Join us for an evening of stimulating ideas and discussion
THE JOURNEY OF LIFE: BASIC TO NEW DIRECTIONS FOR SPIRITUALITY
Presented by Dr Noel Preston AM
Featuring the Emmy Award winning DVD …
The documentary is hosted by Scientist Brian Swimme and produced by Yale University’s Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim (All are colleagues of the late Thomas Berry). After an introduction by Noel, the DVD will be screened for about 35 minutes and followed by open discussion.
Weaving modern science with enduring wisdom from the world’s cultures, Journey of the Universe explores cosmic and Earth evolution as a profound process of creativity, connection and independence, and offers an opportunity to respond to the ecological and social challenges of our times, times when we, homo sapiens, emerge as the planet altering species.
This presentation invites us to reflect on the wisdom traditions which have evolved with human consciousness, “the cosmos come to consciousness” (as Karl Rahner referred to human evolution). So it prompts philosophical and theological questions which pose a challenge to our culture, our rituals and the way communities committed to a contemporary spirituality are to be developed. It presents the challenge of moving into the Ecozoic era when humans will be present to the Earth in a mutually enhancing manner.( T. Berry)
Questions to be discussed including:
“What is at stake if human activity threatens this 14 billion year process?” “What would we lose if life on Planet Earth were so destroyed that the human species as we know it ceased to exist? “
“How are we (religious progressives) going to tell the story of life on Earth to our children?” “Why is this story basic to the new directions of future spirituality?” “What kind of belief system/spirituality/ethic will sustain an appropriate role for humanity in the continuation of this story?”
Presenter: Dr Noel Preston AM. Among many publications he is the author of Ethics with or without God (Morning Star Publishing).
Hosted by West End Uniting Church – 26th February, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Following the 5:30pm Contemplative Service
Venue: West End Uniting Church Hall, 11 Sussex St, West End, Brisbane, Q.