Teilhard’s Inner Face of Consciousness

A Guest Blog from Clint Hyer

A few nights ago, I watched a PBS show “What Do Plants Talk About”  http://video.pbs.org/video/2338524490/  which showed how how plants, with no separate brains, can respond to, and react with, their environments.

We are all aware that plants can respond to the sunlight – both by turning towards the sun and by closing up at night. We also know that plant seeds respond to the temperature of the soil in “deciding” when to come up in the spring time. There are also “short day” plants such as Poinsettia and Cherry Trees which require periods of long nights in order to bloom. (Cherry trees will never blossom very much south of the latitude of Washington DC). The PBS show showed that some parasitic plants can “select” certain plants that they will grow on and that the selection is based upon the odor (respiration byproducts) the plants produce.

What came to mind is the “Consciousness inner face” (p.58) that Teilhard discusses in The Phenomenon Of Man. One of the controversial concepts is the all matter has Consciousness but it is more granular at the earlier stages of evolution. Continue reading “Teilhard’s Inner Face of Consciousness” »

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Teilhard Expert Volunteers

Guest blog from Bernard Brown:

I  am a retired professor, former Jesuit priest, now 78 and living near Pittsburgh, who has taught all of Fr. Teilhard’s   philosophical, spiritual and mystical works for 20 years.  Now that I have found this group, I would like to volunteer my lectures, teaching books, notes, insights to your people, your groups, your needs. I visit Wash DC a few times a year and would like to establish contact with you. After May 7  I will be back home in Greensburg PA. Meanwhile, as I am on the road in Florida,  you can  best reach me  via e-mail: bernling@hotmail.com
–Good to meet kindred spirits!

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American Teilhard Association Annual Meeting May 3

American Teilhard Association Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Lunch: 12:00 p.m; Talk: 1:45 p.m.

Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at 121st St.
New York, NY


Elizabeth Johnson will be speaking on “Teilhard’s Thought: Growing the Tradition Forward.”
Elizabeth Johnson is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University. She is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Theological Society. She is the recipient of fourteen honorary degrees, the John Courtney Murray Award for distinguished achievement in theology, and numerous other awards. Her book She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse garnered several honors, most notably the Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Her latest book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, was just released by Bloomsbury and addresses the issue of God’s relationship with the non-human world.

$25 for lunch and lecture, $10 for lecture only

You may pre-register and pay online or by mail.

Online, go to: http://teilharddechardin.org/index.php/event

Or mail a check to: ATA c/o John Grim, 29 Spoke Drive, Woodbridge, CT 06525
If you will be paying at the door, please RSVP by April 30 to: christina.c.riley@gmail.com as we need to know the number of people who will be in attendance.

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Rome Archives Research on Teilhard

Frank and Mary are back from two weeks in Rome and have recovered from the viruses we picked up on our way back, and want to bring you up to date with The Teilhard de Chardin Project.

The purpose of our trip was to attend the SIGNIS World Congress (the international Catholic Media organization) where Frank was elected (http://www.signis.net/article.php3?id_article=6202) International Vice-President.   And to research Teilhard at the Jesuit Curia Archives and the Vatican Secret Archives.

Highlights of our trip turned out to include lunch with the Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolas, and a meeting with Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ.

IMG_3897-csWith Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ are (L-R) Marie Bayon de la Tour, Frank Frost, Mary Frost, and Tracy Higgins.

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Guest blog: Teilhard enthusiast offers audio link

Dear Friends,
Very happy to see this site for Teilhard’s work, so important and relevant. I have been influenced by his work for 15 years, in my own work with evolutionary spirituality, I was one of the senior editors for a spiritual magazine now out of print that did indepth pieces on this kind of deep thinking. I recently gave a talk about Teilhard’s work in Philadelphia, the audio is posted on my blog here:
You are very welcome to post it on your site with a linkback to my site, or I’d be happy to write something for your blog.
Keep up the good work!
Amy Edelstein

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