Yale Conference extends legacy of Teilhard and Thomas Berry

, BerryConfNovember 7-9, 2014, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim hosted an overflow crowd at the Yale Divinity School for their conference, “Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to ‘Journey of the Universe.'” Jamie L. Manson covers the story for National Catholic Reporter.  She says “The conference was a historic gathering of many of the finest theologians, ethicists and activists in North America, all of whom joined together to contemplate the ways in which the Christian tradition can open more fully to a sense of the sacredness of the universe and the flourishing of the earth community.”  Read the full article here.

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A Thanksgiving Thought

Thank you to each and every one of you who participate with us in The Teilhard de Chadin Project. At a time of Thanksgiving, we recollect that the wonder of the world in its continuous becoming was a never-ending marvel for Teilhard, and a source of gratitude.

The spirit of that gratitude finds expression in his Mass on the World, which he had first drafted in 1915, but which he put in a new and fuller form in the summer of 1923. He and fellow Jesuit Emile Licent had arrived at Chara-Ousso-Gol (today Salawusu), which he described in a letter to his friend Abbé Breuil. “We camped at the bottom of a winding canyon carved out in the steppes to a depth of 250 feet by the Chara-Ousso-Gol, whose waters — liquid mud — gurgled beside us over a stony bed.”DSC_0799-scPictured here, the vast yellow sands of the Ordos desert can be seen above the gorge of Salawusu today.   Beholding this at sunrise Teilhard was inspired to write:
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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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