Big Green Week

Journey of the Universe

Saturday, June 21, 2014 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

For this year’s Big Green Week, the Schumacher Society presents a very special film and talk, entitled JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE. The Emmy award-winning film, which will occupy our first hour together, was made by a collaboration of scientists, scholars and film-makers, working together for over a decade. The final script was written by Yale University Historian of Religions Mary Evelyn Tucker (who will be with us) and cosmologist Brian Swimme, who presents the film, taking us through the epic story, from the origins of life to our present environmental challenges.

Journey of the Universe is a project that is more than three decades in the making. It is in the lineage of Thomas Berry’s call for a New Story that appeared in his article in 1978. Berry felt that we needed to bring science and humanities together in an integrated cosmology that would guide humans into the next period of human-Earth relations. Ten years later, “The New Story” was included in Berry’s book, Dream of the Earth.

The Universe Story, published by Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry in 1992, is the first book that narrates evolution as a story, while Journey of the Universe is the first time this story – of our common origin and shared destiny – is told in film.

Also with us will be Yale Professor John Grim, co-producer as well as an advisor to the film along with Thomas Berry. The film, followed by our talk with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, will explore cosmic and Earth evolution as a profound process of creativity, connection and interdependence – and offers us an opportunity to respond to the ecological and social challenges of our times. The film premiered in the US on PBS – and now we are thrilled to present it – and two of it’s makers – here in Bristol.

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13th / 14th September 2014

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