Eight Week Course
Mondays: March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22 (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET)
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Sixteen PD hours for teachers! AMS approved!
He was a Prophet, Visionary,
and Earth Saint.
(Sessions are live with Herman Greene. Recordings of all sessions will be accessible inside the course space for up to one year. You may participate in online discussions between sessions.)
Session 1: Thomas Berry: The Man, His Times, and Influences on His Thought
Session 2: The Ecozoic Era: Moving on from a Terminal Cenozoic to an Ecozoic Era
Session 3: The Great Work: Moving from our Modern Industrial Civilization with its Devastating Impact to that of Benign Presence
Session 4: Reinventing the Human at the Species Level.
Session 5: The New Cosmology
Session 6: Call for Ecozoic Societies
Session 7: Essential Understandings for the Great Work
Session 8: Applying Thomas Berry’s Teachings: Reform of Religion and Law
Green Mountain Monastery and Thomas Berry Sanctuary, Greensboro, Vermont
1) Who Thomas Berry was, influences on his life and thought, how he affected people, and his importance today.
2) Key patterns and teachings in his work, including the “Ecozoic era,” the “Great Work” of our time, reinventing our human species, and the story of the universe as science and mythic narrative.
4) Instruction in how Herman has applied Berry’s teachings to the reform in law and religion and how this relates to reform of other institutions.
Thomas Berry, A Biography by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are the co-founders of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. They are, also, trustees of the Thomas Berry Foundation, which has established a website on Thomas Berry’s work, thomasberry.org. This will be valuable to participants as it contains biographical materials about him, articles by and about him, and audio and video presentations by him.
Thomas Berry was a “seminal” thinker. Seminal means “containing or contributing the seeds of later development : CREATIVE, ORIGINAL.” This adjective accurately describes how Thomas planted seeds for later development. He was not the end but the beginning of a way of knowing, doing, and being in the world. His ideas both invite and demand additional development and, especially, application. Because his writing was synthetic—taking and combining insights from many sources and weaving them together—it is difficult to break down and apply. It’s “all that stuff behind” his work that needs understanding to be able to develop and apply it well. The benefit of undertaking this in-depth study of Thomas’s work is that it can then also be applied synthetically by being woven into and combined with wide fields of endeavor from personal to civilizational to bring about change.There are three existential threats to the future of humanity: weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, the ecological crisis, and technology gone awry. Only one of these challenges—the ecological crisis—provides the basis for reforming human civilization.
Concerning the breadth of what is involved in the ecological crisis and how it can be addressed, Thomas Berry is the master teacher.
I remember the day forty years ago when I read Thomas Berry’s “The Spirituality of the Earth.”My life has never been the same. Thirty years ago I read The Dream of the Earth when my lifewas in turmoil. Then I knew what my vocation was.
Someone once told me that my gift was being able to take in huge amounts of information andorganize it. I think that is true.
Herman Greene on The Ecozoic Way
" It is so supportive to have a whole community, from around the world, working together to embody and live out a deep connection to the new cosmology in its ethical and spiritual dimensions. We are the Universe emerging. "- M.J. Zimmerman
" After 20 years of living into the Universe Story, I was reawakened to how truly empowering it is through what is emerging for others on parallel paths from around the globe. "— Penny Andrews
" If you're seeking a meaningful story that explains our place in our Universe and in Nature, and like-minded global citizens, this course may be your next step on that journey. " - David Morton Rintoul
" Everything I have known in life is being integrated into unifying perspectives and connectedness which come like seeds being nourished from a deep space of love, abundance, and creativity "— Marides "Madett" Virola-Gardiola, Philippines
" I am co-creating a space for children older than 7 years old and this course has been granting me a deeper understanding of how I want to position myself and act in this space while deep listening to children. " — Joana Benetton, Brazil
" Being around so many talented and confident people has helped me with developing a children’s book for Montessori Sunday school. " — Nancee Cline
It is all and more than I expected – I am not new to the material though have certainly learned and gained new insights into the wonderful planet we call “home”.
The assignments are doable, interesting, and inviting. I am enjoying the course very much.
Am loving it. The small groups are wonderful. It is such a marvelous group of participants. The networking is fabulous. Love the opening and thoughtful reflections.
I look forward to every session.
I had to miss two weeks and was aware there was something missing in my life, so I know I am finding it really useful and challenging. Also good to make connections.
I am feeling inspired, energized, and more-connected-than ever! I am also enjoying the arc of the course, the meditations, quote sharing, and especially the content.
We use Sensei integrated with Buddypress so that participants can engage in asynchronous course discussions, and share resources, profiles, and information about their organizations. We’ve had experience using this technology with people of all levels of technical capability. If you have any questions, we’re right there to help you. All meetings are recorded. The course will remain open for one year so you can view recordings, stay in touch and continue to share thoughts and resources with others sharing the journey with you. Our fearless developer, Mohit Sharma, stands at the ready to solve any tech problems that might crop up a long the way.
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