Vision

We envision a world where all humans live in an aligned and healthy relationship with Creation. We have an evolving and common global consciousness and practice of a loving & respectful relationship with Creation. By honoring all spiritual traditions, we enliven the interconnected web of life. We model open, and emerging perspectives by focusing on Creation itself and advocate for justice for all forms of life. We reclaim our original blessing.

Mission

Our mission is to build community with people who want to integrate sacred earth and human existence.

Core Values

Creation Spirituality Communities, Inc. (CSC) is a network of communities and individuals that believe in the sacredness of all Creation. We believe that awe is a gift – a response to Creation and the cosmos and the first step toward transformation. We believe in the value of silence and emptying – in the richness of feeling all our emotions and honoring loss. We are radically progressive and traditionally mystical. We come from many spiritual traditions, cultures, races, ages, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations.         

Our Story

Creation Spirituality Communities was created in response to a spiritual vision given to its founder, Susan Coppage Evans, at Chartres Cathedral in the summer of 2005. After months of discernment with Matthew Fox and other Creation Spirituality leaders, nine people were invited to serve on the original Creation Spirituality Communities Board of Directors. It was incorporated through the Revised Colorado Corporate Nonprofit Act in 2008. 

By 2005, Creation Spirituality had become a movement involving graduates from the University of Creation Spirituality and the various earlier Creation Spirituality programs at other institution plus many who had heard Matt Fox speak or read his books. Creation Spirituality Communities was created to support this groundswell of commitment to embrace the sacredness of creation and provide opportunities for mutual support among the leaders, musicians, activists, artists, counselors, engineers, chaplains, economists, and others within the movement. 

The new board began by offering avenues of communication within the movement through a quarterly newsletter, a monthly leaders’ conference, and an online social site. As the University of Creation Spirituality closed, they began to explore ways to continue Creation Spirituality education through a certificate program and later an ordination program.

Every two years, Creation Spirituality Communities brings the wider community together for a 3-4 day gathering to dance, sing, and grow together, proposing new ways to create a spiritual culture in tune with the paradigms of creation. From these gatherings, the board has developed a small group program, Elder Wisdom InnerViews, and CS Immersion Retreats. Creation Spirituality Communities is continually evolving in response to the needs of our community and the visionary capacities of its members.

Leadership

Many people who have studied Creation Spirituality with Matthew Fox have been inspired to become artists, activists, theologians, spiritual companions, workshop leaders, authors, mystics, and ordained leaders. Some of these people come together for mutual inspiration, support, and effectiveness through the leadership of the CSC Board of Directors. Members of our current Board of Directors are listed below.

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Million, MD,

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Million, MD, Board President has been mixing ministry and medicine all of her adult life. She grew up in the Baptist church, but most of her profound early experiences of God were in nature. She pursued ordained ministry through the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where her clinical pastoral education inspired her to study medicine. In 2002, she was Matt Fox’s surgeon, which led her to pursue a DMin in Creation Spirituality. She now has a part time private solo practice in Proctology in San Francisco and lives with her husband and teenage children on Alameda island.

Rev. Dr. Sid Hall, III

Board Vice-President, is a writer, retreat leader, activist, and retired United Church of Christ and United Methodist minister….

For 33 years he was the lead minister of Trinity Church of Austin, a congregation that practices Creation Spirituality, Liberation Theology, LGBTQIA+ Advocacy, and what Matthew Fox calls “Deep Ecumenism.” He is an activist with the heart of a mystic and has had the privilege of being arrested with Martin Luther King’s daughter and Gandhi’s grandson. 

Sid is the author of “Christian Antisemitism and Paul’s Theology” (Fortress Press) and the co-author with James Harrington of “Three Mystics Walk into a Tavern: A Once and Future Meeting of Rumi, Meister Eckhart, and Moses de León in Medieval Venice” (Hamilton Books). He holds a bachelors from University of Indianapolis and a masters and a doctorate from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

For three years Sid served as the CSC board president. He is also a national board member of Equity for Women in the Church.

Sid is married to Mary Pratt, a psychotherapist and adjunct professor. They reside in Fort Collins, Colorado and Petoskey, Michigan. Mary and Sid have four adult children and two grandchildren.

Rev. Mel Bricker
BA, MST, MA, DMin

Emeritus Board Member focused on issues of hunger, spirituality, and healing prayer as a United Methodist minister before moving to California to study with Matthew Fox. 

