We need to be able to mirror in who we are as individuals, in who we are as a community and in who we are as Thomas Berry Place, that willingness and that ability to engage with all people, no matter who they are, to do it almost in the spirit of Jesus Christ, that ability to enter and to meet anybody at any stage of the road and at any stage of their life, to have a conversation"
Anthony Mullen, the founding Executive Director of the Thomas Berry Place was featured in a recent podcast, A Spiritual Startup: The Thomas Berry Place as a New Form of Ministry and Mission from the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville.
The Thomas Berry Place is a non-profit center for spirituality, community empowerment, and ecological stewardship. The project of St. Paul of the Cross province is located in the re-visioned and renamed Bishop Malloy Passionist monastery in Jamaica, New York. In this conversation with Earth and Spirit Center Director, Kyle Kramer, Anthony reflects on the vision and values that guide the work of what he describes as a spiritual startup.
Anthony talks about Thomas Berry, who is sometimes referred to as an "ecologian," and how his life and work is incorporated into the development of the Thomas Berry Place. Berry believed "that the Wisdom of the Cross and Wisdom of the Universe are actually a single vision. His views were deeply holistic and he sought to rethink and right-size our relationship with the divine and his story of the universe was without duality."
Mullen describes the Thomas Berry Place as a manifestation of what Berry wrote about. His “Great Work” was to describe a new wisdom tradition drawing on the “Four Wisdoms” he hoped would guide humanity in the anthropocene: “the wisdom of indigenous peoples, the wisdom of women, the wisdom of the classical traditions, and the wisdom of science” (GW 176)
Listen to Anthony Mullen, The Thomas Berry Place as a New Form of Ministry and Mission
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Political and health conditions in Haiti continue to fall apart and degrade. The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and ongoing constitutional crisis will only cause further suffering, violence and bloodshed for the people. The PSN invites you to join us by signing this petition to urge President Biden to immediately send doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to Haiti. Addressing the current crisis in Haiti requires stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Plus, the hopeful and faithful work of the Passionists through the work of St. Like Foundation Hospital, including Fr. Rick Frechette and Fr. Hugo Esparza is stretched beyond breaking. The hospitals are running out oxygen for the large spike in COVID patients and if they find it the cost is excessive. Please keep this work in your prayers and if you can, make a donation to their work through the website setup by Fr. Hugo. It is here: https://spphaiti.com/
Also Fr. Hugo has created a podcast series to tell the story of their work, intended to be educational, informative and current. The purpose is to talk about everyday Haitian life as well as "hopes and doubts." The series, Ask a Haitian Ask a Foreigner features Fr. Hugo as the foreigner and Sarah Exantus is the Haitian. The conversation is sharp and delightful, addressing questions such as "What is a quality in Haitian life that most expresses the Haitian 'heart?'" or, "What do you think about Christian missioners who come to Haiti?" There are six short episode so far in the series.
Listen to the podcasts on Fr. Hugo's YouTube Channel here.
Joe talks with Kyle Kramer about his spiritual journey, which has led him deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, into the pain and violence of inner city Louisville where he and his wife Anne make their home, and in all of this, into the heart of our beautiful, wounded world.
Joe Grant is a native of Scotland and is a modern-day mystic, a blogger, and the author of numerous books and articles about scripture, justice and spirituality. Prior to moving to Louisville 25 years ago, Joe worked with indigenous peoples of the U.S. and in Latin America. His work has been rooted in the Catholic Christian tradition, but his sensibilities are deeply interdenominational and interfaith. Joe spends his time writing, leading retreats, and offering spiritual guidance. His latest book, Scratchings: Poems and More is available here. An earlier book, Wandering and Welcome: Meditations for Finding Peace is published by Franciscan Media. His website is https://engagedpresence.org/.
Listen to Joe Grant - The Duty of Delight February 27, 2020
The Passionist Earth & Spirit Podcasts explores the intertwining of contemplative spirituality, ecology and social healing through dialogue with people who are rooted in a deep sense of place. Our conversation partners defy neat labels as they weave their vocations, activism and spirituality into unique stories of what it’s like to live an engaged life in whatever community they call home. By grounding the spiritual in particular places, people, and projects, we hope to transcend the abstract and faceless to uncover tangible and translatable insights that listeners can apply in their own communities. Listen on NPR Podcasts.
Why Thomas Berry Matters Today:
Mary Evelyn Tucker Reflects on Her Latest Book, Thomas Berry: A Biography
Read the article from Orion here.
Journey of the Universe Podcasts:
“Healing and Revision” and “Sustainable Energy”
This month the Journey of the Universe Project features two podcasts: “Healing and Revision” with Belvie Rooks and “Sustainable Energy” with Paula Gonzalez. These podcasts explore how we can heal our past and empower our future through a broader sense of self, place, and participation in the story of the Universe. Learn more by visiting the Journey of the Universe website. You can sign up for the Journey newsletter here.