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Journey of the Universe newsletter: February 2019
Welcome to our ongoing Journey! 

This month we turn our focus to the immense creativity found in Galaxies Forming.

The discoveries of modern science have shown us that we live in a dynamic unfolding universe.  In particular, the knowledge we have gained on galaxies -- their formation, expansion, and structure -- has helped humans breakthrough our previous conception that we lived in a static or fixed universe.  Recently, we didn't know if the universe contained more than one galaxy.  Now we know there are trillions! 

What does this mean for us humans here on Earth? 

We too are dynamic beings. 

We belong to and come out of the powerful lineage of creative evolution that brought forth the galaxies. 

The creativity found throughout the variety of galaxies in our universe can remind us that there are endless ways we can exist as humans on this planet.  This can be especially helpful as we feel our way forward as a global community and seek guidance during this time of transition from an extractive culture to a mutually-enhancing culture. 

If you are looking for inspiration on how to find your place in this dynamic unfolding universe, check out our latest Journey Conversation Series Podcast episode, Galaxies Forming.  In these conversations, we explore the wonder and creativity found in the birth of over a trillion galaxies. 

This podcast is based on the  Journey of the Universe Conversation Series, a twenty-part series featuring scientists, environmentalists, and educators in conversation with Mary Evelyn Tucker of Yale University.  Throughout this expansive series of conversations, you will learn about a multidisciplinary perspective of the cosmos that re-imagines the universe story and the human role in the flourishing of the Earth community.

To learn more about the Journey of the Universe Conversation Series, visit our website here.

What does the nearby universe look like?  The above image shows nearly 50,000 galaxies in the nearby universe as seen by the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS).  The resulting image is an incredible tapestry of galaxies that provides limits on how the universe formed and evolved. 

We can find ourselves both humbled and proud to belong to such a beautiful neighborhood.  

Learn more about the 2MASS project from NASA here.

The wonderful team at New York Times SCIENCE has put together an incredible tool to help sync your calendar system with the solar system this year.  

Connect your calendar to the solar system here.

Looking to dive deeper in the great story of universe, earth, and humans? 

We encourage you to sign up for our online course with Yale on Coursera:  
Journey of the Universe -- The Unfolding of Life where we explore the evolution of the universe. 
Our number one priority is to connect interested learners with the available materials that suit their interest.  To discuss what might be the best fit for you, email
★  Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Hartford, CT (February 3rd & 17th)

JANUARY 17 - MARCH 9, 2019

"The Recovery of Wisdom: Art Exhibition at Clare Gallery"

An exhibition of watercolors, mixed media paintings and hand-made accordion books by Mary Coelho, NEWS, CAA

CLARE Gallery
285 Church Street
Hartford, CT, USA

February 3, 1:00 - 3:00 pm: a free screening of the Emmy award-winning film 
Journey of the Universe. This stunning HD film is an epic journey connecting the cosmos, the earth, and human transformation.

February 17, 1:00 - 3:00 pm: a panel discussion will include John Grim, co-producer of Journey of the Universe and co-director of the 
Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, and author and artist, Mary Coelho.


★   Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times (February 11th-16th)

Lectures by Mary Evelyn Tucker in Seoul, Korea and PyeongChang Forum in Gangwon Province, Korea.


★   Film Screening: Bethany, CT (March 6th)

The Graduate Institute
171 Amity Road 
Bethany CT 06425
Contact:  Jim Trifone

★   Film Screening: Berkeley, CA (March 6th)

Part 1 of a 2-part Climate Compassion Special Salon Series

Private screening of Journey of the Universe, followed by discussion. 
Casual vegetarian potluck: 7:00pm

Film Screening: 7:30pm
Discussion: 8:30-9:30pm  

Register here.


★   Journey of the Universe Salon with Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Thomas Swimme (March 13th)

Part 2 of a 2-part Climate Compassion Special Salon Series.

Following the previous week’s screening of Journey of the Universe, we will be in dialogue with the film’s co-creators, two visionaries of our time: 
Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Thomas Swimme.

Casual vegetarian potluck: 7:00pm
Interactive Salon: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Register here.

★   Fourth  Annual Religion and Ecology Summit (March 15th)

Cosmovision: Thomas Berry and the Great Work 

The Summit will build upon the cosmological vision promulgated by the late geologian Thomas Berry (1914 - 2009), commemorating the tenth anniversary of this death by convening scholars and activists involved in analyzing, exploring, and advancing integrated cosmological visions as exemplified in Berry's writing.  The Summit will also celebrate the launch of Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia, 2019).  Brian Thomas Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and others will be speaking. 

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco 

Contact: Elizabeth Allison
or Elizabeth McAnally 

★   Thomas Berry Biography Interview with Michael Lerner (March 17th)

Mary Evelyn Tucker will present and discuss her new book 
Thomas Berry: A Biography with Michael Learner. 

Commonweal, Bolinas, CA 


★   Film Screening at the Festival of Faiths (April 25th-27th)

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
501 W Main St.
Louisville, KY, USA

Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

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