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Here is the link for the presentation we did on Teilhard as a 20th Century Galileo for our Holy Trinity parish in Washin...
05/28/2021
Teilhard de Chardin: 20th Century Galileo

Here is the link for the presentation we did on Teilhard as a 20th Century Galileo for our Holy Trinity parish in Washington. Also includes some of our filming adventures. Hope you enjoy it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCRokE80MWA

"It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist. We are collaborators in creation." (Teilhard de Chardin)Pari...

05/11/2021

Teilhard de Chardin: 20th Century Galileo

For those of you who could not attend our previous lecture on Teilhard, our Holy Trinity parish in Washington, DC, is sponsoring a Zoom lecture we’re giving at 7pm (EDT) on May 18. We will talk about some key strands of Teilhard’s vision and will give a peek behind the scenes of our making of our documentary (the story behind the story), including a special focus on his suppression by the Jesuits.

The presentation should last about an hour and a half, including time for questions. And there will be a recording if you can’t attend the live presentation. If you’re interested, please write us back at [email protected], and we will make sure you get the Zoom link. Space is limited.

HAPPY 140TH BIRTHDAY, PIERRE!“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”As we approach the 140th anniversary of...
04/29/2021

HAPPY 140TH BIRTHDAY, PIERRE!

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”

As we approach the 140th anniversary of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s birth on May 1, we share these words of his and wish him a joyful Bon Anniversaire. We trust that his spirit, reunited to the “great unknown forces that formed” him, is still an active presence in our universe.

And to you we also wish a sense of joy and awareness of God’s presence in your life.

Frank and Mary Frost

HAPPY 140TH BIRTHDAY, PIERRE!

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”

As we approach the 140th anniversary of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s birth on May 1, we share these words of his and wish him a joyful Bon Anniversaire. We trust that his spirit, reunited to the “great unknown forces that formed” him, is still an active presence in our universe.

And to you we also wish a sense of joy and awareness of God’s presence in your life.

Frank and Mary Frost

Below is a link to the annual meeting of the American Teilhard Association, June 12 from Noon to 2pm, via Zoom.  Some gr...
04/22/2021
American Teilhard Association / ATA-Annual-Meeting-2021

Below is a link to the annual meeting of the American Teilhard Association, June 12 from Noon to 2pm, via Zoom. Some great speakers to hear!

http://teilharddechardin.org/index.php/ATA-Annual-Meeting-2021

Cynthia Bourgeault will reflect on Teilhard’s experience of Christ as person and what this meant to his understanding of an evolutionary process that draws us with hope into the future. Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, and theologian. She is a core faculty member at t...

Announcing a Zoom lecture we are giving about the documentary we are producing on Teilhard.  It is at 3pm (Eastern) on M...
04/17/2021
Encore Learning Presents Pre-Earth Day Event: Documenting a Lifelong Battle for Evolutionary Science

Announcing a Zoom lecture we are giving about the documentary we are producing on Teilhard. It is at 3pm (Eastern) on Monday. If that is not convenient, we will be doing another Zoom for our parish on May 18 at 7pm (Eastern). Hope some of you can join us. Here is the link:

https://arlingtonva.libcal.com/event/7631007

Award-winning filmmakers Frank and Mary Frost will tell behind-the-scenes stories of the making of a major television documentary, still in production, on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a once-censured French Jesu...

FEAST DAY OF TEILHARD DE CHARDIN, 2021April 10, the anniversary day of Teilhard de Chardin’s death in 1955, is celebrate...
04/10/2021

FEAST DAY OF TEILHARD DE CHARDIN, 2021

April 10, the anniversary day of Teilhard de Chardin’s death in 1955, is celebrated in the liturgy of the Episcopal Church in recognition of Teilhard's inclusion in the Communion of Saints. In past years we have shared prayers from that liturgy, which appear in People’s Companion to the Breviary.
This year, however, after an agonizing period of Covid-19 deaths that will soon surpass three million people globally, we would like to share one of our favorite prayers of Teilhard, taken from his Divine Milieu. May you find in this prayer an awareness of our union with God through the cosmos which, with our participation, God continues to create.
PRAYER OF FINAL SURRENDER
by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I pray that I may recognize you, God,
under the species of each alien or hostile force
that seems bent upon
destroying or uprooting me.

When the signs of age begin to mark my body
(and still more when they touch my mind);
when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off
strikes from without or is born within me;

when the painful moment comes
in which I suddenly awaken
to the fact that I am ill or growing old;
and above all at that last moment
when I feel I am losing hold of myself
and am absolutely passive within the hands
of the great unknown forces that have formed me;

in all those dark moments, O God,
grant that I may understand that it is you

(provided only my faith is strong enough)
who are painfully parting the fibers of my being
in order to penetrate to the very marrow
of my substance and bear me away within yourself.

