Journey of the Universe: Film Screening with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

May 30th, 7:15 pm

Free and open to the public. No reservations required, but we ask that you RSVP so we can anticipate attendance. For more information or to RSVP, select RSVP NOW to the right of this page call 845.424.4800 or email

With an introduction by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, and film discussion with them both following the screening (8:30 pm), followed by refreshments

The evening will also include an opening of an environmental art installation by Roy Staab at 6:30 pm. Click here for more information. All are welcome to attend both events! 

Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation, written by Brian Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker

NebulaOne day on a Greek island, and your view of the universe will change forever...

Connecting such big picture issues as the birth of the cosmos 14 billion years ago, the invisible frontiers of the human genome, and our current impact on Earth's evolutionary dynamics, the epic Journey of the Universe guides us to discover the profound role we play in this intricate web of life. This one-of-a-kind film was written by Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker and acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Swimme. Together they weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

Beautifully filmed in HD, our story begins on the historically rich Greek island of Samos, birthplace of mathematician Pythagoras. Disembarking on the island at dawn, host Brian Swimme expertly guides us on an exhilarating trek through time and space, sharing a wondrous view of cosmic evolution as a process based on immense creativity, connection, and interdependence.  After the toll of midnight, he sets sail into the star-lit waters of the Aegean Sea, leaving audiences with a sense of wonder at the mystery, complexity and connectivity that permeates the Earth and universe from the very beginning. 

Big science, big history, big story: from the Big Bang to the epic impact humans have on the planet today, this film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis. The story is also told with breathtaking clarity in the accompanying book written by Swimme and Tucker and published by Yale University Press.


Mary Evelyn TuckerMary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Divinity School, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Bioethics. She teaches in the joint MA program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim.

Her special area of study is Asian religions. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism. Her concern for the growing environmental crisis, especially in Asia, led her to organize with John Grim a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1995-1998). Together they are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. After the conference series, she and Grim founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology at a culminating conference at the United Nations in 1998.

Tucker and Grim studied world religions with Thomas Berry and worked closely with him for some 30 years. Tucker edited several of Berry's books: The Great Work, Evening Thoughts, and The Sacred Universe.  To bring Berry's work forward she has also worked closely with evolutionary philosopher, Brian Thomas Swimme, for some 25 years.  They have collaborated together on the Journey of the Universe project.

Tucker has been involved with the Earth Charter since its inception. She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000 and is a member of the Earth Charter International Council.

John GrimJohn Grim is Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University with appointments at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Divinity School, the Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Bioethics. Both he and Mary Evelyn Tucker direct the master’s program in Religion and Ecology at Yale.

He is also Coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology with Mary Evelyn, and series editor with her of “World Religions and Ecology,” from the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions.  In that series he edited Indigenous Traditions & Ecology: the Interbeing of Cosmology & Community (Harvard, 2001). He is also the author of The Shaman (Oklahoma University Press, 1983). With Mary Evelyn he edited Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 5th printing 2000), and a Daedalus volume (2001) entitled, Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change?

Garrison Institute
c/o Glenclyffe, 14 Mary's Way, Route 9D
Garrison, NY 12504
United States
May 30th, 2012 7:15 PM
Phone: 845-424-4800
Open to the public