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. Sid Hall, DMin, Board Vice-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.
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, 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.
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 graduated from UCS in 2001. She is a lifelong Earth activist, a retired hospital chaplain, and a facilitator of the Work that Reconnects based on Joanna Macy’s work. Ordained, she is a regular presenter in a UU congregation in rural Wisconsin and hosts occasional workshops on the land where she uses permaculture principles to create food forests and regenerative gardening.
Penny has been involved with a CSC project called Creation in Crisis. Along with former Board director, Gail Ransom, this is a monthly webinar on topics related to Learning and Loving Earth back to Life
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. Nathan DeMay 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.
The Rev. Marcia Flagg was ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA in 1979 after receiving a Master’s of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont California. She has served as:
1. A Chaplain at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, IL, 1979-1981
2. An Associate Minister at Gunnison Community Church in Gunnison, CO, 1981-1983
3. Union Congregational Church, UCC in Crested Butte, CO 1984-1991
4. Broadmoor Community Church, UCC in San Leandro, CA 1996- 2012
5. Broadmoor Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill/ Walnut Creek, CA 2012-2021
From 2012-2015 Rev. Flagg helped train volunteers in a program called Crisis Response Spiritual Support Teams in Rossmoor Retirement Community in Walnut Creek, CA. which led her to start “The Center of Spiritual Cultivation” for the volunteers of that program in 2015.
Broadmoor Congregational Church officially voted to adopt this mission project with the hiring of The Rev. Dr. Paula Pociecha, in May 2016, a graduate of Creation Spirituality Wisdom University.
In 2019, Dr. Carolyn Million joined the congregation and with the help of the Rev. Mel Bricker the congregation voted to join as a member of Creation Spirituality Communities.
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.
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