Past Events and Screenings

Villanova University Church
Villanova, PA, USA

This performance is part of the 4th International Big History Association conference, "Big History, Big Future: A Cosmic Perspective" on July 26-29, 2018.

Event website
See more details in ORIGINS: The Bulletin of the International Big History Association.

The D&R Greenway Land Trust will sponsor a bus trip to the Emergent Universe Oratorio performance on Saturday, July 28, 5:30 - 11:00 pm. The bus will leave from the Johnson Education Center in Princeton, NJ traveling to the Mid-Atlantic concert premiere at Villanova University.

A reception will follow the concert with the composer, Sam Guarnacccia, and the Main Line Symphony Orchestra conductor, Don Liuzzi.

"The Universe Story: Understanding and Experiencing the Unfolding Story"
University of Winchester - West Downs Campus
Winchester, Hampshire, England
Speakers: Brian Swimme (by video link), Ursula King, Jonathan Halliwell, Jane Riddiford, Rod Sugden, and Robert Woodford
Contact: Joanna Wilson,, 01962 826 421

Conference Website
Registration Page

D&R Greenway Land Trust's Johnson Education Center
1 Preservation Pl
Princeton, NJ, USA
Artist Cameron Davis, MFA, Senior Lecturer, University of Vermont and Recipient of the Lee Krasner-Jackson Pollack Foundation grant for painting, explores ecological thought and human-nature relationships in her grand scale works. Her series Endless Spring was created in collaboration with composer Sam Guarnaccia's Emergent Universe Oratorio. Reception with talk by artist and composer will be on Thursday, June 21, 5:30-7:00.

St. Andrews Church
Farmer Hall
232 Durham Road
Madison, CT
There is no fee for this event.
Contact: Donald Rankin,

Imperial College London
Business School LGS lecture theatre
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ, UK
Discussion with Prof. Jonathan Halliwell and Dr. Jane Riddiford
Contact: Jonathan Halliwell,
Event webpage

Yale Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology
Yale University
New Haven, CT, USA
Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim
Register here.

"Living Within A Universe Story"
The New School at Commonweal
451 Mesa Road
Bolinas, Marin County, CA
Join in person or by webcast.
Learn more here.

"Learning & Thinking Workshop: Journey of the Universe"
The Graduate Institute
171 Amity Rd.
Bethany, CT
This workshop is aimed to K-12 teachers.
Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim will be presenting at this event.
Contact: Jim Trifone,

“Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for our Shared Future”
Lecture by Mary Evelyn Tucker
Albertus Magnus College
Hubert Campus Center, Behan Community Room
700 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT
This event is part of the St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series and is made possible through the generosity of the Marie Louise Bianchi ’31 Fund.
To RSVP, please email or call (203) 773-8502.

“Ecological Cosmologies: Epic Stories and Great Work”
Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
Perkins Library 217, West Duke Campus
Durham, NC
4:30 - 7:30pm
This event includes film screenings of Journey of the Universe and Embrace.
Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Dan Smyer Yu.
Contact: Rohini Thakkar,
Event page

“Hinduism and Ecology: Towards a Sustainable Future”
Govardhan Eco-Village Conference
Palghar, Maharashtra, India
Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Contact: David Haberman,

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Sullivan Science Bldg, Mead Auditorium
Greensboro, NC
Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker
This screening is part of the Ashby Dialogue Series, sponsored by the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences. Ann Berry Somers is the facilitator of the event.
The public is welcome.
Contact: Etsuko Kinefuchi,
Event webpage

Workshop on Journey of the Universe
With Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Wisdom House
Litchfield, CT
10am – 3pm (includes lunch)
Including a reading by actor Sam Waterston
Workshop fee: $55
Contact: Jo-Ann Iannotti,
Register online or call 860-567-3163.
View photos from the event.

Suzhou University
Suzhou City, China
Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Yellow River University of Science and Technology
Zhengzhou City, China
Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

“Viver ecosòfic: pensament ecològic i ecoactivisme”
La Virreina Centre de la Imatge
La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
Premiere presentation of the Journey of the Universe film and the recently published Spanish translation of the book.
Co-organized by the Ecosophic Greenhouse in association with the MA in Holistic Training for Eco-Social Transformation, University of Girona.
Event page

Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for Our Shared Future

July 2-8, 2017

Ghost Ranch
Abiquiu, NM, USA

Journey of the Universe is 10th in a series of a ten-year commitment on the part of Ghost Ranch to Earth-Honoring Faith: A Song of Songs. The goal of the series is to construct justice-centered, Earth-Honoring Christianities that promote interfaith efforts on common earth issues.

Faculty include William Brown, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim¸ Rev. Betty Whitted Holley, Julianne Lutz Warren, David Stephens, and Larry Rasmussen.


Catalog description

Read a report by James D. Trifone:
“What the World Needs Now Is A New Story Based On An Integral Ecology”

The Emergent Universe Oratorio will be performed on June 30, 2017 at 7:30pm
At the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center
at The Temple—Tifereth Israel
1855 Ansel Rd, Cleveland, OH

Sam Guarnaccia’s Emergent Universe Oratorio will be performed by the Cleveland Chamber Choir and the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Scott MacPherson.

Inspired by Brian Swimme’s and Mary Evelyn Tucker’s epic, Emmy Award winning film, Journey of the Universe (2011), the Oratorio weaves together chorus, vocal soloists, and orchestra with an original libretto that tells the story of our planet’s 13.8 billion year evolution, from the “big bang” to the present day. At its heart the Oratorio pays homage to paleontologist and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s belief that the fate of the Earth depends upon the evolution of a “global human consciousness” that recognizes the need to protect and nurture our planet.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Maltz Performing Arts Center website here.


Event website

View the program to see the poem/lyrics to the choral movements.

"Universe's unfolding story set to music in composer’s new oratorio"
By Sharon Abercrombie, National Catholic Reporter, June 30, 2017

“Uniting Our Jesuit Frontiers: To Know God, To Love God, To Serve God”
Congress of the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA)
John Carroll University, Donahue Auditorium
Cleveland, OH
Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Contact: Paula Guarnaccia,
The Emergent Universe Oratorio will be performed at this Congress on June 30. See the flyer for this performance. Watch videos and learn more here.

Loyola University
Lake Shore Campus, Chicago, IL
Discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
This screening is part of the Carmelite Symposium 2017 (June 25-29, 2017).
Register here.