Please join us in an opportunity to connect with the profound Earth-honoring teachings of the late Thomas Berry (1914-2009). His stature cannot be fully appreciated, suggests author and cosmology professor Brian Swimme, unless we bring to mind "such axial personalities as Pythagoras or Confucius, thinkers who gave rise to civilizations. The deep structure of human beings is undergoing a seismic shift, which Thomas foresaw and in part evoked. To understand this new planetary mode of consciousness, there is no substitute for a close study of his ideas."
Guiding us through these ideas will be Sister Kathleen Deignan and Brother Kevin Cawley, colleagues in ministry who both consider Thomas Berry one of the most important influences in their lives. Their online retreat, which starts in one week, integrates ecological concern with spiritual practice, infusing new hope into the concern for Earth's well-being that we all hold.
Email messages three times a week will focus on primary themes from Berry's life, like Storyteller of the Universe, Mystic of the Meadow, and Master of Creation Spirituality. You will also receive MP3s of some of Kathleen's joyful, life-giving chants and the opportunity to participate in the Practice Circle, a community forum open 24/7.
"In our contemplation of how tragic moments of disintegration over the course of the centuries were followed by immensely creative moments of renewal, we receive our great hope for the future," Berry wrote in Evening Thoughts. "To initiate and guide this next creative moment of the story of the Earth is the Great Work of the religions of the world as we move on into the future."