June 5, 2011
A Conversation with Matthew Fox

We were honored to welcome Matthew Fox to our show. As a spiritual theologian he has written 30 award-winning books that have been translated into 43 languages. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men and Christian Mystics. He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets.

Among Fox's interests have been the renewal of education and of religion. He established the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality that flourished for 21 years until Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) silenced Fox and eventually shut down the program and expelled Fox from the Dominican Order of which he had been a member for 34 years. Fox then founded his own University, the University of Creation Spirituality. Now Fox is applying the same pedagogy to reinventing education from the inner city out by working with inner city teenagers.

In joining the Episcopal church 16 years ago, Fox has been working with young people to reinvent forms of worship by bringing elements of rave such as dance, dj, vj and more into the Western Liturgy. The Cosmic Mass has been celebrated over 90 times and in dozens of cities in North America. When Ratzinger became pope Fox went to Wittenburg and pounded 95 theses on the door to amplify the church's need for reformation (See A New Reformation).

Fox is recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award (other recipients being the Dali Lama, Mother Teresa, Ernesto Cardenal and Rosa Parks), the Ghandi King Ikeda Award, the Tikkun National Ethics Award and other awards. He is currently visiting scholar at the Academy of the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

To learn more about Matthew, please visit www.MatthewFox.org!









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