Journey of the Universe
Curricular Materials


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Beginning of the Universe

The Formation of Galaxies

The Emanating Brilliance of Stars

Our Solar System

Life’s Emergence

Living and Dying

The Passion of Animals

The Origin of the Human

Becoming a Planetary Presence

Rethinking Matter and Time

Emerging Earth Community

Additional Resources


"The New Story," by Thomas Berry

"Being Human in the Age of Humans," by Rick Potts

"The Age of Humans: Evolutionary Perspectives on the Anthropocene"

The Earth Charter and the Journey of the Universe

Epic of Evolution (website by Cathy McGowan Russell)

"A NeoPresocratic Manifesto," by J. Baird Callicott

"California college helps place humans in universe story," by Sharon Abercrombie

Overview of Cosmic Evolution as presented by Eric Chaisson

"Cosmic Walk: A Script," by Glenys Livingstone

“Wherefore Environmental Studies in a 21st Century City?”
by Julianne Lutz Warren

"As If to Demonstrate an Eclipse," by Billy Collins

"Stars Boil Before They Blow Up, Says NuSTAR," by Jason Major

An Annotated Bibliography of Children's Literature with Environmental Themes

Graduate Programs

Joint MA in Religion and Ecology

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES) and Yale Divinity School (YDS), New Haven, CT

This graduate program is aimed at students who wish to integrate the study of environmental issues and religious communities in their professional careers and for those who wish to study the cultural and ethical dimensions of environmental problems.

Faculty members: Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Fred Simmons

MA and PhD in Philosophy and Religion, concentration in
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

This graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community.

Faculty members: Brian Thomas Swimme, Elizabeth Allison, Sean Kelly, Richard Tarnas, and Robert McDermott