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Sept 29th: Deep Ecology and “The Great Story” at HCUCC

Thanks to HCUCC’ers Bill Rogers, Frankie Kelly, and Susan Reed for bringing the work of world renown and pioneering Ecotheologian Thomas Berry to our adult discussion hour. Thomas Berry (1914-2009), a Catholic priest of the Passionist order, preferred to be referred to as a “geologian” and was inspirational to the creation of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University which builds on his innovative work. Berry believed “All human professions, institutions, and activities must be integral with the earth as the primary self-nourishing, self-governing and self-fulfilling community. To integrate our human activities within this context is our way into the future.”

On September 29, 2013 we will meet promptly at 10am in the sanctuary to see the film “The Great Story” about Thomas Berry’s life experience of the universe as a cosmic liturgy, and his call to us to stop despoiling our home, our planet, its beauty, and its living systems. He reminds us that “The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.” His values were rooted in this sacred cosmology, which includes the entire natural world. The mountains, rivers, birds, fish, all living organisms are not there for our use, but are critical elements for union needed for us to become who we are. As Berry said: “I am not myself without everything else.”

Below are some links to additional information about Thomas Berry and his work.

The Great Story

Wikipedia Article

New York Times Obituary

The Thomas Berry Foundation

Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale

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