Registration for this event is free for member schools, thanks to donations to the Jane Rechtman Memorial Fund. If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so here. There is a late registration fee of $50 for registrations made after September 14th.
For non-member schools, this event is $100.
Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times
We are living in times of immense challenge on every front - socially, politically, ecologically, and spiritually. As Thomas Berry suggested, we need a new story to reorient and ground ourselves to meet these challenges. This story - an epic of evolution - has the potential to bring together the best of modern science and the humanities, including religion, spirituality, and philosophy. This more unified perspective can give us a sense of where we have come from and how we belong. Indeed, a comprehensive story of Universe, Earth, and humans will inspire the Great Work of transformation in our times. This work moves us toward the creative flourishing of the Earth community.
This event will be led by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, producers of the film and co-directors of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale.
Note: A link to view the film will be provided upon registration. It is requested that participants view the Journey film before attending the event. There will also be a link for the conversations for those who wish to view them and share them with students.
Morning: Discussion of the Journey of the Universe film
Afternoon: Discussion of the Journey Conversations
We will explore the major themes of Journey and also focus on how these materials can be best used in independent schools.
- What are the challenges of integrating the science and humanities?
- How can Journey be taught in a variety of classes, such as religion, literature, or biology?
- How could Journey be used as a capstone course for seniors or a introductory seminar for first year students?
Journey of the Universe weaves together the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with the humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. The workshop draws on the Emmy-award winning film, Journey of the Universe, the book from Yale University Press, and a series of 20 interviews with scientists and environmentalists, titled Journey Conversations.
Journey explores cosmic evolution as a creative process based on connection, interdependence, and emergence. It examines a range of dynamic interactions in the unfolding of galaxies, Earth, life, and human communities. It investigates ways in which we understand evolutionary processes and the implications for humans and our ecological future.
Journey of the Universe is based on a new integration that is emerging from the dialogue of the sciences and humanities. Journey tells the story of evolution as an epic narrative, rather than as a series of facts separated by scientific disciplines. This changes our perception so that we begin to see ourselves as an integral part of this narrative. By situating ourselves within this story we can better appreciate the complexity and beauty of processes such as self-organizing dynamics, natural selection, emergence, symbiosis, and co-evolution. As we discover these intricate processes of evolution, we awaken to the beauty and complexity of our natural environment at this critical juncture in our planetary history.
About the Presenters
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale University. They teach in a master's program in religion and ecology between the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Divinity School. They founded and direct the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, which arose from a series of 10 conferences held from 1996 to 1998 at Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions. They are series editors of the 10 volumes that were published and distributed by Harvard University Press.
Mary Evelyn is a specialist in East Asian religions, especially Confucianism. She is the author of Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism (SUNY, 1989), and The Philosophy of Qi (Columbia University, 2007). She has also edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality (Continuum, 2003, 2004) and Confucianism and Ecology (Harvard, 1998). She is a member of the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies at Harvard.
Her other books on religion and ecology include Buddhism and Ecology (Harvard 1997), Hinduism and Ecology (Harvard 2000), Worldly Wonder (Open Court, 2003).
John is a specialist in indigenous traditions, especially Native American religions. He is the author of The Shaman (University of Oklahoma, 1983) and an edited volume Indigenous Traditions and Ecology (Harvard, 2001). With Mary Evelyn he has edited Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 2004), Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (Daedalus, 2001). Together they have written a volume titled Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014) and edited the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology (Routledge 2017) with Willis Jenkins.
With Brian Swimme, Tucker and Grim created a multi-media project titled Journey of the Universe that includes a book with Yale University Press (2011), an Emmy award winning film, and a series of Conversations. They are now offering online classes from Yale drawing on these materials and on the worldview of Thomas Berry who inspired Journey of the Universe. Together they edited Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (Orbis Books, 2016).
Tucker helped Thomas Berry edit many of his essays for publication, including The Great Work (Random House, 1999), Evening Thoughts (University of California, 2006), and The Sacred Universe (Columbia University, 2009). Tucker and Grim published Thomas Berry's essays, The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth (Orbis Books, 2009) and Selected Writings for the Earth Community (Orbis Books, 2014).
Tucker was a member of the Earth Charter Drafting Committee and the Earth Charter International Council. She won an Inspiring Yale Teaching Award in 2015.
For the last 30 years Grim has served as president of the American Teilhard Association and Tucker as Vice President.
Travel / Accommodations
For driving, train, and flying directions, please visit Masters School's website here.
Several hotels are located 5 miles north in Tarrytown, including:
Courtyard Tarrytown Greenburgh ($159)
Sheraton Tarrytown Hotel ($150)
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