Annual Inspiration Dinner Honoring Matthew Fox

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Matthew Fox presented with Humanitarian Award
at the IAS 2013 Inspiration Dinner

Each year, the International Association of Sufism (IAS) honors outstanding individuals for their contributions in elevating the level of humanity in our society and celebrates them at the annual Inspiration Dinner. On Saturday, November 9, 2013, IAS honored Matthew Fox at the annual dinner at Jason’s Restaurant in Greenbrae, California. A delicious dinner in a beautiful setting was enjoyed by a diverse group of many guests from throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area representing a variety of faith traditions, educational institutions, foundations and organizations.

Matthew Fox is a prominent theologian, priest, author and an influential exponent of Creation Spirituality. Creation Spirituality is strongly aligned with ecological and environmental movements and embraces numerous spiritual traditions around the world, including Buddhism, Judaism, Sufism, and Native American spirituality. He founded and led for nine years the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, now Wisdom University. He is the author of 30 books including his recently published Hildegard of Bingen, A Saint for Our Times.
As the evening began, Dr. Ali Kianfar, Co-Director of the International Association of Sufism, welcomed the guests, followed by the Fatiha sung by Soraya Chase Clow. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Sheikh Jamal Granick. Guest speakers included Murshida Rabia Perez-Chisti; Brian Swimme, who was last year’s honoree; Dr. Steven Herrmann, and others. Dr. Nahid Angha, Co-founder and Co-director of the International Association of Sufism presented Rev. Fox with the IAS Humanitarian Award in honor and appreciation of his work. Following remarks by Rev. Fox, closing music was provided by members of Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble.

The Honorary Committee for the dinner included J. Melvin Bricker, D.Min.; Mary Ford-Grabowsky, Ph.D., D.Min.; Vicki Ghost Horse; Rafael Jesús González; The Rev. Jen Heglund; Jennifer Hereth; Steven Herrmann, Ph.D, MFT; David Korten; Joanna Macy; Debra Ann Martin; James Miller; Murshida Rabia Perez-Chisti, Ph.D.; Thomas Peters, Ph.D.; Robert L. Reynolds; The Rev. Carol Saysette, D.Min.; Bahman Shirazi, Ph.D.; The Rev. Gene R. Smitherman; Aaron Stern; Brian Swimme; The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing; Anne Symens-Bucher.

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