A series of experts will deliver free public sessions on deep ecology at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair. The first session is on May 30th and will be delivered by Miriam MacGillis from Genesis Farm. Miriam has been named by www.grist.org, a major environmental web site, as one of the 15 top green religious leaders in the world today. See details on this session below.
Session #1, A New Cultural Story - Speaker: Miriam MacGillis Friday, May 30th, 6:45PM, Pierles Room (upstairs in the left-hand annex)
A culture’s belief about how the Universe came to be created, and how the human community came to be a part of the Universe is really the background for everything else the culture believes. That we are separate is a deep and fundamental part of the cultural story that we, in the industrialized world, have lived in for hundreds of years. In the last eighty years or so, the science of cosmology has gradually come to espouse a single story of how the Universe and all living things were created. And, interestingly, this story is one that shares many fundamental aspects of what most indigenous people believe about the Earth and creation—namely that we are all profoundly interconnected and interdependent, at both the micro level and the macro level. In this first session, inspired by the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme, we explore this new cultural story and its implications through a combination of lecture, discussion and video. When viewed through this expanded context, issues like fracking, GMOs and Tar Sands oil extract are seen in a new light.