Within the Creation Spirituality movement, there are many people who have studied Creation Spirituality with Matthew Fox and have been inspired to become artists, activists, theologians, spiritual companions, workshop leaders, authors, mystics, and ordained leaders. These people are brought together for mutual inspiration, support, and effectiveness through the leadership of the CSC Board of Directors. Each board member can serve two consecutive three year terms. Members of our current Board of Directors are listed below.
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.
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.
The 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rev. Marcia Flagg was ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA in 1979 after receiving a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. She has served as a hospital chaplain and as a minister in congregations in Colorado and California. Since 1996 she has served as the minister for the Broadmoor Congregational Church. Beginning in 2015, Broadmoor’s primary mission is The Center of Spiritual Cultivation which has been based in the Rossmoor Retirement Community in Walnut Creek, CA. In 2019, Dr. Carolyn Million joined the congregation and with the help of the Rev. Mel Bricker the congregation voted to affiliate as a member of Creation Spirituality Communities. With COVID 19 the Center had been meeting on Zoom and the membership, which exhibits a deep Ecumenical spirit, has grown beyond the physical space of the East Bay.
Rev. Seth Longacre, MBA, MLA, DMin (abd) brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership and management within a wide variety of organizations in the US and around the world and is competent across a wide range of disciplines: operations management, organizational development, program & project management, training & facilitation. A certified Spiritual Director, Wilderness Rites of Passage Guide, Yoga Teacher, Health Coach, runner, and meditator, he is entranced by the spirit world and ever-seeking to balance a life of service, spiritual engagement and physical encounter.
Rev. Jerry Maynard O.M.M. 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.
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.
Former Board Members:
Daniel Barber Lynda Boozer Mary Davis Susan Coppage Evans Bill Gordan Marybeth Granberry Matt Henry Gary Jacinto Rick Kuykendall Peter Lanzillotta
Tracy Longacre Joran Slane Oppelt Carol Pearson Mary Plaster Paula Pociecha Nicole Porcaro Edina Preucel Gail Ransom Calen Rayne Mary Reaman
Carl Freeman Reynolds Wayne Schwandt Judy Shook Tom Stempel Roxanne WhiteLight Robert Wilson Di Wolverton