A quarter century after a series of important conversations were held with eco-theologian Thomas Berry on his reflections on our environmental challenges, recordings of these pivotal talks are being released online in installments.
The conversations were around the same time a two-day conference organized by scholars Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grimm in New York at the United Nations and the American Museum of Natural History galvanized a community that was to become the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.
The audio recordings are titled, “The Collected Thoughts of Thomas Berry.” Originally a limited release on cassette in 1998 (the year the Forum was founded), Berry is in conversation with evolutionary cosmologist, Brian Thomas Swimme. Berry died in 2009 leaving behind a legacy of greater perspective on the ecological crisis.
All eight parts in the series will be released here.
In the first installment released last month, Berry said, “Where are we in the micro phase of the dimensions of the human venture? What is happening now is something beyond the events in human history.” We are changing the chemistry of the planet that took billions of years to create, he added.
Berry founded and directed the Riverdale Center for Religious Research on the Hudson River and created the History of Religions Program at Fordham University. He is the author of The Dream of the Earth, The Great Work, Evening Thoughts, The Sacred Universe, The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth. With Brian Thomas Swimme, Berry wrote The Universe Story. Berry was also major inspiration for the Journey of the Universe film and book that Swimme wrote with Mary Evelyn Tucker.