The time is right to introduce Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to a new generation – the man, the paleontologist, the visionary French Jesuit priest, whose relentless effort to reframe his beliefs in the light of evolution led to a paradigm shift in the relationship of science and religion.  He foresaw the evolutionary emergence of the internet, globalization, and today’s transhumanism movement, although he was perhaps overly optimistic in his vision.  His legacy includes a strong environmental movement, and multiple movements in cosmic spirituality.

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

Teilhard in a Contemporary Context:  Bolstering the Socio-political Development of Nations with Caring Networks of Persons

by Mike McFarland

This essay tries to take a look at the main property of the world’s progress, by placing one of The Phenomenon of Man’s more appealing and accessible passages into a contemporary perspective. 

In 1945, largely to prevent war and to assuage poverty, world governments established the United Nations.  In the 1990s, to free their countries from border checks, European leaders implemented the Schengen Area.  Continue reading “WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW” »

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Heartfelt thanks to our Teilhard Project colleague Jacqueline Francois for placing this wreath at the grave of Teilhard de Chardin in Hyde Park, NY.  She and her husband, Pierre, and several of their friends have been landscaping the site for a number of years.  Sadly, Pierre died suddenly this past year, but Jacqueline and the others will continue to tend Teilhard’s grave.  In sending this photo, Jacqueline notes that this year, “Unfortunately the strong pelting rain had stirred up the soil kicked aside by Alex, the devoted woodchuck!” 

On New Years Day, 1932, Teilhard was encamped with 30 or so colleagues who had been traveling together under difficult circumstances for the previous nine months.  They were on the last leg of the journey and were eager to be home.  Teilhard invited them to join him at sunrise for a religious service.  Many of them were not believers, but they nevertheless all joined him.

As the sun came up he began,
 
“My dear friends, we have met this morning to come before God at the beginning of this new year.  Of course, probably, for not one of us here does God mean, or seem, the same thing as for any other of us.”  

Then he went on to pray, “What we ask of that universal presence which envelops us all, is first to unite us, as in a shared, living, center with those whom we love, those who, so far away from us here, are themselves beginning this same new year.”

In the spirit of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, we wish you and all those you love, wherever they may be, a joyful new year with a renewed zest for life!

Frank and Mary Frost

Merry Christmas to all!

Many thanks to Jacqueline Francois for honoring the grave of Teilhard de Chardin in Hyde Park, NY, with a Christmas wreath.  And for sharing this photo.  She writes about the day she placed the wreath, “Unfortunately the strong pelting rain had stirred up the soil kicked aside by Alex, the devoted woodchuck!”

To all viewers, A Very Merry Christmas to you!

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