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Religion and Ecology Summit, March 15, 2019, San Francisco—Cosmovision: Thomas Berry and the Great Work

The California Institute of Integral Studies will hold a religion and ecology summit on March 15, 2019 at Namaste Hall, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost of the event is $10. Featured speakers are Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, Brian Swimme, and Drew Dellinger. For additional information and to register, click here.

The website for the event provides this context:

The 21st century is increasingly identified as the Anthropocene, or the Age of Humans, with narratives that presuppose greater technological intensification and a narrowing of options. What these locutions obscure is humanity’s connectivity with-and utter dependence on-the entire fabric of non-human life. The cosmological vision of Thomas Berry (1914-2009), cultural historian and “geologian,” calls us to claim our inherent belonging to Earth, and with that, a sense of kinship and responsibility for the pressing ecological and social conditions of our time.

Berry’s term “Ecozoic” highlights the necessary interdependence of humanity and non-human life on Earth, offering a positive vision of the future. It is increasingly clear that without an integrative story of the unfolding Universe, such as Berry proposed, humans will be bereft of our true cosmological lineage. With such a story, humans can become vibrant and healing participants in the Earth community.