Summer Intensive 3: The Earth’s Call for Creation Spirituality

Monday July 23 - Friday July 27, 8:30 a.m. -6 p.m.

Each course offered at FICS is a one week block (Monday-Friday) called an Intensive. The daily schedule of each Intensive week consists of four elements (Body Prayer, Seminar, Art as Meditation and Integration Group). Students pick one Seminar and one Art as Meditation for each Intensive. All students participate in all four elements of the daily schedule.


Sustainability and Beyond: The Call to Creation Spirituality

Adam Luedtke, PhD and Leah Rampy, PhD

In a time of ecological crisis and confusion, this course explores the intimate and pertinent connection between spirituality and sustainability. All too often the word sustainability is hijacked to fit into our conversations of how best to sustain our current way of life - a way that gives comfort and ease to only a small portion of the world’s population. Yet when we can set aside the fear that blinds us, it becomes clear that in order to create a future for all living beings on this planet, a much larger definition of sustainability and practice is needed. In this seminar, we will commit together to look through the lens of Creation Spirituality at our current state and boldly face the results we are reaping from a worldview of separation, arrogance, and competition. Our journey will take us from a deeper openness with grief and repentance to glimpses of new creative paradigms based on a story of oneness and compassion. Students will be invited to join in discerning what is ours to do in support of a future that is longing to emerge. We’ll consider what support we need to embrace a new worldview and to equip ourselves to follow our heart’s lead toward greater unity and meaning

This intensive fulfills this requirement: Spirituality and Sustainability Practices or as an elective.


Introduction to Creation Spirituality

Mary Reaman, DMin

In this class students will learn about the rich tradition of Creation Spirituality and the themes

associated with the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality. Through course work, class conversation, shared ritual and reflections, both head and heart will be engaged in absorbing the essentials of Creation Spirituality.

This intensive fulfills this requirement: Introduction to Creation Spirituality or as an elective.


Art as Meditation

Chanting Wisdom
art as meditation

David Sharp, DMin. and Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin.

From the beginning of time movement, song and story have brought people together. In this course, we will explore these elements from the perspective of the world’s major wisdom traditions.

Each day we will teach from one or two traditions. We will give the background story for each of the rhythmic songs we teach. The lyrics will be presented in their original language as well as in English. We will teach accompanying movements and there will be live musical accompaniment. After a period of embodying the music, lyrics and movements, students will be given the opportunity to express their inner experiences via drawing and journaling.

Each day we will allow time for us to hear the voices of our circle as we ask each participant to share their creations as well as their experiences of the day and their resonances with what they have sung and moved to.

On the final day we will conclude with a discussion about how the students can carry the experiences of this class forward into their daily lives once they are back home.

Note: Any movement taught in this class will be very gentle and can easily be modified for those with any physical challenges.