NEWS ARTICLES

Tuesday
Nov192013

OP-ED: Nuclear Weapons and the Unfolding Universe

By Winslow Myers
HuntingtonNews.net
November 19, 2013             
http://www.huntingtonnews.net/77161

Through the work of the eco-philosopher Thomas Berry and his protégés, a new way of looking at the universe and our human place in it has been established. While still not “mainstream,” this new story has given hope not only to hundreds of thousands of environmental activists around the world, but as well to thoughtful people in many fields, including economics, theology, education, politics, and science.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Nuns with a new creed: Environmentalism

By Angela Evancie
The Atlantic
October 16, 2013
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/10/nuns-with-a-new-creed-environmentalism/280608/


While many of their aged peers are living out their days in quiet convents, these women are digging gardens and offsetting carbon.

Every woman in this story is confoundingly non-descript. Short hair, often grey. Conservative dress. Unmarried; soft-spoken. Most are well into their 70s, and all will tell you that their way of life is dying out. They will also tell you, with surprising conviction, that the world is in peril.

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Sunday
Sep292013

GDR Student Matt Riley Pursues Religion and Ecology Beyond Drew

By Shelley Dennis, GDR Student Intern
Drew Graduate Division of Religion
September 2013
http://www.drew.edu/gdr/2013/06/24/gdr-student-matt-riley-pursues-religion-and-ecology-beyond-drew/

Doctoral candidate Matt Riley is testimony that one needn’t wait until after graduation to make a tangible contribution to scholarship in one’s field.  Riley is currently working as a Research Associate at the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, the largest international and multi-religious project of its kind, and has been intimately involved with some of the groundbreaking and award-winning scholarly work produced by this innovative forum.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Sam Guarnaccia Premieres Emergent Universe Oratorio

By Ethan De Seife
Seven Days
September 11, 2013
http://www.7dvt.com/2013sam-guarnaccia-premieres-emergent-universe-oratorio

In his poem “Auguries of Innocence,” William Blake writes of holding “infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour” — a meditation on humankind’s ability to comprehend the limitlessness that surrounds us.

Blake is but one of the influences on the Emergent Universe Oratorio, an ambitious, cosmos-spanning musical work by Vermont classical guitarist and composer Sam Guarnaccia. In fact, Blake – along with environmentalist/writer Wendell Berry, poets Rainer Maria Rilke and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and scholar/philosophers Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker – is so strongly present in the oratorio that Guarnaccia credits them as “contributors.”

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Friday
Aug162013

The Story Doesn’t Have to Be Soulless

By Mary Evelyn Tucker
New York Times
August 16, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/08/15/should-creationism-be-controversial/evolution-doesnt-have-to-be-soulless

As has been clear for some time, evolution and an aesthetic and spiritual sensibility about the beauty of nature need not be separated. Whether we start from a scientific or spiritual angle, if we arrive at a large-scale evolutionary perspective of deep time, it can only enhance our sense of wonder and awe at life’s complexity and value.

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Wednesday
Jul312013

Premiere of Emergent Universe Oratorio at Shelburne Farms

Press Release by Paula Guarnaccia
July 25, 2013

The Emergent Universe Oratorio, composed by Vermont composer and classical guitarist, Sam Guarnaccia, will premiere on September 15th at 3:00pm at the historic Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. The Oratorio is based on the Emmy Award winning documentary film, Journey of the Universe, written by evolutionary philosopher Brian Swimme and Yale University scholar, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and is co-directed by David Kennard of the Carl Sagan Cosmos series. The film expands upon the work of geologian Thomas Berry (Dream of the Earth, Sierra Club Books) and scientist and philosopher Teilhard deChardin, among others.

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Thursday
Jul112013

Reflections After Independence Day

By Miriam MacGillis
Genesis Farm
July 11, 2013

Somehow the spirit of the original Declaration of Independence carries an invitation to revisit it often. It is a living legacy whose potential is ever emerging in the unfolding of history. Like all visionary proclamations, it draws in its wake the unfinished aspirations of those early founders who shifted the human venture into new dimensions of possibility and choice.

