"Religion, Spirituality and Ecology: The 21st Century"
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 at 7pm
HPNP Auditorium (Directions)
Music from 6:30-7:00pm by Tasana Camara, a Griot Musician from Guinea, West Africa. He will play traditional Mandinka music before the talk begins.
Read the article that appeared in the Gainesville Sun prior to Matthew Fox's visit.
Today's ecological crisis can prove to be an opportunity to wake religion up so that it moves beyond its anthropocentric agenda to a more cosmological/ecological and spirit-filled contribution to human and global history. We will discuss the return of the sense of the sacred that is at the heart of all authentic religious/spiritual movements when they are true to their deepest core values. Such a movement can awaken culture and education and a sense of adventure and spiritual warriorhood that is about defending the earth and all its wondrous species.
Matthew Fox has been described by cultural historian and ecotheologian Thomas Berry as "the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America." A former Dominican priest, he is one of the nation's most scholarly and innovative spirituality teachers. In his book, A New Reformation (Inner Traditions, 2006), he calls for the radical transformation of Christianity
Matthew Fox has been renewing the ancient tradition of Creation Spirituality. He is author of 28 books including Original Blessing, The Reinvention of Work, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet, One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths, A Spirituality Named Compassion and his most recent A New Reformation. He was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years before being expelled by the current pope for being "a feminist theologian." He holds a doctorate (received summa cum laude) in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. His teaching and founding of the University of Creation Spirituality allowed many people to learn new means of worship. This work was largely ecumenical and allowed the connecting of practices like Christian (Catholic) Mass to Native American practices like sweat lodges and even pagan practices like circle dances such as the ones taught by Starhawk. Fox promotes the Techno-Cosmic Mass.
Fox's books have received numerous awards and he is recipient of the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award of which other recipients have included the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa and Rosa Parks. He has led a renewal of liturgical forms with "The Cosmic Mass" that mixes dance, techno and live music, dj, vj, rap and contemporary art forms with the western liturgical tradition.
Fox's effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition has included revivifying awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and the mysticism of Thomas Aquinas as well as interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics.
Fox believes that by "reinventing work, education and worship we can bring about a non-violent revolution on our planet" and has committed himself to this vision for many years.
He has been accepted as a priest by the Episcopal Church and is president emeritus and professor at Wisdom University in San Francisco.
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