Teach me to know my death
as an act of communion with you.

-- The Divine Milieu

M-17 Omega Nebula, Photo credit: NASA, ESA and J. Hester (Arizona State University)

FEAST DAY OF TEILHARD DE CHARDIN, 2021

April 10, the anniversary day of Teilhard de Chardin’s death in 1955, is celebrated in the liturgy of the Episcopal Church in recognition of Teilhard's inclusion in the Communion of Saints. In past years we have shared prayers from that liturgy, which appear in People’s Companion to the Breviary.
This year, however, after an agonizing period of Covid-19 deaths that will soon surpass three million people globally, we would like to share one of our favorite prayers of Teilhard, taken from his Divine Milieu. May you find in this prayer an awareness of our union with God through the cosmos which, with our participation, God continues to create.
PRAYER OF FINAL SURRENDER
by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I pray that I may recognize you, God,
under the species of each alien or hostile force
that seems bent upon
destroying or uprooting me.

When the signs of age begin to mark my body
(and still more when they touch my mind);
when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off
strikes from without or is born within me;

when the painful moment comes
in which I suddenly awaken
to the fact that I am ill or growing old;
and above all at that last moment
when I feel I am losing hold of myself
and am absolutely passive within the hands
of the great unknown forces that have formed me;

in all those dark moments, O God,
grant that I may understand that it is you

(provided only my faith is strong enough)
who are painfully parting the fibers of my being
in order to penetrate to the very marrow
of my substance and bear me away within yourself.

Teach me to know my death
as an act of communion with you.

-- The Divine Milieu

M-17 Omega Nebula, Photo credit: NASA, ESA and J. Hester (Arizona State University)

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CO-REFLECTIONThis Saturday, April 10, is the 66th anniversary of the death of Teilhard de Chardin in ...
04/06/2021

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CO-REFLECTION
This Saturday, April 10, is the 66th anniversary of the death of Teilhard de Chardin in New York City. It was Easter Sunday that year. And then on May 1 we celebrate Teilhard’s 140th birthday!

We at The Teilhard de Chardin Project have been musing about the extraordinary extent to which Teilhard and his vision have filtered down in the years since his death, into local cultures the world around. And we are partnering with the Worldwide Teilhard Association based in Paris on a global crowd-sourcing effort to collect a full spectrum of cultural expressions that reveal Teilhard's influence since his death in 1955. Would you like to help?

By way of example in the U.S., two popular novels that were made into movies had a central character modeled after Teilhard: "Shoes of the Fisherman", by Morris West, and "The Exorcist", by William Peter Blatty.

Not long ago Episcopal Bishop Michael B. Curry referenced Teilhard’s famous quote about rediscovering fire in his homily at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Long before that, author Flannery O’Connor named a short story after a Teilhard quote, “Everything that rises must converge.”

In the field of music everything from folk music to symphonies have been inspired by Teilhard. World famous sculptor Frederick Hart created extensive works in “homage to Teilhard de Chardin.” Numerous paintings and digital works of art claim Teilhard as their inspiration.

We ask you to post examples that you are aware of, here on this page, by April 20, 2021.

This is a short deadline, we know, but the Worldwide Teilhard Association wants to be able to release an interim report on the May 1 birthday anniversary, although we are sure this international legacy project will have a much longer life. For the time being we ask you to limit your answers to the fields of literature (essay, fiction, poetry, theater), music, painting and drawing, sculpture and numismatics.

For each example that you offer, please send us its name/title and the author or artist’s name, together with a digital link that would allow us to “see”, read or “hear” it. Please don’t try to send a book!
Thank you in advance for becoming a part of this remarkable attempt to “see Teilhard” in modern culture.

Frank and Mary Frost

The ink drawing of the Ordos Desert, where Teilhard wrote "Mass On The World," was done by Marie Bayon de la Tour

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CO-REFLECTION
This Saturday, April 10, is the 66th anniversary of the death of Teilhard de Chardin in New York City. It was Easter Sunday that year. And then on May 1 we celebrate Teilhard’s 140th birthday!

We at The Teilhard de Chardin Project have been musing about the extraordinary extent to which Teilhard and his vision have filtered down in the years since his death, into local cultures the world around. And we are partnering with the Worldwide Teilhard Association based in Paris on a global crowd-sourcing effort to collect a full spectrum of cultural expressions that reveal Teilhard's influence since his death in 1955. Would you like to help?