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Friday
Jun282013

Three more views round out week exploring ‘Journey’

By Nikki Lanka
The Chautauquan Daily

June 28, 2013
http://chqdaily.com/2013/06/28/three-more-views-round-out-week-exploring-journey/

The Chinese symbol xin, pronounced “sheen,” has two definitions: heart and mind.

“Isn’t that concept incredible?” Mary Evelyn Tucker asked in Monday’s Interfaith Lecture.

According to the teachings of Confucianism, the synthesis of heart and mind, or of feelings and rationale, need not be viewed as separate entities. Rather, what feels right in the heart should affect what is in the mind — a humanitarian principle that should inform one’s perspective of the universe.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Scholars compare South Asian views on the ‘Journey’

By Nikki Lanka
The Chautauquan Daily

June 27, 2013
http://chqdaily.com/2013/06/27/scholars-compare-south-asian-views-on-the-journey/

Some Buddhists use the metaphor that all life forms are like waves in the ocean; they aren’t separate, but rather distinct parts of a whole.

“That might be a beautiful 10-foot wave in Hawaii or a little dinky wave on Cape Cod,” said Christopher Ives, professor and chair of religious studies at Stonehill College.

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Thursday
Jun272013

Representatives of Abrahamic traditions respond to ‘Journey’

By Fredo Villaseñor
The Chautauquan Daily

June 27, 2013
http://chqdaily.com/2013/06/27/representatives-of-abrahamic-traditions-respond-to-journey/

At Wednesday’s Interfaith Lecture, three scholars, each representing Judaism, Christianity or Islam, responded to the film “Journey of the Universe.” The film was co-produced by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, both of whom lectured on the film earlier this week. Its goal was to integrate cutting-edge science with the wisdom traditions of the world to inspire a renewed relationship with the earth.

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Wednesday
Jun262013

Grim: Indigenous ‘lifeways’ can inform modern understanding of the universe

By Fredo Villaseñor
The Chautauquan Daily

June 26, 2013
http://chqdaily.com/2013/06/26/grim-indigenous-lifeways-can-inform-modern-understanding-of-the-universe/

John Grim’s Tuesday Interfaith Lecture brought the cosmological stories of indigenous peoples into a dialogue with “Journey of the Universe,” a documentary film dedicated to revealing the intimate interdependence and creativity of the universe.

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Wednesday
Jun262013

Tucker: Rethink our responsibility to each other, all life

By Fredo Villaseñor
The Chautauquan Daily

June 26, 2013
http://chqdaily.com/2013/06/26/tucker-rethink-our-responsibility-to-each-other-all-life/

Origin stories are powerful: They can define humanity’s place and responsibilities in the universe. Thus, they play a role in the shape humanity’s future will take.

Mary Evelyn Tucker delivered Monday’s Interfaith Lecture, reflecting on the theme “Journey of the Universe” by positing that we need a new story, one that integrates science and religion and calls to attention the creativity and interdependence of all life on Earth.

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Wednesday
Jun262013

Interfaith Lecturers prepare responses to Tucker’s ‘Journey of the Universe’

By Nikki Lanka
The Chautauquan Daily
June 26, 2013
http://chqdaily.com/2013/06/26/interfaith-lecturers-prepare-responses-to-tuckers-journey-of-the-universe/

Religions don’t always have to disagree. Today’s Interfaith Lecture will illustrate this, as three different lecturers will provide responses to Mary Evelyn Tucker’s “Journey of the Universe” from the perspectives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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Sunday
Jun232013

Tucker speaks on her ‘Journey’ through book, film

By Nikki Lanka
The Chautauquan Daily

June 23, 2013
http://chqdaily.com/2013/06/23/tucker-speaks-on-her-journey-through-book-film/

The universe is not simply a place but a story.

Mary Evelyn Tucker wants to share this concept. She’s a senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University who spent 10 years devoted to that story alongside evolutionary philosopher Brian Swimme.

