18th Annual Fall Soul Conference

Religion and a New Environmental Ethic

with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Friday, November 4, 7-9pm & Saturday, November 5, 9am-2pm

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Film Premier of "Journey of the Universe" - Friday, November 4, 7-9pm
Location: Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, St. Catherine University

We know of at least 100 billion galaxies in the universe. There could be a trillion or more, all teeming with complexity. This new film by evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and religious historian Mary Evelyn Tucker dives into the sea of questions about how our universe came to be, how science has evolved and how human interaction with our environment has defined life on Earth. With Brian’s masterful storytelling, "Journey of the Universe" draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights to explore the nature of the universe and the role we humans play in the intricate web of life. Journey of the Universe tackles the biggest questions about life. More about the film.

What Inspired Journey of the Universe? - Saturday, November 5, 9am-2pm
Location: Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

The day will examine the seminal influences on the Journey of the Universe project. Together we will explore ways in which we can engage this universe story in our homes, our neighborhoods, our churches, and in the emerging Earth community. We will share in ritual, conversation, presentations focused on The Cosmological Narrative of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and The New Story of Thomas Berry and ways we can move forward in faith and action.

The event includes book sales and book signing.


Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are senior lecturers and research scholars at Yale Divinity School and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. They studied world religions with Thomas Berry, worked closely with him for years, and are now the managing trustees of the Thomas Berry Foundation. Mary Evelyn's special area of study is Asian religions, and she received a Ph.D. in Japanese Confucianism. John teaches courses in Native American and indigenous religions and World religions and ecology. He has done field work with the Crow-Apsaalooke people of Montana and the Salish people of Washington State. Read more about Mary Evelyn and John.


Eric Black was born and raised in New York City. Energetic motion, scenic environments, and individuality are emphasized in his unique style. Being a master of both fine and digital art, Eric creates works that bring these two loves together. Using scientific theories, myth, and the human experience as a base for his creations, Black provides a new blueprint for imagination, a form of evolved creativity, a chaotic montage of ideas, images, sounds, and possibilities. Eric will offer a live art performance at the Soul Conference and his art will be on exhibit at Carondelet Center from Friday, October 21 through Friday, November 18. More about the exhibit.

Mary Plaster, DMin, MA, is a multi-media artist and facilitator from Spirit Mountain near Duluth. Her published spiritual icon of Sophia, Divine Wisdom is displayed in spiritual centers and homes around the world. Her masks and large puppets have toured to several interfaith and sustainability conferences across the Midwest and Pacific Coast  and been featured with local art, ballet and theatre productions. Her training has been with notable leaders in these disciplines as well as world wisdom traditions with the new cosmology. Watch an interview with Mary about her artwork or visit her website.

This event is co-sponsored by the St. Catherine University MA in Theology program.

WHEN: Friday, November 4, 7-9pm (film premier)
WHERE: Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave; St. Paul [map]

WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 9am-2pm
WHERE: Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

COST: Friday and Saturday: $55 / Friday only: $20 or student with ID: $10 / Saturday only: $45 (includes lunch)

WHEN: Friday, November 4, 7:00-9:00pm-film premier

WHERE: Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave;

WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 9:00am-2:00pm

WHERE: Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

COST: Friday and Saturday:  $55.00

Friday only: $20.00, Student with ID-$10.00

Saturday only: $45.00, includes lunch