The Flow Opens New Horizons
The Flow of Presence Academy (FPA) is an independent non-profit agency that supports fundamental research in all disciplines concerning the experience-symbolization of the divine Presence. The aim of the FPA is deepening the awareness about God, man, society and the world. As our human understanding of the divine grows, so does the quality of our lives. Research, study and meditation prepare the way for new developments and insight. Science approached from the perspective of the human search for the transcendent extends the boundaries of our knowledge. By trusting and being in the flow of presence innovation takes root, and the search opens us to new horizons, to human growth and well-being.
Secretary General FPA
Dorothea Coetsier-Fuhrmann, Dipl.Theol., is a German theologian, pastor and secretary general of the Flow of Presence Academy. In 2007 she finished her Dilpomstudiengang Theology in Frankfurt/Main at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen. She specializes in the original experiences of the Presence found in Biblical writings and in the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her interests include the Biblical Scriptures; Ancient History; Spirituality; Women’s and Gender Studies; creative writing, poetry and Etty Hillesum Studies.
Dr. Dr. Meins G.S. Coetsier (1977) is a Dutch philosopher and founder of the FPA. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy (National University of Ireland) in Dublin. In 2008, he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy at Ghent University for his work on Eric Voegelin, entitled "Eric Voegelin's Philosophy of Luminous Participation in the Transcendent Ground of Being." Coetsier is affiliated with the Research Foundation in Flanders (FWO) and is director of the centre of Eric Voegelin Studies at the Ugent. He is staff member at the Etty Hillesum Research Centre (EHOC), author of "Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence: A Voegelinian Analysis" (2008), and co-editor of "Spirituality in the Writings of Etty Hillesum" (2010). In 2011, he completed his four-year FWO research project (2007-2011) which provides a framework for understanding Etty Hillesum's spiritual search and her Diaries and Letters 1941-1943 in the light of Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In 2012, Coetsier was awarded the degree Doctor of Comparative Science of Cultures at Ghent University for this study. In the context of studies in culture, mysticism, religion, ethics and political philosophy, he is studying human consciousness in the concrete.