Elder Innerviews

These interviews serve as a sacred honoring of elders who have contributed profoundly to CSC values and teachings, a sharing of their wisdom, and the creation of an archived repository of our collective journey through our aging. Our goal is to acknowledge, ignite, and unleash the fertile potential of our elder years in service to the entire earth community.

Each 45 minute InnerView is held online on the third Thursday of the month and includes audience response and discussion. The InnerViews are recorded and then posted here on our CSC website.

Join us in welcoming the wisdom of the sage.

Wisdom Share Conversation on the Climate Emergency:
Sea waters are rising. Glaciers are melting. How do we restore a right relationship to our Sacred Earth before it is too late? In this InnerView elders, mystics, and activists exchange strategies, resources and ways they are addressing climate change. In this conversation, you will find hope, purpose, and actions to pursue.

Out of Bruce Silverman’s multi-faceted career of trans-personal psychology, dreamwork, ethno-spirituality, and drumming together, has come powerful full-body experiences and a new book what Happened to God? . . Religion,  Science and Democracy/” Join us as Bruce weaves poems from his book with the themes that have shaped his life.

Hear how Rev. Roxanne Whitelight DMin has woven her multi-faceted career as a psycho- therapist, body worker, organizational development consultant and minister into workshops, retreats, and practices to heal the pain and maximize the possibilities created through the sharing the stories from different religions.

In her Elder InnerView, Rev. Dr. Gail Sofia Ransom shares the rich harvest of wisdom she is receiving by letting go of the cultural attachments she gathered in her early life. She also shares the evolution of wonder in her life. Gail recently stepped down as president of Creation Spirituality Communities and is looking forward to writing more and being awed by her grandchildren.

Watch our Elder Innerview with Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox and hear his thoughts on aging, what has been the “thread” he’s held onto through the years, and what advice he has for the next generation of mystics, activists, prophets and leaders.

In this fascinating InnerView, Dr. Ardine Martinelli shares the story of how she transformed her life from abuse to empowerment, and how she shared that path with her students, teachers, counselors, and organizations in her professional life.

Dr. Michael Mansfield is the dean of Body Prayer in the Creation Spirituality movement, leading us into discovering the power of our bodies to move at one with the spirituality of creation. In this InnerView, Michael shares his life journey.

In this InnerView, we turn the tables and InterView the person who has re-defined the spirituality of aging in the Creation Spirituality community through his many published books and presentations. In this InnerView,  John Robinson will help you rewrite your myth of aging, redefine your senior moments, and convince you that being an elder is the sacred garden at the end of our life path where we come to experience the holy first hand.  

In this Elder InnerView, Howard Hanger tells stories from more than 30 years serving as the founding pastor and Minister of Ritual and Celebration at the Jubilee! Community in Asheville, NC.  You will meet a highly principled and joyful man, who left his denomination when he was told he could not continue to officiate same-sex ceremonial unions and founded the widely acclaimed interfaith church Jubilee! in Asheville. NC.

In this Elder InnerView, Dr. Tom Stempel shows us how the experience of an outsider can lead a person to a search for deep connection. Tom’s studies and dissertation at the University of Creation Spirituality was a direct outgrowth of that childhood outsider: “The Outsider Coming Home: Finding the Tao in Meister Eckhart.”  “Outsiders are driven to find direction and purpose, and in so doing become our visionaries, dreamers,  prophets, mystics, artists and creators.”  

Barbara Susan Booth M.A., D.Min. has focused her life work on promoting the love of learning, the love of creativity and love of intuitive wisdom. She is the founder and director of Sacred Wisdom Centre, in Guelph, Ontario which has welcomed an array of wisdom teachers including Matthew Fox and Joanna Macy.  There she has gathered people to share in the deeper meaning of what is sacred. 

In this Elder InnerView, Kaleo Ching shares his life long focus on the deepening power of creativity.  Through embodied prayer, maskmaking and collage workshops, Hawaiian lomilomi, qigong and hypnotherapy, he has guided many people on their journey into their selves to embrace their souls. In this InnerView, he encourages us to tune in, and learn how to employ Aloha, the breath of God, in our own practices. He concludes with a Qigong session for you to do with him.

Dr. Larry Edwards has imparted reverence for the sacred story of the universe and its dynamics to students of Creation Spirituality through reason, ritual, dance, and awe. Over the years he has presented the Universe story as our sacred creation story in a variety of settings from purely academic to religious/spiritual centers. His presentations emphasize that a new context is necessary to fully answer such ancient questions as “Who am I?”, “Where do I come from?”

Alexandra Kovats, csjp, Ph.D. is an internationally known thought leader, spiritual director, and teacher. During this InnerView, conducted by John Robinson on October 19, she shared some of her insights gleaned from a life dedicated to ecology, creation spirituality, spiritual cosmology, eco-feminism and the religious life.  In this InnerView, you will hear how Alexandra’s experiences as a young girl in war torn Budapest, Hungary shaped her life and ministry. She now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Gina Rose Halpern is the visionary leader who became the founder and first director for The Chaplaincy Institute (CHI) which trains and ordains interfaith ministers and chaplains. In this InnerView, conducted by Dr. John Robinson, Dr. Halpern shares stories from the creation of the Chaplaincy Institute and impressions and practices she now attends to in her retirement.

Rev. Dr. Carol Vaccariello is grounded in the Italian Strega tradition which informs her Earth based, Wise Woman, Healer, Native knowing of our cosmic home. She practices deep ecumenism through a braided Spirituality (braidedway.org). In this InnerView, Carol introduces to her spirit guides and angelic forces which are her constant guides and the subject of her new book, Ari’El,Lion of God.

Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, has worked with dreams for over forty years, and on the faculty of the University of Creation Spirituality.  He blends the values of spirituality with an active social conscience and a Jungian perspective. In this InnerView, Jeremy plumbs the unfathomable depths of our subconscious mind, awake and asleep, now and later in life.

Rev. Dr. Mel Bricker, served as a United Methodist minister in western Michigan with a focus on hunger, healing and spirituality. Soon after coming to California to study with Matthew Fox, he returned to become Dr. Fox’s personal assistant, eventually becoming the Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of Creation Spirituality. In this InnerView, Mel challenges us to immerse ourselves in the throes of the Four Paths and take time to savor life as we find it, offering affirmation to creation itself.