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Seminary hosts spirituality expert Matthew Fox for one-day workshop

Mar 17, 2005
Matthew Fox, Episcopal priest and founder and president of the University of Creation Spirituality (UCS) in Oakland, Calif., will be the featured presenter at a one-day workshop on Creativity and Spirituality hosted by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Saturday, April 16, 2005.

The Seminary event, which is part of a three-day tour of presentations and experiences led by Fox, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.) at historic Gardencourt. Fox will explore elements of a deeper spiritual life developed through creativity, incorporating the thoughts and practices found in his best selling books. Following Fox’s presentation, interactive breakout sessions will culminate in a presentation of music, dance, and poetry in a combined jazz performance that will respond to the day’s activities.

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. Considered a liberation theologian and progressive visionary, he was silenced by the Vatican and later dismissed from the Dominican order. He was later received as an Episcopal priest by Bishop William Swing of the Diocese of California.

Through UCS Fox is committed to an effort of incorporating spirit to education and our professions. UCS is deliberately located in the heart of the Oakland community as a model of hope and revitalization to the downtown area, as well as diversity and racial harmony. Much of the inspiration behind UCS stems from the strong responses to Fox’s book, The Reinvention of Work, published in 1996.

The author of 23 other books, Fox wrote the best selling Original Blessing; A Spirituality Named Compassion; Breakthrough: Meister Eckhart’s Creation Spirituality in New Translation; Natural Grace (with scientist Rupert Sheldrake); One River, Many Wells; and his most recent book, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet. Fox is also credited 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, in 1987.

Fox is the recipient of the 1994 New York Open Center Tenth Anniversary Award for Achievement in Creative Spirituality and the 1995 Courage of Conscience Award by the Peace Abbey of Sherborn, Mass., which has been awarded to 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.

The participant fee for the full day is $40 per person; $20 for students and seniors. For more information or to register for the Matthew Fox event contact the Continuing and Lay Education office by email: cwebb@lpts.edu or by phone at 502.895.3411, ext. 429.
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