Join Matthew Fox and Lorna Byrne at The Cosmic Mass
The Cosmic Mass (TCM) is a conscious effort to reinvigorate Western ritual by deconstructing the forms of worship we have inherited from the modern era (such as sitting in benches and being read to, preached at or reading from books including song books). We reconstruct these forms of worship by going back to the pre-modern practice of dance. TCM integrates elements of techno-rave, temple, art exhibit, dance hall, meditation, and intentional space to touch the deepest parts of your being and cultivate your relationship with your own personal form of spirituality within a community.
At The Cosmic Mass gathering on April 6th, there will be a brief engagement between Matthew Fox and Lorna Byrne, with an expanded interview to take place the next day, April 7th, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
Lorna Byrne is an international bestselling author of the books Angels in my Hair, Stairways to Heaven, A Message of Hope from the Angels and Sunday Times. From long before she could talk Lorna was seeing and communicating with Angels – she sees them as physically as the rest of us see someone standing in front of us. People always knew that there was something ‘different’ or ‘special’ about Lorna and as her children grew older, word spread and many started to come to visit Lorna, seeking healing or wisdom. www.lornabyrne.
Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest, and an activist who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate, summa cum laude, in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. In a conscious effort to reinvigorate Western ritual, Fox reconstructed forms of worship by going back to the pre-modern practice of dance. The result, created in collaboration with a group of Anglican youth of the “rave” generation, was the “Techno-Cosmic Mass” that mixes dance, techno and live music, Dj, VJ, Rap and Contemporary art forms with the western liturgical tradition. The Cosmic Mass continues to be celebrated in many cities across the U.S.; many people are now trained in celebrating this post-modern form of worship. www.matthewfox.
Cosmic Mass – ‘Angels Among Us’
1069 Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303
“If you believe there are other forces of intelligence in the universe, then there are other possible sources of creativity, whether you call them angles or not.” ~Rupert Sheldrake & Matthew Fox, from ‘The Physics of Angels’
Newly restarted in Oakland since the closing of the historic Sweet’s Ballroom, the 2014 series of Cosmic Masses feature a new generation of leaders, including cultural ecologist and educator Skylar Wilson, and dancer-educator Nicole Porcaro, who co-authored the Cosmic Mass manual and training with Matthew Fox.
Each Cosmic Mass is a community journey traversing the four paths of the human experience:
* The “Via Positiva” – a dance of Joy and Delight, celebrating connection with the Divine embodied in the Cosmos
* The “Via Negativa” or grief experience, where we grieve and lament together the negative aspect of each theme. Grieving is an essential aspect to getting over anger and moving forward
* The “Via Creativa,” our creativity, connecting with Spirit to process and transform our experience into a new vision
* The “Via Transformativa” – a dance or warrior dance which prepares us to go into the world and back to our communities as healers and strong defenders of compassion.
Most of all, the goal is to create *community* through this ongoing series of Oakland Cosmic Masses.
The next Cosmic Masses are:
The Cosmic Mass: Art & Spirit – May 25th
The Cosmic Mass: Cosmology – June 28th
For more information, please visit the Facebook page at: The Cosmic Mass Oakland