…the universe, by definition, is a single gorgeous celebratory event.

Thomas Berry,

“Returning to Our Native Place,” in The Dream of the Earth p. 5

We are not lacking in the dynamic forces needed to create the future. We live immersed in a sea of energy beyond all comprehension. But this energy, in an ultimate sense, is ours not by domination but by invocation.

Thomas Berry,

“The Dynamics of the Future” in The Great Work, p. 175

The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.

Thomas Berry ,

“Petrochemical Age” in Evening Thoughts p. 96

Always and everywhere, it is the universe that holds all things together and is the primary activating power in every activity.

Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry,

The Universe Story, p. 27

When we exile the scientific telling of the story from the humanities..., we do not allow them to be an integral expression of the great story.

Thomas Berry,

“The Place of the Human,” in Evening Thoughts p. 31

New Story

“Here we might observe that the basic mood of the future might well be one of confidence in the continuing revelation that takes place in and through the Earth. If the dynamics of the universe from the beginning shaped the course of the heavens, lighted the sun, and formed the Earth, if this same dynamism brought forth the continents and seas and atmosphere, if it awakened life in the primordial cell and then brought into being the unnumbered variety of living beings, and finally brought us into being and guided us safely through the turbulent centuries, there is reason to believe that this same guiding process is precisely what has awakened in us our present understanding of ourselves and our relation to this stupendous process. Sensitized to such guidance from the very structure and functioning of the universe, we can have confidence in the future that awaits the human venture.”

Thomas Berry, “The New Story,” in The Dream of the Earth, p.137.



Thomas Berry: A Biography

By Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal
Columbia Press, 2019


Thomas Berry was one of the twentieth century’s most prescient and profound thinkers. As a cultural historian, he sought a broader perspective on humanity’s relationship to the earth in order to respond to the ecological and social challenges of our times. This first biography of Berry illuminates his remarkable vision and its continuing relevance for achieving transformative social change and environmental renewal. At a time of growing environmental crisis, this biography shows the ongoing significance of Berry’s conception of human interdependence with the earth as part of the unfolding journey of the universe.

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“Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times”

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Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, are currently offering four six-week online courses. These are featured as a specialization under the theme of "Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times." This includes two courses on Journey of the Universe, a course on the Worldview of Thomas Berry, and an integrating capstone on Living Cosmology. Each of these courses can be taken independently. Learn more here.

Thomas Berry (1914-2009)
Photo by Lou Niznik 10–6–1999