CBD 2023: Grounding & Expanding, Psyche & Cosmos, Friendship with Self, Others, the Universe: Toward a “Cosmic Religion” (Einstein) and Human/Planetary Survival with Rev. Mathew Fox, PhD

November 01, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Einstein was convinced that for humanity to survive it must move to a new, third, stage of religious consciousness which he called a “cosmic religion.”  Cosmic religion would be characterized by both conscience (which Einstein found lacking in the dominant response to the Nazis) and cosmology. 

We will explore what mystics from Kabir to Jesus, from Thich Nhat Hanh to Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, Howard Thurman, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Berry and Thomas Merton tell us of how we expand our souls and ground them. In a time of Climate change and planetary extinction, Webb Telescope and rising fascism born of fear and self-hatred, this seems like essential information: How vibrant relationships of healthy self-love including finding the divine within, and grounding ourselves in friendship as well as in the beauty and wonder of an ever-expanding cosmos can create a new humanity moving beyond “patriarchal self-hatred” (A. Rich) to love, conscience and caring.  There will be 15-minute Q&A portion at the end of the talk. 

This keynote talk is the first session in a three part series that includes a guided practice sesison as well as an interactive workshop on  Nov. 2. Attendees are encouraged to register for one or all three of these sessions.

Details for the other two sessions are in the links below:
iPause Guided practice #12, Finding the Divine (the “I am”, the Christ, the Buddha Nature, the Tselem or Image of God) Within, with Rev. Mathew Fox, PhD

Interactive Workshop Recovering the Sacred Masculine and the Divine Feminine with Rev. Mathew Fox, PhD    

Rev. Matthew Fox, PhD, author, theologian, and activist priest, has been calling people of spirit and conscience into the Creation Spirituality lineage for over 50 years. His 40 books, lectures, retreats, and innovative education models have ignited an international movement to awaken people to be mystics and prophets, contemplative activists, who honor and defend the earth and work for justice. Seeking to establish a new pedagogy for learning spirituality that was grounded in an effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical traditions in such figures as Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and the mysticism of Thomas Aquinas, as well as interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics, Fox founded the University of Creation Spirituality. His recent projects include Order of the Sacred Earth and Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox as well as The Cosmic Mass. Fox is recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award, the Gandhi King Ikeda Award, the Tikkun National Ethics Award and other awards. His most recent books are: Matthew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality; Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in at Time of Pandemic—and Beyond; and The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times. Other books include Original Blessing; The Coming of the Cosmic Christ; A Spirituality Named Compassion; The Reinvention of Work; and Christian Mystics.

CBD 2023: Grounding & Expanding, Psyche & Cosmos, Friendship with Self, Others, the Universe: Toward a “Cosmic Religion” (Einstein) and Human/Planetary Survival with Rev. Mathew Fox, PhD is part of the free Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 24- Nov. 2, 2023.

The full Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit. All events are FREE and online.

Registration opens September 12, 2023