Inspiring Podcasts

Nearly every Sunday morning, year-round, I am delivering a sermon as a guest minister in some Unitarian Universalist, Christian, or New Thought church. How do I keep my own soul fed and expanded with the ideas of others?

UU's: Celebrating Evolution

The last five and a half years Connie and I have travelled America (with three excursions into Canada) doing programs in churches, retreat centers, colleges, universities, and other religious and educational settings. We have delivered Sunday sermons, evening programs, and multi-day workshops in more than five hundred churches, convents, monasteries, and spiritual centers, including liberal and conservative Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Unitarian Universalist, Unity, Religious Science, Quaker, Mennonite, and Buddhist groups. We have also presented audience-appropriate versions of our evolution-celebrating message in nearly a hundred secular settings, including colleges, high schools, grade schools, nature centers, zoos, and public libraries. You can see the various places we've been here.

Honoring Thomas Berry


UPDATE: Thomas Berry died on June 1, 2009: See here for details, including some of our favorite quotes of his and audio clips of Thomas reading from his book, The Great Work.

I have been inspired by the work of countless scientists, theologians, and scholars over the years, but none has had a greater influence on my thinking and my life than Fr. Thomas Berry, a 94-year-old retired Passionist priest, cultural historian, and self-described "geologian". He is one of the most precious people in the world to me.

Connie and I visited Thomas in Greensboro, North Carolina a few days ago (on Nov 17, 2008), where he and his sister Margaret both live in a residential care community. Thomas has been a friend and mentor since 1988. He is truly one of the great hearts and minds of our time.

Thomas's writings have inspired a generation of thinkers and activists in disciplines as diverse as cosmology, cultural anthropology, big history, religious studies, sustainability, bioregionalism, permaculture, evolutionary spirituality, eco-theology, creation spirituality, deep ecology, and eco-feminism, among others. His books, The Dream of the Earth, The Great Work, Evening Thoughts, and The Universe Story (co-authored with Brian Swimme) are gems of deep thinking and inspired insight. In my opinion, no one writes more brilliantly about the role of humanity in the ever-emerging sacred story of the Universe than does Thomas.

The Great Blasphemy?

Here's my beloved, Connie, in front of the world-famous "fish-within-a-fish" fossil at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. We visited this amazing museum, part of Fort Hays State University, in Fort Hays, Kansas, a few days ago on our drive from Durango, Colorado to New York.

When I'm at a world-class museum like Sternberg, I can't help wondering if future generations will look back at our time and judge it as the period of "The Great Blasphemy." To "blaspheme" is to treat something sacred as profane, in word or deed. It is behaving disrespectfully or harmfully toward someone or something that is, in fact, worthy of deepest honor, respect, even reverence.

Beyond Evidence: Responding to Creationists

One of the truly great insights and gifts of a sacred evolutionary worldview is coming to understand the nature of human language. For example, we now know that there is always at least one factual, literal, day language, way of speaking about something and innumerable meaningful, religious, night language, ways of speaking about the very same thing, process, event, or relationship. This realization alone goes a long way toward bridging science and religion, and understanding religious differences.

Yesterday I received an email from a Christian who rejects evolution and considers himself a "young-earth creationist". This happens quite regularly, of course, and invariably I'm asked, "What evidence do you see for evolution?"

I usually begin my reply along these lines:

In the Company of Giants

nobel-1 That's me in the center--and I am standing to my full 6-foot height. I was more than happy to be outflanked (and decidedly outranked!) by my two companions: the 2006 Nobel Prize winners in Physics and in Physiology/ Medicine: John Mather (Chief Scientist at NASA) on the left and Craig Mello on the right.

Craig had invited me to attend a special program that he and John were offering at the Library of Congress: "On the Origins of Life and the Universe". Even though Connie and I were in Scottsdale, Arizona at the time, how could I say no? I flew to Washington, D.C.--and boy, am I glad that I did!

Life as an Evolutionary Evangelist

Connie, my science writer wife, and I have lived entirely on the road since April 2002. Some people think of us as homeless. From one perspective, that is true: we don't have a home. But from another point of view, we have dozens and dozens of homes. You see, we are able to sustain our itinerant lifestyle and evolutionary evangelistic ministry only because of the generosity of those who invite us into their home—and at times and locations that track our schedule of speaking events.

When we arrive at a new residence, we usually turn the guest room into a makeshift office. We set up our portable tables and lap-top computers there. Almost always, we choose to sleep in our van, which we call Angel. We have a bed built into Angel, above the storage bins. As our van is the one constant in our lives, we actually prefer to sleep there—no matter how lovely the guest bedroom—unless, of course, it is brutally hot or cold at night. Right now,...

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Hello and thank you for visiting! I'm thrilled you are here. No matter what your background or beliefs, you are in for a treat.

I can't even begin to express how excited I am (blown away, actually) by the overwhelming response generated by the pre-publication galleys of Thank God for Evolution that were sent out to thought leaders in June. There's obviously a hunger in America and beyond for a credible, bridge-building perspective that can inspire realistic hope among evangelicals, atheists, and everyone in between.

I invite you to spend at least a few minutes perusing Advance Praise for Thank God for Evolution. You will find endorsements from leaders across the theological and philosophical spectrum—from many of the world's most esteemed scientists (including 6 Nobel laureates), to renowned theologians, pastors, priests, rabbis, and ministers of different faith traditions, and to many, many others—some devoutly religious, others nonreligious, still others rabidly antireligious.