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Mysticism, Shamanism and the Undoing of Racism, Imperialism, and Patriarchy Often Carried Out in Religion's Name

Broadcast on July 19, 2021
With Matthew Fox
Hosted by Michael Stone

Matthew Fox discusses Julian of Norwich, the 14th century creation-centered mystic, whose theology was not pursed by mainstream religion, wheter Protestant or Catholic. Alas, it is for this very reason she speaks deeply to us today as we take stock of the racism and genocide we have inherited, much of it grounded in the "Doctrine of Discovery" papal bulls promulgated in the 15th century as Europeans invaded Africa (for slaves) and the Americas.

In This Session Discover:

  • What the mystics bring to our times on both a personal and cultural/community level — including awakening to joy, wonder, and reverence
  • What the "Doctrine of Discovery" was and how it lays the foundation for slavery and genocide of indigenous peoples, and is still with us
  • Eco-prophet Thomas Berry says we need today... "fewer priests, fewer professors and more shamans," and what this mean for spirituality & survival of Mother Earth and her creatures
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Matthew Fox

Renowned Spiritual Pioneer & Author of More Than 35 Books

Matthew Fox is a prolific author of books dedicated to renewing the ancient tradition of Creation Spirituality, including Original Blessing, A Spirituality Named Compassion, and Christian Mystics. This earth-based mystical tradition is feminist, welcoming of the arts and artists, honors Indigenous wisdom, works with science, and is committed to interfaith approaches and eco, social, and gender justice.

Matthew’s effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition has sparked awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, and the mysticism of Thomas Aquinas, as well as the wisdom tradition that nurtured Jesus. His work helps reconnect science and spirituality by honoring the sacredness of the cosmos and interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics. He believes that “by reinventing work, education, and worship, we can bring about a nonviolent revolution on our planet.”

Matthew received his doctorate summa cum laude in the History and Theology of Spiritualities from the Institut Catholique de Paris. A member of the Dominican Order for 34 years, he established an Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality that operated for seven years at Mundelein College in Chicago, and for 12 years at Holy Names University in Oakland.

He founded the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland in 1996 and was president and professor until 2005, when he left to create a pilot project to reinvent the educational experience for inner-city teenagers.

Matthew is a recipient of many awards, including the Gandhi King Ikeda Award from Morehouse College, which is awarded for dedication to peace, unity, nonviolence, and justice. He also received the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award; other recipients have included the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Matthew Fox