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Part 1: Journey of the Universe Film
Screening and Discussion
Journey of the Universe Film Screening
Part 1 of a 2-Part Series
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
North Berkeley (RSVP for location)
7:00pm - Casual Vegetarian Potluck
7:30pm - Screening
8:30pm - Discussion
Free, RSVP Required
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Join us for a private screening of the award-winning Journey of the Universe, followed by discussion, in preparation for dialogue with the film’s creators the following Wednesday (register here for part 2).


Journey of the Universe is an Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation.
It is a cosmological story of the unfolding of the universe and Earth in which life and humans emerge, weaving a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries and humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

This awe-inspiring film offers a scientific and sacred new story of who we are and how we might live in harmony with all of life. Seeing ourselves in this larger context, it sows the seeds for a new story – understanding our place in the universe – and guides us toward a new, life-sustaining narrative in which we understand the sacredness of all things.

Journey of the Universe harnesses the energy of awe and wonder for the multiple efforts of humans to contribute to the flourishing of the Earth Community. This is what Thomas Berry called the “Great Work” in which humans will become a mutually enhancing presence for Earth's systems and societies. This film is part of the awakening of humans to recognize our dependence on nature's remarkable intricacy and to find a way forward amidst the unraveling of ecosystems.

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Journey of the Universe narrates the 14 billion year story of the universe's development, from the great flaring forth at the universe's inception to  planetary life of greater complexity and consciousness. This is a story that inspires wonder and awakens us to the dynamic processes of evolution that are chaotic and destructive, as well as creative and life-generating.


The Journey of the Universe Film, Book, & Conversations are a collaboration of historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme.

Along with Journey of the Universe, we are delighted to screen the short film Earth, City and the Hidden Narrative of Race. Eco-Justice pioneers Carl Anthony and M. Paloma Pavel, PhD trace our common ancestry in the cosmos, through humankind's origins in Africa to the present day. As 60 billion year-olds, we are asked to act our age and acknowledge our connectedness.

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Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Divinity School, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Bioethics. She teaches in the joint MA program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim. Her special area of study is Asian religions. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism. Her concern for the growing environmental crisis, especially in Asia, led her to organize with John Grim a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1995-1998). Together they are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. After the conference series, she and Grim founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology at a culminating conference at the United Nations in 1998. Tucker and Grim studied world religions with Thomas Berry and worked closely with him for some 30 years. They are the co-editors (along with Andrew Angyal) of the forthcoming Thomas Berry: A Biography. Tucker edited several of Berry's books: The Great Work, Evening Thoughts, and The Sacred Universe. To bring Berry's work forward she has also worked closely with evolutionary philosopher, Brian Thomas Swimme, for some 25 years. They have collaborated together on the Journey of the Universe project. Tucker has been involved with the Earth Charter since its inception. She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000 and is a member of the Earth Charter International Council. For further information and a complete list of Mary Evelyn Tucker’s publications, go to:

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Brian Thomas Swimme is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1978 for work in gravitational dynamics. He brings the context of story to our understanding of the 13.7 billion year trajectory of cosmogenesis. Such a story, he feels, will assist in the emergence of a flourishing Earth community. Swimme is the author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos and The Universe is a Green Dragon. He is co-author of The Universe Story, which is the result of a 10-year collaboration with the cultural historian, Thomas Berry.  Swimme is also the creator of three educational video series: Canticle to the Cosmos (1990), Earth’s Imagination (1998), and The Powers of the Universe (2006). He lectures widely and has presented at conferences sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The World Bank, UNESCO, The United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, and the American Museum of Natural History.

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