By way of example in the U.S., two popular novels that were made into movies had a central character modeled after Teilhard: "Shoes of the Fisherman", by Morris West, and "The Exorcist", by William Peter Blatty.

Not long ago Episcopal Bishop Michael B. Curry referenced Teilhard’s famous quote about rediscovering fire in his homily at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Long before that, author Flannery O’Connor named a short story after a Teilhard quote, “Everything that rises must converge.”

In the field of music everything from folk music to symphonies have been inspired by Teilhard. World famous sculptor Frederick Hart created extensive works in “homage to Teilhard de Chardin.” Numerous paintings and digital works of art claim Teilhard as their inspiration.

We ask you to post examples that you are aware of, here on this page, by April 20, 2021.

This is a short deadline, we know, but the Worldwide Teilhard Association wants to be able to release an interim report on the May 1 birthday anniversary, although we are sure this international legacy project will have a much longer life. For the time being we ask you to limit your answers to the fields of literature (essay, fiction, poetry, theater), music, painting and drawing, sculpture and numismatics.

For each example that you offer, please send us its name/title and the author or artist’s name, together with a digital link that would allow us to “see”, read or “hear” it. Please don’t try to send a book!
Thank you in advance for becoming a part of this remarkable attempt to “see Teilhard” in modern culture.

Frank and Mary Frost

The ink drawing of the Ordos Desert, where Teilhard wrote "Mass On The World," was done by Marie Bayon de la Tour

If you join the American Teilhard Association, you will receive issues of Teilhard Perspective and Teilhard Studies as p...
01/13/2021
American Teilhard Association / teilhard-studies

If you join the American Teilhard Association, you will receive issues of Teilhard Perspective and Teilhard Studies as part of your membership. But past issues of both publications are ON SALE now!! The Teilhard Studies go back to 1978 and are a rich resource for academic discussion of Teilhard and his ideas. Below are direct links for both that will explain the costs and how to order, with a direct payment link. You will want to buy them all!

Here is the direct link for the back copies of Teilhard Perspective:
http://teilharddechardin.org/index.php/teilhard-perspectives
And here is the link for the back copies of Teilhard Studies:
http://teilharddechardin.org/index.php/teilhard-studies
Scroll down to see the entire list.

Teilhard Studies is a monograph series concerned with the future of the human in the light of the writings of Teilhard de Chardin. Two issues each year are planned, to be sent to members of the Teilhard Association. Below, there are links to the first page of every past study in adobe acrobat format...

Please consider membership in the American Teilhard Association!  Here is the direct link to join.  And your membership ...
01/13/2021
American Teilhard Association / membership

Please consider membership in the American Teilhard Association! Here is the direct link to join. And your membership includes free copies of upcoming Teilhard Studies and Teilhard Perspective, as well as invitations to special events.

http://teilharddechardin.org/index.php/membership

All members will receive annually two issues of Teilhard Studies; the Association's newsletter, Teilhard Perspective; and notice of the Annual Meeting and other programs. Please allow four to six weeks for processing.

Louis Savary has followed up his book explaining Teilhard’s Divine Milieu with a new book from Paulist Press:   “Teilhar...
11/16/2020

Louis Savary has followed up his book explaining Teilhard’s Divine Milieu with a new book from Paulist Press: “Teilhard de Chardin The Phenomenon of Man Explained”. Here is the link to the Paulist Press website, where you can type in the title:
https://www.paulistpress.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx

REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR ZOOM LECTURE FROM THE AMERICAN TEILHARD ASSOCIATION:Join us for a special event co-sponsore...
11/06/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Evolution's God with Donald Viney, PhD. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR ZOOM LECTURE FROM THE AMERICAN TEILHARD ASSOCIATION:

Join us for a special event co-sponsored by the American Teilhard Association and the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College and hosted on Zoom.

Evolution's God?
Teilhard de Chardin and the Varieties of Process Theology

Donald Wayne Viney, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
November 11, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST

Summary: In 1953, Teilhard asked, "Who at last will give evolution its God?" His own endeavor to answer that question often bears striking similarities to the process theism of his contemporaries, Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne. Yet, the differences can also be striking. All three are rightly classified as promoting versions of process theology, but they show by their divergences that process thought, especially process theism, is far from yielding a monolithic viewpoint on the theistic question.

This lecture on Zoom is free but registration is required.
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsf-mvqDkrGNOaDRp44tzB_J7HPq66P7BS

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the lecture.

