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AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our monthly newsletter!
We send this to you as a full solar eclipse is taking place today across North America, bringing a sense of awe, wonder, and beauty into the lives of millions.

This issue features topics related to Journey of the Universe and The Universe Story.

 The Journey of the Universe online classes are being translated into Chinese and will be released this fall from Yale/Coursera. This will include a dubbed version of the Journey film in Chinese. The Journey book is also available in Chinese as well as Korean and Indonesian. European translations of the book include French, Italian, Turkish, and Russian. The film and book are available in Spanish. See more information here.

If you would like to host a showing of Journey of the Universe or watch the Journey Conversations yourself or with colleagues, please contact us for the password protected Vimeo site.

 
We hope this newsletter supports your own work for the flourishing of the Earth Community in these challenging times.
Journey
Summer Film Screenings of
Journey of the Universe


We are excited to report that the Journey of the Universe film was screened many times throughout the summer of 2017.  The film was shown at the Graduate Institute (Bethany, CT), Cenacle Retreat Center (Chicago, IL), Loyola University (Chicago, IL), John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH), Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu, NM), and La Virreina Centre de la Imatge (Barcelona, Spain).  For more details about these film screenings, visit this page of the Journey site.


 
Universe Story
25th Anniversary of The Universe Story
 
On November 9, 2017, Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, USA will host a day-long event with Brian Thomas Swimme celebrating the “25th Anniversary of The Universe Story.  Written by Swimme and Thomas Berry in 1992, The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era—A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos has since become a significant text in the field of religion and ecology.   


Ghost Ranch
“Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for Our Shared FutureWorkshop
On July 2-8, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM, USA hosted a special workshop entitled “Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for Our Shared Future.”  Organized by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Larry Rasmussen, this event was 10th in a series on Earth-Honoring Faith: A Song of Songs. Read a report about the workshop by James D. Trifone entitled “What the World Needs Now is a New Story Based on an Integral Ecology.”  For more information, visit our site here.
 
Living Cosmology
First Place Award for Living Cosmology

We are delighted to let you know that Living Cosmology: Christian Reponses to Journey of the Universe, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, recently received the First Place Award in the Faith & Science category from Catholic Press Association Awards. See the full list of winners here. Living Cosmology is a collection of papers from the November 2014 conference at Yale that celebrated the 100th anniversary of Thomas Berry’s birth and the 5th anniversary of his death.
EU Oratorio
“Emergent Universe Oratorio”
 
On June 30, the “Emergent Universe Oratorio” was performed in Cleveland, OH, USA.  Written by Vermont composer Sam Guarnaccia and inspired by Brian Thomas Swimme’s and Mary Evelyn Tucker’s Journey of the Universe, the Oratorio weaves together chorus, vocal soloists, and orchestra with an original libretto that tells the story of our planet’s 13.8 billion year evolution, from the “big bang” to the present day. Watch the recording here and access the libretto and event program here.

 
Journey

Online Courses for Journey of the Universe

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are teaching four MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) at Yale through the online platform, Coursera, featured as a specialization under the theme of "Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times." You may audit the courses free of charge and sign up at anytime. The next session starts August 28. Read testimonials from those who have taken the course.

Upcoming Events
 
 
September 10 - October 28, 2017
“Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind”
Online course offered by The Wilmette Institute

September 11-13, 2017
“The Francis Effect: Living in Harmony with Creation”
Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX, USA
Co-sponsored by EcoCiv and Oblate 

September 15-17, 2017  
“Contemplation of Nature: A Retreat for Facilitators”
Center for Religion and Environment, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, USA

September 27-28, 2017
“Integrity of Creation Conference: The Global Water Crisis”
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

October 7, 2017
“Agape’s Francis Day: Listening to Native Voices—Standing Rock is Everywhere”
Agape Community, Hardwick, MA, USA


October 17-18, 2017
“Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education: Implications for Teaching, Learning and Seminary Life”
Inviting: Seminary Faculty and Deans in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Michigan
Mehodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), Delaware, OH, USA


October 17-19, 2017
“Earth Advocacy from the Heart”
Ecology Retreat Centre, Mono, ON, Canada


October 20-22, 2017
“Bioneers Conference”
Marin Center, San Rafael, CA, USA


November 4, 2017
“Prophecy of the Seventh Fire”
37th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures
Keynote address by Winona LaDuke
Panel discussion moderated by Nwamaka Agbo
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA, USA

November 9, 2017
“25th Anniversary of The Universe Story
A Flaring Forth Celebration with Brian Thomas Swimme
Holy Names University, Oakland, CA, USA


For many more event listings visit the calendar on our website.
For a full listing of Journey of the Universe screenings, go to the Journey site here.
Calls for Papers
 
“Integral Ecology for the Common Good: Catholic Perspectives on Science, Sustainability, and Justice”;  St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (March 22-23, 2018); Submission deadline: September 15, 2017.

