Fee: Sliding Scale

Friday, May 11
Cinema of the Sacred: "Portraits of Passion" Film Screening
Join former National Geographic filmmaker Kevin Peer for a viewing and discussion of films which explore the many faces of human passion as expressed through art, tradition and relationship with Earth.
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Fee: Suggested Donation $10

Monday, May 14
Information Evening
Programs in Creation Spirituality: Masters degree, Certificate, Sabbatical
Time: 6-7:15 pm

Monday, May 14
Matthew Fox & Guests
Prayer: A Radical Response to Life
Celebrate with Matthew the re-issue of his book, previously titled On Becoming a Musical, Mystical Bear, with a panel discussion, booksigning and reception.
Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday, June 2-3
Creating Sacred Cinema: An Introductory Overview of Digital Documentary Filmmaking
Join award-winning cinematographer Kevin Peer for his popular weekend intensive.
Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fee: Registration & Information: 510-486-1480

Wednesday, June 6
Urban Spirituality Forum: Dissecting the Media
Panelists will examine the influence of corporate and alternative media.
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Fee: Free

Friday, June 22
Explorations in Sacred Cinema with Kevin Peer
This evening promises to be a celebratory visual feast of the power and potential of storytelling through cinema.
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Fee: Suggested Donation $10


Matthew Fox On The Road

Friday through Sunday, March 30 -April 1 -- Yucaipa, CA
Pilgrim Pines Camp
Lecture/Workshop with Russill Paul

Tuesday, April 3 -- Mountain View, CA
East West Bookshop

Friday, April 20 -- Sacramento, CA
Unity Church Regional Conference
Keynote Lecture

Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28 -- Lakewood, CO
Mile High Church
Evening Lecture/Morning Workshop

Saturday, May 5 -- Miami, FL
American Holistic Medical Association

Saturday, June 16 -- Louisville, KY
Earth Spirit Rising:
A Conference on Ecology, Spirituality & the Great Work
Morning Lecture: Creation, the New Cosmology and Spirituality
email: [email protected]

Friday through Monday, June 29-July 2 -- Oakland, CA
Summer Workshop in Creation Spirituality
(more info)
510-835-4827, x10

Sunday-Friday, July 15-20 -- Cortez Island, British Columbia
Hollyhock Center
(more info)
Workshop with Andrew Harvey

Wednesday, August 1 -- Bloomington, MN
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Center for Teaching & Learning

Wednesday-Thursday, September 26-27
Helsinki, Finland

Saturday, October 6 -- Santa Cruz, CA
Land of Medicine Buddha/ Center for Attitudinal Healing
Retreat/Lecture: Unleashing the Human Spirit

November 23 -29, 2001
Power Places Tours
Luxor and Aswan
Seminar/Tour with Matthew Fox
Conference November 29 ­ December 8
Spiritual Attitude & the Peaceful Mind
with Matthew Fox, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Mrs. Anwar Sadat & others
Call: 800-234 8687


Techno Cosmic Mass and Rituals
Presented by Friends of Creation Spirituality

All Techno Cosmic Masses and Rituals are held at
The Howard Thurman Ritual Center at the historic Sweets Ballroom
1933 Broadway, Oakland
unless otherwise noted

Time: 6:30 pm
Fee: Suggested Donation $10

Sunday, April 22
Techno Cosmic Mass: Angels and Ancestors

Sunday, May 20
Techno Cosmic Mass: Black Madonna

Sunday, June 17
Techno Cosmic Mass:
Pink Triangle Mass: Honoring the Story of the Gay and Lesbian Community


We live in a world that needs our soul work and requires us to come together in community. All the institutions of our day, social, religious, political, are seeing the value of grass roots community building.

The Techno Cosmic Mass is a postmodern worship experience rooted in Western liturgical tradition, that integrates ecstatic music and dance, urban shamanism, multimedia imagery and Eastern and indigenous spiritual elements. Each Techno Mass is an experiment in bringing together people of diverse ages, faiths and cultures in shared prayer which holds true to our ancestral traditions, respects and honors our differences, and highlights our common human bonds.

The name, Techno Cosmic Mass, is deliberately chosen: "Techno" refers to the sacred use of technology in our worship -- computer generated art, multivision projection and sounds systems -- and digitally composed and mastered dance music at hat encourage us to celebrate with our bodies. "Cosmic" brings in cosmology, the sacred connection of all creation s described to us by ancient wisdom and the new science. The "Mass" is an ancient Judeo-Christian form of ritual which brings a community together to experience a common story, bring praise and thanksgiving to the Creator, and through communion, offer spiritual sustenance for works of compassion and justice in the world.

Howard Thurman Ritual Center

The Howard Thurman Ritual Center is located just three blocks from the University of Creation Spirituality (UCS) in downtown Oakland, California. Originally known in the 1920's as the Sweets Ballroom and Floral Depot buildings, this prime location was once the night-time hot spot for big bands and swing dance.

Early in 1998 Matthew Fox's non-profit organization, Friends of Creation Spirituality, negotiated to purchase the buildings as an ongoing effort to contribute to the revitalization of downtown Oakland. Urban spirituality is a strong principle in the work of UCS and this ritual center and performance space is being created as a place for the Oakland community to gather in the downtown area. "Part of our working philosophy here is to resurrect downtown Oakland," reflects UCS founder, Matthew Fox.

The Techno Cosmic Mass, an ecumenical ritual, is held regularly at Sweet's Ballroom, when it is not On the Road with Matthew Fox and Friends. See the Public Events Calendar for these and other upcoming events being held in the Sweets Ballroom at the (now dedicated) Howard Thurman Ritual Center.

The Howard Thurman Ritual Center is located at 1933 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612. The building is near the 19th Street Bart station.

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