One River Many Wells

Thursday, August 18, 2022 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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"Here Fox has given us abundant selections from the spiritual literature of the Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and the Indigenous Peoples of Africa and America to illuminate our understanding of Creation, the Divine, the Human Experience of the Divine, and our way into the Future.  Out of these sources, and with reference to the discovery of an emergent universe by contemporary science, he has, it seems, created a new mythic context for leading us out of our contemporary religious and spiritual confusion into a new clarity of mind and peace of soul, by affirming rather than abandoning any of our traditional beliefs.”--Thomas Berry 

We get to the core of religion by going to the heart experience, Matthew Fox says, not by dwelling on doctrines that so easily divide even within religious traditions. In One River, Many Wells, Fox exhorts readers to embrace the common faith of deep ecumenism. Fox masterfully distills the common principles of the world’s religions, and shows exactly how the different fingers of world faiths connect to a single hand. Drawing on seminal quotes, lessons, and ideas from the great faiths, he demonstrates how each expresses a common goal and approach to life, and concludes the book with “18 New Myths and Visions” that will inspire readers to embrace deep ecumenism. We will explore and discuss some of the rich teachings from One River, Many Wells.

In One River, Many Wells, Matthew Fox continues his fundamental teaching about human spirituality, indeed human dignity.  Fox has seen and experienced the interiors of many ways to spirituality and many human cultures, and now he tells us that in the essentials of character and divine need, we are all the same.  This brilliant work will be regarded as classic, to be consulted again and again.”--Molefi Kete Asanti 
One River, Many Wells will open the door for individuals to walk into a vast, vibrant sphere of the Holy, and it will inspire many people to imagine that religions have a common vocation as friends instead of adversaries.”--The Right Rev William E. Swing, bishop emeritus of the Episcopal Diocese of California and President, United Religious Institute
“Father Matthew knows what the spirit’s life is all about and what is asked of it at this time.  He opens the treasures of the Great Traditions and retrieves for us the relevant inspiring sources, but between the lines he lets the spirit of holiness breathe on us.”--
Rabbi Zalman Schactner Shalomomi
 “Reading One River, Many Wells is like entering the rich silence of a masterfully directed retreat. As you read this text, you reflect, you pray, you embrace Divinity. Truly no words can fully express my respect and awe for this magnificent contribution to contemporary spirituality."----Caroline Myss

Fee: $20.  Once you have registered, you will receive a coupon for $5 off Dr. Rev. Fox’s book for this retreat when you purchase it from his website.

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About the leader(s)

Matthew Fox

 Rev. Fox, is an author, theologian, and activist priest. He has been calling people of spirit and conscience into the Creation Spirituality lineage for over 50 years. His 39 books, lectures, retreats, and innovative education models have ignited an international movement to awaken people to be mystics, prophets, contemplative activists, who honor and defend the earth and work for justice. Matthew today is an Episcopal priest after having been expelled from the Dominican Order, to which he belonged for 34 years, by Cardinal Ratzinger for 1) being "a feminist theologian" and 2) "calling God 'Mother'" and 3) "working too closely with Native Americans."  He tries his best to wear these badges of honor with humility.