Carol Bennington, PhD, Dean of Students [ link ]
Dr. Bennington, Dean of Students for the Fox Institute is an educator, administrator and healing arts practitioner. She is most passionate about the pedagogy of Fox Institute, both as an educator and as a student. Her first experience with this profound method of education was as a doctoral student at the former University of Creation Spirituality.
Her concentration in eco-spirituality grew from her life-long deep relationship with Nature, especially with plants. Dr. Bennington is also an adjunct faculty member at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she teaches a course in Botanical Medicine.
Dr. Bennington holds a doctoral degree from Wisdom University and a master’s degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her undergraduate degree in education is from the University of Michigan.
Rev. Matthew Fox, PhD [ link ]
Rev. Fox, an internationally acclaimed theologian, 34-year member of the Dominican Order and episcopal priest, serves as mentor, spokesperson and professor for the Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality.
In 1976, he founded the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality at Mundelein College in Chicago. Rev. Fox’s innovative pedagogy and emphasis on Original Blessing brought spirituality back into religious education and inspired students in compassionate action and prophetic leadership.
When the Institute outgrew Mundelein, Rev. Fox moved it to Holy Names College in Oakland, where it thrived. Rev. He then started his own university in 1996 called the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, where he was president and professor until 2005.
The university’s emphasis on the “priesthood of all workers” drew students to the Doctor of Ministry program from all areas of professional life, including scientists, artists, counselors, physicians, business professionals and clergy.
Since then Rev. Fox has created innovative youth programs, responded to international invitations to teach and has worked with former students to offer new forms of worship and education.
He holds a doctoral degree, summa cum laude, in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris and has authored more than 33 books, which have been translated into 63 languages.
Kip Hubbard, Director of Outreach & Communication [ link ]
Kip Hubbard, Director of Outreach & Communication, comes to the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality with nearly 40 years of marketing, public relations, teaching, public speaking and non-profit management experience. Following a career in public relations in New York City and L.A., Kip spent nearly three decades building dynamic enterprises that enlivened and enriched people’s lives. He has worked extensively to educate and empower young people, addicts, the underprivileged and immigrant communities, teachers and many other populations through drum, dance, writing, public speaking, the fine arts, and outdoor experiences. Returning to Boulder after spending 11 years in the Aspen area, Kip is excited to be part of the creative endeavor that is FICS.
Stuart Calvin Lord, DMin, Interim President [ link ]
Stuart Calvin Lord is an American educator and academic specializing in leadership and ethics, organizational development, diversity & inclusion, spirituality in education, and academic leadership.
While at DePauw University, Lord served as the Associate Dean of the University, and Executive Director of the Grover L. Hartman Center for Civic Education and Leadership, and University Professor of Sociology and Service Learning. At Dartmouth College, Lord served as Associate Provost, Dean of the Tucker Foundation, and Vice President for Diversity and Equity. During President Clinton's administration, Lord served as the executive director of the President’s Summit for America’s Future.
In 2009 Lord became the fifth president of Naropa University, and led the plan to restructure the entire University and enhance the academic profile. In May of 2013, Lord was appointed the new Executive Director of the Emergency Family Assistance Association in Boulder, CO, to lead the organization's strategic planning process for the new century. Rooted in social justice, Lord has integrated his meditation practice as a Christian committed to blending eastern and western traditions while cultivating spirituality in education. In 2014, Lord was named senior associate for the Kingston Bay Group, overseeing the development and coordination of the Higher Education portfolio working with university presidents, trustees, and senior administrators. In 2015, Lord was appointed to serve as the Chief Deputy to the President of Wheelock College to advise the president and assist in the college’s leadership transition and work with the senior management team.
Currently, Lord serves as CEO and President of Delta Developmental, a firm in Boulder, CO, specializing in leadership development, curriculum design, organizational assessment, and consulting services working for businesses, athletic teams, and university executives. In September 2017, Lord made a voluntary commitment for two years to coordinate monthly service trips to Houston Texas in response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey working with the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains and All Hands and Hearts-Smart Response. Lord has previously led service trips to Houston Texas, Biloxi Mississippi, New Orleans, Kenya, Kibera slum, Siuna, Nicaragua, Mactan Island, Philippines, Reynosa, Mexico, Sea Islands, Consolacion, El Salvador, Conaste, Guatemala, Bo, Sierra Leone, and San Marcos, Honduras.
Raised in New Rochelle, New York, in the foster care system, Lord expressed interest in community activism from an early age. In the 3rd grade, Lord had a profound response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., inspiring him to lead a life of service and inclusivity. In his youth, Lord was a member of Boy Scouts of America and in 1977 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Lord attended New Rochelle High School where he graduated as an All-American Runner and president of his senior class.
EDUCATION: Stuart Lord attended Texas Christian University (TCU), receiving his Bachelor of Religious Studies and a minor in Sociology. During his time at Texas Christian University, Lord was a varsity athlete on the track team, served as vice president of student government, was responsible for the student programming Council, and received the ‘Texas Christian University Outstanding Student Leadership Award.’
Lord went on to receive both his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1986 and 1987 and was ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA, respectively; becoming the Assistant University Chaplain at DePauw University that same year. During his term, Lord received the ‘Honorary DePauw Tiger Award’ and in 1989 received the ‘Outstanding Young Men of America’ award.
Lord received his doctorate from the United Theological Seminary in 1993 with a specialization in multicultural education and leadership. With his doctorate completed, Lord, from 1993 to 2000, assumed, in addition to his primary duties, the responsibilities of Assistant Professor of University Studies and Director of the Bonner Scholars Program, both at DePauw University, and he was appointed as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. In 2003 lord received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas Christian University.
