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 todays 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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The cliffs of Hastings, England, where we will soon be filming. Teilhard, while a theology student, spent many weekends here searching for fossils. He gave many of the fossils he found to the Museum of Natural History in London, and to the local Hastings museum.
Thank you, dear friends!
A huge thank you to all who responded so generously to our emergency appeal in preparation for our filming trip to England and France, which begins in just a few days.
Contributions totaled nearly $4000, which goes a long way toward overcoming the unexpected extra costs we encountered in making final preparations.
We are very grateful.
Frank and Mary Frost
Here’s a brand new photo of Teilhard’s grave as it has just been dressed for Spring, thanks to Jacqueline Francois and her intrepid band of women — self-appointed keepers of Teilhard’s resting place.
Friends of Teilhard, we need your help! We are committed to our final overseas filming trip to England and France in just 3 weeks. It will include stops in Hastings, England, where Teilhard studied theology, searched for fossils in the cliffs by the ocean, and was ordained. Then to Verdun, where he served in one of the many battles he was part of in World War I. And to Paris for filming at the Teilhard Foundation, the Museum of Natural History, and other locations. We will also do a number of key interviews, notably with Teilhard biographer Ursula King.
But last minute unexpected expenses — filming permits, expensive extra insurance policies, itinerary changes due to the French rail strike — have broken the budget. If everyone who reads this gives just $10, $25, or any amount you can — via our Teilhard website donate page (http://www.teilhardproject.com/donations/)
— it will save us from going into extra debt to get it done. This trip is a real watershed. It will take us to the halfway point in our production process. And we then can begin to taste the joys of editing!
Many thanks for your support. Did you know, this will be the first English-language film on Teilhard in more than 50 years – and the very first to be aired in the US? And, together, we will have made it happen!
Frank and Mary Frost
Easter fell on April 10 in 1955. That sunny day in New York City, Teilhard de Chardin arose, made his morning meditation, attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral with his friend Rhoda de Terra and her daughter, went with them to Central Park in the afternoon, and eventually retired to Rhoda’s apartment for pre-dinner cocktails. Continue reading “TEILHARD’S FEAST DAY” »