Spiritual Ecology

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.

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)].

Tucker, Mary Evelyn, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal. 2019. Thomas Berry: A Biography. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

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


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


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


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


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.


For a summary of the video and discussion questions, see: