One of the required courses for all Fox Institute of Spirituality students is The Reinvention of Work, Leadership and Culture. Encouraging students to make an impact on more sustainable living in our world is central to the vision and mission at FICS.
In “The Great Work,” Thomas Berry writes, “The Great Work, now as we move into the new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would be present in a mutually beneficial manner … each person in and through their personal work assists in the Great Work.”
When Engineering Professor Bernard Amadei describes how Creation Spirituality education infused his work and inspired Engineers Without Borders, he says, “It transformed work with a little w into Work with a capital “W.” This is an example of great work.
Participants in FICS programs are seeking to live out their Great Work. They are consciously aware of integrating their spirituality into the whole of their lives, expressing the vocation to which they feel drawn to by Spirit.
Their areas of influence cover a whole range of issues, including sacred activism, gender perspectives, spiritual direction, ecological justice, church and community leadership, intergenerational wisdom, engineering and health care, among many others.
This is our work in the world. This is our vocation.
Over the years, students of all ages and professional backgrounds―from lawyers, engineers and social activists to poets, ministers and community leaders―have enrolled in Creation Spirituality programs.
Their stories are inspiring testimonies of how the experience of studying Creation Spirituality has truly transformed their lives, livelihoods and futures.
Isn’t this what education is really all about?
Engineer of compassion
University of Colorado professor and engineer, Bernard Amadei started Engineers Without Borders (EWB) after attending University of Creation Spirituality. EWB now has over 16,000 members. Its first mission was to install water pumps in San Pablo, Belize—and today over 400 projects are in process in 45 countries, and over 225 university and professional chapters exist in the U.S. alone. Dr. Amadei was three classes shy of completing his Doctor of Ministry and plans to complete his degree at FICS.
Spiritually inspired public servant
After years of work in health, the environment and social change, Pat Waak completed her Doctor of Ministry in Creation Spirituality even more intent on transforming the political process. After an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Congress, Pat unseated a sitting politician to serve three terms as Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, a member of the Democratic National Committee and the Board of the DNC's Women's Caucus. She currently spearheads Colorado Women’s Leadership Circles of Influence, which encourages and nurtures women leaders, as well as consults with candidate and campaigns at all levels. She credits her Doctor of Ministry in Creation Spirituality as helping her solidify her core beliefs and attaining the tools necessary to act on her commitments in public service for a new form of sacred activism.
Sister Dorothy Stang
Activist and martyr for rainforest culture
After returning to the Amazon rainforest upon graduating from the University of Creation Spirituality, Sister Dorothy Stang was a leader among her people in standing up to privileged landowners on behalf of rural workers and in defending the Amazon rainforest. Unfortunately, she was murdered on a muddy road in the forest by hired henchmen (now in jail) for her heroic work and leadership among her peoples. Sister Dorothy regularly wrote our staff about how her Creation Spirituality education gave her the courage to do her work and remain in the face of many death threats.
Global seeker and keeper of peace
University of Creation Spirituality graduate Mel Duncan started the Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization that professionally trains civilian peacekeeping forces from around the world. This group has proven effective in such hot spots as Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Romania and Guatemala. Its purpose is to enter conflict zones to protect local civilians from harm, help create space for resolution, and reduce or prevent further violence.
From her Creation Spirituality master’s education at ICCS though Mundelein College Chicago, Caroline Myss has contributed so much inspiration in her career as healer, workshop leader and author including her New York Times Bestselling “Anatomy of the Spirit,” “Why People Don’t Heal,” “Sacred Contracts” and other books, including “Entering the Castle and Defy Gravity.”
Catalyst for restorative storytelling
It was through Theodore Richards’s experiences in Creation Spirituality education that he came to see the power of re-imagining the world and the self through story. While pursuing a PhD at UCS/Wisdom University, he worked directly with Matthew Fox to develop YELLAWE, a program to bring the CS pedagogy to marginalized teens in Oakland. After graduating, Richards took the ideas and practices of YELLAWE and further developed them when he moved to the south side of Chicago, where he founded The Chicago Wisdom Project, a nonprofit that empowers teens to tell their story in order to transform themselves and the world. He has written numerous books that seek to re-imagine his own story and the story of our place in the world.
Advocate for conscious capitalism
This University of Creation Spirituality Doctor of Ministry graduate and former state director for small business development at University of Wyoming started CSource, which provides resources for the Creation Spirituality movement. She then leveraged her passion for the reinvention of economic systems and cofounded The Local Crowd, a community-based crowdfunding platform that uses technology to ignite the spirit of sharing, caring and trust within rural U.S. communities.
Rev. Jacob Watson
Chaplain and champion of Creation Spirituality
After completing Doctor of Ministry studies, USC graduate Rev. Jacob Watson returned home to Maine and recommitted himself to the Center for Grieving Children he had helped open years earlier, and started the interfaith Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, now one of two Creation Spirituality-inspired Chaplaincy Institutes.
Creative church community movement
Many Creation Spirituality-educated clergy, including REV. BARRY BLOOM (Golden, Colorado), REV. MARY REAMAN (Dayton, Ohio), REV. SID HALL (Austin) and REV. GAIL RANSOM (Pittsburgh), have brought the CS tradition and creative practices to their church communities.