Spiritual Ecology

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“… the universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.” Thomas Berry, Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as a Sacred Community, 2006, p.17.

 

SOURCES BY AND ON THOMAS BERRY’S LIFE AND WORK AND RELATED MATTERS

Berry, Thomas, 1988, The Dream of the Earth, San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books.

  • 1999, The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future, New York, NY: Bell Tower.
  • 2006, Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community, Mary Evelyn Tucker, ed., San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books.
  • 2009, The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-First Century, Mary Evelyn Tucker, ed., New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
  • 2009, The Christian Future and the Fate of the Earthm Mahwah, NJ: Orbis Books.
  • 2011, Thomas Berry, http://www.thomasberry.org.
  • 2012, Thomas Berry and the Earth Community. http://www.earth-community.org/.

Berry, Thomas, and Thomas Clarke, 1991, Befriending the Earth: A Theology of Reconciliation Between Humans and the Earth, Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications.

Bentz-Letts, Rev. Alan, 2013, “Our Need for a New Sacred Story: Thomas Berry, Spiritual Autism, Saving the Planet,” available from Dr. Bentz-Letts (Alanbentzletts@aol.com).

Eaton, Heather, ed., 2014, The Intellectual Journey of Thomas Berry: Imagining the Earth Community, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Forum on Religion and Ecology, 2012, Forum on Religion and Ecology, New Haven, CT: Yale University, http://fore.research.yale.edu.

Fox, Matthew, 1999 (Summer), “A Profile of Thomas Berry, Scholar and Lover of Earth,” EarthLight Magazine #34, http://www.earthlight.org/mfoxontberry.html.

Heffern, Rich, 2001 (August 10), “Thomas Berry,” National Catholic Reporter, http://natcath.org/NCR_Online/archives/081001/081001a.htm.

Laszlo, Ervin, and Allan Combs, eds., 2011, Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth: The Spiritual Ecology of the Founder of Environmentalism, Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions.

Ostrow, Marty, 2001, Thomas Berry Speaks: Two video talks with Thomas Berry, Cambridge, MA: Fine Cuts Productions, LLC (DVD27 minutes).

Raymond, June, ed., 2010, Meditations with Thomas Berry with additional material by Brian Swimme. London, UK: GreenSpirit.

Revkin, Andrew C., 2009 (June 3), “Thomas Berry, Writer and Lecturer With a Mission for Mankind, Dies at 94, New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/us/04berry.html.

Stetson, Nancy, and Penny Morell, 2002, Thomas Berry: The Great Story (The Life and Work of the Famous Eco-Theologian), Oley, PA: Bullfrog Films (DVD, 49 minutes), http://www.bullfrogfilms.com.

Swimme, Brian, and Thomas Berry, 1992, The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era: A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos, San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins.

Swimme, Brian, and Mary Evelyn Tucker, 2011a, Journey of the Universe: The Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation. Mill Valley, CA: Northcutt Productions (DVD, 58 minutes), http://www.JourneyoftheUniverse.org.

Tobin, Carolyn, 2012, Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: Conversations with Thomas Berry, Whitsett, NC: Timberlake Earth Sanctuary.

Tucker, Mary Evelyn, 2011, Journey of the Universe: An Epic Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation, Educational Series (Conversations with Leading Scientists, Environmentalists, Historians, and Educators Toward a Flourishing Earth Community), (DVD, 20 episodes at 30 minutes each), http://www.JourneyoftheUniverse.org.

Tucker, Mary Evelyn, “Biography of Thomas Berry,” http://www.thomasberry.org/Biography/tucker-bio.html

Tucker, Mary Evelyn, and John Grim, eds., 2014, Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. [Editors include not only an Introduction to the book, but also to each of the 12 chapters, taken together a wonderful overview of Berry’s life and thought. Here is one among many profound insights from Berry: “All human institutions, professions, programs, and activities must now be judged primarily by the extent to which they inhibit, ignore, or foster a mutually enhancing human-Earth relationship (p. 165)].

 

Also YouTube has various films by Berry, Swimme, and Tucker.

 

Also see:

The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World, Greensboro, NC

http://beholdnature.org/

Goergen, Fr. Donald, 2014, “A Retreat with Teilhard de Chardin,” https://www.nowyouknowmedia.com/a-retreat-with-teilhard-de-chardin.html

Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, Whitsett, NC

http://www.timberlakeearthsanctuary.com/

Manson, Jaime, 2014 (July 16), “The evolution of Ilia Delio,” The National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/blogs/grace-margins/evolution-ilia-delio

 

Interview with Thomas Berry by Jane Blewett in which they discuss Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s philosophy. Berry discusses Teilhard’s three great contributions: (1) he told the story of the universe in an integral manner with four phases “Galactic, Earth, Life, Human,” (2) he identified the human as a dimension of the Universe from the beginning, and (3) he moved the essential Christian issue from the Redemption to the Creation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKEBQe4c7n0

For a summary of the video and discussion questions see:

http://www.thomasberry.org/Biography/Teilhard_in_the_Age_of_Ecology–Summary_Notes.pdf