Join us to reflect on the richness and challenge of the selected teaching from the legacy of Thomas Berry,
Spiritual Master of the Ecozoic Age.
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These monthly invitations are sent with a selection from
Thomas Berry's writings to inform our shared silence and dialogue, and to foster us in The Great Work of cultivating a community of contemplative ecologists as a feature of our ecozoic vocation.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO OFFER YOUR GROWING CONTEMPLATIVE INSIGHT WITH OTHER EMERGING CONTEMPLATIVE ECOLOGISTS. OUR CIRCLES AND OUR ENGAGEMENTS ARE DEEPENING OUR WISDOM FOR THE GREAT WORK WE SHARE.
Berry Forum Contemplative Circle
Scheduled: Dec 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Time: Dec 12, 2019 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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From the Writings of Thomas Berry
The Universe Story:
From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era –
A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos.
By Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry
San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992.
“Always and everywhere, it is the universe that holds all things together and is the primary activating power in every activity.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 27).
“To tell the full story of a single particle we must tell the story of the universe, for each particle is in some way intimately present to every other particle in the universe.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 29).
“Scientific knowledge in a developmental universe is no longer understood as information about an objective world out there. Scientific knowledge is essentially self-knowledge, where self is taken as referring to the complex, multiform system of the universe.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 39).
“The adventure of the universe depends upon our capacity to listen.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 44).
“And besides the very unborn nature of the future, we must also deal with the inadequacies of our present forms of consciousness. For even if the future were determined, its complexity would be beyond our capacity to articulate it. We will find our way only with a deep and prolonged process of groping – considering with care a great variety of interpretations, weighing evidence from a spectrum of perspectives, attending with great patience to the inchoate, barely discernible glimmers that visit us in our more contemplative moments. Out of this welter will slowly emerge our way to the star.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 58).
“In the very first instant when the primitive particles rushed forth, every one of them was connected to every other one in the entire universe. At no time in the future existence of the universe would they ever arrive at a point of disconnection […] Nothing is itself without everything else.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 77).
“Beginning with these harmonies of the universe that could in some manner be expressed in mathematical equations, an intense scientific mediation on the structure and functioning of the universe was begun by western scientists some centuries ago. Among the insights attained by this meditation has been a sense of the curvature of the universe whereby all things are held together in their intimate presence to each other. This bonding is what makes the universe what it is, not a collection of disparate objects but an intimate presence of all things to each other, each thing sustained in its being by everything else.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 219).
“That the universe is a communion of subjects rather than a collection of objects is the central commitment of the Ecozoic. Existence itself is derived from and sustained by this intimacy of each being with every other being of the universe.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 243).
“The comprehensive objective of the Ecozoic is to assist in establishing a mutually enhancing human presence upon the Earth. This cannot, obviously, be achieved immediately. But if this is not achieved in some manner or within some acceptable limits the human will continue to exist in a progressively degraded mode of being. The degradation both to ourselves and to the planet is the immediate evil that we are dealing with. The enhancement or the degradation will be a shared experience. We have a common destiny. Not simply a common human destiny, but a common destiny for allthe components of the planetary community.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 251).
PROMPTS FOR ENGAGED DIALOGUE
1. HOW HAS BERRY'S COSMIC LANGUAGUE DRAWN YOU TOWARD WIDER HORIZONS OF SELF UNDERSTANDING? LARGER FRAMEWORKS OF MEANING?
2. HOW HAS SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE BECOME SELF-KNOWLEDGE FOR YOU?
3. HAVE YOU EVER SENSED THAT THE UNIVERSE DEPENDS ON YOU TO BE ITSELF?
4. HOW DOES BERRY'S VISION OF THE UNIVERSE AFFECT YOUR SENSE OF DEATH? OF WHAT RELIGIONS CALL "ESCHATOLOGY" OR THE UNBORN NATURE OF THE FUTURE - EVEN OF YOU?
5. HOW DO YOU EXPERIENCE "THE CURVATURE OF THE UNIVERSE" AS AN EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL FACT?
6. HOW ARE YOU WORKING TO RESIST THE DEGRADATION OF HUMAN NATURE FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN THIS CRITICAL ERA AS WE GROPE TOWARD THE ECOZOIC?
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR "BEST PRACTICES?"