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Part 2: Journey of the Universe
Interactive Salon
Journey of the Universe Film Screening
Part 2 of a 2-Part Series
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
North Berkeley (RSVP for location)
7:00pm - Casual Vegetarian Potluck
7:30pm - Interactive Salon
Free, RSVP Required

Following the previous week’s screening of the award-winning Journey of the Universe, we will be in dialogue with the film’s co-creators, two visionaries of our time: Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Swimme. (Register for Part 1 here). 

Engage in dialogue with two powerhouse standard bearers of the evolutionary change we need now.


Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Swimme have worked to bring a deeper understanding of our underlying interconnectedness to our culture for the sake of the flourishing of all life. This new story can help shift us out of our stuck places in our current cultural paradigm.

Some of the topics we may explore:

  • How can a new story and coherent cosmology help us in these times of ecological and political crisis?

  • How does this new story bring about a more just culture?

  • What are examples of this new cosmology/new story in action?


Please bring your questions and longings, and we’ll have a lively, interactive evening that will inspire and nourish our evolution toward a flourishing culture and ecosystem.

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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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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.

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