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To make a tax-exempt donation to the American Teilhard Association, send a check made out to American Teilhard Association to:
Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD, President
American Teilhard Association
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Evolution's God with Donald Viney, PhD. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

We have not seen this short series on PBS, but we’re looking forward to it.  The article explains that it looks at fossi...
06/16/2020
Under the Great Plains, TV show uncovers the world’s most fascinating fossils

We have not seen this short series on PBS, but we’re looking forward to it. The article explains that it looks at fossils -- what they are, how they are studied, what they reveal. Fossils and their scientific study were a major part of Teilhard’s life and helped him formulate his understanding of evolution, which blossomed into his amazing vision. We hope this series will help us better appreciate his love of science and of the earth.

The first show of three is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, at 10pm Eastern time. Check your local PBS listings.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/under-the-great-plains-tv-show-uncovers-the-worlds-most-fascinating-fossils/2020/06/11/cf86adb4-ab50-11ea-9063-e69bd6520940_story.html

“Prehistoric Road Trip,” a PBS series, shows how scientists excavate, study and display remnants of dinosaurs, prehistoric bacteria, ancient mammals.

Louis
06/14/2020

Louis

Some years ago, in chatting with a friend who leads retreats based on St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, I mentioned that Teilhard found the traditional Exercises very limiting and said they needed to be transposed or re-envisioned in light of what we now know about creation.
My friend challenged me to do what Teilhard said was needed. So, I wrote The New Spiritual Exercises in the Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin.
The New Exercises has been selling well, but I have received very little feedback from people who have read the book or attended a retreat using the New Exercises. I would appreciate comments. Thanks.

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Issue 26 of Ginosko Literary Journal now online, GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com. Accepting submissions for issue 27.
Hi everyone! I just contact my good friend Paul Pearson, the Director of the Merton Archive at Bellarmine University and he sent me two links with all the articles published in the International Thomas Merton Society. 1-38 issues of the Merton Seasonal are available at: http://merton.org/ITMS/Seasonal/seasonalarchive.aspx (I got 4 articles published in this journal. In Fall 2006 on Merton and Suzuki, Winter 2007 on Merton and King, Spring 2015 Merton on Final Integration, and Winter 2017 Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh). Subsequent ones are available through EBSCO’s library databases. However, vols 1-32 for the Merton Annual (the peer reviewed journal of the ITMS) are all available in full text at: http://merton.org/ITMS/Annual/annualarchive.aspx (i got my first article published on Merton and St. John of the Cross in Volume 30-2017 pp. 117-130). A second article of mine on Merton and Teilhard de Chardin will be published in Volume 33-March 2021. I hope you will enjoy the readings published on Thomas Merton. Thanks, Dr. Cristóbal Serrán-Pagán y Fuentes
Issue 25 of Ginosko Literary Journal now online, GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com.
Issue #24 of Ginosko Literary Journal now online, GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com.
Some years ago, in chatting with a friend who leads retreats based on St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, I mentioned that Teilhard found the traditional Exercises very limiting and said they needed to be transposed or re-envisioned in light of what we now know about creation. My friend challenged me to do what Teilhard said was needed. So, I wrote The New Spiritual Exercises in the Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin. The New Exercises has been selling well, but I have received very little feedback from people who have read the book or attended a retreat using the New Exercises. I would appreciate comments. Thanks.
I had no idea he could teach me such:
Over the last few years reading obit profiles in the newspaper I've noticed that so many interesting and talented people got their start or hit their stride in the early 1950s. It immediately brings me back to Teilhard who reached the peak of his career at that time too. This is but one small link in a great unity of the world where people link us not only to one another but to the past. Teilhard and his vision live in this mysterious and great unity from today and looking back...and forward!
The Teilhard Project gives one an opportunity to learn and unlearn the deep spiritual reality of life. How we are in this process of onening in Christ.
January Night Thaw The silence of freshness, dark and blowing all the soul To silence; cold and lonely, lonely, slow pacing sighs. Flashing, flickering distractions. Cold and roaming to the ageless wonder- Humble silence, lonesome, flowing fields, barren trees. The blowing silence, sweeping, cold and mild. Spring of winter, sleeping, clear perceptiveness of Wet and slush and mud, The writing paper of the Cosmic Christ. Barry Blackburn written January 18, 1969 in Ottawa
I have wrestled with this for a long time. Exactly what does the incarnation of the cosmos really mean? Is it a metaphor for God sustaining the universe? Because Jesus is the Christ he joins all matter in himself like the phrase we are all "stardust"? How is matter linked to Spirit-REALLY or is this another metaphor that we should look beyond the physical to the spiritual. I DO FIND ALL OF THIS exciting but I wrestle with it. Any insight is welcome here. THANKS!