Tag Archives: Thomas Berry

5 Reasons Why I Cannot Call Earth My Mother

With all due respect to Indigenous Peoples for whom it continues to be a sacred term, I want to argue that one of the remedies for our current disastrous relationship to Earth is not to be found in our collective adoption of “Mother Earth” as a way of referring to our home planet. Continue reading

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Moving Thomas Berry’s Legacy Forward

My friends who knew him well are this year inviting all of us to celebrate November 9th what would have been the 100th birthday of Thomas Berry, whose “Dream of the Earth” inspires us to a new vision of our human-Earth relationship. Continue reading

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We Need Leaders Wise to the Bending of King’s Arc

Here in the U.S., we begin every new year in part focused on the civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrating a national holiday to honor his legacy on January 20. King, who was assassinated in 1968, was a stirring speaker, and many lines from his eloquent, passionate speeches are lifted up once again during ceremonies held in his honor. A favorite line of mine, often used by King, is the one quoted above: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Continue reading

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The New Cosmology: My Introduction

While on a sabbatical in 1993, and still following Madeline L’Engle’s advice to choose books on the new science for my spiritual reading, I was introduced to the work of the Passionist priest and cultural historian Thomas Berry Continue reading

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The Prophetic Voice of the Cosmos

Some years back during my graduate studies, I took a class on the early Christian prophets. I am fascinated by the experience in history of the “prophetic voice,” its origins, and its purpose. From a traditional Christian perspective, prophets are men and women commanded by the voice of God to speak aloud about injustices in the society. I nearly flunked the class, over a dispute with the professor. Continue reading

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Evolution Enters Its Conscious Phase – In Us!

I remember the day back in the mid-1990’s when I first began to imagine the implications of Thomas Berry’s notion that our Universe, from its beginning, has experienced both physical and psychic evolution. I recall feeling both relieved and amazed as the realization of Berry’s observation settled into my own awareness with new clarity. Continue reading

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Awareness: My Introduction

Back in the early 1980’s, during a retreat I attended for Catholic single adults, we watched a film on the life of Siddhārtha Gautama, who later became known as Gautama Buddha. His teachings formed the foundation for Buddhism. What I remember most from the film is the initial transformation of consciousness that occurred for Siddhartha. Continue reading

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