What is Creation Spirituality?

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Creation Spirituality honors all of creation as holy gift. Creation Spirituality seeks to integrate the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures, with the emerging post-modern scientific understanding of the universe, and the awakening artistic passion for creativity.

Creation Spirituality is as old as the earliest Bible writings, and as new as the late 20th century. It lacked definition for several millennia, but was emphatically articulated in the 1970s by a former Dominican priest, spiritual theologian Matthew Fox.  In his writings, Fox detailed the principles of Creation Spirituality, as well as “The Four Vias,” the four paths of creation spirituality we travel here at Jubilee!.

 

“As a movement, Creation Spirituality becomes an amazing gathering place, a kind of watering hole for persons whose passion has been touched by the issues of our day – deep ecologists, ecumenists, artists, native peoples, justice activists, feminists, male liberationists, gay and lesbian peoples, animal liberationists, scientists seeking to reconnect science and wisdom, people of prophetic faith traditions – all these find in the Creation Spirituality movement a common language and a common ground on which to stand.”  –  Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality

 

Principles of Creation Spirituality

womanGlobe• The Universe is fundamentally a blessing; our relationship with the Universe fills us with awe.

• We can and do relate to the Universe as a whole since we are a microcosm of that macrocosm and that this relationship “intoxicates” us. (13th century theologian Thomas Aquinas)

• Everyone is a mystic (i.e., born full of wonder and capable of recovering it at any age; of not taking the awe and wonder of existence for granted.)

• Everyone is a prophet, i.e., a “mystic in action” (American philosopher William Hocking) who is called to “interfere” (20th century Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) with what interrupts authentic life.

• We are all sons and daughters of God; therefore, we have divine blood our vein, the divine breath in our lungs; and the basic work of God is: Compassion.

 

The Four Vias

At Jubilee!, we focus on the beauty, mystery, and cosmological spirituality of creation. We draw on the many ancient traditions that predate the more modern concept of “Original Sin” and its many guilt-infused manifestations.  With each new season, we celebrate one of The Four Vias.  These paths take us on journeys of meditation, love, social justice and learning that resonate with us and truly fill us up:

Via Transformativa (Spring)

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This is the time of natural resurrection, new life springing forth from the Earth and from within us as well.

Via Positiva (Summer)

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During these months, we discover beauty and awe in each other, in ourselves, and in the fascinating world around us.

Via Negativa (Fall)

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This, too, is a period of celebration as we contemplate the mysteries that surround us, from the black holes of the universe to the nature of our own souls.

Via Creativa (Winter)

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From the apparent dormancy of the winter months, we are called to explore the imagination and creativity that underlie all of creation at every moment.