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Saturday, September 26 2009

Many from all over the globe will gather to honor the memory and celebrate the life of Thomas Berry, who passed from this life on June 1. Thomas Berry has been so important for the creative work represented on this site, and for the Great Work of many concerned for our Habitat. Thomas described himself as a “geologian”: he had “geo-phanies” and “Geo-tific” vision. He was also a widely acclaimed cultural historian and Passionist priest, a friend and brother to many. From his academic beginnings as a historian of world cultures and religions, Thomas developed into a historian of Earth and its evolutionary processes.

The service will begin with an Award Ceremony. Among those speaking at the Award Ceremony will be Steven Rockefeller and members of the Berry family, as well as this year’s award recipient, Martin S. Kaplan.

The Memorial Service will include tributes from Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, Brian Swimme, Wm. Theodore de Bary, Brian Brown, and Sr. Miriam MacGillis. Joining the procession will be members of the Omega Dance Company, Ralph Lee and the wind sock banners of the Mettawee River Company, and we will be graced with a variety of inspiring musical contributions, including a solo tribute by Paul Winter and singing by Kathleen Deignan and Danny Martin. Bonnie Myotai Treace will offer a water liturgy with 108 bowls on the Nakashima Altar.

The Award presentation will begin at 2 p.m. The Memorial Service will begin at 4 p.m. The Cathedral is located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street in Manhattan. 

Everyone is welcome to attend both the Award presentation and the Memorial Service.  A reception will follow the service.

Two new volumes of essays by Thomas Berry will be available at the event

The Award and Memorial Service are sponsored by The Thomas Berry Foundation and theForum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim are Co-Chairs of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University and Managing Trustees of the Thomas Berry Foundation.

There is a great Tribute to Thomas at Drew Dellinger’s site, and some quotes from Thomas’ essay Alienation in a Universe of Presence and his book The Great Work in the pagaian.org forum

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