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Journey of the Universe

Feb. 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Film

most Mondays & Fridays thru Apr. 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Educational Conversation Series

Christ the King Lutheran Church invites you to go on the Journey of the Universe. This Emmy-award winning documentary narrates the 14 billion year story of the universe's development in a way that is accessible to everyone. The film tells a comprehensive story drawing on astronomy and physics to explain the emergence of galaxies and stars, geology and chemistry to understand the formation of Earth, biology and botany to trace life's evolution, and anthropology and history to see the rise of humans. Journey weaves science and humanities in a new way that allows for a comprehensive sense of mystery and awe to arise. This approach expands the human perspective beyond an anthropocentric worldview to one that values life's complexity and sees the role of humans as critical to the further flourishing of the Earth community. Journey of the Universe, then, is not simply a beautiful story, it is a functional cosmology, as Thomas Berry, the Catholic priest & eco-theologian, suggested. This is because it harnesses the energy of awe and wonder for the multiple efforts of humans to contribute to the flourishing of the Earth Community. This is what Berry called the Great Work in which humans will become a mutually enhancing presence for Earth's systems and societies. There are hundreds of thousands of people around the planet who are participating in this transformative work for the environment, energy, agriculture, economics, education, and the arts. This also includes work for sustainable cities and improved racial relations. Many of these specialists, who are inspired by the comprehensive perspective of Journey of the Universe, are interviewed in a 20 part educational series of filmed conversations. All sessions (documentary & educational series) will be held simultaneously in person at the University of St. Thomas, Robertson Hall as well as online, via web meeting from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Time for discussion is included in the schedule. Please register if you will attend any session, whether attending in person or online. Join us on the Journey of the Universe! See details below.

Documentary screening

  • Feb. 27

Educational Series:

  • Mar. 3 Beginning of the Universe & Galaxies Forming - Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, UC-Santa Cruz &Todd Duncan, Science Integration Institute

  • Mar. 6 The Emanating Brilliance of Stars & Birth of the Solar System -

    Todd Duncan, Joel Primack & Craig Kochel, Geology Dept., Bucknell University

  • Mar. 20 Life’s Emergence & Learning, Living, and Dying - Terry Deacon, Anthropology Dept., UC-Berkeley & Ursula Goodenough, Biology Dept., Washington University

  • Mar. 24 The Passion of Animals & The Origin of the Human - Scott Sampson, Utah Museum of Natural History, Melissa Nelson, American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University & John Grim, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

  • Mar. 27 Becoming a Planetary Presence & Transition - Cynthia Brown, Dominican University of California & Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion & Ecology, Yale University

  • Mar. 31 Breakthrough Communities & Eco-Cities - Carl Anthony, Breakthrough Communities & Richard Register, Ecocity Builders

  • Apr. 3 Ecological Economics & Permaculture - Richard Norgaard, Energy & Resources Program, UC-Berkeley & Penny Livingston, Regenerative Design Institute

  • Apr. 7 Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Sustainable Energy - Nancy Maryboy, Indigenous Education Institute, David Begay, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Northern Arizona University & Paula Gonzalez, EarthConnection

  • Apr. 10: Healing and Revisioning & Arts and Justice - Belvie Rooks, Growing a Global Heart, Marya Grathwohl, Earth Hope & Drew Dellinger, Planetize the Movement

  • Apr. 17 Myths, Metaphors, and Identities & Teaching Journey of the Universe - Sachiko Kawaura, Dept. of Psychology & Human Relations, Nanzen University, Nancy Abrams, author, The New Universe & the Human Future, Bindu Hamanty, teacher, & Tom Collins, Religion & Philosophy Dept., The Lawrenceville School


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