As part of our ongoing Cosmic Campfire Book Club with Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity and ‘Science’ Mike McHargue of The Liturgists, I got to sit down with one of my all-time heroes, Matthew Fox:
In our conversation, Matthew and I discuss:
- How Creation Spirituality re-orients our relationship to God and Science
- The transformative power of immersion in nature
- How a robust understanding of science helps settle matters of LGBTQ inclusion
- The wisdom – and martyrdom – of Thomas Merton
- How God is both beyond naming and infinite in namability
- The ‘secret origins’ of the emerging church movement
- A simple vow people of faith can take to halt ecological devastation
- What it means to be found ‘in Christ’ versus in lockstep with Empire
- Three vital new releases Matthew has contributed to: Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action, Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God, and How I Found GOD In Everyone and Everywhere
SO much! Please, tune in and let me know what you think in the comments below.
About My Dialogue Guest
Matthew Fox has been called a maverick, a rebel, and by some a heretic. In his quest for a viable spirituality he discovered the ancient (but often suppressed) creation spirituality tradition that honors the sacredness of all creation. He has worked closely with Native spiritual leaders, feminists, scientists, activists, and others, and got himself in trouble with his mother church and the pope. He has written nearly 40 books on spirituality and culture now translated in 67 languages and is a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning and a professor at the new Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality. Among his books are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, The Lotus & The Rose, Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God, A Way To God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for Our Times, and The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine.
AND: While Dr. Fox won’t be able to join us in-person at the Cosmic Campfire Gathering, he will be sharing a Cosmic Query for us to ponder, together!
Speaking of: Early Bird Tickets are now on-sale for the Cosmic Campfire Gathering, this February 1-2 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (And stay for Sunday morning February 3 if you can, for extra Cosmic Campfire goodness at our host space, Holy Trinity Lutheran!). Early Bird tickets are $129 through January 15th, saving $70 on the at-the-door price, if they even last that long. Seats are limited, so if you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones, yourself, or best-yet all of you, please get yours now.
If this is your first time hearing about this one-of-a-kind gathering, Tripp, Mike McHargue and I are creating space to talk about the Big Questions:
- Who are we as a species?
- What does it mean to inhabit these bodies, on this planet, in this universe?
- How are we so beautiful?
- How do we find ourselves in such a multi-lateral mess ?
- Does being a friend of God, aspiring follower of Jesus, and student of Scripture have anything meaningful to add to this conversation?
- Do the inquiries of biology, physics, psychology, archaeology and anthropology have anything meaningful to add to this conversation?
We’ll be exploring these questions, specifically as framed in the emerging cosmological projects Big History and the New Universe Story, with some of our favorite scientists, philosophers, and theologians. Buying your Early Bird Ticket now helps us plan for the full breadth of contributors to your experience, so we really appreciate it.
Confirmed dialogue partners include:
Barbara Holmes, PhD, is a theologian, writer and scholar who publishes books about the intersection of ethics, spirituality, mysticism, science, cosmology and African American religious culture.She is president emerita of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and formerly professor of ethics and African American religious studies and vice president of Academic Affairs at Memphis Theological Seminary.In addition to her work with law firms, she has worked with homeless missions, HIV/AIDS ministries, and international ministries in Kenya (the Presbyterian Church of East Africa) and Japan. Her published work includes Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders, Race and the Cosmos: An Invitation to View the World Differently, Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church, and other publications. Want to hear from Dr. Holmes? Listen to her on these episodes of Homebrewed Christianity and Contemplify!
Joan Roughgarden, PhD, is an evolutionary biologist, transgender, and described by the New York Times as “one of the world’s most influential theoretical ecologists.” She is well-known for her unique perspective on theistic evolution, and bold and pioneering work on sexuality in humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. She the author of numerous books and studies; for a popular readership, she has written Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People and Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist. Dr. Roughgarden is no stranger to podcasts – check her out on Just Plain Sense, BBC Analysis (‘Why Are Even Women Biased Against Women?’), and her insights in the just-released Science Vs. episode The Science of Being Transgender.
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD, has been described in a myriad of ways: a scholar-activist, scholar-leader, thought-leader, teacher, public theologian, ethicist, poet of moral reason, and word artist. Among these ways of describing Dr. Robyn, they are also a visionary thinker who has spent two decades working in the hybrid space of church, academy, and movements seeking to not only disrupt but dismantle supremacy culture by focusing their PhD studies on new concepts of being and becoming, decolonizing knowledge production, and bridging with radical difference. Named one of ten Faith Leaders to watch by the Center for American Progress in 2018, Dr. Robyn is currently at work helping co-create Activist Theology. Dr. Robyn is a non-binary Transqueer Latinx who calls Nashville, TN home. (Dr. Robyn is one of Homebrewed Christianity’s favorite guests. Check them out in this interview archive!)
And while we’ll be having fascinating conversations with experts in their fields, the conversations continue with you…we’re building in plenty of space for all of us to explore the questions that drive us…together.
So…will you join us? You can find out even more info, and grab your early bird tickets, at CosmicCampfire.party.