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. Sid Hall, DMin, Board President, is a husband, father, and the senior minister of Trinity Church of Austin, TX, a blended UMC and UCC congregation. Under Sid’s leadership, Trinity Church claims and practices Creation Spirituality, publicly welcomes the LGBTQ community, and welcomes a wide variety of groups to its Interfaith Chapel, among them Buddhists, Wiccans, eco-feminist, and atheists. Sid has had the privilege of being arrested for civil disobedience along the side of MLK’s daughter and Gandhi’s grandson.
Mel Bricker, BA, MST, MA, DMin, Board Vice-President 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.
Rev. Dr. Carolyn Million, MD, Board Secretary 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.
Dave Summers, DMin. MBA, Board Treasurer 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. 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.
Joran Slane Oppelt is a speaker, author, interfaith minister, life coach and award-winning singer/songwriter. He is the owner of the Metta Center of St. Petersburg and founder of the Integral Church in St. Petersburgh on spirituality and the innovation of religion, FL. Joran is the author of Sentences, The Mountain and the Snow and co-author of Order of the Sacred Earth (with Matthew Fox), and Integral Church: A Handbook for New Spiritual Communities. Joran holds certificates in Religious Literacy (Harvard Online) and Sacred Storytelling (Multifaith Storytelling Institute). He serves as President of Interfaith Tampa Bay and Ambassador of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. He has spoken around the world about spirituality and the innovation of religion at events like South by Southwest in Austin, TX, Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Embrace Festival in Portland, OR and Integral European Conference in Siófok, Hungary.
Rev. Judy Shook, MDiv, MLA is the solo pastor of Abernethy United Methodist Church of Asheville, NC. Her playful sense of humor dances with her deep commitment to earthy mysticism. Judy is an InterPlay leader who brings her cross cultural experiences of living in Hawaii and Alaska to her work on the board. Peace-with-Justice issues have been among her passions, especially full inclusion of LGBTQ persons.
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.
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 past twenty-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.
Former Board Members:
Susan Coppage Evans
Carl Freeman Reynolds