2nd Animal Ethics Essay Prize on Animal Suffering in the Wild. Submission deadline: September 15, 2017

Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. 2nd edition. Editors: Paul B. Thompson and David M. Kaplan. Submission deadline: October 1, 2017.

Edited anthology on Non-anthropocentric Climate Ethics. Submission deadline: October 15, 2017.

“Professionals in Food Chains: Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities”; 14th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics; University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria (June 13-16, 2018); Submission deadline: September 11, 2017.
New Publications


New Books:

River Dialogues: Hindu Faith and the Political Ecology of Dams on the Sacred Ganga
By Georgina Drew
University of Arizona Press, 2017
 
In River Dialogues, Georgina Drew offers a detailed ethnographic engagement with the social movements contesting hydroelectric development on the Ganga (or Ganges). The book examines the complexity of the cultural politics that, on the one hand, succeeded in influencing an unprecedented reversal of government plans for three contested hydroelectric projects, and how, on the other hand, this decision sparked ripples of discontent after being paired with the declaration of a conservation zone where the projects were situated. In analyzing the unfolding drama, Drew argues for the use of a political ecology analysis that incorporates the everyday practice and everyday religious connections that animate the cultural politics of development on a sacred river. The emphasis on development aspirations amidst calls for the protection of a religiously revered resource fosters insight into why the desires of river devotees can be at odds with the predominant "green economy" model of environmental stewardship. 

"A remarkable book, combining rigorous analysis, original methodology, and insightful conclusions. Drew has woven the various arguments about damming the Ganges into an engaging narrative in this model of careful research and clear writing.”
—Mary Evelyn Tucker

The Violence of Climate Change: Lessons of Resistance from Nonviolent Activists
By Kevin J. O'Brien
Georgetown University Press, 2017
 
Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dogen in an Age of Ecological Crisis
By Jason M. Wirth
SUNY series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
State University of New York Press, 2017


China's Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future
By James Miller
Columbia University Press, 2017


Routledge Handbook on Religion and Ecology
Edited by Willis Jenkins, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and John Grim
Routledge Books, 2017
 



News Articles:
 
“This Is How Indigenous Peoples Help Curb Gas Emissions, End Hunger”
By IPS World Desk, Inter Press Service News Agency, August 10, 2017

“Religious leaders unite to fight Holy Land environmental issues”
By Judith Sudilovsky, Catholic News Service, August 2, 2017

“Hinduism and its Complicated History with Cows (and People who Eat Them)”
By Wendy Doniger, The Conversation, July 16, 2017
 
“Keeping faith in forests”
By Frances Seymour, Thomson Reuters Foundation, July 25, 2017

“Water Walk For Life Along Proposed Pipeline Route”
By Dave Lucas, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, July 21, 2017



New Statements:
 
“Kanyakumary Declaration”
National Workshop on “Sustainable Values for a Green Church” organized by the Church of South India Department of Ecological Concerns
Kanyakumary, Tamil Nadu, India
(July 19-20, 2017)

“Affirmation of Creation” 
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
(June 22, 2016)



New Resources:
 

“Season of Creation” (also known as “Creation Time”), September 1 – October 4, 2017
Resources from Global Catholic Climate Movement
Resources from Eco-Congregation Scotland

Resources from Green Churches Network
 


 
Job Openings and Doctoral Student Opportunities
President of The Regeneration Project (TRP) / Interfaith Power & Light (IPL)

Executive Director for Voices for Earth Justice

Associate Executive Director for Ecumenical Project for International Cooperation (EPIC)

Cardiff ScienceHumanities International Summer School at Cardiff University, UK


Find further details on these openings here.
Featured Video:

“Emergent Universe Oratorio”

Cleveland, OH, USA
June 30, 2017
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