How did you come to discover Creation Spirituality?
It happened all on the same day, beginning on the Oregon coast. My mother had just passed away and as I visited her end-of-life priest, I poured out my heart concerning my spiritual confusion. He counseled me to visit a nun, Alexandra Kovats, at a nearby retreat center. The ocean roaring below, I followed the little map the priest had drawn to a secluded lane winding through forests that were dripping with moss and overgrown with pink "Fox" Glove. Alexandra's counsel was invaluable and made no mention of Creation Spirituality. That afternoon on my drive home to Central Oregon, I listened to Matt "Fox", the guest on New Dimensions radio. Three hours later, the phone was ringing as I opened in my front door. It was my long-time friend, Ruth Nickodemus telling me that she and Linda Allen had recently heard of Matt "Fox's" D.Min. program in Creation Spirituality. "Was I interested, and wouldn't it be fun if the three of us could go together?" "Fox," "Fox," "Fox's", they were everywhere. I paid attention. Ruth told me Alexandra taught at UCS. The three of us started the program in 2000 and shared five years of deep and enlightening experiences together. In awe, we stood shoulder to shoulder with classmates and professors - some of the most creative, compassionate, brilliant Beings in the Cosmos. The Blessings continue, and I am grateful.
How would you briefly describe your spirituality? (Be creative! Don't worry if it only seems to make sense to you - we love the diverse and the hard-to-explain!)
I'd say I am a cosmic mystic, drenched in art from this and other levels of consciousness.
What is your first language?
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Hi Su. I work with the Earth & Spirit Council here in Portland, and we're bringing Matt Fox here next month. Any chance you could help us get the word out? I've listed it under events on this website. Also, I drive through Bend frequently, and would love to connect. Thanks, Linda
Well thank you so much Su...(is that your proper first name)...any name with more than three words confuses me...you should see me try to figure out which word comes first in Spanish names!
I am floored by the power of your short paragraph, to cover so many aspects of inter-connectivity and each of those aspects at the various levels in which they could be thought about and experienced, is simply amazing...your words were meant to be here (to me) when they needed to be, thank you for listening to God and being "Her" messenger in this case...I look forward to your ideas as we move towards the development of an indigenous cosmic mass whatever that will look like when we get there...yes I agree experiential - we need to internalize and feel from the guts our spirituality, God is not an "idea exercise" alone...thank you Su....
Hello Su (is that your first name?)...I look forward to learning from you...read your stuff and know that you are familiar with Oregon so you must know where Vancouver, BC is...I am interested in the idea of Creation Spirituality providing a framework for aboriginal Catholics and Christians to find a theological language that connects indigenous concepts with christian thinking...look forward to your thoughts and those of your friends on this journey...
I have been on the road as I am wrapping up a few last things before I get an assignment for overseas service. I have no idea where that will be but looking forward to it. I just got into PDX last night ... it was a crazy drive having to detour around a large wreck in Salem! I am at Ruth's now...fun fun and back to WA today or tomorrow AM. I hope all is well with you and I LOVE these photos!! Be Well!
How wonderful to hear from you and to read your discovery story of CS. I loved sharing those days with you. I began the DMin program in Jan, 2001. And I think back on the days there with great gratitude and fondness.
Your artwork is beautiful. Blessings to you! Lucy