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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Who are we?

    From Destruction to Creation ~ Through the Story of the Universe

Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill neighborhood Beginning Feb 8 for 3 Sundays: 2-4 pm, Feb. 22, 27 and March 1     
facilitators: Karen Bernard and Laurie McMillan

Most of us realize that things aren't going so well on Planet Earth-for individuals, communities, ecosystems.... And we know that human beings are responsible for much of the destruction we see. So what to do about the situation?

Our task, according to priest, cultural historian, and "geologian" Thomas Berry, is to reinvent ourselves as a species, to redefine our role within the larger community of life. To do this, Berry says, we need a new story. Every known culture in human history has organized itself by means of its cosmological story, its account of where the Universe came from, how it developed, and what meaningful role humans play in the midst of this drama-in other words, where we've come from, what we're doing here, and where we're going. Without a coherent, believable story - a full, felt context within which to live - we are fragmented, out of synch; we don't know where we are, or even who we are.  

Join us for this three-part series exploring our relationship with the Earth, and with the Universe as a sacred Whole, through a new story based in what we know from hundreds of years of empirical investigation. Learn how a cosmological perspective that reunites science and spirit can help us navigate, and even thrive, during times of crisis, change and transformation.