How To Save Our Species and Hopefully the Planet as We Know It

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on May, 27 2021

Might the global coronavirus emergency we are living through prove to be a kind of shamanistic initiation that is meant to wake us up as a species?  Is facing climate change and extinction another such initiation? What are the most essential shifts in consciousness that our species must undergo if we are to survive? 

What is Patriarchy, anyway?

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on February, 11 2021

There is – and ought to be – plenty of criticism of Patriarchy at this time in history.  But for that very reason there needs to be a critical understanding of what it is – and is not.

The Astounding Accomplishments of Julian Norwich

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on October, 29 2020

Most people, if they know anything about Julian of Norwich, know two things. First, that she said “all things will be well, every manner of thing will be well,” a testimony to hope or what Mirabai Starr calls “radical optimism” that arises near the end of her book Showings and ought not to be understood as “spiritual bypass” or denial of suffering. Second, people have heard that she talks about the “motherhood of God” quite often.

The Powerful Medicine of the (Divine) Feminine

Column by Jennifer Wilson on June, 11 2020

I’m really interested in how we, and by we I mean seekers, teachers, preachers, clergy, laymen, mystics, atheists and everything in between, think and talk about the divine feminine.

Covid-19 and Climate Change: Why Are We Here and Where are we Headed?

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on June, 4 2020

One of the “ultimate questions” humans like to pose is this:  Why are we here?  

This might seem to be a particularly appropriate question to ask in a time of the coronavirus plague when so much is becoming uprooted, when so many are afraid and suffering and dying. 

Progressive Christianity, Earth Survival and the Wisdom of Thomas Aquinas

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on January, 30 2020

Many people, if they hear the name Thomas Aquinas at all, may not feel that he has anything to say to today’s “progressive” religious and post-religious movement.  They would be wrong; dead wrong.

Two Bible Stories for our Endangered Times

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on August, 22 2019

“What are a Bible Story or Stories that are especially pressing for today’s world?”  Clearly there are many but I have chosen one from the Hebrew Bible and one from the Christian Bible.

Review of: Science and Spiritual Practices by Rupert Sheldrake

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on April, 18 2019

Science and Spirituality need each other. This has always been the case—from Aristotle (who concludes his classic work on Physics with positing an Unmoved Mover) to Aquinas (who fought the fundamentalists of his day about the value of bringing science, namely Aristotle, and the scientific method of his day, namely scholasticism, into the world of faith).

Some Resources for Hope in a Time of Doomsday Messaging

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on January, 3 2019

 
As we enter a new year amidst the dire warnings from the United Nations and even Trump’s own administration about the peril humans and the rest of …

The Sound of Silence: Valuing the “Via Negativa”

Column by Joran Slane Oppelt on December, 27 2018

It is by first passing through and celebrating our sense of awe, wonder, gratitude and joy that we are able to enter into darkness and the mystery of The Void. This is what carries us through the other side into a new season of creation and reinvention. This is the lantern that we bring with us into the cave, that burning ember — or promise of the birth of the Christ child within — that gives us hope.