Saturday, October 18th
Rollo Centre

ThomasBerryIts 100 years since the birth of Thomas Berry – cultural historian and eco-theologian – on November 9th, 2014.  The Gabriola Ecumenical Society welcomes islanders to a full day program on The Wisdom and Legacy of Thomas Berry. It will be a special way for us to mark this centenary and a legacy of wisdom that continues to inspire so many.  On Saturday, October 18, Mike Bell and Maureen Wild will lead this program.

Thomas Berry referred to himself as a ‘geologian.’ He was a Roman Catholic monk and priest in the Passionist Order.  During his lifetime and since his death in 2009 his influence has spread throughout the world.  He was a dominant force in the development of the New Cosmology (sometimes referred to as an emerging and living cosmology) that redefines our relationship with Earth and advocates recognizing a spirituality of Earth which sees creation as the primary source of divine revelation.

Mike Bell is a consultant and community organizer.  He was a student of Thomas Berry, lived with him in the monastery and has spent most of his life applying Berry’s teachings to his organizing work.  Mike spent twenty-seven years living and working with Inuit and Dene communities in the Arctic.  Now living in Comox he is involved in the struggles with proposed coal mines and pipelines.

Maureen Wild is an educator and retreat leader whose studies and primary ministry focus for two decades has been on themes of Sacred Ecology. In 1987 she was introduced to the writings of Thomas Berry through a course on Ecological Ethics, and she later came to know him and experience his lectures firsthand.  Thomas’ teachings continue to have an ongoing and profound impact on her way of seeing the world. She served as Director of two spiritual-based ecological learning centres and is now developing Pax Gaia Educational and Retreat Initiatives.

The October 18th program will be held at the Rollo Centre from 9:30-3:30 (door opens at 9am with coffee and registration).  Cost (sliding scale): $20-$30.  Bring a bag lunch.  Break refreshments will be provided.  More information and to inquire about scholarships:  Maureen Wild  247-0087

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