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Tuesday
Jun112013

‘Journey Of The Universe’ & ‘Conversations’ Truly Out Of This World

By Curt Johnson
Best Movies Ever Entertainment News
June 5, 2013
http://bestmoviesevernews.com/journey-of-the-universe-conversations-truly-out-of-this-world/

Being a huge Discovery, History & H2 Channel watcher, Journey Of the Universe was a series right up my alley. I missed it when it aired on PBS (winning an Emmy for documentary) so it was great to be able to review it now. I’ve always been fascinated in where everything came from and how it really began. Yes, I know the creationists will want have their kids avoid this one as they would be truly enthralled with it as it’s as entertaining as it is educational. It just came out this week and what a great Father’s Day gift idea!

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Tuesday
Jun042013

'Journey of the Universe' documentary examines history of the cosmos, new on DVD

By Chris Ball
Cleveland.com
June 2, 2013
http://www.cleveland.com/movies/index.ssf/2013/06/journey_of_the_universe_docume.html

"Journey of the Universe"

Brian Thomas Swimme

Shelter Island

The story of our 14 billion-year-old universe is the story of ourselves.

This mind-expanding 2011 documentary, which aired on PBS, draws from modern science and ancient wisdom to ask once more the eternal question, why are we on this planet?

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Tuesday
Jun042013

Journey of the Universe and Journey of the Universe: Conversations -- Exploring the Links between Science and Religion

By Matt Hirst
About.com
June 2013
http://archaeology.about.com/od/anthropology/fr/Journey-Of-The-Universe-And-Journey-Of-The-Universe-Conversations.htm

Journey of the Universe and Journey of the Universe: Conversations. 2013. Co-written by Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker; produced and directed by David Kennard and Patsy Northcutt. Featuring Joel Primack, Todd Duncan, Craig Kochel, Ursula Goodenough, Terry Deacon, Scott Sampson, John Grim, Melissa Nelson, Cynthia Brown, Carl Anthony, Richard Register, Richard Norgaard, Penny Livingston, David Begay, Nancy Maryboy, Paula Gonzalez, Belvie Rooks, Drew Dellinger, Marya Grathwohl, Nancy Abrams, Sachiko Kawaura, Tom Collins and Bindu Mohanty. 10 hours on 4 DVDs. Distributed by Shelter Island.

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Friday
Mar222013

Enlightening visit by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

March 2013
The Earth Charter Initiative
http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/articles/936/1/Enlightening-visit-by-Mary-Evelyn-Tucker-and-John-Grim/Page1.html

On March 11th, 2013 Yale University Professor’s Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, co-founders and co-directors of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, visited Costa Rica to show their film, Journey of the Universe, and discuss the relationships between humanity, life on Earth and the Universe Story. The film has been greatly influenced by the Earth Charter and it reflects many of the Earth Charter’s ethics on universal responsibility, ecological integrity, and respect, reverence, and care.

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Saturday
Feb232013

World Renowned Scholar on Religion and Ecology Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker to Visit Lawrence in Conjunction with “Journey of the Universe” Film Screening


Press Release
February 22, 2013

Lawrence, Kansas – In a collaborative project between Kansas University and community groups, Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker will come to Lawrence this February for a series of talks and a screening of her film “Journey of the Universe.” This documentary exploring the human connection to Earth and the cosmos will be shown at Liberty Hall on February 27th at 6:30, followed by a panel discussion featuring Tucker.  Other panelists include Dr. Don Worster (professor emeritus at KU), Rev. Thad Holcombe (ECM), and Dr. Paul Outka (Associate Professor at KU).   

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Thursday
Dec132012

Exploring the Intersection of Cosmology, Ecology, and Ethics

By Nick DiUlio
Princeton Environmental Institute
December 13, 2012
http://www.princeton.edu/pei/news/archive/?id=9204

Environmental awareness comes in many forms. Often, it is shaped by an understanding of science or public policy, but it also can be informed by religion.  Rarely, however, do all three of these perspectives intersect at once—and that is the challenge two Yale University professors, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, have been addressing for the past three decades.

During this time, Tucker and Grim have been developing an approach to environmental studies that blends cosmology, ecology, and ethics into a new field of religion and ecology. Teaching at Yale since 2006, this husband and wife team has drawn students from a wide array of disciplines including the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Divinity School, the Department of Religious Studies, and Yale College.  In the mid 1990s they organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard University and then founded the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.

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