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

This month we shift our focus from the Great Story to the Great Work of Urban Ecology and Cosmology. 

How will we integrate the insights and lessons of the story of the universe into our communities and society? 

How will we respond to the racial tensions of our time to create a genuinely inclusive Earth community?

If you find yourself asking these questions, know that you are not alone. 

There is a large community of impassioned individuals addressing these questions as well.  For the rest of the year, we will be introducing you to such individuals and to avenues through which they contribute to society with evolutionary cosmology and a viable future in mind.

We begin our exploration of individuals actively engaged with Great Work in the space of Urban Ecology and Cosmology, specifically focusing on:
  • Breakthrough Communities with Carl Anthony
  • Eco-Cities with Richard Register 
  • Ecological Economics with Richard Norgaard. 
Each of these individuals and avenues offer substantial and complementary responses to the challenge of integrating a new story into our dynamic modern communities. 

This episode features a conversation on Breakthrough Communities with Carl Anthony.

African American leader and author, Carl Anthony shows how the universe story expanded his own understanding of race and environmental justice.  With a focus on urban areas, he explains the practical implications of a functional cosmology for sustainable community development.  This podcast and his book, The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race speak eloquently to the issues of racism we are struggling with today.
This episode features Richard Register on Eco-Cities.

In this conversation, Richard emphasizes an organic and evolutionary whole-city perspective to draw attention to the imaginative ways in which cities are being rethought and rebuilt around the planet for a flourishing, sustainable future.  He founded Ecocity Builders and has written many books including Ecocities: Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature.
This episode features a conversation on Ecological Economics with Richard Norgaard.

In this conversation, Dick surveys the history of human economies and the myths and premises of current economic practices.  To counter this he became a founding member and past President of the International Society for Ecological Economics.  In place of our ecologically destructive practices, he endorses an ecological economics that emphasizes care, coevolution, and protection of the environment.  This is described in his book Development Betrayed: The End of Progress and a Coevolutionary Revisioning of the Future.


A friendly and in-depth conversation between Brian Thomas Swimme and philosopher Tim Freke about the great mysteries of existence.

Pacific Association for Continental Tradition

September 12-14, 2019

Seattle University 

The aim of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition is to provide a platform for philosophical dialogue on the West Coast.  Brian Thomas Swimme to attend. 

View website. 

Film Screening: Journey of the Universe

September 15 and 22, 2019

11:00 am

Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

The Unitarian Church of All Souls
1157 Lexington Avenue,  New York, NY

Worldviews and Cosmology

September 15, 2019

9:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Join Oren Slozberg (Commonweal Executive Director) and Devin O'Dea (Journey of the Universe project manager) for a Sunday morning convening to establish and grow a Bay Area cosmology-centered community.   

451 Mesa Rd
Bolinas, CA 94924 

Limited space available.  Email to RSVP.

The Visionaries Summit

September 19-22, 2019

This summit explores new visions for our future and the practical roadmaps for how to get there.  Brian Thomas Swimme to speak on Saturday, September 21 with Matthew Fox.

Doubletree by Hilton
Sacramento, CA

View the event website.

Book Discussion: Thomas Berry: A Biography

September 29, 2019

2:00 pm 

Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

First Congregational Church
1051 State Rd, West Tisbury, MA 

"Religion & Science: Universe Story"

November 3, 2019

2:00-3:30 pm

Scarritt Bennett Center
Kreitner Room, Laskey Building
1027 18th Avenue South 
Nashville,TN, USA

With Dr. Craig E. Philip, Dr. Keivan Stassun, 
Tamara Marshall Whiting, and Joyce Wilding 

These events are free and open to the public.

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