Pouria Montazeri, MA, Program Director, Administrative Coordinator and Registrar [ link ]
Pouria is the Fox Institute's Program Director, Administrative Coordinator and Registrar.
Pouria is the founder and teacher of In the Footprints of Rumi (www.footprintsofrumi.com). He is passionate about sharing his love of Rumi and mystical poetry and strongly believes that true healing and cognition arise from the root of our Hearst through the universal energy field, holistic experiences, association with higher frequencies, greater coherency, consistency, concentration, dedication, integrity, honesty, harmony, and love. He wrote, directed, and shot Shams & Rumi: The Fragrance of Axis Mundi, which won many international film awards.
Pouria Montazeri draws from his 28 years of experience with Sufism, Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, and other mystical and contemplative practices and his experiences as a teacher, spiritual director/coach, speaker, poet, mindfulness instructor, sangha guide, mentor, and filmmaker to support himself and others to live more creative, peaceful, and meaningful lives.
He loves nature and can always be found on one of his sunrise contemplative hikes with scraps of poetry in his pocket in his home state of Colorado.
Board of Directors
Marvin Lee Anderson, PhD
Board Chair and core faculty of FICS, Dr. Anderson is also a visiting fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, where he continues to unearth the influence of late-medieval German mysticism on the Reformation.
He has also taught rural ministry for numerous theological faculties and seminaries in both Canada and the U.S., and is a consultant on congregational renewal and community development.
Dr. Anderson holds a doctoral degree in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College - Toronto School of Theology and a master’s in religious studies from Mundelein College in Chicago, where he studied creation spirituality in Matthew Fox’s first graduate program. He lives in Toronto.
J. Melvin Bricker, DMin
Rev. Bricker served nearly 30 years as a United Methodist minister in Michigan, where he was active in addressing world hunger issues.
He was also academic dean and co-director of the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland from 2001-2006 and was a founding Board member of Creation Spirituality Communities.
Rev. Bricker holds a doctoral degree in ministry from the Ecumenical Theological School, a master’s degree in culture and creation spirituality from Holy Names College and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Boston University of Theology. He lives in Walnut Creek, California.
Ann Dean, DMin Candidate
Rev. Dean, an ordained minister in the radical community of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C., was the founder and pastor of the ecumenical Church of the Servant Jesus until 2004. She is currently the Program Director at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and a member of the Dayspring Retreat Mission Group.
An internationally-recognized leader of conferences and retreats, Rev. Dean has dedicated her life to designing and leading programs for mentoring contemplative leaders and creating authentic communities committed to Earth care and social justice.
She completed most of her doctoral degree at the University of Creation Spirituality and looks forward to completing her degree at Fox Institute. Rev. Dean lives in Potomac, Maryland.
Susan Coppage Evans, DMin
Dr. Evans, founding president of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality, has a passion for developing administrative structures that foster the sustainability of organizations—and their ability to offer health and healing.
After initiating the formation of Creation Spirituality Communities in 2006, Dr. Evans was ordained by CSC in 2016. She is honored to further Matthew Fox’s legacy by offering transformative education at FICS in her home state of Colorado and hosting national and international retreats through her company, Wholehearted, Inc.
Prior to her work with FICS, Dr. Evans was a psychotherapist and later served as an executive in psychiatric hospitals, co-founding the Eating Recovery Center in 2008, now the nation’s largest and most comprehensive hospital system for the treatment of anorexia and bulimia. She continued to impact national psychiatric healthcare systems by bringing her Creation Spirituality-inspired leadership to work with private equity acquisitions and advocating for a mind-body-spirit approach to healthcare and healthcare facilities.
Dr. Evans holds a master’s degree in counseling from University of Louisville and a doctoral degree in ministry from the University of Creation Spirituality.
Rabbi Nadya Gross
Rabbi Nadya Gross, is a congregational rabbi, spiritual director and teacher. She and her husband, Rabbi Victor Gross, serve a Jewish Renewal congregation, Pardes Levavot, in Boulder. The congregation shares space, study, occasional worship and good works in the community with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. This has been a living laboratory for the practice of Deep Ecumenism – a concept first articulated by Rev. Matthew Fox and developed by her teacher, and founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
Nadya & Victor recently co-founded Yerusha (Heb: legacy - www.yerusha.org), a project devoted to creating and supporting programs inspired by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s legacy that will carry his vision forward into the future.
Nadya is the Director of Spiritual Direction and Development for the ALEPH Seminary and Director of Hashpa’ah: Training Program for Jewish Spiritual Directors (https://aleph.org/hashpa-ah-training-program-for-jewish-spiritual-directors).
Trained in the Jewish mystical tradition by her grandmother, she transmits the teachings in a two-year wisdom school: Secrets My Grandmother Told Me (http://yerusha.org/secrets-my-grandmother-told-me-a-wisdom-school/).
Bernard Amadei, PhD
Bernard Amadei is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, founder of Engineers Without Borders (USA), and former director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of several awards.
A firm belief in the principle that engineers must hold the public welfare paramount, or above any other responsibility, led Amadei to reconsider his involvement in a hydroelectric plant project in Costa Rica in 2002. He thought that this project would displace too many local residents and violate the principle of "do no harm." This realization came along about two years after his first experience with a humanitarian engineering project in Belize.
The project in Belize led Amadei and students to create a volunteer organization that could enable engineers to donate their services in this manner. Engineers Without Borders -USA was created as not-for profit organization in 2001. Since then, Engineers Without Borders-USA has grown to 17,000 members in 300 student and professional chapters. Humanitarian aid has been provided in 48 countries, benefiting more than 2.5 million people.