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

This month we are exploring the wonder and creativity found in The Emanating Brilliance of Stars

What a wonder, isn't it? 

To look up at the shimmering night sky and to know that the stars you see above are the crucibles in which the elements that make this life possible were forged. 

As far back as we can remember, humans have wondered -- what is our place in this universe

While we might not yet have a complete answer to this question, we do know one thing for certain: we belong to the brilliant lineage of stars. 

Such a revelation can ground our sense of place in this vast and unpredictable universe.  It can empower the confidence and inspire the creativity needed for the cultural transformation that is currently underway. 

It can also place the dangerous, yet inviting nature of our universe in context.    

Exemplified by the phenomenon of a star, the universe is inclined to maintain a state of disequilibrium.  This disequilibrium is filled with destruction, danger, and pressure, but it also sets the stage new forms of creativity to emerge. 

Learn more about how stars navigate dynamic tensions via the deepening of creative intensities in this month's podcast.
To learn even more about role of stars in the story of the universe, enroll in our online course Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life, created by Yale and hosted by Coursera.  Week 2 of this course goes into deeper detail on the nature of galaxies and stars.  The rest of the course places this information into a larger context of the cosmos, life on earth, and human culture.

Explore the course here.
This month we have a flurry of incredible events in northern California.  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, we encourage you to join us for one or more of these events to connect with the active and impassioned community throughtout this region.
“Cosmovision: Thomas Berry and the Great Work”

March 15, 2019

Connect and learn with the Journey community in person during this day-long conference with keynotes by Brian Thomas Swimme, Matthew Fox, and Mary Evelyn Tucker.

The fourth annual Religion & Ecology Summit will build upon Berry's Great Work, commemorating the tenth anniversary of his death by convening scholars and activists involved in analyzing, exploring, and advancing integrated cosmological visions as exemplified in Berry's writing.  The Summit also celebrates the forthcoming book Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia Press, 2019) by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal. Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim were long-time collaborators of Berry's and were inspired by him in founding the field of Religion and Ecology as means of advancing a positive view of integrated human/Earth relations.

California Institute of Integral Studies
Namaste Hall
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA, USA

Register Here.
★   Film Screening: Berkeley, CA

March 6, 2019

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 13, 2019

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.

★  Thomas Berry: A Biography Conversation with March Evelyn Tucker

March 17, 2019


Commonweal Gallery
451 Mesa Road
Bolinas, CA, USA

Join Michael Lerner, host of The New School at Commonweal, in another conversation with Mary Evelyn Tucker, whose new book, Thomas Berry: A Biography is due at bookstores in May.  Written by Mary Evelyn with co-authors John Grim and Andrew Angyal, the book is the first biography of Thomas Berry, illuminating his remarkable vision and showing the ongoing significance of Berry’s conception of human interdependence with the Earth within the unfolding journey of the universe.

Co-Presented with Black Mountain Circle and Point Reyes Books
as part of the Geography of Hope Series of Events

Register here for this free event.


Purchase the book, read online excerpts, or listen to it on Audible.

Have you connected with the active and inspired Deeptime Network?

Whether you're a long time member or new to the community, now's a great time to connect. 

The Deeptime Network is a global educational and social network of teachers, scientists, creatives, scholars, religious practitioners, and activists grounded in a deeptime perspective that connects our lives with the larger arc of cosmic evolution.  They're inspired by Thomas Berry, Brian Thomas Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Maria Montessori, Fritjof Capra, Ilia Prigogine, and others. Members have the opportunity to learn, discuss, make posts, add resources, and more.

Online courses offer professional development for teachers and study in spiritual leadership. A study group in spiritual leadership with Sr. Toni Nash, CSJ starts on March 21. See below.

"Spiritual Leadership, a New Consciousness, and a World in Crisis"
Online Study Group with Toni Nash, CSJ

Session Dates: 7:00 PM EST March 21, 28; April 4,11,18; and May 2, 9

What is spiritual leadership today? Don’t we have to update our own understanding of the universe first? Most leaders today learned spirituality based on perceptions of the universe from at least 50 – 100 years ago, when there was still a sharp divide between the sacred and the profane.

What changes as we recognize the connections between the ongoing activity of creation – cosmogenesis – and the crises threatening our world? How might our public witness change if we lived our spiritual commitment, our religious vows, within an understanding of a sacred universe? How do new insights about the universe challenge our life and ministry?

Join Toni Nash, CSJ for this seven-session study group based on her PhD Dissertation Cosmological Commitment in a Time of Planetary Crisis.  Sessions will be Zoom meetings in which participants meet and engage with each to apply our learnings to the challenges we face in today’s conflicted world. 

Click here for more information on this group study offering.
   Film Screening: Bethany, CT

March 6, 2019

The Graduate Institute
171 Amity Road 
Bethany CT 06425

Contact:  Jim Trifone,
★  Film Screening: Windsor, CT

March 15, 2019

Academy of Aerospace and Engineering
1101 Kennedy Road
Windsor, CT, USA 


Contact: Chinma Uche,

★  Religion, Ecology and the ‘Journey of the Universe’

March 28, 2019 


Vassar College
Taylor Hall 203
124 Raymond Avenue 
Poughkeepsie, NY, USA 

Frederic C. Wood lecture by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim 

Sponsored by the Department of Religion. Co-sponsored by the Program of Environmental Studies and Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices.

Read the press release.

★  Religion, Science and Ecology: Shared Responsibility for the Future

A Conference in Support of the Coalition of Massachusetts Religious Leaders and Scientists

April 10, 2019
11:30am - 8:00pm

Merrimack College
Cascia Hall and Rogers Center for the Arts 
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA, USA 

Film screening of Journey of the Universe at 4:10pm


Sponsors: Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment 

RSVP here for this free event.

★  Film Screening at the Festival of Faiths

April 25-27

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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