In California, he became Fox’s personal assistant and co-director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of Creation Spirituality. He is a founding board member of CSC. Mel does Spiritual Companioning. He connects to nature through his garden and through immersing his hands in clay as he creates ceramic vessels.  He lives with his husband, Paul, in Walnut Creek, CA.

Shelley Walters

Board Secretary serves as the Director of Faith Development at Saint John’s UMC in Austin, Texas…

 She’s been in ministry for 16 years in a variety of roles, including at Trinity Church of Austin, a CSC community. She helped develop and has led the Creation Spirituality Immersion Retreat, locally in person and as part of the team at the CS virtual gathering in January of 2021. She has been a student of different faith traditions and spiritual practices, including Wesleyan theology, Reiki, and Centering Prayer, since she was a teenager. Shelley earned her Bachelors in Religious Studies at the University of Texas, and a Masters of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 

Over the years, she has taught youth and adult classes, coordinated worship for conferences, and developed curriculum. She interned with Dr. Marcia McFee, during which she helped coordinate a Creation Spirituality series. Shelley has led local and national workshops in worship design, inter-generational ministry, retreat planning and spiritual practices. Shelley lives in Georgetown, Texas with her husband and enjoys water coloring, getting lost in local bookshops, and finding new labyrinths to walk.

Dave Summers, DMin. MBA

is an entrepreneur and consultant whose personal quest is integrating his living with his quest to replace our cultural focus on duality with living in oneness…

After selling the business he built over, Dave became a Life Coach to over 40 CEO’s and their associates. Since studying at the University of Creation Spirituality, Dave has sought to live fully and creatively through the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality.

Rev. Jerry Maynard, MCM, CCF​

is an Activist-Priest and Spiritual Formator in The Order of Mary Magdalene; a Progressive & Independent Catholic Community based in Houston, TX…

where he has a ministry of protest, praise, and community organizing. Rev. Jerry works on domestic and foreign issues, teaches the spirituality of nonviolence, and is the Founding Pastor of The People’s Church.

5 Principles of The People’s Church (TPC):

1. Creation is our primary teacher and source of wisdom, therefore, our worship, practices, & way of life are each influenced by the wisdom of creation compelling us to honor and defend creation.

2. Each human being is born into Original Blessing, therefore, each human is initiated into the fourfold calling of Seer, Seeker, Sage, & Prophet.

3. The Divine and our understanding of the Divine is fluid, sometimes elusive, but always experiential.

4. Revelation is a collective reality ever-unfolding, not an individual pursuit achieved through isolated experiences.

5. Our bodies connect us with the Divine and remind us of our dependence upon Creation, our mother, therefore, we are compelled to go into the world as Sacred Activists to liberate bodies from oppression as an act of reverence to the Divine who breathed life into us.

Rev. Jerry is also Founder of Campaign Nonviolence-Houston a local chapter of Campaign Nonviolence; a national long-term movement for creating a culture of peace through nonviolence.

Dr. Deidre Combs​

is a management consultant, trainer and executive coach. She has worked with a myriad of corporate, government and NGO clients…

over the pasttwenty-seven years and is the author of three books on cross-cultural approaches to resolving conflict and overcoming challenges: The Way of Conflict, Worst Enemy, Best Teacher and Thriving Through Tough Times. Since 2007, Combs has provided intensive leadership development training to thousands of rising international business, NGO and educational leaders as part of sponsored US government and private fellowships. Combs has served as a professor at the University of Creation Spirituality, Naropa University, Columbia University and Montana State University providing leadership, conflict resolution and intercultural competency courses. Deidre received her Doctorate of Ministry from UCS in 2002 and lives with her husband in Bozeman, Montana.

Rev. Nathan DeMay​

Board Treasurer is an ordained Interfaith Interspiritual minister and graduate of OneSpirit Seminary in New York City. He is also a certified Church…

He is also a certified Church Executive and a certified End of Life Doula for companion animals and holds a BS in International Business from Illinois State University.

Nathan offers ministerial services to anyone needing them in the metro Atlanta area.

He also leads in-person, online, and on-demand groups working with mystic poetry. Nathan believes the mystic poets of the world’s traditions have timeless wisdom  that can deeply feed our souls.

Penny Andrews​

is a retired chaplain , permaculturist and facilitator of the Work that Reconnects.  

She graduated from UCS in 2001 and is a spiritual companion, workshop leader and presenter in Unitarian congregations.  She is also active with the DeepTime Network as meditation mentor and learner.  Penny and Gail Ransom are regular moderators  of the webinar, Creation in Crisis, a CSC sponsored offering.

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