'Journey of the Universe' Film Screening and Discussion

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Contact: Sister Jane Remson · jfremson@loyno.edu · 504-458-3029

Location: Room 114, Miller Hall

Join us in experiencing the film Journey of the Universe
and take part in a discussion afterward.

“We have a new story of the universe.  Science has given us a new revelatory experience.  It is now giving us a new intimacy with the Earth.” – Thomas Berry, Dream of the Earth

The interpretive work of our times might be summed up as the integration of our older “religious” interpretations of Creation and the new story of the universe achieved and articulated by Science.  This represents the unified Creation story that philosophers interpret as the “meta-narrative” for our time.

From the Big Bang to the epic impact humans have on the planet today, “Journey of the Universe” offers an account of our new Creation story, drawing upon the wisdom of science while affirming the wisdom of biblical and earlier stories that attempted to communicate the mythic meaning and depths of the mystery of life.  This film’s account of how life began and evolved over 14 billion years adds a  new dimension to our earlier mythic origin stories.  While our ancient Creation stories derived from intuition, imagination, and myth, this contemporary story derives from careful and disciplined observation and investigation of the evolutionary creative process from its origins in what scientists designate as the Big Bang and cosmologist Brian Swimme refers to as “the primordial flaring forth.” 

Big science, big history, big story, this one-of-a-kind film was written by mathematical-cosmologist Brian Thomas Swimme and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker.  Together they weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics with the humanities encompassing philosophy, art, music, social studies, history, and religion/spirituality.
We hope you will join us in viewing this hour-long film chronicling the evolution of the universe and our planet Earth, the evolution of life and our own human story (history) of emerging responsiveness to the world around us and consciousness of its meaning and significance.

After viewing the film, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss its relevance for our lives, our faith, our social institutions, and our world.  We hope you will join us in this learning experience.

For information contact:
Sister Jane Remson, O.Carm. – jfremson@loyno.edu / 504-458-3029
Kathleen O'Gorman, Ed.D. – ogorman@loyno.edu / 504-865-3379

Sponsored by:
Twomey Center for Peace through Justice, Loyola University New Orleans
Institute for Ministry, Loyola University New Orleans
Carmelite NGO
Marianites of Holy Cross
Environmental Studies Program, Loyola University New Orleans

Departments

  • Biological Sciences
  • Environment
  • Loyola Pastoral Life Center
  • Loyola University Center for Environmental Communication
  • Religious Studies