Liberation and Salvation: Healing Teachings in Buddhism & Christianity (Convergence)


Both Buddhism and Christianity offer their own vision of hope to help us meet the challenges we are facing individually and collectively. They each offer a path to meaning that can help us navigate our lives and help us find purpose when it eludes us.

Buddhist teacher and author Isa Gucciardi will explore the spirit of enlightenment through the teachings of the Four Noble Truths as well as states of mind that lead to enlightenment. She will also explore practices of liberation of oneself (mystical) and a return path to liberate others (prophetic).

Christian theologian, priest, and author Matthew Fox will deepen this teaching by exploring what we might unlearn about some of our understandings of salvation and learn how the 4 paths of Creation Spirituality and the 4 Noble Truths complement each other.

Together, they will compare the two traditions’ approaches through the mystical and prophetic calls of salvation and liberation. During an extensive question and answer, they will try to offer insights to help people with their own individual paths.

Liberation and Salvation Faculty

Isa Gucciardi
Isa Gucciardi is the founding director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, CA. She is the creator of Depth Hypnosis, which combines shamanic practice and Buddhist philosophy to create a catalytic spiritual counseling model that brings the power of these ancient wisdom systems into the modern therapeutic setting. She is the author of Coming to Peace, The New Return to the Great Mother, and the forthcoming, Depth Hypnosis, a Path to Inner Transformation.

Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox is a bestselling author of over 35 books and has devoted 45 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality. Rooted in ancient Judeo-Christian teaching, Creation Spirituality embraces today’s science and spiritual traditions as well as eco-justice, social justice, gender justice, and the arts. Fox has significantly contributed to revivifying awareness of great Christian mystics such as Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas. He has instructed at many universities including Stanford and Holy Names.

Cameron Trimble
Rev. Cameron Trimble is the CEO of Convergence, an international leadership consultancy. She serves as a senior consultant, a frequent speaker on national speaking circuits, is a pilot and an author. Her books include Liberating Hope: Daring to Renew the Mainline Church, Piloting Church: Helping Your Congregation Take Flight, and 60 Days of Faith. Trimble is also an adjunct professor teaching leadership and organizational development. She is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ.