Spanish Association of the Friends of Teilhard

The Spanish Association of the Friends of Teilhard was established just a year ago on September 26, 2013.  Celebrating that landmark, the Spanish daily “Córdoba” published the following article by the vice-president of the organization, dated Friday, September 26th, 2014.

TEILHARD, One Year Later
by Leandro Sequeiros, Vice President

A few months ago, the daily CORDOBA was publishing in its chapter “Opinion” an article from Gaspar Rul-lan about the relevance of Teilhard’s ideas for the 21st century. Although Teilhard’s figure and ideas are still creating conflicts with some people, no doubt is left about the positive influence he exercised on the Church at the Second Council of the Vatican. In 2012, an international symposium that took place in Rome showed the influence of Teilhard’s ideas on some of the Council’s documents such as Gaudium et Spes, the Constitution about the Church in the world of nowadays. Continue reading “Spanish Association of the Friends of Teilhard” »

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UPCOMING EVENTS OF NOTE

October 9-12, 2014, “Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design and Journey of the Universe:A Conference for Teachers and Administrators”
Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ
www.lawrenceville.org/journeyoftheuniverse

October 18, 2014   Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF, on “Christian Life in Evolution” 10:00 – 3:30
Weber Center, Adrian MI
http://www.rediscoveringfire.org/

October 19, 2014 Forum on “Teilhard and the Future of Humanity”
The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, Beijing
(for more information write frankfrost@teilhardproject.com)

October 25-26, 2014 Symposium, Il Femminile nel Pensiero di Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Prospettive antropologiche, spirituali e teologiche
Monastero de Camaldoli, Arrezo, Italy
(for more information write frankfrost@teilhardproject.com)

November 7-9, 2014 Conference, “Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe” – Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Thomas Berry’s birth
Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
http://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/living-cosmology-conference/

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Teilhard Opened a Door

In this guest blog poet Charles C. Finn shares a personal journey enabled by Teilhard de Chardin.

Teilhard
by Charles C. Finn

It was Teilhard de Chardin who opened the door for me into a new universe back in my Jesuit years. Scientist, priest, visionary, cosmic storyteller, poet, mystic—how hard it is to capture all that he was and stood for. “Such has been my experience in contact with the earth—the diaphany of the Divine at the heart of the universe on fire”—this from The Divine Milieu gives us a clue into why Teilhard received such opposition from conservative religious establishment and materialistic scientific community alike. He was far too Earth-enchanted for the former, far too mystical for the latter. Continue reading “Teilhard Opened a Door” »

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Teilhard’s Catholicism and Conscious Evolution

Some months ago, when Cardinal Gerhard Mueller criticized the Leadership Conference of Women Religious for inviting Barbara Marx Hubbard to speak on “conscious evolution” at their annual conference, David Gibson ignited a stimulating press dialogue with his article “U.S. Nuns Haunted by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.” At that time Drew Christiansen, SJ, waded in with the article below in America Magazine. As we fell behind, we neglected to post it until now.

Teilhard’s Catholicism

By Drew Christiansen | “America Magazine” May 23 2014

During his lifetime and especially since the posthumous publication of his writings the late Jesuit paleontologist and spiritual writer Pierre Teilhard de Chardin did as much to renew the faith of 20th-century Catholics and inspire non-believers as any single Catholic figure, with the possible exception of Saint John XXIII. Though not an apologist, he did more than any controversialist to reconcile faith with science and to teach scientists about the spiritual character of their work (see, for example, my article “With Teilhard on the Slope,” America, Dec. 13, 2010). Continue reading “Teilhard’s Catholicism and Conscious Evolution” »

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The church and the divided brain

The following was posted on the Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter.

The church and the divided brain, by Ilia Delio, OSF7973488-the-night-sky-in-stars-and-blue-galaxies

The efforts of Pope Francis to reach out to the poor, awaken a connectedness to the Earth and welcome the marginalized into community are inspiring and noteworthy, but they do little to change the present church into a living church consonant with the new cosmos of which we now know ourselves to be members.

Yes, the church has a vital role in helping the world move forward toward unity through the Gospel values of peace and justice, but such movement will not happen unless there is a conscious awakening to the expanding universe and the evolution of biological life, an awakening to the cosmos as our home. Can the church revitalize the Gospel life as one that embraces change, complexity, chaos, future and new creation? Can we envision the emergence of new forms of Gospel life? I do not think this is possible unless we reconnect ourselves – not simply to the world in which we are living – but to the world we are discovering through science and technology.   Continue reading “The church and the divided brain” »

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