Creation Spirituality Communities, Inc. (CSC) is a network of individuals and communities that seek to join others in the study and practice of Creation Spirituality. CSC provides training, education, resources, support, guidance, structure, and encouragement for those who seek to live more deeply into the wisdom of creation. It is an evolving community that honors the sacredness of all creation and cultivates the mystical, creative, and visionary capacities of the whole human family.
Creation Spirituality Communities was conceived by Dr. Susan Evans in 2006 as means to transform the teachings of Creation Spirituality into community life, spiritual practice, and prophetic action. It is led by a nine member board of directors(listed below) who provide opportunities to participate in and sustain the core values of Creation Spirituality.
While it is possible to participate in the life of CSC without being a member, individual and community memberships sustain and support the mission and programs of CSC. Click HERE to become a member of Creation Spirituality Communities. Click HERE to sign up for our mailing list and quarterly newsletter. Click HERE to participate in our interactive social site.
Creation Spirituality Communities offers you:
- Networking among members and CS communities
- International Creation Spirituality gatherings, workshops, and events.
- Certificate program in Creation Spirituality
- Ordination program for MS and DMin graduates in Creation Spirituality
- Informational materials about Creation Spirituality
- Comprehensive website for information and community building.
- Circle of Enrichment speaker and workshop leader listing
- Advocacy for inclusion of Creation Spirituality in the wider inter-religious dialogue
- Social media opportunities at http://originalblessing.ning.com and on Facebook
- Virtual meet-ups on various topics and issues in Creation Spirituality
Creation Spirituality Communities Board of Directors 2016-17
Mel Bricker, BA, MST, MA, DMin, was distinguished by his focus on issues of hunger, spirituality, and healing prayer during his 29 years in the Methodist Ministry in Michigan. After moving to California to study with Matthew Fox, he became Fox’s personal assistant and co-director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of Creation Spirituality. He is a founding board member of CSC.
Susan Coppage-Evans, MA, DMin, founded Creation Spirituality Communities in 2006 in collaboration with Matthew Fox and colleagues from University of Creation Spirituality. Susan is owner of Wholehearted, Inc, which offers spiritual retreats and healthcare consulting. She was a psychotherapist and healthcare executive before partnering to start new psychiatric facilities. Susan currently functions as a liaison between the CSC Board, the Matthew Fox Legacy Project, and Creation Spirituality education with Matthew Fox.
Rev. Peter E. Lanzillotta, M,Ed, M.Div, PhD, is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who has served as an independent priest with the White Robed Monks of St. Benedict for 20 years. He is an interfaith spiritual director, spiritual life coach and astrologer who has served led several churches in appreciation of the principles of Creation Spirituality. Peter has been an advocate for Creation Spirituality education for 30 years, and has served on the Board for 5 years.
Rev. Gail Ransom DMin. ’10 (President) is the Director of Education at First United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh, PA where she has been leading weekly Four Path worship and hosting Creation Spirituality events for over ten years. She is a composer, writer, singer, and pastor whose life focus on creativity and spirituality found its footing and wings in Creation Spirituality.
Rev. Sid Hall, DMin, is a husband, father, and the senior minister of Trinity Church of Austin, TX, a blended UMC and UCC congregation. Under Sid’s leadership, Trinity Church claims and practices Creation Spirituality, publically welcomes the LGBTQ community, and welcomes a wide variety of groups to its Interfaith Chapel, among them Buddhists, Wiccans, eco-feminist, and atheists.. Sid has had the privilege of being arrested for civil disobedience along the side of MLK’s daughter and Gandhi’s grandson.
Rev. Judy Shook, Masters of Creation Spirituality ’95, is the solo pastor of Ukiah United Methodist Church of Ukiah, CA. Her playful sense of humor dances with her deep commitment to earthy mysticism. Judy is an InterPlay leader who brings her cross cultural experiences of living in Hawaii and Alaska to her work on the board. Peace-with-Justice issues have been among her passions, especially full inclusion of LGBTQ persons.
Tom Stempel, MD, DMin (08) (Secretary) is past-president and current secretary of the CSC board. He is now retired from the practice of surgery with the Indian Health Service and he continues a part time acupuncture practice in Phoenix. He has been leading a Taize type of interfaith chanting and readings. Tom oversees the online presence of Creation Spirituality Communities, including our social media site.
Dave Summers, DMin. MBA (Treasurer) is an entrepreneur and consultant whose personal quest is integrating his living with his quest to replace our cultural focus on duality with living in oneness. After selling the business he built over , Dave became a Life Coach to over 40 CEO’s and their associates. Since studying at the University of Creation Spirituality, Dave has sought to live fully and creatively through the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality.