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A Ministry of
St. Columba's Inverness

Noospheric Consciousness

In Celebration of the 100th year Anniversary of
Teilhard de Chardin's Discovery of the Noosphere Concept

An In-Person Retreat
with Brian Thomas Swimme
and Fr. Vincent Pizzuto

Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22

Brian Swimme.tiff

Retreat Theme The most pressing spiritual challenge of our time is to develop a form of consciousness that sees through war and ecocide to the creative energies of spiritual evolution. The life and work of Teilhard de Chardin aimed at shifting Christian spirituality from its concerns for escaping a fallen world to the joys of participating in an unfolding mystery. "Divinization" was how Teilhard referred to the cosmological meaning of evolution. The aim of our eco-retreat will be to identify the ways in which we are immersed in the process of spiritualization, and to realize that we are all involved one way or another in the building of a noosphere, a "thinking Earth".

Brian Thomas Swimme is Director of the Third Story for Human Energy and professor of evolutionary cosmology on the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies. Brian's published work portrays the 14 billion year trajectory of cosmogenesis "as a spellbinding drama, full of suspense, valor, tragedy, and celebration”. Cosmogenesis: An Unveiling of the Expanding Universe is his most recent book published in 2022. His work includes The Universe is a Green Dragon (1984), The Universe Story, written with Thomas Berry (1992), The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos (1996), and The Journey of the Universe, written with Mary Evelyn Tucker (2011). Swimme is the producer of three DVD series: Canticle to the Cosmos (1990), The Earth's Imagination (1998), and The Powers of the Universe (2004). Brian teamed with Mary Evelyn Tucker, David Kennard, Patsy Northcutt, and Catherine Butler to produce Journey of the Universe, an Emmy-winning film released in 2011. These works draw together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology and biology, with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Brian was featured in the television series Soul of the Universe (The BBC, 1991) and The Sacred Balance produced by David Suzuki (CBC and PBS, 2003). Brian founded the international Epic of Evolution Society in 1998, and is Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe.

Father Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D. is professor of New Testament and Christian Mysticism at the University of San Francisco. He has published and presented internationally in the areas of scriptural exegesis, the Christian theology of deification, contemplative practice, and theological responses to the climate crises. He published his second book, Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life with Liturgical Press in 2018. The book, which explores the doctrine of deification for the modern contemplative, is also available in Spanish, Contemplar a Cristo: Los Evangelios y la vida interior (Desclée De Brouwer, 2022). In just over six years as vicar of St. Columba's, Fr. Vincent has grown his congregation exponentially, while expanding his ministerial reach internationally through a variety of initiatives grounded in contemplative practice and the Christian intellectual tradition.

Brian has sent us the link to the “Story of the Noosphere Video Series”, free on YouTube. His introduction to the series is the first video, linked below. Then follows the link for the entire series of 37 mostly short videos. Please watch the first video and others if you can. Brian’s award winning PBS Film “Journey of the Universe” is also linked below.


Introduction With Brian Thomas Swimme (1051) Story of the Noosphere Series Overview - YouTube. (First video — 6.4 minutes — the birth of the Noosphere


Full Video Series (1051) Story of the Noosphere - YouTube (37 short videos most between 5 and 7 minutes long) 


Journey Of The Universe (2013) Documentary | Brian Thomas Swimme - YouTube

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